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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Dolgeville aims to repeat as Class D champions

See what’s at play this fall for high school football.

Todd Dewan
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Posted 9/9/22

Perennial powerhouse Dolgeville will look to repeat as Section III Class D football champions this fall.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Dolgeville aims to repeat as Class D champions

See what’s at play this fall for high school football.

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DOLGEVILLE — Perennial powerhouse Dolgeville will look to repeat as Section III Class D football champions this fall.

The Blue Devils are coming off a 10-1 season last year, where they won the Class D East and earned the program’s 18th sectional crown and first since 2017. Dolgeville defeated Adirondack 20-6 in the Class D title game at the then-Carrier Dome. The Blue Devils lost in the regional final to Section IV’s Tioga, the eventual state champion, 50-12.

Dolgeville lost eight key players to graduation after last season, including quarterback/defensive back Gregory Gonyea Jr. and running back/linebacker Connor Morse. Those eight seniors also filled 14 starting positions between offense and defense.

However, the Blue Devils do return eight players with starting experience from 2021, seven of them seniors. The key senior returners are All-State First Team running back and All-League running back/defensive lineman Jared Bilinski, All-State Second Team and All-League linebacker Michael Blaskey, who is also a running back; All-League tight end/defensive lineman Kamryn Comstock, All-League linebacker Cameron Dager, who is also a running back; offensive lineman/defensive lineman Gabe Herringshaw, offensive lineman/defensive lineman Daryn Randall and split end/defensive back TJ Rankins. The key junior returner is offensive lineman/defensive lineman Brett Mosher.

Bilinski led the offense last year with 1,386 yards rushing on 170 carries and had 18 touchdowns. Defensively the Blue Devils were led by Dager with 82 total tackles including three for a loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Blaskey had 77 total tackles including 10 for a loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles. Bilinski added 64 tackles including eight for a loss, five sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Besides the eight returning starters, Dolgeville veteran coach Daniel Zilkowski named 14 players of note on the 38-player roster. They are senior split end/defensive back Connor Kraszewski, senior offensive lineman/defensive lineman John Pavuk, senior running back/defensive back Isaiah Rathbun, senior offensive lineman/linebacker Ethan Scheuerman, junior offensive lineman/defensive lineman Noah Fahd, junior running back/linebacker Kolbi Hadden, junior offensive lineman/defensive lineman Adrian Lyon, junior quarterback/defensive back Cade Mosher, sophomore running back/defensive lineman Trevor Borst, sophomore running back/linebacker Caydon Dager, sophomore split end/defensive end Grayson Eggleston, sophomore offensive lineman/linebacker Noah Izzo, sophomore offensive lineman/defensive lineman Talan Jaquay and sophomore running back/defensive back Bryce Mosher.

Zilkowski, who has been at the helm of Dolgeville since 2013, said the Blue Devils have good team chemistry, good overall team speed and had a great turnout for offseason workouts.

The other 16 players on the squad are: senior split end/linebacker, Theodor Lyso; senior tight end/linebacker, Dylan Herringshaw; junior running back/linebacker, Logan Kraszewski; junior offensive lineman/defensive lineman, Brody Longway; junior offensive lineman/linebacker, Guage Moore; sophomore split end/defensive back, Apollo Edick Jr.; sophomore quarterback/defensive back, Andrew Martyniuk; sophomore running back/defensive back, Landon Johnson; sophomore offensive lineman/linebacker, Donny Hansen; sophomore offensive lineman/defensive lineman, Lucas Foster; sophomore offensive lineman/defensive lineman, Ian Chorlton; sophomore offensive lineman/defensive lineman, Robert Bienkowski; sophomore offensive lineman/defensive lineman, Carter Madison; sophomore offensive lineman/defensive lineman, Michael Lyle; sophomore split end/defensive back, Julian Forbes and sophomore split end/defensive back, Josh Herringshaw.

Zilkowski said there are three keys to success this year: staying healthy and injury free, younger players stepping up and learning and being competitive in a challenging league.

Dolgeville will again compete in the six-team Class D East along with Herkimer, Little Falls, Mount Markham, Sheburne-Earlville and Waterville.

The Blue Devils begin their regular season at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, by hosting Herkimer.

Dolgeville players to watch

Sr. RB/DL Jared Bilinski, Sr. LB Michael Blaskey, Sr. TE/DL Kamryn Comstock, Sr. LB Cameron Dager, Sr. OL Gabe Herringshaw, Sr. OL Daryn Randall, Sr. SE TJ Rankins, Jr. OL Brett Mosher, Sr. SE/DB Connor Kraszewski, Sr. OL/DL John Pavuk, Sr. RB/DB Isaiah Rathbun, Sr. OL/LB Ethan Scheuerman, Jr. OL/DL Noah Fahd, Jr. RB/LB Kolbi Hadden, Jr. OL/DL Adrian Lyon, Jr. QB/DB Cade Mosher, So. RB/DL Trevor Borst, So. RB/LB Caydon Dager, So. SE/DB Greyson Eggleston, So. OL/LB Noah Izzo, So. OL/DL Talan Jaquay, So. RB/DB Bryce Mosher.

Dolgeville’s notable losses

SE/DB Owen Castor, RB/DL Jon Costanza, QB/DB Gregory Costanza Jr., OL/DL Adam Lamphere, RB/LB Connor Morse, OL/DL Elijah Morse, OL/DL Patrick Murphy, LD/DL Ashton Young.

 

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