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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

 

Fox 40 Goes to Camp: Maintaining Tradition

The Chenango Forks Blue Devils have established that if you want to get to the Class C State Title game, you have to go through them.  Forks enters the 2015 season owning back-to-back state titles and while, in the same section as Maine-Endwell's four straight may seem pedestrian, it's impressive by any standard.  Head Coach Dave Hogan has been around the program long enough, and leading the Blue Devils for several years and knows the importance of football to the Forks community. 

Nothing would make the Blue Devils fans happier than a third straight state title, but there's a lot of ball to be played before then and as always, as cliche as it may sound, Hogan and the rest of the team insist that they're not getting ahead of themselves and just taking it "one game at a time."  But every week, you can expect the same hard work and the same passion that have become a long storied tradition of Forks football.

"It pays off in the end, winning games and stuff," said Cody Lamond, senior RB/DB.  "It really does pay off.  It's just exciting.  It's a great tradition here and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."

"I think that's just our coaches and our community," said Tony Silvanic, senior TE/DE.  "We have the best of the best.  They push us and they make it fun and they show us the way.  It's just great to play here."


"Once you get back out here, you feel like you never left," Hogan said.  "Especially with this group.  I think we got a pretty special group here as far leadership and hard workers and it just makes it that much more enjoyable."

Forks begins the season on the road under the lights on Friday, September 3 at Oneonta.

Monday, August 24, 2015

 

Fox 40 Goes to Camp: Tough Task for Tigers

The Union-Endicott Tigers have won the Class A Section IV Title for three straight years.  The last team that wasn't U-E to win a Class A Section Title was Maine-Endwell in the first year of their four year state title run before heading down to Class B.  Last year, U-E had an automatic bid for the Class A Title as the Tigers and the Vestal Golden Bears were the only two teams in Class A.

This year, if the Tigers want to keep their streak intact, it will be a much tougher task.  This year, the Tigers have to contend not only with bitter rival Vestal but M-E and Johnson City who have both moved up from Class B to Class A.

While this makes for a much tougher season, it only makes things more exciting.

 "With Vestal, U-E, Maine-Endwell, and JC, I mean all four of those teams are high quality teams," said Head Coach Tom Baleno.  "It's going to be very exciting.  We look forward to that challenge.  We look forward to having every game, every competition mean a little bit more.  It's almost like a playoff atmosphere right in the middle of the season which makes the weeks go by faster and more exciting."

U-E starts the season at home on Friday, September 4 against Class AA Elmira Express.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

 

Fox 40 Goes to Camp: Gang Greene Bigger and Badder

Let's go down a class to Class C and discuss the Greene Trojans. This team is entering the season after ending last year with three straight wins over Sidney, Whitney Point, and Harpursville. 

The boys up Route 12 are getting ready for a tough task in Division Four with Chenango Forks and Newark Valley fighting at the top for the past few years. The Trojans this year have a senior driven line with a lot of athletic weapons from Lucian Austin at tight end and Luke Erickson in the backfield. Greene had a tough time scoring for the first five weeks totaling 16 points in that span. But the last three games, the Trojans scored 99 points and they think the scoreboard will reflect those same numbers.

"We just want to finish off where we started last year. We ended the season 99-0 in points and we just want to build right off of that, ride the confidence we have, and first off all see how we do in the scrimmage and go from there," said Lucian Austin, Senior TE/LB. 

"The off the field stuff, our mental toughness, and leadership is a lot better than previous years," said Luke Erickson, Junior HB/S. 

"Last year as the year went on we got stronger offensively but that also coincided with stop turning the ball over. So hopefully, that will continue into this season," said Dave Gorton, Trojans Head Coach. 

For Week One they head out to Unatego-Franklin, a tough place to play because the Spartans always protect their house.




 

Fox 40 Goes to Camp: Black Knight Army Ready For Battle

Our High School Football show Fourth and Goal is two weeks away and the previews this week just keep on coming. Let's go out on route 17 east and check out the Windsor Black Knights who look to improve on a 4-5 record last season. 

Windsor has some talent on the offensive side of the football. The line is filled with senior leadership and the wide receivers are led by Jordan Haven on the outside. Now the offense did their job a lot last season, they scored 20 or more points in all their victories but the defense is what had troubles. In losses, Windsor allowed an average of 36 points a contest. But that's not what the Black Knights are thinking about for 2015. 

"You probably know that Windsor hasn't been the best team in the past but this year we are hungry for a win and hungry for victory," said Nick Miller, Senior C/DT. 

"Definitely, we are hungry to win. Especially with young kids we are going to be a lot faster this year. I mean last year we didn't have a lot of speed. This year every has gotten faster and everyone has been working out all summer. We will definitely be a better team," said Jordan Haven, Junior WR/LB. 

"Our best athletes are our wide receivers. A lot of times we will have four of them so you know they want to throw the ball but if we had to let the ball out of the air and try to run as much as we can we can do that as well," said Tim Hogan, Black Knights Head Coach. 

The Black Knights have our game of the week for Week One as they head on the road to take on the Susquehanna Valley Sabers.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

 

Fox 40 Goes to Camp: Hornets Ready to Sting

Now let's turn to a team that seems to sting everyone in their way before reaching the playoffs and that's the Harpursville-Afton Hornets. The blue and gold have many weapons returning on both sides of the ball.

Tim Petras and the gang get ready for another run with sophomore quarterback Tyler King. King takes over for senior captain Devon Dean from last year and King looks to take over an offense that averaged 22 points a contest. And there are 13 seniors on the roster that will make an impact as they work to get past the first round of the playoffs. Last year, they lost to Unatego-Franklin 60-14 and they will not be repeating that result this season.

"We are coming back, trying to redeem ourselves from last year. After losing in the playoffs, we just want to come back and prove to everybody that is not us, that was just a bad year," said Mitchell Weist, Junior FB/LB.
"We have a lot more speed. We have a lot of guys working hard this year, dedicated to the team and wanting to do better than we did last year," said Deion Oakley, Senior WR/CB.

"You have to be consistent. I mean you don't reinvent your team during playoff time. You have to do what you do and do it better. I think everyone needs to step up as far as expectations are come with a good attitude and get ready to work," said Tim Petras, Hornets Head Coach.

The Hornets head to Newfield Week One and then host Whitney Point for Week Two.

 

Fox 40 Goes to Camp: Indians think they have what it takes

Let's divulge into the Owego Indians. They believe Class B is open for the taking. Their 4-5 record from last year shouldn't make you think this is another rebuilding year.

This is a big year for the Indians because their senior offensive weapons are back. Starting quarterback Logan Neira returns from injury last season, Will "glad bag" Gladney is like the new force flex feature, the kid can catch 'em all over the field. Plus Patrick Bilbrey will be the starting running back after replacing Neira last season at QB. Watch out for OFA in 2015.

"It's exciting! I think it helps us out way more. Logan is a great Quarterback and Bilbrey is a great running back so it helps us out better than last year because we only had one of them," said Will Gladney, Senior WR/LB.

"A lot of heart, a lot of hard working guys who want to get out there and win. We really want to show something this year and prove something," said Logan Neira, Senior QB/DB.

"It's been a unique start to camp without Coach Virkler being here. It's been different but the guys have responded awesome. The intensity has been great and everybody has been doing their part to pick up the slack a little bit until he gets healthy and gets back," said Mark Burrell, Indians Assistant Coach.

Coach Virkler is recovering from surgery and has been wanting to coach the team since the start of camp. He expects to be back next week. The Indians host Watkins Glen week one and Owego scored 40 points in two out of their last three weeks of the season.


Friday, August 21, 2015

 

Fox 40 Goes to Camp: Deposit-Hancock Looking to Make Big Playoff Run

To another class d school and a team that was very good in 2014, the Deposit-Hancock Eagles. Last year this team went 6-3 in the standings but eventually fell to Tioga 40-6 in the playoffs.

So the boys are at it again! 17 seniors lead this team into battle week one against Sidney. In wins last season the Eagles averaged 36 points a game and in losses they only averaged 8 points. Senior Ronnie Ballard who was the quarterback last season will transition to running back full time with an experienced line in front of him. They are all working to get another shot at a playoff run.

"The Drive! They are hungry! These kids want more than just get into the playoffs. They want to get to at least the semifinals, if not, the finals in the Section. They want to compete and they have a championship on their mind this year," said Head Coach Jeremiah Johnson.

"This is my fourth year playing and this is definitely the most potential I have seen I think. We are ready to go," said Zach Gifford, Senior OL/LB.

"It's the hitting drills. You get a big hit, you are pumped up and you want to go out and play those big guys and get those big hits," said Ronnie Ballard, Senior HB/LB.

The Eagles are on the road the first two weeks before hosting Greene on Week 3, September 18th.



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