TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) -- For the third week in a row, our 12 Sports Game of the Week takes us to Class B, a Section IV football division just littered with talent. Friday night, Chenango Forks will look to continue its dominance over rival Chenango Valley.
"I'll tell you what probably comes to mind are the games that were so close," said Chenango Forks head coach Dave Hogan. "There's so many games over the years that probably could have gone either way."
But for the past 23 years, the football rivalry between Forks and Valley has gone the Blue Devils way.
"My favorite rivalry moment is when I was younger, when you used to go to the games, there'd be so many people that you barely had room to stand," Chenango Forks senior tight end and defensive end Connor Borchardt said.
And it's safe to say the Warriors can't stand Chenango Forks. That's because the Blue Devils have won 23 straight against Valley. The closest meeting coming five years ago.
"2012," said Blue Devils junior running back and linebacker Jeremiah Allen. "When in double overtime, my brother wins the game for us. It just meant everything to me."
That game ending 15-13 in favor of Forks.
Jeremiah Allen, of course, talking about his brother Isaiah Zimmer, a former New York State Player of the Year.
But this year, a new chapter is being added to the annual game. Friday night. Under Chenango Forks' brand new stadium lights.
"To have those lights on for the first time and playing a night football game, the kids are pretty excited about that, and I think our community is pretty excited about that," Hogan said.
"It'll be fun to play under the lights for the first time in a long time at Chenango Forks," added Borchardt. "It'll definitely be different, but it'll be a good time."
And always a good time is the tradition surrounding this game. Tradition that certainly makes you scratch that hair on your head.
"We alternate between mohawks and bleaching our hair," explained Borchardt. "And this year it's bleaching it, and I don't know why we do it, we just do it."
"I don't know how it really started, but it's either mohawks or blonde hair, and we just went with blonde hair this time," Allen added.
Bleaching aside, Hogan knows how to get that 24th straight win over the Warriors on Friday night.
"Well, we just have to stay focused," said Hogan. "We're under the lights. We're playing CV. We still all have roles, and we have to stay focused on what we have to do, and I'm pretty confident we're going to do that."
Again, our 12 Sports Game of the Week is Friday night at Chenango Forks High School with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.
The Blue Devils look to stay perfect and move to 3-0.
This will be the first home night game for Forks football since October 3, 1969!