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Binghamton, N.Y. - For over a decade Chenango Forks football has been in a league of their own in Section IV, bringing that dominance to the entire state of New York. The Blue Devils football program has won five New York State Titles (2003, 2004, 2013, 2014, 2015). Although the Blue Devils came up short in the New York State Championship last year and in 2016, the team's focus continues to remain the same.
"It's all about blocking, tackling and execution and all of those things and playing together as a team. Nothings changed just going to keep working on the same stuff" said head football coach David Hogan.
A focal point that has brought the Blue Devils to where they want to be almost every single year. Bringing them to five state titles, eleven state championship games, with five of them coming in the last five years. Although last year ended in heartbreaking fashion after falling one game shy of winning a state title after losing to Pearlville 28-14 in the Class B Title Game. But, Chenango Forks enters this season trying to put last years lost in the rear view mirror.
"We just need to know that we're all going to work hard and play together. We need to make sure we do everything we can do to go farther than last year" said Senior offensive lineman Ethan Trevett.
"It's a new year. We just gotta bring it all" said Senior running back Jeremiah Allen.
Jeremiah has had no problem in doing so. Last season the running back collected 2,282 yards and found the end zone 35 times. Now, as a senior, those efforts on the field will be just as important off the field as a continuous leader.
"Our veterans stepping up is what we're concerned about the most every year" Hogan said.
"You never know until you see them in action and so far it looks pretty good."
But, even with all of their success, the Blue Devils enter the 2018 season looking for their missing piece to the puzzle. After losing their starting quarterback last year, this year, it's Jakob Topa and Troy Arno who are fighting for the starting spot.
"We seem to have this quite often, you know, we have two kids who can play and we're going to need at least a couple of them, maybe even a third one" Hogan said.
"I think either one of them will be a very good choice in leading the team."
Chenango Forks opens their 2018 season on September 1 at 8 pm inside the Carrier Dome against Central Square.