Phil Gilberti led Whitesboro's Warriors to a third consecutive Section III championship and back to the Class A semifinals of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament.

Nic Bailey was a two-way standout at Dolgeville who helped the Class D Blue Devils win a 17th Section III title.

And West Canada Valley's Mason Schloop and Sauquoit Valley's Ben Vanderpool made their physical presence felt both offensively and defensively.

Now, all four of those seniors have something in common: They are first team members of the New York State Sportswriters Association's 2017 All-State Football Team.

Gilberti, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound middle linebacker and running back, missed three regular-season games — Whitesboro lost two of them — with an illness, but he still led the Warriors (8-4) in rushing and was a standout in the middle of assistant coach Kurt Herthum's defense. In nine games, Gilberti rushed for 1,158 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Two Whitesboro teammates — two-way linemen Chris Pawlowski and Josh Weiler — also earned Class A all-state honors. Pawlowski, a 6-foot-6, 255-pound senior who played hurt most of the season, made the third team and Weiler, a 5-9, 250-pound junior, made the fourth team.

Quarterback Matt Myers, who led state champion West Seneca West to its semifinal win over Whitesboro, was named Class A co-Player of the Year.

Bailey, a 220-pound fullback and defensive end and a three-year starter for Dolgeville, was one of the Blue Devils' three 1,000-yard rushers. He finished with 1,086 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns.

Dolgeville (10-1) had four other seniors earn Class D all-state honors, including RB-LB Chase Doxtader (5-5, 175), lineman Dillon Lyon (6-1, 260), RB-LB Devin Gorinshek (5-10, 189) and lineman Dylan Walrath (6-1, 188). Doxtader, a second-team selection as a junior, rushed for 1,188 yards and 18 touchdowns and Gorinshek rushed for 1,125 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Schloop, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound tight end and defensive end, was a third-team pick as a junior. This season, he led Class D West Canada Valley with 74 tackles, and he caught 23 passes for 484 yards and four touchdowns. Schloop's quarterback, West Canada Valley senior Matt Tobin, was named third team all-state. He ran for 969 yards and 17 touchdowns and threw for 1,035 yards and 10 scores.

Vanderpool, a six-foot, 210-pound fullback and linebacker, led Sauquoit Valley with 102 tackles, and he also had five sacks and two interceptions. He ran for 346 yards and seven touchdowns, and was often the lead blocker for the Indians' workhorse, senior tailback Garrett Evans, a 180-pound senior who rushed for 1,436 yards and 16 touchdowns and was named second team all-state.

Two Sauquoit Valley lineman, senior Ryan Inglis and junior Austin Bullock, were all-state honorable mentions in Class D.

Mount Markham seniors Josh Douglas and Robert Linen-Holmes also earned Class D all-state honors. Douglas (5-8, 180), a quarterback and linebacker who rushed for 1,223 yards and 17 touchdowns, made the third team and Linen-Holmes, a senior tailback and linebacker, rushed for 1,100 yards for the Mustangs.

Frankfort-Schuyler senior RB-LB Joe Streeter was an all-state honorable mention in Class D. Despite a late-season injury, he rushed for 893 yards and 11 touchdowns.

In Class AA, Rome Free Academy senior lineman Ryan Swavely (6-2, 255), a three-year starter, was named sixth team all-state. An honorable mention as a junior, Swavely led RFA with 110 tackles.

Thomas R. Proctor High School senior Logan Wilcox (6-2, 190), the Raiders' starting quarterback the last three seasons, was a Class AA all-state honorable mention. He threw for 1,313 yards and 11 touchdowns and had seven rushing touchdowns.

In Class B, Notre Dame High junior quarterback Treijen Garrett (6-1, 190) was named third team all-state after passing for 1,359 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushing for 871 yards and eight scores. Notre Dame teammate Isiah Czarnecki (6-3, 255), a sophomore running back and linebacker who led the Jugglers with 97 tackles - 13 of them for a loss - was named fifth team all-state.

Vernon-Verona-Sherrill senior WR Nate Palmer, one of Section III's most dynamic playmakers at 5-foot-6 and 146 pounds, was named fourth team all-state in Class B. VVS teammate Zach Nell was an all-state honorable mention.

Oneida senior WR Henry Froass, who had 28 receptions and caught 12 touchdown passes, made Class B's fifth team.

New Hartford senior lineman Niko Policelli was an all-state honorable mention in Class B.