Devils trounce Morrisville-Eaton 49 to 0
Game Recap by Bob Blair - sports

Coach Chris Connolly and his staff worked extra hard this week to get the Blue Devils ready for Saturday's game against Morrisville-Eaton Central. It was to be the misfortune of the visiting Warriors, who happened to be the opponent, playing the angry Devils, the week after a tough lost to neighboring Little Falls. The Blue Devils made a statement in this game by coming out and scoring early, and scoring often. It was obvious that the loss to Little Falls caught the attention of everyone on this team. There was much determination and hustle shown during the game. It will take some team putting forth a great effort to defeat the Blue Devils come playoff time.

The Devils' Steve Benson returned the opening kickoff of the game to the Devils' 34-yard line. Mixing the run and pass, the Devils quickly moved down field. A face mask penalty on a pass play gave Dolgeville a first down at the ME 30-yard line. QB Brian Radley then found tight-end Gary Foster open in the end zone and he quickly rifled a pass him to for the initial score of the game. Matt Randall made the extra point, and just 1:40 into the game, Dolgeville was in front 7-0.

The Devils' defense was tenacious on Morrisville-Eaton's opening series. The Warriors could not advance the ball during their first possession. Punting the ball back to Dolgeville, the Devils offense went to work at the 50-yard line. The first play of the series, Art Randall flew around right end and sprinted toward the end zone. The Warriors' defensive backs with pursuit angles, finally stopped Randall at the ME 1-yard line. After a Dolgeville penalty, Chris Mosher swept the right end for a 6-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was no good and at the 8:50 mark of the 1st quarter, Dolgeville was in front of Warriors, 13 to 0.

The Warriors' Maverick Gelatt quickly quieted the DCS fans with a 61-yard kickoff return, all the way down to the Devils' 34-yard line. ME kept the ball on the ground and earned a 1st down at the D-ville 23-yard line. Art Randall stopped the ME drive with an interception at the Dolgeville 5-yard line. The Devils used mostly Art Randall on the next drive. Randall started the drive with a 17-yard run and ended it with a 54-yard run off of a toss pitch for a touchdown. On the two-point conversion attempt, QB Brian Radley could not find anyone open and he elected to run it in himself, sprinting inside the left pylon at the end line, giving the Devils a 21 to 0 lead with 3:56 remaining in the 1st quarter. The Morrisville-Eaton offense continued to struggle as a Devils blitz dropped ME QB Brennan Mulcahey on 3rd down for a big loss, forcing a punt.

On the first play of the 2nd quarter QB Brian Radley hit Brett Radley with a screen pass to the right side of the field. Brett Radley took the pass and cut left across the field for a 39-yard touchdown. The extra point was no good and the Devils were rolling, 26 to 0.

Things were not going well for Morrisville-Eaton offense. Matters got even worse as DCS defensive back Steve Benson snagged a deflected pass at the ME 25-yard line and returned it to the ME 2-yard line. Chris Mosher took the ball into the end zone moments later. Matt Randall's extra point made the score 33 to 0 with 11:38 remaining in the half and the rout was on. The two scores in the first 22 seconds of the 2nd quarter really took the wind out of the Warriors.

The teams settled into a back and forth possession mode during the middle of the 2nd quarter as field position was in Dolgeville's favor. The Devils' next break came when Chris Mosher fell on a Tiger fumble at the ME 15-yard line, giving Dolgeville great field position. At 5:43 of the 2nd quarter, Brian Radley scores on a quarterback sneak from the 1-yard line. Matt Randall's extra-point makes the score 42 to 0. The Devils were content to work the clock for the remainder of the 1st half.

The Devils' offense looked sharp, with good blocking and hard running. The defensive intensity in the first half was extremely good. Dolgeville's swarming defense completely dominated the Warriors, shutting down both the rushing and passing attacks.

The 42 point led allowed Coach Connolly to give his reserves plenty of playing time in the 2nd half. The teams took turns running their offenses during much of the 2nd half. The final score of the game came on a 20-yard scamper by Dolgeville's Matt Wright, on the last play of the 3rd quarter. Matt Randall's extra-point conversion closed out the scoring, capping a Dolgeville 49 to 0 victory over Morrisville-Eaton.

The Devils travel to New York Mills this Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. Class D-East contest. The Marauders enter the game sporting a 1-3 record. The Devils will have to continue to play well with eleven teams in Section III Class D sporting a 3-1 record or better. Go Devils!

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