During this his senior year, Jordan Dowiasz could put together quite a scrapbook just for what he accomplished on the gridiron last fall when he led Randolph Central School to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D football championship.
For those who had the opportunity to watch him play, they might already know that he rushed for nearly 2,000 yards (1,828 to be exact) and 29 touchdowns. But did they know that behind those gaudy numbers and highlight-reel runs there was a player who wasn't just fast, but he was also consistent, a player who performed well every week?
And in a season which reached playoff mode for Randolph after three weeks - a 1-2 start will do that - the 5-foot-10, 170-pound running back carried the figurative torch all the way to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse where the Cardinals claimed their third state title in school history.
Randolph Central School senior Jordan Dowiasz rushed for 1,828 yards and 29 touchdowns to lead the Cardinals to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D football championship.
Photo by Tim Frank
Jordan Dowiasz and Randolph assistant coach Lucas Burch share an embrace near the end of the NYSPHSAA?Class D championship game.
P-J?photo by Scott Kindberg
Most importantly, Dowiasz was at his best when the figurative lights were the brightest.
He opened the playoffs by scoring a pair of touchdowns against Cattaraugus-Little Valley; followed that with a 169-yard effort and four TDs against Silver Creek; blitzed then top-ranked Maple Grove for 214 yards and two scores in the Section 6 championship game; steamrolled Avon of Section 5 for 252 yards and three touchdowns in the Far West Regional; and then amassed 101 yards, scored a pair of TDs and made two season-defining defensive plays in a 7-6 victory over Tioga in the state semifinal.
Dowiasz's defensive gems were arguably the biggest plays of the season. In the first half, he ran down a Tioga runner, who appeared in the clear for a touchdown, while in the second half he tipped away a certain TD reception. Without those two gems, the Cardinals would not have spent Thanksgiving in Syracuse.
At the Carrier Dome, Dowiasz ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns, and intercepted a pass in the waning moments that secured Randolph's 28-7 victory over Tuckahoe for its third state title in eight years. After the pick, he was greeted by assistant coach Lucas Burch, who wrapped his star player in a huge bear hug.
Six weeks later, the NYSSWA announced its all-state teams and, not surprisingly, Dowiasz was chosen the Class D Player of the Year. The selection capped a postseason that included a boatload of honors.
He'll have to make room for one more, though: The Post-Journal sports staff has selected him as its 2012 Player of the Year.