DOLGEVILLE 14, MOHAWK 12, halftime, suspended
Are you ready for some football — Monday night football, that is?
Dolgeville and Mohawk had better be.
Thanks to Saturday afternoon’s persistent thunderstorms, they still have a half of football to play. And thanks to some last-second magic by Mohican quarterback Carson Murphy and receiver Mike Santillo, the outcome will be very much in doubt when the Class D East rivals return to Bill Bynon Field at 5 p.m. Monday.
Before the torrential rains came, Santillo’s 32-yard touchdown reception on the final play of the first half cut Dolgeville’s lead — once 14-0 — to 14-12, and the Mohicans will be receiving the second-half kickoff when play resumes on Monday.
“It’s going to be halftime until Monday at 5 p.m., so it’s already weird,” said Mohawk coach Roy Upson, one of the many wondering how the teams will be affected by Saturday’s suspension and the day off in between.
“Who knows? These are unchartered seas. Neither one of us has ever been through it, but I think they’re going to be fine.”
Both teams and their fans huddled up in the high school for at least an hour before Upson, Dolgeville coach Chris Connolly and referee Mike Flood checked the playing conditions and deemed the field playable. But more thunder and lightning forced Flood to suspend play, and because New York State does not allow high school football teams to play or practice seven consecutive days, the second half could not be played Sunday.
“It’s the sign of the times — you’ve got the weather forecast and radar right in the palm of your hand,” said Connolly. “I think we would’ve gone back out there and slugged this one out 10, 15 years ago.
“I’ve never had to do this before, but I think our guys will come back jacked up on Monday.”
Dolgeville scored its touchdowns less than two minutes apart. Sophomore quarterback Reid Johnson made his first varsity start for the Blue Devils, and his first pass was a 40-yard touchdown strike to Alex Johnson — no relation — on second-and-17.
Moments later, after Kasey Foster’s sack forced a Mohawk punt, McKensy Reardon ran down an errant snap and somehow got the kick off. But Dolgeville took over at the Mohicans’ 7 and Austin LaVeck’s touchdown run on the next play made it 14-0.
With Murphy split wide right and Santillo at quarterback, Mohawk’s Zakk Zuranski took a pitch down the left sidelines, followed Mitch Werenczak’s block, and scored on a 76-yard run.
Neither team did much else until Mohawk took over at its own 43 with only 39 seconds left in the half. The Mohicans used their last two timeouts wisely, and after running 12 yards to Dolgeville’s 32, Murphy scrambled free of James Brys as time expired and found Santillo, who crossed the goal line before two defenders jarred the ball loose in the end zone.
Page 2 of 2 - A two-point conversion pass that would have tied it was well defended by Dolgeville’s Andrew Drumm and Devin Coonradt, so the Blue Devils still led 14-12.
“I knew there wasn’t a lot of time, I wanted to give my receivers time to get in the end zone, and Mike’s good at finding holes in the defense when I’m scrambling,” said Murphy. “It’s going to be weird (playing on Monday), but we don’t have a lot of guys and this should help us. We’re going to be able to go as hard as we can because we only have a half to play, and we won’t have to deal with the pouring rain. That helps us.”
For the second time in as many games, Dolgeville allowed a touchdown on the final play of the first half — Little Falls quarterback Mike Battisti ran for a touchdown Aug. 31 in the Blue Devils’ 20-13 season-opening win — so that was nothing new.
Playing on a Monday is.
“It’s going to be a little different, but I think we can handle it,” LaVeck said. “I’m pretty sure our team isn’t going to forget what happened (at the end of the half). … We’ve just got to take care of it on Monday.”
DOLGEVILLE BLUE DEVILS 14, MOHAWK MOHICANS 12, suspended
Mohawk 0 12 n/a n/a — 12
Dolgeville 14 0 n/a n/a — 14
DOL — Alex Johnson 7 pass from Reid Johnson (Tyler Richards kick).
DOL — Austin LaVeck 7 run (Richards kick).
MO — Zakk Zuranski 76 run (kick failed).
MO — Mike Santillo 32 pass from Carson Murphy (pass failed).