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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Mounties move down from Class C to Class D

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

Todd Dewan
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Posted 9/10/22

The Little Falls football team returns 14 players including seven All-League players as the Mounties aim to contend in Class D this year after playing in Class C last year.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Mounties move down from Class C to Class D

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

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LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls football team returns 14 players including seven All-League players as the Mounties aim to contend in Class D this year after playing in Class C last year.

Little Falls, which finished 4-3 overall last season and in third place in the Class C East including a first-round loss to Bishop Ludden/Syracuse Academy of Science, will compete in the six-team Class D East this season along with Dolgeville, Herkimer, Mount Markham, Sheburne-Earlville and Waterville.

“Our division will be tough. The D East has always been a tough physical division,” said Little Falls veteran coach Bryan Shepardson, who has a career record of 52-61 in his 15th year at the helm of the Mounties.

The Mounties have eight returning seniors. They are: All-League quarterback/wide receiver/defensive back, Brayton Langdon; All-League offensive lineman/defensive lineman, Tanner Jaquay; All-League wide receiver/defensive back, Chase Regan; All-League offensive lineman/linebacker, A.J. Blowers; All-League offensive lineman/defensive lineman, Connor Baylor; All-League wide receiver/linebacker, Sam Phillips; offensive lineman/defensive lineman, Dylan Mullen and offensive lineman/defensive lineman, Ayden Rosscup.

The six returning juniors are: All-League running back/linebacker, Mason Rowley; running back/linebacker, Braden McCumber; quarterback/wide receiver/defensive back, Xavier Dunn; offensive lineman/linebacker, Noah Foster; offensive lineman/defensive lineman, Derek Barnes and wide receiver/defensive back, Zach Fallis.

“We return a lot of game experience and that will need to be a key to our success. We have to fill some big holes from last year, but guys are doing a good job stepping up already,” Shepardson said. “They are good hard working group so I am been pleased with how we have progressed so far. Like any other small school, we need to stay healthy as we will have a battle every game.”

Little Falls players to watch

Sr. QB/WR/DB, Brayton Langdon; Sr. OL/DL, Tanner Jaquay; Sr. WR/DB, Chase Regan; Sr. OL/LB, A.J. Blowers; Sr. OL/DL, Dylan Mullen; Sr. OL/DL, Ayden Rosscup; Sr. OL/DL, Connor Baylor; Sr. WR/LB, Sam Phillips; Jr. RB/LB, Mason Rowley; Jr. RB/LB, Braden McCumber; Jr. QB/WR/DB, Xavier Dunn; Jr. OL/LB, Noah Foster; Jr. OL/DL, Derek Barnes; Jr. WR/DB, Zach Fallis; So. WR/DB, Dom Izzo; So. WR/DB, Wyatt Beadle; So. QB/WR/DB, Jackson Hummel; So. RB/DL, Derek Milianta; So. OL/DL, Ben Gonzales; So. RB/LB, Matt Verri and So. OL/DL, Chase Harrer.

Little Falls notable losses

QB/DB Rikki Smith, WR/DB Logan Frederick, OL/DL John Shepardson.

 

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