CHENANGO FORKS – In two games this season, Chenango Forks’ starting quarterback Casey Lanave has not thrown a single pass. Except for a halfback option pass in week one against Windsor, the Blue Devils have completed eschewed any attempts to move the ball through the air.
Forks head coach Dave Hogan smiled when he was asked if his coaching staff contemplated throwing a pass in Saturday’s 26-6 win over Norwich. “It certainly crosses our minds, but it’s another thing to pull the trigger on it,” Hogan said.
Why would his team need to throw the ball when his rushing attack remains brutally efficient and effective? Lanave executed the option offense to perfection along with fullback Jim Miller. Miller and Lanave softened up the Norwich defense rushing for 101 and 89 yards respectively. Those two gave way to speedy tailbacks – and twin brothers – Tyler and Ryan Lusht near the goal line. Tyler Lusht scored on runs of 4, 3, and 4 yards, and Ryan Lusht interceded on the third Forks score rambling in from eight yards out.
Chenango Forks finished with 284 yards on the ground, while keeping the Tornado defense busy all afternoon. The only men on the field longer than the NHS defense were the five officials. “We really played a pretty good first half, and I thought we had a pretty good defensive plan,” said Norwich second-year coach, John Martinson. “In the second half, they really hurt us off tackle, and we knew they were going there. That’s the thing, you know where someone’s going, and you still have diffiuclty stopping them.”