Fox 40's Game of the Week: Chenango ForksPosted: Updated:
Binghamton, N.Y.- Our game of the week highlights two ranked teams in New York. Maine-Endwell and Chenango Forks are power houses on the football field and have had more success than any other program in Section IV. Other than Aquinas High School, no other team in the state has won more state titles than Chenango Forks and Maine-Endwell. Both teams checking off almost every single box in the record books.
The two storied programs will meet on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. with undefeated records on the line.
Maine-Endwell is known for their historic run from 2011-2014 when they won four consecutive championships, as well as winning 62 straight games. Something that no other team has ever done. Chenango Forks on the other hand, has appeared in the last five state title games, winning three of them. So, the question that comes to mind. Do these teams mirror one another?
"Definitely. I know every year we come in going one day at a time and I'm sure they do as well" said quarterback Jakob Topa.
"I think so. I got a lot of respect for a lot teams and Maine-Endwell is definitely one of them" said Forks head coach Dave Hogan.
Dave Hogan has been leading Chenango Forks as their head coach since 2008. Under his leadership, they've appeared in the last five straight state championship games, winning three of them.
"Our coaching staff I believe holds us above any other team. As far as what we should be doing on and off the field. We have the highest expectations out of any team I know" said Chenango Forks safety, Jared Gage.
Those expectations will be held even higher on Saturday.
"We can downplay it. But, everyone knows it's not just another game" said Dave.
With the Spartans and Blue Devils being the only undefeated teams in Class B, Saturday's game will play a big role in the post season, when thinking about playoff implications.
"I think it's very important. I think whoever prevails, whoever plays better certainly has the confidence going into the playoffs" Said Dave.
"This one's kind of important to be honest because this game is going to get us ready for playoffs. Their such a good team. They always come in and give us their best shot" said Jakob.
This year's Maine-Endwell team brings more experience and more team chemistry than we've seen in the last couple of years.
"They definitely have veterans on the team who have been where they been. They know what it takes to get it done. They have some big boys up front that's where the battle is going to be won. Always start out front with our line man. That's gonna be fun to watch. The guys I have in front of me vs the guys Joe Mancini has in front of him" said Jakob.
Chenango Forks hosts Maine-Endwell Saturday at 1:30 p.m.