From the Binghamton Press
Chenango Forks (2-0, 5-0) ran
12 first-half plays -- six of which went for touchdowns -- on
its way to a 43-0 halftime advantage over winless guest Waverly
(0-2, 0-5) in a Division IV game.
Fullback Kelsey Jenks opened
and closed the scoring for Forks, going 10 yards for the first
and 89 on first down for the last. His three carries went for a
season-best 112 yards, leading a 291-yard team total.
The Blue Devils visit winless
Seton Catholic Central on Saturday, then play host to Elmira
Notre Dame the following week.
From the Sayre Evening Times
-- State-ranked (2nd, Class B) Chenango Forks held the ball for
less than eight minutes in the first half and ran just 12 plays.
the Blue Devils weren't the least bit concerned as six of those
first-half plays resulted in touchdowns en route to handing
visiting Waverly its fifth straight loss, Saturday, 43-14 in an
IAC Division IV tilt.
Jenks led Forks on the ground with just three carries for 113
yards -- a personal best -- and found the end zone twice, once
on a 10-yard run, and again on an 89-yard first-down romp with
16 seconds left in the first half. In all, the Blue Devils used
11 ball carriers and netted 300 total yards on the ground and
all six touchdowns -- all scored in the first half -- in a
351-yard offensive day.
Tim Batty completed two of only three passes thrown on the day
for 51 yards -- he needed not throw any more -- connecting once
with Zach Tarnowski for 37 yards and once with Adam Parga for 14
yards. In addition, Batty, as a PAT kicker, split the uprights
on five of six extra-point kick attempts on the day.
evident from the start that it just wasn't Waverly's day. The
Wolverines took first possession of the ball at their own 20 to
open the game, after Batty's kickoff went into the end zone.
Waverly ran a four-and-out sequence that netted negative seven
yards. On the punt attempt, the snap hit the ground before
landing in punter T.J. Bauman's hands, forcing him to evade
Forks' tacklers rather than kick. He gained seven yards on the
play to the original line of scrimmage, where Forks took over on
downs. Jenks made a 14-yard run and then a 10-yard TD run to
open the scoring.
flood gates had opened.
three minutes later, Chris Spencer capped a one-play, 9-yard
drive with a 9-yard TD run for the Blue Devils. How did they get
the ball at the Waverly 9? Waverly's second possession of the
game ended with a punt that went straight up in the air, which
was then caught by a Wolverine player at the 9, setting up the
Blue Devils' scoring run.
next possession went much better, as the Wolverines were able to
hold the ball for about five minutes and garner a first down,
something which they did more than their opponent in the game --
14 to Forks' eight. (Note from the
Webmaster....what???? The Binghamton Press stats said Forks had
15 first downs, not 8. Having two reports differ by one or two
is common, but differing by seven??)
the drive ended on another botched punt, in which the ball was
rolling around on the ground until it was kicked through
Waverly's end zone by a Waverly player for a Forks safety,
making the score at that point 16-0 in favor of the home team.
Mirabito scored his first of two touchdowns on the Blue Devils'
next possession, on a 3-yard run that capped a three-play drive
-- all first downs -- that was started by a 37-yard passing play
from Batty to Tarnowski, which put Forks at Waverly's 14-yard
line. Chris Spencer then nailed an 11-yard run to set up the
score on the next play, a first-and-goal from the 3. The ensuing
PAT kick attempt was the only one missed by Batty in the game.
other touchdown came with 2:09 left in the first quarter, on a
Stephens scored for Forks' other touchdown on a 1-yard run,
capping a 53-yard drive that saw three straight first downs.
Forks did not play past second down at all in the first half --
until the second and goal at the 1 which set up Stephens' TD.
possession of the first half came with just 16 ticks left on the
clock -- one play, in which Jenks carried 89 yards to put his
team up 43-0 heading to halftime. Little did the Blue Devils
know that that would be all they would score. (Note
from the webmaster. No, on second thought, I'd better not)
Shaylor's 134 yards total rushing, 123 came in the second half.
He carried 26 times in the contest; six of which were first-half
carries. Waverly played a much tougher second half and did not
allow another Blue Devil touchdown, and held the Devils to just
82 yards of offense, all on the ground. (Note
from the webmaster. Now I'm getting ticked at this
addition, the Wolverines stepped up their offense and came up
with two TDs of their own off the legs of Shaylor, blowing
Forks' shutout bid.
Matt Lewis completed four of six passes in the second half --
six for 10 in the game -- and gained 84 yards in the same half
out of his total 90 yards through the air in the contest.
passing is what led to Waverly's first successful drive of the
game, on its first possession of the second half. He opened the
drive with a complete pass to favorite receiver Paul Meyers --
who made all six catches for 90 yards in the game -- for 25
Wolverines caught a break midway through the drive on a pass
interference call that led to a first down and goal at Forks'
2-yard line. Waverly was in the end zone three plays later, as
Shaylor cut to the right for his first of two touchdowns on the
On the PAT
attempt, Lewis found Meyers open in the end zone for the
two-point score, making it a 43-8 game.
other touchdown run came with 8:41 left in the fourth quarter.
His 20-yard scamper capped an eight-play, 70-yard drive which
was started again by a successful pass from Lewis to Meyers,
this time a 16-yard reception to open the drive.
would prove to be all Waverly could score in the game, as a
PAT-run attempt by Jake Rorick was stopped just short of the
forks showed a lot of class by playing all their people when
they got up," commented Waverly head coach Mike McLain.
players didn't give up, they played hard in the second half. We
need to use this second half as a springboard into our next week
of practices," McLain said.
Photo caption: Waverly
quarterback Matt Lewis (18), under pressure from Zach Tarnowski
(49), sends a pass toward back Jason Shaylor (44) in action from
Saturday's Section 4, Division IV game at Chenango Forks. ... Photo by Melissa Post