Leading off today:
Two juniors and three seniors have earned player of the year recognition today as part of the small-school all-state football teams announced by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
The players of the year are:
- Class B: Chenango Forks junior running back Lucas Scott.
- Class C: Susquehanna Valley junior back Logan Haskell.
- Class D: Clymer/Sherman/Panama seniors Cameron Barmore, a receiver, and Gerrit Hinsdale, the quarterback.
- Eight-man: Oakfield-Alabama/Elba quarterback Colton Dillon.
Scott completed his season with 305 yards on the ground and three touchdowns as the Blue Devils defeated Schuylerville 38-14 in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B championship game in Syracuse.
Scott, the runner-up at 220 pounds in the 2019 state Division I wrestling tournament, finished his junior season with 2,668 yards in helping Chenango Forks to its sixth state crown in the sport and fourth in the past seven seasons.
Haskell was a thorn in the side of opponents as both a quarterback and running back. Besides throwing for more than 1,000 yards in the 2019 season, the Susquehanna Valley star rushed for 1,981 yards.
In the state final vs. Gouverneur, Haskell rushed for 199 yards. A week earlier, he threw for 148 yards and rushed for 185 in a semifinal win vs. Southwestern.
Barmore and Hinsdale formed an unstoppable combination in the state title run by Clymer/Sherman/Panama.
Barmore caught 43 passes for 844 yards and 13 touchdowns in addition to work on defense that included 55 solos tackles, 35 assists, 37 tackles for loss and 11 quarterback sacks. Hinsdale completed 113 of 210 attempts for 1,888 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Oakfield-Alabama/Elba's Colton is the NYSSWA's first overall player of the year in eight-man football. He capped the team' perfect season with a huge performance in the Section 5 championship game by rushing nine times for 288 yards. His effort included TD rushes 50, 79, 27, 55 and 57 yards.
Here are links to the all-state teams and additional information:
• 2019 Class B all-state team
• 2019 Class C all-state team
• 2019 Class D all-state team
• 2019 eight-man all-state team
• Recent NYSSWA players of the year
• All-state teams, 1999-2019
• Final 2019 B-C-D and eight-man state rankings
The NYSSWA will announce its Class AA and A all-state teams next Wednesday.
Following up: Yesterday's blog mentioned the Section 6 decision to revert to league play in football in the 2020 season, ending federation-style scheduling based on programs' playoff classification.
Buffalo's city schools officials were largely opposed to the change, and The Buffalo News reported Wednesday that they seem to have company. Athletic directors Steve Anastasia of Olean and Mike Sarratori of Dunkirk are concerned about being the only two Class B schools in a small-school league.
Under the new points system that will determine sectional tournament berths, playing smaller schools could potentially mean fewer seeding points. In addition, they raise the point that teams will be shopping for wins as they fill out their schedules with non-league games that previously did not factor into postseason qualification or seeding.
"We're going to have to have to play 'C' and 'D' schools and we don't feel that prepares us for the playoffs," Anastasia said. "We don't know who's doing the scheduling (for the