Action Sports Spotlight: Chenango Forks vs. Chenango Valley

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Sep 25, 2007 at 11:44 PM EDT

It may not end up being the biggest game of the year, but as of right now, it most definitely is the biggest.

River rivals Forks and Valley are both undefeated and state ranked.

They may end up playing for the sectional title.

But that doesn't matter this week.

We preview their Saturday matchup in this week's action sports spotlight.

The last time Chenango Valley beat Chenango Forks, Bill Clinton was president.

But since that one point win in 1994, the Warriors have lost 12 straight to their neighbors.

Last season it was a 14 to 9 loss.

While this team is undefeated so far this season...none of that matters.

All that seems to matter is this weekend's game.

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"People come up to you everyday, ask you about Forks and you tell them one week at a time but they know what's going on. Hopefully we can do what we gotta do."
The mood is no different at Chenango Forks.
While the Devils have dominated the series for over a decade, that's not on their minds.
They're worried about a team Coach Green says matches up pretty evenly to his.
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"We never talked about it at all so if its in our mind, it shouldn't be there. There's no intimidation between the two programs. There's been a lot of close games in those 12 years."
Players and coaches on both side say this game has been a distraction so far.
And they're happy game time is almost here.
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"Can't get my superintendent off my back. He keeps asking me. He's all about these games. I'm trying to take it one game at a time so I'm finally glad I'm here in terms of we get to just focus on them."
While there is hype in town all week, players say when it comes to Saturday at 1:00 pm, all the hype goes out the window.
That's when it's time to get down to business.
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"It's a little more of an intense game. It's a little rougher but in the end it just the same thing. We just try to do what we do."

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