TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) - Chenango Forks and Susquehanna Valley are the only two football teams from Section IV ranked in the latest state poll. The second ranked Blue Devils host #25 Susquehanna Valley in the Section IV semifinals on Saturday. It's 12 Sports' Game of the Week. Chenango Forks has won five straight Section IV championships and 14 in the past 16 seasons, so many are penciling the Blue Devils into the finals, but don't count Forks as one of them.
"If we have a bad week of practice and a bad game, this is the last game we'll ever play," said Chenango Forks senior half back/defensive back Sean Wiser.
Saturday will be a rematch from eleven days ago when Chenango Forks shutout Susquehanna Valley for a 21-0 victory.
"They have some very tough, stubborn boys over there, in a good way," said Chenango Forks head coach Dave Hogan. "They are a very well-coached team and they have some kids that are pretty tough."
"They are a very physical team," said Wiser. "They're both fast offensively and defensively, and they are never going to give up."
"SV is definitely a tough team," said Chenango Forks senior tight end/defensive end Connor Borchardt. "One of the toughest teams we have played this year, for sure. It's going to be a real challenge for us."
A 21-point victory seems like a lot, but it ties for Forks' closest game this season. Now, the Blue Devils will have to do it again just 14 days later to keep its season alive.
"That's one of the hardest things in sports," said Borchardt.
"They know what you're going to have," said Wiser. "They did very good defensively and offensively against us, and we know what they're going to have, but it's going to be tough."
"We know we are going to have our hands full," said Hogan. "We already know that. They are coming back over here for a purpose and we just have to take care of our side."
Chenango Forks has consistently dominated Section IV this century, but every team is different, and these Blue Devils are led by its team's make-up.
"We're really united," said Wiser. "If someone drops a pass or fumbles a ball, it's just 'get the next one.' It's not yelling at each other if someone makes a bad play. It's 'hey get the next one, get the next one.'"
"I think we play very well as a team," said Hogan. "I think we play for each other and that helps a lot."
Kickoff Saturday is set for 1:30 p.m. at Chenango Forks High School.