Dakota Vandermark of Bainbridge-Guilford, and Kurt Shear of Greene set new single-season rushing records for their schools, and the running duo head up our 2010 Evening Sun Football All-Star Team.
From a team perspective, Norwich returned to the playoffs a second straight year, Greene made it six straight winning seasons under head coach Tim Paske, and B-G fifth-year head coach, Tim Mattingly, piloted the Bobcats to a fifth straight winning campaign.
Norwich typically dominant with its running game, used a stingy defense that allowed less than 14 points a game during the regular season to garner a Class B playoff spot.
“We asked a lot of our defense, and they really gave us a lot,” said Norwich coach John Martinson. “We just need to improve our rushing game next year, and the passing comes off of our running. We’ll be back and we’re optimistic about next year.”
Greene found itself in a division that included state-ranked Sidney and Chenango Forks, yet still managed to post its best rushing numbers in the eight years under Paske. With the exception of losses to Forks and Sidney, Greene’s defense was usually pretty sound. “We just turned it over too many times in key situations,” Paske said of the losses. “We had nine players this year with varsity experience when we started the season. With young kids in key positions, it put us in situations that can be stressful. By the end of the year, we improved.”
Perhaps one of the big surprises this year was the re-emergence of Sherburne-Earlville’s football program. It had been several years since the Marauders posted a .500 record, and 23 seasons since S-E won six games in 11-man football. S-E finished the season on a five-game winning streak, and if the offense had jelled a bit sooner, the Marauders may have earned their first-ever Section III playoff berth.
As it turns out, S-E led the county in total defense and scoring defense. “From what I’ve seen in the past, after the first four games (1-3 record), we could have tanked the rest of the season,” said S-E second-year coach Mike Jasper. “We kept working and realized we could win games. We went to the Clinton game, and just explosded. The kids developed confidence and bought into the program and what we were doing.”
Unadilla Valley-Edmeston, buoyed by an influx of new players, ended a two-year winless streak to win four games, the highlight of that a 14-7 win over Greene, the first win for the Storm over the Trojans.
“We went 4-4 in our regular season games, and we’ll build off this season as we go forward next year with a full offseason,” said UV-E coach Stan Foulds.
Getting to our list of all-stars, only five players return from last year’s group. That includes Daren Terpstra and Billy Holden of B-G; Seth Thomsen of Norwich; Greg DuVall of Sherburne-Earlville; and John Wonka of Oxford.
Below we have summarized the season and career accomplishments of our all-star players. Teams are listed in alphabetical order with their respective all-star picks.
Dakota Vandermark, 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, running back
Vandermark set Bainbridge-Guilford’s single-season rushing record, doing so in the fourth quarter of his final game as a Bobcats player. He had a County-best 1,339 yards rushing to go with 12 TDS and had 1,978 yards rushing over the past two seasons. “He ran much more physical this year, and had great breakaway speed,” said B-G coach Tim Mattingly. “
Vandermark topped 100 yards rushing six times this season, and had a career-high 322 yards rushing against Deposit-Hancock, one of the top rushing performances in Chenango County history.
Billy Holden, jr. 6-2, 220 pounds, fullback
The Bobcats had an outstanding one-two punch in the backfield with Vandermark testing the edge of defenses, and Holden powering up the middle. Despite his large size, Holden had impressive speed in the open field. He proved that with a 67-yard TD run up the middle against Oxford when he went virtually untouched. He finished with 599 yards rushing and nine scores. He also had a big interception for a touchdown in week one against UV-Edmeston to secure a victory. “He really came into his own this year, and teams had to respect his inside running,” Mattingly said. “He’s a tough, strong kid, and on defense, he brought it every time.”
Danny Gormley, sr., 5-7, 140 pounds, defensive back
Gormley usually gave up size to the other team’s receivers, but never backed down, and made up for his smaller frame with intelligent and aggressive play. “He always did an excellent job in coverage, and we always put him on the other team’s best receivers,” Mattingly said. “He was a sure tackler in the open field, and he would come up and stick you. He’s a great kid, and we’ll miss him and his leadership.” Gormley also was an able pass receiver for a team that did not throw the ball much. He finished with four catches for 60 yards.
Daren Terpstra, sr., 5-9, 160 pounds, linebacker
Terpstra, who was called into duty last year as a running back, but saw most of his time this season at linebacker. With fresher legs, Terpstra capped a standout career as the captain and leader of the Bobcats’ defense. “He was always communicating to the guys and was really good about calling out formations in certain sets and what the other team was about to run,” Mattingly said. “He got guys in the right spots, and he had a nose for the football. He was a kid, for his size, who played bigger. He was intense, and that rubbed off on the other kids.”