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October 7, 2012

Warriors fall, 31-30, in thriller

SIDNEY _ A see-saw fourth quarter that belied the physical and defensive nature of this Section Four Football Conference Division V game on the mud pit that was Sidney’s field ultimately was decided by an extra point.

Jack Sherwood sneaked the PAT inside the right upright with about 3 yards to spare to give unbeaten Chenango Forks a wild, 31-30 victory over the Warriors on Friday night.

Sidney (4-2, 2-1) took a 30-24 lead with 1:26 remaining on an impromptu call on a fourth-and-10 from the Blue Devils’ 26. Two 15-yard penalties _ a roughing the passer call and a pass interference infraction _ helped Sidney move to the Forks’ 26.

But three straight incompletions followed.

Warriors coach called timeout. Sidney had run its drive exclusive out of a spread formation, but on fourth down, it went to its customary double-wing formation. With Billy Kozak lined to quarterback Patrick Vibbard’s right, Vibbard took the shotgun snap and rolled his right. Kozak slipped into the left flat and was wide open. Vibbard then whirled and threw perfect pass to back Kozak, who caught it on the run and cruised into the left side of the end zone.

Kozak said he suggested the call to coach Jeff Matthews during the timeout.

Vibbard then hit Mike Ward on a quick slant on the two-point play to make it a six-point game.

But Sidney’s ensuing squib kick traveled 7 yards, giving the Blue Devils (6-0, 2-0) possession at the Warriors’ 47.

After hitting a hook and lateral on third-and-10, with JC Sweeney hitting Andrew Ziegenfus near the left sideline and Ziegenfus pitching back to Jake Green for a 17-yard gain, Forks scored on the next play.

Sweeney found an uncovered Cody DeOrdio about 20 yards downfield on the right side. DeOrdio made one defender miss with a cut to the middle en route to the end zone with 1:00 left.

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