Walton, which has five seniors on its roster, will host Oxford on Saturday.
CF 54, Unatego 13
Bruising running back Isaiah Zimmer rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries as host Chenango Forks earned its second straight season-opening victory over Unatego in a Section Four Football Conference non-division game.
The Blue Devils led, 20-0, after one quarter and by a 34-7 count at halftime.
“They’re well coached and they’re a veteran team,” Unatego coach Frank Microni said of a Forks squad that advanced to the Class C state semifinals last season. “We have to improve, work harder and get better.”
Zimmer opened the scoring on a 44-yard run. L.J. Watson’s 33-yard scoring run made it 14-0 and CJ Sweeney hit Elliott Butler on a 44-yard scoring pass in the first quarter.
Unatego, which graduated a host of seniors — including Daily Star Player of the Year Tyler Butler — off a squad that went 6-3 last season, answered in the second quarter on a 65-yard pass play. Sophomore Josh Feyerabend, who replaced Butler at quarterback, hit Jared Jones on the scoring play. Feyerabend’s extra point made it 20-7.
“I thought we threw the ball well,” said Microni, who watched as Feyerabend completed 9 of 23 passes for 174 yards. “But we can throw it better. I thought we had certain guys who played real hard and they’ll be rewarded. They’ll play more.”
Forks scored the next four touchdowns, including 11- and 2-yard scoring runs by Zimmer before Feyerabend hit Kellen Komenda on a 44-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
“We need to get a little more aggressive, we need to block better and we need to tackle better,” Microni said.
Next for Unatego is a non-division game at home Friday against rival Sidney.
“I was impressied with their offensive and defensive lines,” said Microni, who scouted Sidney’s 42-40 victory over Chenango Valley on Friday night. “Of course, Billy (Kozak) played great. I’ve watched him for a long time. It always seems there’s a Kozak coming through at Sidney.”