Experience leads the way for Forks heading into state semis

By wbng sports

November 21, 2013 Updated Nov 21, 2013 at 10:01 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Chenango Forks makes the trip to Rochester's Sahlen's Stadium to play at the same place and time as it did last year, on Saturday. Once again a spot in the state finals will be on the line.

This time around though there's no state-best winning streak and number one ranked team in the Blue Devils way. Last year, Forks fell to then undefeated Hornell in the state semifinals.

Now, seniors Isaiah Zimmer and John Colm Sweeney help lead the charge once again, hoping last year's experience pays off against fourth ranked Cleveland Hill.

"Words can't describe that, it's just a great feeling to know we have that kind of experience," said Hogan about Zimmer and Sweeney. "Those two kids and it doesn't stop there. We've got a lot more too with a lot of experience."

For the seniors it's a chance at redemption, and a game the team has been waiting for all season.

"I think I'm going to come out with a lot more incentive than I did last year," said Zimmer. "I think we fell a little short and being out there on the same field, it's going to bring that emotion back and it's going to really drive us."

"A lot of us were juniors and sophomores back then last year and I think being so young, but so far in the playoffs really helped us," said senior Andrew Ziegenfus.

Both Hogan and Zimmer compared Cleveland Hill to Lansing, with the type of playmakers they have. In the Section 4 semifinals, Forks handled the Bobcats 48-26 this year.

Saturday's game is scheduled for a noon kickoff in Rochester.

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