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Dolgeville claims Section III Class D football title

Posted 11/11/22

SYRACUSE — The Dolgeville football team’s dominance continues. The Blue Devils had little trouble Friday afternoon in earning the program’s 19th Section III title in school history. Jared …

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Dolgeville claims Section III Class D football title

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SYRACUSE  The Dolgeville football team’s dominance continues.

The Blue Devils had little trouble Friday afternoon in earning the program’s 19th Section III title in school history.

Jared Bilinski totaled four rushing touchdowns and Cade Mosher added two touchdowns to help power top-seeded Dolgeville to a 44-24 win over No. 2 Beaver River in the Section III Class D title game in the JMA Wireless Dome.

The 19 Section III titles are believed to be a record.

The Blue Devils (10-0 overall) are sectional champions for the second time in as many years. Dolgeville advances to take on Section IV Tioga’s in a state regional game at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at Cicero-North Syracuse.

That game is a rematch of last year’s Class D regional final, which Tioga won 50-12. Tioga won the state Class D title last fall.

On Friday, Bilinski scored on runs of 10, 3, 3 and 12 yards to dominate the ground game against Beaver (8-2, both losses to Dolgeville).

His second TD of the day helped give the Blue Devils some cushion in the third quarter. He polished off a drive with a 3-yard run to put Dolgeville ahead 22-6 with 5:43 left in the quarter.

Bilinski also had an interception that helped give Dolgeville good field position.

Bilinski capped a drive for his third score of the game. Mosher’s 2-point pass to Cameron Dager sent the Blue Devils up 30-6 with 4:08 left in the third.

Beaver River responded with a touchdown pass to pull the Beavers within 30-12, but Mosher countered on Dolgeville’s next drive by hitting Kamryn Comstock for a 13-yard score for a 36-12 lead.

Morrisville-Eaton tops Frankfort-Schuyler

A double-digit deficit didn’t stop Morrisville-Eaton on Friday.

Top-seeded Morrisville-Eaton got a key offensive effort in the second half and made a big stop with under a minute to play to edge second-seeded Frankfort-Schuyler 30-28 in the Section III 8-man football championship at Syracuse University’s JMA Wireless Dome.

It is the first Section III title for Morrisville-Eaton (9-1 overall), which advanced to the same point 2021 but lost a close game to West Canada Valley. Morrisville-Eaton topped West Canada Valley for its eighth consecutive win last weekend to advance. 

Meanwhile, Frankfort-Schuyler won the Class D title in the team’s last full season in 2019. The school didn’t particpate last season and played two games during the spring 2021 season. 

Frankfort-Schuyler led 16-2 at halftime before Martino Rocco scored his second total touchdown of the game with 7:26 to go in the third quarter.

However, Morrisville-Eaton got a 52-yard rushing score from James Dapson about a minute later and then Carter Highers scored from the one with under a minute left in the third quarter to get within six points. 

Highers added another touchdown early in the fourth quarter for ME’s first lead before Rocco answered with a rushing touchdown with 7:29 remaining. 

Dapson helped Morrisville-Eaton re-gain the lead with 4:01 left on a five-yard run and his second start of the game. 

On Frankfort-Schuyler’s ensuing drive, the Knights got to ME’s 12, but the Warriors made a stop on fourth down to clinch the win. 

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