Blue Devils poised to pick up where they left off

By Travis Eldridge

August 27, 2013 Updated Aug 27, 2013 at 11:49 PM EDT

Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Chenango Forks is one of a handful of teams in Section IV looking to follow up a state semifinal run from last season. For the Blue Devils though, last year was also a redemption season of sorts.

After missing the playoffs two seasons ago, last year's Forks team had plenty of things to prove. Now, after that deep run to states, the Blue Devils are poised to pick up where they left off.

Forks returns its starting quarterback J.C. Sweeney and running back Isaiah Zimmer. Despite plenty of returning players, coach Dave Hogan said it's a different feeling this season.

"You know I think last year the team had something to prove. I'm not sure we feel that way," said Hogan. "We're just talking about picking up where we left off. Last year's team was last year's team, we have a lot to be proud of with that, but now it's all about getting better."

"Being that far in the playoffs, you just have a lot more experience," said Sweeney. "The tight games we had last year, knowing what that's like and knowing what it's like to win those games is a big help for this year."

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Forks also must deal with rival Chenango Valley in its division this season. The Warriors have dropped down to Class C to join the Blue Devils, making that rivalry game even more important this season.

Chenango Forks opens up the season though with a visit from Unatego.