Devils vs. Witches?
More appropriate Halloween fare, perhaps, but they’ll have at it a day after Thanksgiving in the Carrier Dome.
Chenango Forks (11-1) seeks a third consecutive Class C state football championship with Greenwich (12-0) opposing. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Pedigree overwhelmingly favors Forks.
The Blue Devils have more or less pitched a tent in the Dome come late-autumn since 2001. Greenwich is making its first appearance in a state-championship game.
“That’s huge because we have so many people who come back who’ve been there before,” quarterback/linebacker Tony Silvanic said of Forks’ program history. “We’re playing for so much more than just each other, we’re playing for the whole community. It’s so special to all of us.”
“That definitely helps, especially with the veterans we have on this team who have been there and played in that game— some of us two games,” said fellow Forks senior Cody Lamond.
Greenwich returns an abundance of personnel from a 2014 squad that played to a 5-3 record.
Most conspicuous are Mike Brandow, a 210-pounder who has rushed for 1,825 yards and 30 touchdowns, and quarterback Lukas Whitehouse. He has completed 64 percent of his 129 passes for 1,550 yards and 17 touchdowns.
“We’re facing a team that can score from anywhere on the field, they’re very explosive,” Silvanic said. “We’ve just got to follow our game plan and do what Forks does, that’s prevent them from scoring a lot of points and just stick to our game plan.”
“Playoffs, you can’t take anybody lightly, every team is good,” Lamond said. “Obviously these guys are really good because they’ve made it to the state championship.”
CLASS C STATE FINAL
Matchup: Chenango Forks (11-1) vs. Greenwich (12-0).
When: 6 p.m. Friday.
State rankings: Forks No. 1; Greenwich No. 2.
Etc.: Greenwich is Section 2 champion for first time since 1997. Chenango Forks, two-time defending Class C state champion, has won 13 Section 4 championships in the last 15 years. … Witches returned nine starters on both sides of the line of scrimmage. … Greenwich senior Mike Brandow has scored 32 touchdowns this season. .. Only opponent to hold Forks short of 34 points was Maine-Endwell in Week 2.