DWC Football Preview: Top Players, Keys to the Game, Prediction

No. 5 Pal-Mac at No. 4 Dansville-Wayland-Cohocton: Friday 7 p.m. at Ralph Clements Field

Sean Curran
The Evening Tribune
Midlakes running back Ryan Peck gets taken down by a trio of Dan-Way-Co tacklers on Thursday evening at Midlakes.

Last Week:   

DWC wrapped up their season with a 6-2 overall record thanks to a tightly contested win over Midlakes by a 42-40 final. Pal-Mac comes in following a tough loss to top-ranked HFL by a 38-14 final in week 8 to fall to 2-5 on the season.

Last Matchup:

These teams faced off just two weeks ago in week seven of the regular season. In that contest, DWC’s defense was unbelievable as they led the combined team to a 28-0 win at Ralph Clements Field.

Season Stats: 

DWC O: 29.8 ppg  

DWC D: 19.5 ppg

Red Raiders O: 13.4 ppg  

Red Raiders D: 28.7 ppg  

Players to Watch:   

Dan-Way-Co – Collin Mehlenbecher (RB/DB), Nick Belanger (QB/DB), Ben Teed (RB/LB), Ryan Belanger (OL/DL), Evan Pruonto (RB/DB), Holdyn Freeman (OL/DL), Benjamin Sick (OL/DL). 

Pal-Mac – Devon McKoy (QB/DB), Logan Percy (RB/LB), Mason Bach (RB/LB), Jacob Day (RB/LB), Aiden Reed (OL/DL), Eamonn Denniston (OL/DL), Adam Weaver (OL/DL).

3 Keys to Watch:  

1. DWC had a dominating defensive performance in the first game between these two teams, but then went on the road and gave up 40 points to Midlakes. DWC has been much closer to shutting teams out than allowing 40 points for most of the season, but this game will depend a lot on which DWC defense shows up.

2. The DWC offense has seemingly found its groove as a new player has gotten involved in a new way through each of the last few weeks. The combined team is very difficult to stop when clicking on all cylinders, and that should be the case again in the first round of the playoffs.

3. Beating a team twice in the same season is a very difficult task. Pal-Mac will undoubtedly come into this game with some new wrinkles that could make things very interesting. If DWC can stick to the gameplan and execute while avoiding mistakes, they should be able to come away with the win.

Prediction:  

I’ve been a believer in the DWC product all year long, and I don’t see any reason to stop at this point. Dan-Way-Co is balanced on both sides of the ball with a coaching staff that works extremely well together. With the combined level of talent on the field, and the combined minds of the coaches on the staff, DWC is poised to start their Sectional run with a big win at home. DWC 35, Pal-Mac 13.