For the third time in a five-season span it’ll be Chenango Forks opposing General Brown in a Class C state football quarterfinal. Saturday’s kickoff is scheduled for a noon start as the opener of a playoff tripleheader at Union-Endicott’s Ty Cobb Stadium.
The Blue Devils will look to advance to the semifinal round for the 10th time in a 13-season span. General Brown — located in the Jefferson County village of Dexter — was state runner-up in 2010, the year of the program’s second and most recent semifinal berth.
The Lions captured Section 3’s championship with a 34-7 victory over Watertown IHC, avenging a two-point loss absorbed Oct. 18.
“Seems to be a typical General Brown team,” said Blue Devils coach David Hogan. “They’ve been around for a while and winning championships up there for a while. They’re pretty sound defensively, very well-coached. They always seem to have that tough running back and this team is no different.”
Zech Pitre (6-1, 210) tops the rushing charts with 1,181 yards and 19 touchdowns. Quarterback Evan Will is No. 2 rusher with 453 yards, and he has completed 58 passes for 806 yards and five TDs.
“No. 30 (Pitre), he’s a fullback, definitely hits the hole hard and he’s pretty quick, too– he returns kicks for them,” Hogan said. “He’ll go around the end as well as up the middle.”
“It’s clearly a run-first team. They got in the ‘Gun a little before halftime, but it’s definitely a running team.”
Pitre and fellow inside linebacker Rob Pickeral have caught the attention of Blue Devils coaches, as has Josh Totive, a 6-4, 315-pound sophomore who plays offensive guard and defensive tackle.
Isaiah Zimmer heads Forks’ offense with 1,560 rushing yards, with Ryan Bronson next-best with 410 yards.
Defensive back Jack Sherwood played his first game without a bulky cast on wrist in last week’s rout of Waverly, with noticeably upgraded results. And freshman L.J. Watson is expected to be eased back into the offensive backfield after being limited to defense only last week because of a lingering ankle ailment.
Ahead for the winner will be a semifinal against either Wayland-Cohocton or Cleveland Hill, noon next Saturday at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester.