Small Town Charm - Big Time Football

Dolgeville, NY - The message has been sent. It was delivered from Bill Bynon Field on the campus of Dolgeville High this past Saturday afternoon, October 12th. Coach Jerry Walczak's perennial powerhouse Blue Devils have given fair warning to all pretenders, I mean contenders, to the throne in NY State Class D football that to hoist that D state championship trophy, you will have to find a way to defeat central NY's finest - the Dolgeville Blue Devils. Good luck. There is size, there is power, there is speed, there is coaching nonpareil (look it up in the dictionary), there is immense fan support, there is rich tradition, and simply put, there are 48 reasons (with numbers ranging between 4 and 90 on their jersey) why you have a very slim chance of derailing this small school juggernaut - they are prepared in every sense of the word.

In fact, while the Blue Devils, #1 in the NY State D poll, were demolishing #5 state-ranked Mohawk 62-7 at home, coaches of the Dolgeville staff were scouting in earnest the following week's opponent. Coach Hud and his assistants were seeing to it that Coach Walczak and the other fellow coaches will indeed have the necessary breakdown information needed to prepare the squad for yet another afternoon to showcase the talent that will likely take the Dolgeville community down the Thruway to the Carrier Dome for a 10 am appointment on November 29th. The sheer might this team possesses combined with a staff that works tirelessly to bring out the best in their young men will likely be the formula for continued success on the gridiron. Much can happen in the upcoming weeks, but unless a tropical storm blows the roof off the Carrier Dome, there is likely not another natural force within the confines of NY that will be able to halt the Blue Devils in their quest for their 2nd title in 3 years. wishes the Dolgeville Blue Devils and their faithful including Hud, TheRadioMan (Terry Ellis) Big Blue Fan, the venerable Old Voice, TurboTim, and all of the fine people of Dolgeville we (myself and Raider Fan Bobby Blair of Cal-Mum lore) met this past weekend, the best of luck in bringing home that plaque shaped like our great state of New York. Go Big Blue!


The following is a recap of the Dolgeville-Mohawk game written by
Raider Fan (Bobby Blair)

Dolgeville routs Mohawk 62-7

In a game that had the makings of a classic football matchup, the Dolgeville Blue Devils erupted for 21 first quarter points to blow this game wide open. The Mohawk Mohicans were victims of costly mistakes, an ineffective running game, and an opportunistic Dolgeville defense. The 3,000 people in attendance were expecting to see two Class D powerhouses battle it out in a newly developed rivalry game. Dolgeville was looking to avenge last year's 8 to 7 defeat. Mohawk was out to prove that last year 's victory was not a fluke. What everyone witnessed was a total breakdown of the Mohawk game plan.

Dolgeville's rout started early as they stopped the Mohawk offense on their first series. On the fourth play of the game, the Mohawk mistakes began. The Mohawk punter kicked his punt attempt into the back of his blocking back. The ball ricocheted off the blocker's back toward the Mohawk goal where Devil Matt Mahardy recovered it at the Mohawk 10. Ryan Randall punched the ball in for the game's first score with 9:23 remaining in the first quarter. Nick Tripodi added the extra point to put the host Devils up 7-0. Mohawk's second possession looked like a carbon copy of its first. The Mohawk running backs were stuffed at the line of scrimmage on every attempt. The fourth down punt attempt was muffed and the Mohawk punter Dave Murphy was tackled at the Mohawk 25-yard line. The Dolgeville offense once again struck quickly as Adam Barnes scored from the 11-yard line. Six and a half minutes into the first quarter the Devils lead 14 to 0. The Mohicans were stopped on their next possession, but did manage to get the punt off this time. A facemask penalty gave Dolgeville excellent field position once more. A 25-yard run by Adam Barnes put the ball at the Mohawk 3-yard line where Ryan Randall took the ball the final 3 yards for the touchdown. Tripodi once again added the extra point and Dolgeville was in command 21-0. Just 7:18 into the contest and this game was turning into a rout. Before the contest, even the most optimistic Devil fan could not have envisioned this score.

The Mohawk offense, when it was not fumbling or committing penalties, did not have an answer for the Dolgeville defense. Blue Devil's Justin Stallman was continually punishing the Mohawk runners with big hits. Defensive tackles Aaron Johnson and Seth Maxwell would not allow the Mohawk offensive line to move them out of the way. Each time a Mohawk runner went into the line, he looked as if he had just run into a wall. Mohawk running backs Pat Murphy and John Marmet had a tough day with the sloppy conditions and the rugged Devils defense. Later, another Mohawk muffed punt gave the Devils possession on the Mohawk 2-yard line. Ryan Randall again punched the ball over for the score and Tripodi added the PAT kick. Dolgeville 28, Mohawk 0.

The Mohicans finally managed to get the Blue Devils out of their territory with a successful punt to the Dolgeville 42-yard line. The Dolgeville offense went to work, ripping off big chunks of yardage by Barnes and Randall. Adam Barnes finished off the drive with a 9-yard sweep into the end zone. Tripodi's extra point missed and the score was now 34-0 Devils. Several minutes later Mohawk fumbled at their 21-yard line. Dolgeville once again capitalized on the Mohawk mistake as quarterback Nick Tripodi tossed a 14-yard TD pass to Clinton Randall. Tripodi's extra point attempt was true and D-ville was enjoying a 41-0 lead. So dominating was the Devil defense, Mohawk did not record their first 1st down until there was 3:08 remaining in the first half. At this point, with Mohawk finally moving the ball, the Devils' Matt Mahardy intercepted a Slopnik pass attempt and raced down the sideline 65 yards for yet another Devil score. At the half it was amazingly 48-0 Dolgeville.

The second half saw many of the reserve players for Dolgeville get a chance to play before the hometown crowd. Adam Barnes scored a TD early in the third quarter to extend the Dolgeville lead to 55-zip. Mohawk finally scored against the Dolgeville second-teamers as Dave Murphy made a nice 23-yard run to paydirt. Dolgeville's Bill Hill closed out the scoring on a 2-yard run. The final tally was Dolgeville 62, Mohawk 7.

It is safe to say that Mohawk is a much better squad that the final score indicates. The chances that these two teams play again come sectional time are good. Good Luck to both teams....the one that really counts is just weeks away.

Bob Blair
a.k.a. Raider Fan



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Adam Barnes speeds around the right end for a score

Justin Stallman and Ryan Hart slam the Mohawk ball carrier

Aaron Johnson - this is what 6'5, 295 looks like to a target QB

Adam Barnes runs wild around the left side in the sloppy conditions

Kicker Nick Tripodi shows off his QB skills with a beauty to Clint Randall

Fall afternoon in Dolgeville

Scenes around town...