ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- The Chenango Forks Blue Devils are headed back to the Carrier Dome for the Class B State Championship Game after beating Cheektowaga in the state semifinals on Saturday at Union-Endicott. The Blue Devils will face Pleasantville for the Class B State Championship Sunday, November 26 at the Carrier Dome at noon.
Cheektowaga scored first on Saturday midway through the first quarter. Chenango Forks scored the next 13 points to take its first lead of the game in the second quarter. Jeremiah Allen ran in the first touchdown, and Kris Borelli hooked up with Matt Paske for the second to give Forks the lead. After the Warriors responded with a touchdown of its own, Borelli found Allen for a touchdown catch with 43 seconds left before the half, putting the Blue Devils ahead by six.
Chenango Forks received the second half kickoff and went on a seven-minute drive, capped by a Matt McDonald touchdown to go up, 27-14. Kris Borelli sealed the game in the third quarter with a 43-yard touchdown run, putting Forks up 20, and the Blue Devils never looked back, winning 48-28.
Final Score: #2 Chenango Forks (12-0) 48 - Cheektowaga (10-2) 28
MVP - Kris Borelli: Chenango Forks Senior QB/DB
"We practiced all week like this (for the unfavorable conditions)," said Chenango Forks senior quarterback/defense back Kris Borelli. "We did multiple drills to help us out, and I tell ya what, it did help us out. We didn't have one dropped ball today, and it definitely worked out in our favor."
"[Borelli is] a natural-born leader anyway," said Chenango Forks head coach Dave Hogan. "He leads by example, but he's also not afraid to get after people too. Everybody knows its not personal and stuff, but what a great leader he is."
"Since last time we were there, we've kind of had a sick taste in our mouth all year," said Chenango Forks senior running back/defensive back Sean Wiser. "Now, we're finally back and get to prove ourselves."