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  • SCHOLASTIC FOOTBALL: Dolgeville beats Little Falls with last-minute TD

  • AUGUST 31 SCHOLASTIC FOOTBALL



    The stage was set for the Little Falls Mounties and Dolgeville Blue Devils Friday night and neighboring rivals delivered a show worthy of its prime time start for their spectators.



    Dolgeville scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and pulled out a 20-13 non-league win on the road in the renewal of a rivalry that took last year off

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  • DOLGEVILLE 20, LITTLE FALLS 13
    The stage was set for the Little Falls Mounties and Dolgeville Blue Devils Friday night and neighboring rivals delivered a show worthy of its prime time start for their spectators.
    Dolgeville scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and pulled out a 20-13 non-league win on the road in the renewal of a rivalry that took last year off. Little Falls had taken a 13-6 lead on Mike Battisti’s touchdown run  on the final play of the first half and the senior quarterback had the Mounties on the move again when a turnover clinched a victory for the Blue Devils.
    “I thought both teams played with a tremendous heart today,” Little Falls coach Bryan Shepardson said. “It was a very evenly matched game. It’s unfortunate that one team has to come out on top and it just didn’t go our way today.”
    The ball took a decidedly Little Falls bounce early in the fourth quarter when Dolgeville, trailing by a touchdown, drove down deep into Mountie territory. A 15-yard run by Devin Coonradt gave the Blue Devils a first down at the 9 as they sought their first points since their opening possession of the game. The Mounties stopped Dolgeville for a loss on first down and Coonradt had runs of six and two yards to set up fourth down at the three. The Blue Devils called for a sweep to the right but Coonradt missed the handoff from quarterback Andrew Drumm and the ball rolled slowly toward the home sideline where Andrew Sammons pounced on it for Little Falls.
    Dolgeville forced the Mounties to punt and Johann Doerrer’s long return put the ball at the Little Falls 22. A 20-yard pass from Drumm to Doerrer was Dolgeville’s second completion of the night and set up a three-yard Austin LaVeck touchdown run. Trailing by one point, the Blue Devils went for two and handed the ball to LaVeck again. Senior Tyler McLean led the defensive charge for Little Falls, pushing LaVeck backward before the play was whistled over.
    McLean had his two longest runs of the day — 11 and 14 yards — on back-to-back plays and moved the Mounties across midfield. Battisti followed with a long run of his own, gaining 21 yards before losing the ball at the Dolgeville 14 where Kasey Foster grabbed it for the Blue Devils.
    Drumm, who had run for six yards up to that point, scrambled for 14  on one play then raced 24 on the next to put the ball on Little Falls’ side of the midfield stripe with 1:39 left to play. After a timeout, Little Falls stopped Drumm for a short gain then sacked him with the Blue Devils looking to pass.
    Dolgeville called another timeout and went back to the air. Drumm’s pass to the right side was behind Tyler Richards and defender Will Robinson made a diving attempt to intercept. The ball deflected into the air off Robinson’s hands and into Richards’. Richards took off down the right sideline and was tackled by Battisti at the Mounties’ 6 after a 43-yard gain.
    Page 2 of 2 - Coonradt found a hole on the left side and ran for the go-ahead touchdown on the next play. Drumm ran for the conversion with 48 seconds left to play.
    Ben Delaney’s kickoff return took Little Falls out to its 42-yard line and Battisti’s pass to Robinson moved the ball across midfield with 22 seconds left. James Brys sacked Battisti for the fourth time to push the Mounties back but Battisti bounced back and completed a pass to Jesse Talbot. Talbot advanced to the Dolgeville 32 and had the ball knocked loose. Doerrer pounced on the loose ball and Dolgeville took over possession needing only to snap the ball once to run out the clock.
    Battisti ran for 66 yards and completed eight passes for 161 more. Robinson caught five passes for 108 yards and scored the first Little Falls touchdown on a 26-yard play in the second quarter. Battisti scored his touchdown on a 12-yard run following runs of nine and 18 yards to finish a 78-yard drive in the final 75 seconds of the first half.
    “We worked on that pace throughout practice to be ready for that situation and Mike showed the player that he is on that drive,” Shepardson said.
    Coonradt led Dolgeville with 78 yards on 13 carries. Drumm ran for 46 yards and passed for 89.
    DOLGEVILLE BLUE DEVILS 20, LITTLE FALLS MOUNTIES 13
    Dolgeville      6    0    0  14 — 20
    Little Falls      0  13    0    0 — 13
    First Quarter
    DOL — Austin LaVeck 1 run (kick blocked), 6:30
    Second Quarter
    LF — Will Robinson 26 pass from Mike Battisti (Ben Delaney kick), 8:27.
    LF — Battisti 12 run (kick blocked), :00.
    Fourth Quarter
    DOL — LaVeck 3 run (run failed), 5:28.
    DOL — Devin Coonradt 6 run (Andrew Drumm run), :48.
    Records — Dolgeville 1-0; Little Falls 0-1.

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