The Binghamton Press
and the Elmira paper
both ran preview articles this week. The game article and stats
are below the preview articles. The Elmira paper just used an
edited version of the Press article on the game, so there is not
Elmira article on the game. Tuesday's "5th Quarter" in
the Binghamton Press had a small piece on Kelsey Jenks. It's
Elmira Star-Gazette, October
Notre Dame (6-0, 3-0) at Chenango Forks (6-0, 3-0): Notre Dame
obviously has its hands full. Forks was the state Class B
runner-up last year and has outscored its opponents by an
average score of 38-5 this season on the way to a No. 2 state
"There's not too many
times in the past where we've gone in as a decided
underdog," Notre Dame coach Mike D'Aloisio said. "We
really have nothing to lose. They've destroyed everybody. We'll
go in and try to have fun."
Notre Dame can clinch a tie for
the division title and a top seed in the Class B playoffs with a
victory. If the Crusaders lose, they'll still almost definitely
earn one of the four Class B playoff spots if they beat winless
Waverly next weekend.
Even if Notre Dame wins
Saturday, it's likely the Crusaders would have to get past Forks
again to win the sectional title. And beating the Blue Devils
just once is enough of a challenge.
"They have a ton of
weapons offensively, and defensively they're quick to the ball
and have solid people up front that are tough to move,"
"I think the big thing is
we're going to have to be able to move the ball on them. We
can't keep going three and out. If we put some sustained drives
together, which we're capable of doing, and keep it close ...
you never know what can happen when you get late in the
Binghamton Press &
Sun-Bulletin, Oct 18th:
Forks readies for big test vs. Elmira ND
IV's top spot on the line
Press & Sun-Bulletin
It has been smooth sailing for Chenango Forks, New York state's
second-ranked Class B football team, since a relative tussle of
a 20-0 win at Elmira Free Academy on opening weekend.
The Blue Devils (6-0) are
bracing for a change in the pattern of one-sided outcomes -- an
average score of 43.6 to 5.8 over the last five weeks -- when
they play host to unbeaten and 13th-ranked Elmira Notre Dame at
2 p.m. Saturday.
At stake is the top spot in
Division IV of the Section 4 Football Conference.
"I think we'll have a
little sense of urgency this week," Forks coach Kelsey
Green said. "We know Notre Dame's program, the great
tradition, and this year's looks like one of their better teams.
"Our attention is not
wandering. It's right there.
"We have to be patient.
We've been spoiled a little bit with a lot of big plays. But
they don't give up big plays. And they become very stubborn as
you get close to their goal line."
Forks, winner in 18 of its last
19 games dating to the start of last season, has averaged 366
yards of offense while surrendering 129.3 per game. Three Forks
players have rushed for better than 100 yards in a game, most
recently Chris Spencer with a 104-yard effort in Saturday's 49-0
win over Seton Catholic Central.
Devils muscle way past Elmira ND
BY KEVIN STEVENS
Press & Sun-Bulletin
CHENANGO FORKS --
Chenango Forks further established itself as Section 4's Class B
team to beat Saturday, putting a 27-7 hurting on Elmira Notre
Dame that made it seven victories in as many starts.
Physically overpowering the
smaller Crusaders at most every turn, Forks limited the visitors
to 32 rushing yards and five first downs-- their lone first down
of the second half coming with a 76-yard touchdown pass against
the Blue Devils' No. 2 defense with 2:15 remaining.
Kelsey Jenks rushed 28 times for 173 yards, heading a Forks
offense that battered Notre Dame for 383 on the ground and
passed just once.
"We knew at the beginning
of the game we had to hit them hard, send a message first,"
said Forks center Juan Mendoza. "That's the way you want to
start a ballgame. After a while, we just wore them down."
Here's how the message went
from Forks, ranked second in the state, to 13th-ranked Notre
* The Blue Devils' initial
possession went 63 yards on eight plays, Jenks' 3-yarder for a
score the capper.
* Forks' second drive lasted 16
plays, covered 67 yards and ended with quarterback Chris Spencer
sneaking over from the 1.
* Then, late in the second
quarter, Jenks hopped in from the 1 -- with nary a defender's
glove making contact -- to end an 11-play, 71-yard possession
for a 20-0 lead.
Offensively, the primary
difference-makers were Mendoza at center, tackles Steve Bronson
and Mike Bunker, and guards Jake Frisch and Steve Blackman.
For that crew, Notre Dame had
"They're not only big,
they're strong and physical," Crusaders coach Mike
D'Aloisio said. "Physically, we're outmanned."
As dominant as Forks was with
the football, the Blue Devils' defenders were equally
Notre Dame's first crack at
offense resulted in a three-and-out, its second was halted when
Nick Mirabito intercepted a third-and-9 pass near midfield, and
its third lost a yard in three plays before a punt.
When Notre Dame (6-1) did get a
little something going, using passing gains of 25 and 11 yards
to help reach Forks' 10-yard-line in the final minute of the
first half, Frisch shot in from his left end position to sack
quarterback Colin Sinko on fourth-and-8.
"That was huge,"
Forks coach Kelsey Green said of the defensive stand. "If
they score there, it's a ballgame. I mean, it was still a
ballgame, but ... "
Not for long, it wasn't.
Making regular use of Jenks'
229-pound body and will to stay on his feet, Forks took the
football to start the second half and went 75 yards on nine
plays, with Jenks' third 11-yard rush of the drive good for a
touchdown. Tim Batty's PAT kick had Notre Dame in a 27-0 hole.
"I have a lot of respect
for our line," said Jenks, part of that offensive front a
season ago before joining the backfield cast as a senior.
"We had holes that were so big, you could almost jog to the
holes and then hit them with a dead sprint. If they maintain
their blocks, I know and the other backs know, we'll just keep
Down four touchdowns, Notre
Dame's first three possessions of the second half were of the
"They have (Zach)
Tarnowski and Frisch on the outside, Jenks in the middle, with
Mendoza, Blackman, all the other guys, and they just dare you to
try and run at them," D'Aloisio said. "You can't move
them out of there. Every kid is as strong as the next. We knew
that would cause us problems (Saturday).
"They force you to throw
the ball, but they've got some speedsters in the back
(secondary) there, too."
Nine Forks ball carriers had a
hand in the team's 383-yard rushing performance, with 14 running
plays going for 10 or more yards.
"We did miss a few blocks,
so I'll give a B," Mendoza said, when asked to grade the
offensive front's performance. "We can do better. We can
never be satisfied."
Photo Caption & Credit: Tim
Batty of Chenango Forks carries as Dan Eschback of Elmira Notre
Dame pursues during Saturday's game. Batty had 35 yards on 5
carries in Forks' victory in a matchup of unbeaten teams in
Division IV - Kathryn Deuel, Binghamton Press &
From the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin "5th
Quarter" - Tuesday October 22nd
HEAVY LOAD FOR JENKS
Chenango Forks top defensive
player was also its most leaned-upon offensive weapon in
Saturday's highly impressive 27-7 win over a previously unbeaten
Elmira Notre Dame squad.
Kelsey Jenks, nose guard
extraordinaire, was called upon to carry the football from his
fullback position 28 times, the resulting 173 yards a major part
of what went into the Blue Devils' one-sided win.
Asked if offensive overload
affects his ability to defend to his standards, Jenks said,
"Once in awhile, it warms you up to go on defense. Other
times, I go to play defense and I'm a little exerted. But I
don't think about being tired.
"I just want to play as
much as I can. I want to play so hard that after a game, I can't