TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) — The expectations for Forks football this season are high.
“State title,” said junior running back Lucas Scott.
Something the Blue Devils fell short of last season.
“It was tough, but I mean we know that we don’t ever want to feel that pain again,” said Scott.
‘We’re a team that we don’t make up excuses,” said coach Dave Hogan. We can blame things, things we can’t control, so we focus on things we have control over.”
But one thing Forks can’t control?
“We lost a lot of seniors, but we do have some kids coming back,” said coach Hogan. “We don’t have a lot of kids, but the kids we have we like a lot and they’re working hard and they’re gonna get better.”
The Section IV powerhouse will turn to new faces to keep up the Chenango Forks reign, starting with junior quarterback, Ray Austin.
“I’ve been easing into it more and more,” said Austin. “I’m not a guy that talks a lot, but I’m getting better at it and embracing whatever I can do to help the team win.”
“The sky’s the limit. He’ll be the first to tell you he has a long way to go, but I think there’s a lot of potential there, and I think he’s going to be real good,” said coach Hogan.
Austin will be backed by the team’s offensive weapon, Lucas Scott.
“I think he’s bigger stronger faster than he was last year, and like I said before, I’m pretty happy he’s on our team,” said coach Hogan.
You got that right coach – a nightmare for any team’s defense.
“I like it, I like the pressure, I like helping my team out, they can depend on me,” said Scott. “I like having that. Gives me motivation.”
Week one gives us a class B showdown between Chenango Forks and Owego.
“That one sticks out quite a bit,” said coach Hogan. “That team gave us a real tough game last year, and they’ve got a lot of kids back. It’s gonna be a tough game.”
“We know they’re a good team, we just have to go out there and play Forks football, it should take care of itself,” said Austin.
And for Forks football, the standard remains the same.
“The backs against the wall and we’re going to come out on top,” said Austin.
“Work hard every day, get better every day and everybody knows that they if they put the time in, it’s going to pay off,” said Scott.
“Kids are looking forward to that first game, and we have a lot to do between now and then, but there’s not a lot of time so, we’re looking forward to it,” said coach Hogan.