WEEDSPORT, N.Y. — In a first-round game where the No. 1 seed is usually favored by touchdowns, the No. 8 pulled off Class D non-upset Friday.
Dolgeville traveled to previously undefeated Weedsport and took the Warriors down, advancing to the second round of the Section III playoffs with a 27-20 victory.
The Blue Devils advance to play No. 5 Sandy Creek, a 34-14 winner over West Canada Valley, next weekend.
The Warriors took an early lead on a 31-yard touchdown run by Lance Myers, but it was really the Blue Devils’ line that dominated from then on. Dolgeville scored on the ensuing drive on an 11-yard pass from Reid Johnson to Johann Doerrer that was set up by a 71-yard kickoff return by Alex Johnson.
Jason Nastovski dominated for the Blue Devils, racking up 165 yards and two touchdowns. While the Blue Devil line was busy blocking for Nastovski, it was also stuffing the Warrior run, which was held to 75 yards. Nastovski’s eight-yard run put Dolgeville up 14-6 in the first half and his five-yarder gave the Blue Devils a 21-12 lead in the third quarter.
Weedsport was able to make a comeback when quarterback Hunter Bowden started to hit his stride through the air. The junior passed for 159 yards and a touchdown, most coming in the second half. His scoring pass to Austin McDeid, and the two-point conversion toss to J.J. O’Connor brought the Warriors within one point at 21-20 midway through the fourth quarter.
While Weedsport was able to find a way to slow down Nastovski, the Warriors could not put it all together to go ahead. On the game’s final play with nine seconds left, Dolgeville was able to pick up a fumble on a hook-and-lateral play and linebacker Kasey Foster ran it back for a touchdown to seal the win.
DOLGEVILLE 27, WEEDSPORT 20
Dolgeville 0 14 7 6 — 27
Weedsport 0 12 0 8 — 20
WEED — Lance Myers 31 run (kick missed).
DOL — Johann Doerrer 11 pass from Reid Johnson (Greg Pelan kick).
DOL — Jason Nastovski 8 run (Pelan kick).
WEED — Austin Napolitano 20 pass from Bowden (run failed).
DOL — Nastovski 5 run (Pelan kick).
WEED — Austin McDeid 8 pass from Hunter Bowden (J.J. O’Connor pass from Bowden).
DOL — Kasey Foster recovered lateral for touchdown.
Records — Dolgeville 7-1; Weedsport 7-1.