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Dorman puts four on all-star game rosters

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Roebuck—After playing for a state championship a season ago, the Dorman football team is in position to make another deep run in the playoffs this fall.

The Cavaliers wrapped up the regular season with a 9-1 record, including a 6-1 mark in conference play.  They finished in a three-way tie along with Byrnes and Gaffney, but won the tiebreaker to earn a number one seed in the Class AAAAA tournament.

Head coach Dave Gutshall feels like his team is prepared as they begin the postseason by hosting Greenwood in the first round.

“We think we’re as good as anybody else.  When you get in the playoffs, you’ve got to win some really tough football games.  This year isn’t any different.  We have a tough matchup with Greenwood, who has all that tradition.  It won’t be easy, but it never is.  We’ve got to play well and get a break or two to get back (to the state title game),” said Gutshall.

Dorman recently had four players selected to all-star games, including three offensive linemen.  Mason Trotter, a three-year starter, and John Gelotte, who has already committed to Duke, will compete for the South Carolina squad in the Shrine Bowl.  Gabe Thompson will represent the North team in the Touchstone Energy Bowl.

“We three of them coming back, we thought (offensive line) would be one of the strengths of our team, and it has been.  Our running game has probably carried us to this point,” Gutshall said.  “All three of them are special.  They’ve not only been good football players, but they’ve been unbelievable role models for the entire program.”

Also headed to the North-South game is athlete Zack Hillstock, who can line up at multiple positions on the field.  The senior has run for 454 yards and 14 touchdowns while adding 268 yards receiving with another score.

“He does everything.  He’s played wide out, slot, running back, wildcat quarterback and returned punts and kickoffs for us,” Gutshall said.  “The last two years he’s been our short-yardage running back and leads our team in touchdowns.  He’s just one of those guys that can do a little bit of everything.”

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