BIG BLUE PLAYOFF PREVIEW-WEEK ONE MATCHUPS
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Big Blue-Mike Bilinski
Well sports fans the playoffs are here. It is time to put it all on the line for that trip to the Dome.
Utica Proctor 4-3 @ Baldwinsville 5-2-GAME MOVED TO LIVERPOOL
Two teams that have put a ton of points on the board this season meet in the first round of the Class AA playoffs.
The Baldwinsville Bees have scored 256 points this season and given up 146. They are led by running back Tyler Rouse who has rushed for 1526 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Rouse scored three times in Baldwinsville’s 40-6 win over CNS last week. Rouse scored on runs of 3 yards, 55 yards and 60 yards to help open the game up.
Ben Paprocki added a pair of TD runs of his own to lead the great B’ville ground game.
When the Bees go to the air QB Augie Zona likes to hit his favorite target Shay Sargeant. Zona has passed for 304 yards and three touchdowns on the season two of those to Sargeant.
Big up front and solid in the backfield the Bees only two losses of the season were to 6-1 CBA and 7-0 West Genny by a combined 28 points.
The Raiders are coming off a big 41-16 win over Oswego. Lawerence Elliot ran for two scores and Vernon Patterson for two as the Raiders racked up 28 first quarter points in their win.
Elliot found the range from 55 and 60 yards out and Jordan Treen dialed up a long run, 55 yards, of his own. Patterson’s TD scamper came from 16 yards away.
For Proctor to win this game they must slow down Rouse. Only CBA has been able to do that this season.
If the Raiders can step it up at the line of scrimmage and also give Jordan Treen and company time to throw the ball the Raiders, with a speed advantage, could come away with a win.
However, if the Bees control the line of scrimmage it could be a long night for the Raiders.
Fowler Falcons 1-6 @ Whitesboro Warriors 7-0-# 6 NYS Polls-MHTS FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS GAME OF THE WEEK ON ESPN RADIO!
The football gods were surely not looking down on the Fowler Falcons Sunday as they drew the state ranked and undefeated Warriors, # 6, in the first round of the playoffs.
The Falcons lone win on the season came against 1-6 Fulton week four 14-8.
They are led by running back Dalton Cooley who has rushed for 394 yards and three scores on the season. QB’s Donnell Thornton and London Odister have combined for 185 yards passing to their favorite targets Brandon Grealish and Jajuan Ortman.
The Warriors are coming off a big win over rival New Hartford 42-14. QB Mike Bunal ran for two scores and returned an interception 59 yards for another.
Fullback Matt Felitto added two more scores on the ground and 234 yards to lead the Warriors.
Things get even worse for the Falcons as running back Steve Almond and QB Adam Eberley may both return.
Almond has piled up over 800 hundred yards on the season and has averaged over 10 yards per carry. Matt Fellito and Adam Eberly have piled up almost 700 yards of their own.
With an advantage in speed and size the Warriors will be too much for the Falcons this week.
Whitesboro is looking to make it three straight Section III Class A crowns and are eager to get at it at home at Chiz Frye.
Oneida 4-3 @ Mexico 5-2
The Oneida Indians,14-6, victory over rival VVS, last weekend, was extra special this year.
Not only did it propel the Indians into the playoffs it bounced the Red Devils out.
This week the Indians face another tough opponent as they take on the 5-2 Mexico Tigers.
The Tigers are led by brother running backs in Ray and John Eastman. They have rushed for 767 and 553 yards respectively this season.
The Tigers have scored 175 points this and have given up 123 in 2011.
In last week’s regular season wrap up Mexico got a strong game from Ray Eastman who ran it in twice, once from 46 yards out and then from 10 to ice the win.
The Indians used tough defense and a late fourth quarter touchdown run by Brandon Worley to come away with a win last week.
Oneida trailed until Dylan Caflone ran one in from 13 yards out to knot things up at (6-6).
Oneida put the game away in the fourth quarter when Brandon Worley found the range from 21 yards out.
If the Indians can bring it again on defense this week and slow down the Eastman’s they will come away with the win.
However, if the Tigers are allowed to control time of possession and eat up yards on the ground look for Mexico to come away with the win.
Both of these teams have played well this season and this game could come down to who has the ball last.
Homer 4-3 @ Camden 4-3
Another tight Class B matchup pits the Homer Trojans against the Camden Blue Devils.
The Trojans are led this season by running back Austin Recor.
Recor has rushed for 1,040 yards and 10 touchdowns. Homer has scored 146 points and given up 129.
Recor tuned up for the post season, scoring 3 times on runs of 7,1, and 20 yards in a 27-6 win over Phoenix.
The Blue Devils are coming off a big 25-20 win over South Jefferson. Two fourth quarter touchdown runs by QB Colby Stratton were the difference.
Stratton scored three times to help get his Devils into the post season.
The signal caller has picked up his game to help down the stretch. Colby scored on runs of 6,4 and 6 yards. A 12 point fourth quarter did the trick for Camden.
If the Blue Devils hope to advance they must slow down Recor and allow Stratton time to operate in the backfield.
Even though they came away with the win, S-J running back Mitch Moldin was effective on the ground. If the Blue Devils are not more effective on run defense they may again have to rely on some late game heroics to come away with the win.
Canastota 5-2 @ Herkimer 6-0 #10 NYS polls
Last season these two Class C contenders met in the playoffs as the Raiders came away with a victory.
This year the Magicians hope to reserve the spell on the Raiders and advance.
Canastota is coming off a tough 6-0 win over Sherburne-Earlville.
Their only score came on a 3rd quarter Zach Zupan run. Zupan has rushed for 810 yards on the season and 8 touchdowns.
The Magicians had the week off and look to start where they left off.
In their last contest against Frankfort-Schuyler, QB and team leader, Sean Crandall ran for two scores and returned an interception 92 yards for another in the win.
Crandall has amassed 1024 yards through the air and 857 yards on the ground this season.
If the Raiders hope to win, mission number one is to stop Crandall.
With so many weapons like wide outs Gio Aceto, TeJay Chilluffo and running back Bryan McGuire that may be a tough task for the Raiders this week.
Notre Dame/RCH 6-1 #16 New York State Polls @ Mt. Markham 5-2
Two second place Class C teams go head to head as the Jugglers head south to take on the Mustangs.
Aside from a loss to league leading Herkimer, the Jugglers have been on a roll this season.
Last week the Jugglers were all over the Mounties of Little Falls 51-6.
Running back Colin Hulser ran for four scores and QB Colin Pastorella ran for one and threw for another to Zane Smith in the win.
Hulser continues to impress and earned a spot in the Notre Dame record books, scoring for the 25th time this season, By the way Hulser shares the school scoring record with coach Byron Abraham who did the trick back in 1982.
The Mustangs with their season on the line came away with a 36-14 win over Clinton. The win over the Warriors was their third straight.
Running back Cody Evens ran for three scores and John LaPerla and Lance Tree each added one for a resurgent Mount Markham.
Lance Tree dialed long distance when he scored from 76 yards out as the Mustangs jumped out to a 14-0 lead and never looked back.
Evans scored from 48,25 and 6 yards out.
The Mustangs like to grind it out on the ground but have not faced a defensive line the size of the Jugglers this season.
With size and speed in the backfield Notre Dame/RCH might be too much for the Mustangs to handle this week.
West Canada 5-2 @ Onondaga 6-1
Divergences of styles meet as the West Canada Valley Indians travel west to take on the Onondaga Tigers.
The Tigers this season have scored 192 and surrendered just 96 points. They are led by QB Anthony Heer who has passed for 252 yards and rushed for 72.
Running back Anthony Baxter who has rushed for 737 yards and wide out Jeff Mitchell who has 298 receiving yards.
The Indians are coming off a big 68-34 win over N.Y. Mills. Running backs Sabatain Torres and Jack Minasi ran for two scores and Adam Congdon three in the Indians win.
West Canada enters the playoff having won four straight games and improve each time out.
The Tigers like to mix the run with the pass and have good team speed. They speed will be pitted up against the size and power of the Indians.
If West Canada can contain Heer and cover the pass their size and running attack may wear down the Tigers.
If West Canada allows Onondaga to get to the outside and allows Heer time to throw the ball it could be a long night for the Indians.
This game has the makings of a good one that could come down to a late game possession and score.
Waterville 4-3 @ Weedsport 6-1
The Waterville Indians look to keep their late season momentum going as they travel west to take on the Class C West champion Weedsport Warriors.
Coach Jerry Coriglaiano and company have won three straight and are in a groove as they travel to take on Weedsport.
In their regular season ender Waterville jumped out to a quick 20-0 lead and coasted home to the big win.
John Piersma threw at 12 yard TD pass to Anthony Rice to get things started. Then McNamara scored on runs of 13 and 3 yards.
Piersma tossed his second TD pass to Jim Melvin from 25 yards out.
The Warriors have scored 281 points and given up 133 during the regular season.
They are led by running backs Austin Ashbey with 436 yards, Matt Pelc 454 and Will Wittmer 315.
QB Pat Farrell has been solid under center throwing for 670 yards.
The Indians are coming off a big 34-0 win over Cooperstown.
Dom McNamera rushed for two scores in the win. The Indians will have to play assignment football if they hope to slow down the Warriors Wing-T attack.
Weedsport has the speed and skill players to spread the field yet run very effectively up the middle.
If Waterville can play solid defense especially on the D-line and allow running back McNamera and QB John Piersma time to run the offense the Indians will be in this game.
However, the Warriors experience in big games and playing at home will be big obstacles for the Indians.
Beaver River 5-2 @ Dolgeville 6-1 # 8 NYS Polls
The Beaver River Beavers came up just short of winning the Class D West title last week as they fell to the always tough Onondaga Tigers and look to get back on track this week.
Onondaga cooled of the Beavers winning 32-20. The game was close until the Tigers scored two third quarter TD’s to pull away.
Cody Hoopter hooked up from 69 yards out with Justin Bush as Beaver River grabbed an early lead.
The Beavers have scored 174 and given up 117 points so far this season.
They are led by the power running of Pat Puddington and Erik Lyndaker who have rushed for 726 and 562 yards respectively.
The Blue Devils are looking to bounce back from a tough 33-0 loss to league leading Westmoreland.
Big Blue is led by running backs Ray Ruggerio and Jared Fredrick who have rushed for 849 and 626 yards respectively.
The Beavers are a big physical football team and will look to pound the ball at the Blue Devils. Dolgeville will look to get their running attack rolling again this week.
Dolgeville fans are expecting both backs to be healthy and ready to roll this week. Both Ruggerio and Frederick were dinged up in the matchup with Westmoreland.
Ruggerio has scored 13 TD’s this season and Frederick 7 to lead the Blue Devils attack.
If the Beavers can control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball they could come away with the win.
If the Blue Devils however, can use their speed to get to the outside and play solid defense it could be a long day for the Beavers.
Cato-Meridian 4-2 @ Westmoreland 7-0 #4 NYS Polls
The C-M Blue Devils and Westmoreland Bulldogs again return to the post season this year in Class D.
The Blue Devils have scored 163 points and given up 274.
They are led by QB Utah Perham who has passed for 684 and rushed for 408 yards on the season.
Running backs Phil Schroder with 447 and C.J. Kipp with 238 yards are also offensive threats.
The Bulldogs, the class D East champions, are coming off a big win over Dolgeville. QB Zack Green ran for two scores and running backs Ryan Murling and Tyler Barnes each added one in the win.
Westmoreland was more than impressive in their win over a quality Dolgeville team on the road. The defensive completely shut down the high powered Dolgeville running game to wrap up the division title.
Zack Green scored twice on runs of 26 and 1 yards. Ryan Murling found the range from 83 yards out and then from in close from 2 yards out. Tyler Banes ran a pick back 33 yards for another score.
The Blue Devils will look to spread the field out of their shotgun formation and get to the outside.
As the Dolgeville Blue Devils found out that is a tough thing to do against a very good Bulldog defense.
Westmoreland will look to pound the smaller Devils team with their option attack.
Look for Westmoreland to have just too much size on both sides of the ball for the Blue Devils this week.
Well sports fans the post season is ready to roll. Get out there and enjoy the nice weather predicted this weekend and watch some of the best high school football of the year so far.