Forks closes out Greene with running game

GREENE - Held without a rushing first down the entire second half, Chenango Forks stuck to its guns rushing for three late first downs to run out the clock on a surging Greene Trojans team Friday night.

The Blue Devils dealt Greene its first loss of the season getting two TD runs from Isaiah Zimmer and a timely TD pass at the end of the first half in a 22-14 final at Raymond Field.

Greene drove for the only touchdown of the second half to close the deficit to eight points with 3:03 to play. The Blue Devils needed a first down – or two – in a big way. “The thing that sticks out the most in this game to me is that we were able to get those first downs at the end,” said Chenango Forks coach Dave Hogan, who could have pointed to any number of highlights that factored in the victory. “I was nervous until the clock hit zero.”

Until its final possession, Chenango Forks had exactly seven yards rushing on 11 attempts through four possessions in the second half. It was a far cry from the opening two quarters when the Blue Devils ran for 155 yards. “Hats off to Greene, they made some great defensive adjustments in the second half,” Hogan said. “Really, we just ran the same stuff (at the end of the game), and all of a sudden it was working again.”

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