Westmoreland’s defense clamps down on Blue Devils
Blue Devils tailback Ruggerio tallied 30 carries for 184 yards and a 7-yard score in the third quarter to finish the season with 1,260 yards with 14 scores, and running back Jared Frederick added 105 yards off 12 carries to finish his season with 1,009 yards rushing and 10 TDs.
Ruggerio, who was named co-MVP of the game, also added two interceptions in the end zone on defense.
"We had some good blocking in the second half and got some big gains, but we just ran out of time in the end," said Ruggerio.
"I thought I had good coverage on him (Flint) all night, but those few plays were big momentum-shifters. The kid is 6-6 you just have to throw it up to him, and he made the plays," Ruggerio added.
Senior defensive lineman Kyle Harrison led the Blue Devils with double-digit tackles, and was in on every play on defense.
Dolgeville was 8-of-14 on third down conversions, and 0-for-2 on fourth down attempts. They also didn’t have any yards passing, but still put up 299 total yards of offense with 14 first downs, all coming on the ground. They had 143 yards on the ground in the first half.
But it was the Blue Devils’ poor field position all game long that eventually did them in.
"Nothing seemed to go in our favor. It just seems like every time we had them on the ropes, the bell would ring," said Dolgeville head coach Chris Connolly, who in this ninth season has compiled a 66-16 overall record after they ended their season at 8-2 overall.
Dolgeville last won a sectional title in 2008 and sits at 15 total sectional titles.
"The field possession game is everything. They won it the last time (we played), they won it this time and that was the difference," Connolly said. "Their passing game hurt us. It was our best kid against their best kid. Some days its not meant to be. That quarterback was good, and he made some really nice throws," added Connolly.
Next up for Westmoreland is the state playoffs, but the Bulldogs were taking time to savor Friday’s win.
"This is something that every kid dreams of," said Green. "I remember sitting in the crowd watching the team and cheering them on, and now to be on the field and being apart of this was great. I don’t even care that I got hit hard in this game, I loved it," Green added.