The Binghamton Press
and the Oneonta Daily Star had some preview articles in Friday's
Desperate B-G/A hopes to trip Forks
need win, help to advance
Press & Sun-Bulletin
Chenango Forks can complete a unbeaten regular season when it
travels to Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton for a Division IV game at 7
The Blue Devils (7-0, 4-0 Division IV)), ranked second in the
state in Class B according to the New York State Sports Writers
Association, are coming off an impressive 27-7 victory over
previously unbeaten Elmira Notre Dame.
In that game, Forks limited the Crusaders to 153 yards of
The Blue Devils will face a Bears team whose three losses are
to teams with a combined 20-1 record (Walton, Norwich and Elmira
"We're playing a team whose strengths are very similar
to us," Forks coach Kelsey Green said. "They're very
strong right up front (on the offensive and defensive lines) and
they have two good running backs in (Jon) Zieno and (Garrett)
George that can move the ball.
"This is a good team to play before the playoffs. Even
though we're in the playoffs, we want to go in playing the type
of football we've been playing."
Though mathematically alive, it appears very likely B-G/A
(4-3, 3-1) will miss the Section 4 Class B playoffs. The Bears
would need to beat Forks and hope Elmira Notre Dame loses to
winless Waverly tonight.
Regardless of his team's playoff prospects, B-G/A coach Steve
Rice is looking forward to playing Forks.
"We've tried to impress upon our kids that as
inconsistently as we've played this season, we have a chance to
tie for the division title, which would be quite an
accomplishment," Rice said. "It's going to be a matter
of whether we can figure a way to stop the numerous weapons they
have and not give up too many big plays."
Oneonta Daily Star - Friday October 25th
In another game that could have an impact on
the Class B playoff picture, B-G/A (4-3, 3-1) plays host to
Chenango Forks (7-0, 4-0) in a Division IV game at 7 tonight.
If the Bears upset Forks — ranked second in
the state in Class B — they'll likely qualify for next
weekend's four-team Class B playoffs.
However, Forks has dominated every team it has
played this season, including a 56-7 victory over Oneonta in
Week 2 and a 27-7 victory over Elmira Notre Dame (6-1) last
B-G/A's ground game is led by Jon Zieno,
Garrett George and Josh Miller. Zieno has rushed for 727 yards,
George 420 and Miller 393.
Devils still undefeated
BY STAFF REPORTS -
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
Chenango Forks appears ready for the Class B playoffs after
manhandling host Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton, 34-0, Friday night
in a Section 4 Football Conference game.
It was the third shutout of the
season for the Blue Devils (8-0), who are ranked second among
Class B schools by the New York State Sports Writers
Forks won the Division IV title
with a 5-0 record while B-G/Afton (4-4) fell to 3-2 in the
Led by Kelsey Jenks' 17 carries
for 159 yards, the Blue Devils amassed 334 rushing yards in
pounding the Bears, who ran for 139.
Forks scored on its first
possession a little over three minutes into the game.
Quarterback Matt Juriga's 1-yard run capped a six-play, 67-yard
drive. Jenks started the drive with three carries for 66 yards.
Juriga's 31-yard pass to Nick
Mirabito about 3 1/2 minutes into the second quarter gave Forks
a two-TD cushion. Forks took possession on its 3 and drove the
length of the field in eight plays.
During the drive Mirabito ran
23 yards and Juriga rushed for another 24.
The Blue Devils would score
twice more in the quarter to take a 27-0 halftime lead, Chris
Spencer scored on an 8-yard run and Jenks added a 3-yard TD
"We didn't stay very
disciplined on our responsibilities," B-G/Afton coach Steve
Rice said. "It was very physical, both ways."
Forks used many of its reserves
through the second half. The Bears' deepest penetration was
inside Forks' 5 late in the game. B-G/Afton never drew closer
than the Blue Devils' 38 in the first half.
Jenks' 159 yards rushing was
his third 100-yard game and comes a week after running 173 yards
against Elmira Notre Dame.
Chenango Forks also shut out
Elmira Free Academy, 20-0, in the season opener and beat Seton
Catholic Central, 49-0, two weeks ago.