TOWN OF FENTON
A year ago, Chenango Valley opened 0-3 before rattling off six consecutive victories to earn a second straight trip to the state Class B playoffs.
While travel plans for this year’s state playoffs aren’t likely being made just yet, another turnaround just might be in the works for the Warriors.
Zach Collins scored a pair of touchdowns and Anthony Miller ran for 146 yards and a touchdown as host CV rolled to a 35-0 victory over Owego in a non-league football game Saturday.
It was the second straight victory for CV (2-2), which defeated Oneonta, 40-13, last Saturday. The victory over Oneonta followed a difficult two-week stretch to open the season in which the Warriors lost to state-ranked opponents Corning and Maine-Endwell by a combined 109-16.
While needing a second-half surge to pull away from the Yellowjackets a week ago, CV seized control early against the Indians (0-4), grabbing a 28-0 lead through two quarters.
“We went through a similar situation last year, and I think a lot of the guys on the team were able to persevere through that, and I think they used that to talk to the younger guys and our coaching staff did as well.” said CV coach Jay Hope, refering to last year’s 0-3 start. “I think the biggest thing is just understanding we faced some tough opponents and we said in a funny way that it might make us better in the long run.
“It wasn’t so funny at the time, because everytime you line up you want to win, but I think it will help having played those teams.”
CV needed just four plays to take the lead. Starting on the Owego 31-yard line after a 21-yard punt return by Trevor Henige, CV gained just a yard on first down before runs of 12 yards by Miller and 17 yards by Henige set up Dominik Forbidussi’s 1-yard plunge into the end zone for a 7-0 lead 3:08 into the first quarter.
CV scored again just over a minute later. On fourth-and-5 from the Owego 40, CV’s Joel Gryskevicz partially blocked a Zach House punt, Collins snagging the ball in the air at the Owego 46 and out-racing several Owego players into the end zone to give CV a 14-0 lead with 7:49 remaining in the first quarter.
Two more touchdowns followed in the second quarter, as Henige scored on a 1-yard run with 5:40 left and Miller rumbled in from 29 yards out for another score with 28.7 seconds left to put CV on top, 28-0.
CV outgained Owego, 318-126, and limited the Indians to five first downs, including one in the first three quarters combined.
“The defense has come together as a whole unit, we’re stopping people and getting off the ball,” said CV quarterback Evan Trebilcock, who ran for 43 yards and also tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Collins for the game’s final TD. “Offensively, our line has really stepped up and our backs are hitting the hole hard.”