Times Union Story Published August 28, 2011

Stanish powers Guilderland's ground game
Senior looking to expand his role on Dutchmen's offense
By james allen Staff writer
Published 12:00 a.m., Sunday, August 28, 2011

GUILDERLAND -- Tony Stanish is not a selfish football player, but four years on the Guilderland varsity squad does afford him a reasonable level of expectation this fall regarding an expanded offensive role.

"I want to carry the ball more this season," Stanish said Saturday after his school's four-team scrimmage at Guilderland. "I think the strength of our team this season is more with the run, even though we still use the spread."

"We have a number of backs other than Tony, but is our stable guy," Guilderland coach Dan Penna said. "He can get around the end and he can run inside for the tough yards. At 200 pounds, Tony brings a variety of attributes. He is a vocal leader, a tough kid and a real funny guy who is great in the locker room."

As a sophomore in 2009, Stanish caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Smith with 13.3 seconds left in regulation to help force overtime against two-time defending Section II Class AA champion La Salle. The Dutchmen went on to register a wild 34-33 overtime victory in the quarterfinals over the Cadets.

The Dutchmen finished 5-4 in 2010, yet they did not earn one of the four Empire Division playoff berths.

Smith now is playing quarterback at Colgate, and Stanish is being counted on for leadership and two-way production at running back and defensive back.

Stanish, who also competes in lacrosse for the Dutchmen, is generating college interest for his football exploits. Holy Cross, Colgate and the University at Albany are among the schools already keeping tabs on the senior.

"Tony wasn't pleased with his play (Saturday), but he is a really good defensive back. Physically, he can compete with anyone in the section," Penna said. "He has a lot to offer a college. Tony is an exceptional student and education is going to play a big role in his college choice."

Before departing Guilderland, Stanish looks to lead the Dutchmen back to the Class AA playoffs.

The team should get an immediate idea regarding its postseason chances with four straight divisional games against Ballston Spa, Shenendehowa, Saratoga and Christian Brothers Academy in September.

"I'm glad we're opening with four division games right away," Stanish said. "We're really going to have to be ready. I'm ready to go."

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