DOLGEVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) - It was for Sophia, but West Canada Valley's 26-7 win Saturday against rival Dolgeville at Bill Bynon Field has even bigger ramifications. The Indians and Blue Devils are both now tied with Herkimer atop the Class D East standings, as all three are 4-1 in the league.
The stands in Dolgeville were packed with grey as both sides honored West Canada sixth grader Sophia Johnson, who's been struggling with another bout with brain cancer. Johnson's parents each served as an honorary captains for the two teams during the coin toss. Blue Devil QB Reid Johnson is also Sophia's cousin.
The Blue Devils undefeated season was derailed against one of their biggest rivals thanks to a smothering Indian defense, which held Dolgeville to just 90 yards rushing. West Canada countered with 311 total yards on the ground, 103 of which were picked up by Ryan Grogan. QB Ryan Moody also added 100, while Treyten Borden added 91.
Both teams had trouble scoring in the first half, with the only score a 35 yard TD run by Moody. Leading 6-0 in the third quarter, Moody added another short score to make it a 13-0 lead. The Indians added another TD by Moody in the fourth to go up 19-0 before the Blue Devils finally got on the board.
Jason Nastovski did the honors for Dolgeville, but West Canada countered with a TD by Borden to seal the win.
The Indians, now 4-2 overall this season, finish the regular season in a special Friday night game under the lights at home against Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton. Dolgeville, now 5-1 overall, will be at Waterville-Madison Friday.