DOLGEVILLE - Head coach Dan Zilkowski's football team has been here before.

A year ago, his Dolgeville Blue Devils were ranked third in the state and on a 5-0 roll before running into Barto Hill rival West Canada Valley and losing 27-12 in a Class D East matchup of state-ranked, Class D East neighbors.

So the coach doesn't care if this Dolgeville team - 6-0 and ranked sixth in the state - hasn't broken a sweat in weeks, or if star quarterback Matt Tobin is or isn't playing for West Canada Valley when the two meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in their regular-season finale at Dolgeville's Bill Bynon Field.

"We've taken each week and prepared the same way, no matter who we were playing," said Zilkowski, insisting he fully expects a stiff challenge from coach Todd Hobin's Indians, no matter what.

"Oh yeah, a hundred percent. This is going to be a football game. Just look at Dolgeville-West Canada football history. Records don't matter. I don't have to tell our kids that. Any time you play a neighboring district, that's something kids get up for. ... I'm sure West Canada is going to be all gung-ho, too. No matter who plays."

Tobin had rushed for 657 yards and 12 touchdowns and had thrown nine touchdown passes through Week 5, but the three-sport standout did not play last Friday night, in a 28-12 nonleague loss to Class C Sherburne-Earlville that ended West Canada Valley's (2-1, 4-2) four-game winning streak. Senior running back Kris Crossett also left that game with an injury.

Hobin could not be reached for comment, so it is not known whether Tobin and Crossett will play Saturday.

When West Canada Valley knocked off Dolgeville last season, Tobin rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Indians to a third straight win over the Blue Devils. Dolgeville lost to the Indians twice in 2015, 31-0 in the regular season and 28-8 in the Section III Class D semifinals.

"We have to prepare, no matter what," Zilkowski said. "We did it last week, too. We had to prepare for (Frankfort-Schuyler running back) Joe Streeter, and then he didn't play. ... Obviously (Tobin) is a great athlete, too. He gives West Canada a quarterback running game. But they've got other athletes and they're very good up front.

"They're aggressive and (Hobin) still runs a wide-open, multi-formation offense that you have to adjust to."

West Canada Valley and Dolgeville have reached the last two Section III championship games at the Carrier Dome - Sandy Creek beat the Indians 32-12 in 2015 and Onondaga beat the Blue Devils 34-14 last year.

Since then, a Dolgeville team led by several three-year starters has seldom been stressed. After opening the season with a 46-19 nonleague win in Sherburne, the Blue Devils outscored Mount Markham 16-0 in the second half of a 40-20 win. Herkimer hung with them for a while, trailing only 14-6 at the half, but Dolgeville dominated the second half and won 38-6.

In their last three games, the Blue Devils have outscored teams 156-16 in the first half of 62-28, 64-16, and 46-22 blowouts.

All-state RB Chase Doxtader (53 carries-688 yards-11 touchdowns) and running mate Devin Gorinshek (53-644-7) are averaging more than 12 yards a carry, Nic Bailey has rushed for 505 yards and nine touchdowns, and senior QB Aasin Claus is 17 for 27 passing for 357 yards and seven scores. Zach Smith is Dolgeville's leading receiver with seven catches for 136 yards and four touchdowns.

None of them have seen much playing time in recent weeks.

"As much as people like to look at our offensive numbers, it's our defense that's really played well," Zilkowski said. "I don't believe our starting defense has given up a score since Week 2 (at Mount Markham). We've played good, responsiblity defense, and it all starts up front."

They would be ends Bailey, Gorinshek and Karlton Fake and tackles Dillon Lyon and Brendan Snowman. Linebackers Doxtader, Jordan Ortlieb and Kyle Getman, safeties Zach Carpenter and Riley Nagle, and cornebacks Claus and Smith have all played well, too.

Offensively, the Blue Devils average nearly eight yards per carry and 344 yards a game, powered up front by guards Lyon and Dylan Walrath, tackles Eian Vedder and Michael Krasko, center Matt Maine and tight end Dylan Lamphere.

West Canada Valley will counter with a defense led by all-state end Mason Schloop, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior who has 51 tackles, including eight for a loss, and two fumble recoveries. Cade Smith leads the Indians with 59 tackles, seven for a loss, and sophomore lineman Kaleb Pohleven has a team-high three sacks.

Dolgeville has won 14 of 16 games over two seasons, including last year's regular-season loss at West Canada Valley and the loss to Onondaga at the Carrier Dome.