By Scott Kindberg
SYRACUSE - Chris Doubek's storybook season on the gridiron added another chapter Tuesday when the Randolph Central School senior was selected as the New York State Sportswriters Association Class D Player of the Year.
Doubek, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound running back, is the third Randolph player to receive player-of-the-year honors, joining Nick Jackson, who was the recipient in 2005, and Jordon Dowiasz, who claimed the award in 2012.
It was Jackson, though, who Doubek remembered first hearing about when the latter was in elementary school.
"I watched a couple highlight films of him,'' Doubek said early in the season, "and he ran guys over and had the moves, too. It was incredible. I wanted to be just like him.''
Doubek headlines a Class D first-team squad that includes five other Cardinals, a team which claimed its fourth New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship in school history by virtue of a 42-13 victory over Chester at the Carrier Dome the day after Thanksgiving.
The remaining first-team selections from the Cattaraugus County school are senior quarterback Mitch Maycock; senior offensive lineman Cody Oldro; senior place-kicker Micah Kehoe; senior linebacker Lucas Brown; and senior defensive back Nick Hettenbaugh.
Behind a dominant offensive line and lights-out blocking from Brown, the Cardinals' fullback, Doubek turned in the finest statistical season by a running back in Section 6 history, amassing 2,536 yards, which broke the previous mark set by Dustin Bowser of Southwestern in 2003. In the state title game, Doubek ran for 273 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns. He also had 95 return yards and added two tackles.
''As much as Chris gives credit to this teammates,'' Randolph coach Brent Brown said, ''we all saw him run, and he could run.''
Brown's favorite Doubek moment came in the Far West Regional against Red Jacket.
''I'm not sure if it was an option pitch,'' Brown recalled, ''but he got tripped up and he just about went down. He kept his feet, scooted up the sideline, (faked) one guy and absolutely stiff-armed a kid on his back at the 5. That's got to be the best run ever. That's the highlight-reel run right there.''
Just like Doubek marveled at Jackson's highlights from 2005, you can bet that another young Randolph kid will be doing the same thing when they view Doubek's 2013 heroics.
''Christopher did everything right from day one,'' Brown said. ''Whether it was in the weight room or with his work ethic, he's a perfect kid to get (the player of the year) because he certainly deserves it.''
Randolph wasn't the only area school to be recognized by the NYSSWA, which announced all-state teams in Class B, C and D on Tuesday. Classes AA and A will be announced next week.
Senior place-kicker Tanner Hoose of Southwestern and junior running back Matt McCarthy of Fredonia are first-team selections in Class C, bringing the total of Southern Tier first-teamers in Class C and D to eight.
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Randolph's second-team all-state selections in Class D are junior offensive end Bryce Morrison and junior offensive lineman Michael Bowers. Joining that pair on the second team is junior defensive back Jonah Tanner of Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake.
In Class C, Falconer senior running back Cody Dustin is a third-team selection.
Honorable-mention all-state selections in Class D include: running back Ryan Miller of Maple Grove-Chautauqua Lake; offensive linemen Jeff Andrews, Patrick Kibbe and Wesley Senn of Randolph, Tyler Furlow of Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake, and Jacob Short of Panama; and linebackers Chandler Baker and A.J. Hulton of Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake, and Ben Waugh of Portville.
Honorable-mention all-state choices in Class C include lineman Kyle Moran of Southwestern and quarterback Weston Ley of Fredonia.