SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Chenango Forks football team came into the season with one goal, avenge their loss in the state championship game last season to Glens Falls.
On Sunday, the Blue Devils hit the field at the Carrier Dome to try and do just that.
Fans, young, old, and even named Jeremiah, turned out for this one, hoping to see their team earn a championship ring.
The Blue Devils looking poised pre-game, quarterback Kris Borelli getting in right frame of mind during the national anthem, ready to hit the field.
However, things couldn't have started any worse for Forks. Pleasantville quarterback Jack Howe looks like he'll be brought down for a loss, but then he springs free for a 77-yard touchdown run, on the second play of the game! Panthers setting the tone early.
But the Blue Devils bounce back. Jeremiah Allen rumbles into the end zone to tie the game up at 7. First one for him on the day.
More from Pleasantville. Here comes Howe again, this time on fourth and goal from the one. This makes it 14-7 Panthers, a lead they'd take into the half.
Mid-third now, and Howe isn't done. He keeps this one and races 58 yards for his third score of the day, now a 21-7 Pleasantville lead.
But Forks wasn't ready to have their season end yet. After being kept in check most of the game, Allen finally breaks free. He takes it 54 yards to the house. We got ourselves a one possession game again, 21-14.
Pleasantville had other things in mind though. Charlie McPhee looking like he's going to be brought down. He keeps fighting, breaks a couple tackles, and lunges into the end zone. 28-14 Panthers.
Late fourth, Forks needing to find the end zone. But Allen gets the ball knocked out and it's recovered by the Panthers. One of four Forks turnovers in the game.
Allen can't believe it. Pleasantville would run out the clock and the Panthers are the Class B state champions as they beat the Blue Devils, 28-14.
Panthers quarterback Jack Howe was named game M.V.P. after his three touchdown performance. This is the first state title in Pleasantville football history.
Afterwards, we spoke with Forks head coach Dave Hogan about his team's performance.
"You put your heart and soul into this. I mean, some of these kids, for their entire lives, for this moment, and they didn't obtain their ultimate goal. It's going to hurt when you put that much into it. But, you still learn a lot of things from it. I mean, going to a state title game, there's a lot of people that would love to switch places with them. You know, but again, it's still going to hurt though, no doubt about it," said Hogan.
Despite the heart-breaking loss, this team has nothing to hang their heads about. Congrats Forks on a tremendous season, and we're looking forward to the next one.
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