TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) -- Chenango Forks football is a perennial powerhouse, and through five games this season, the Blue Devils are 5-0 and ranked second in the state. The Class B team is led by a talented senior who enjoys a pregame meal consisting of peanut butter jelly sandwiches. His name is Connor Borchardt, and he's our 12 Sports Athlete of the Week.
"[Connor] takes pride in doing those little things, so he is really the complete package," head coach Dave Hogan said.
"He's a funny guy," added senior offensive and defensive lineman Tiernen Joseph. "A fun guy to be around. Brings a lot to the table."
In Friday's 48-6 win over Waverly, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound senior dazzled on both sides of the ball.
"I've just always wanted to be successful," Borchardt said.
That attitude helped the tight end catch not just one, but two touchdown passes against the Wolverines.
"The first one was just bobbled and I just grabbed it," explained Borchardt. "The second touchdown, it was a great throw by Kris [Borelli]."
A Forks touchdown typically ends with a rocket ship taking flight.
"We give a little look like he's going to go up, so he jumps up and I just lift him in the air," Joseph said.
Then on defense, Borchardt tallied seven tackles, a sack and one heck of an interception.
"The interception, I had no idea what even happened," said Borchardt. "I just put my hands up, and I was like, 'Oh, it's in my arms. That's cool. I'll probably run now.'"
"We were just amazed that he got it," added Joseph. "I mean, don't know how."
"That was one heck of a game Friday night," said Hogan. "It's just a bigger, stronger, faster version of the kinds of things he's done in the past. I think the sky is the limit for him. I think he can play even better, and I think he'd be the first one to tell you that."
And despite all of his success this season on the field, for Borchardt, it's all about maintaining tradition.
"Just knowing that you're going to play for Chenango Forks, put on the red helmet and strap it up," said Borchardt. "Wear Forks on your chest. I mean, that usually gets you pretty amped up."
No. 2 Chenango Forks (5-0) travels to No. 24 Norwich (4-1) this Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m.