Senior is one of five Blue Devils named to Class AA state team and Canandaigua's Joe Post is named to Class A team

The challenging part of having a great football team is identifying the great individuals who are part of that team.

But when Zack Estabrooks puts up the numbers he did, it makes the process easier. Much easier, really.

Maybe that’s why the Victor High senior was named to the Class AA first team All-State defensive team on Wednesday by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Estabrooks was a key cog for the Blue Devils in their 12-1 season that ended in the Class AA state championship game. Junior teammate Andrew Russell was named to third team defense, and getting honorable mention nods in AA are running back Mitch Spindler, tight end/defensive end Mike Novitsky and lineman Ryan Flaitz.

Estabrooks, who was The Daily Messenger’s Player of the Year, led Victor with 21 rushing touchdowns, mostly in short-yardage situations. He finished with 991 rushing yards, second-most on the team and on defense, he had 49 tackles (13 for a loss), 6 sacks, 1 interception and 1 recovered fumble.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Estabrooks. “I knew the list was coming out, but I never thought I’d make it.” 

His reasoning is that he might have split votes by being so versatile, playing running back, tight end and defensive end for the Blue Devils. “There are so many studs in New York City and Albany,” said Estabrooks. “And there are so many Class AA teams out there … I didn’t know how I was going to make it.”

But make it he did, and first team at that. Estabrooks is the first Victor football player to earn All-State first team honors since running back David Ahonen was named to the 2006 Class A team. In 2014, quarterback Mike Wagner was named to the Class AA second team offense.

Russell led Victor with 19 catches for 338 yards and 6 TDs and had 934 all-purpose yards. Defensively, he led Victor with 80 tackles, 48 solo.

Spindler led Victor with 1,107 yards and eight TDs and Novitsky had 13 catches for 210 yards. On defense, 8.5 of his 53 tackles were for a loss and he also had 2.5 sacks and 3 interceptions. Flaitz, a four-year starter on the line, had 12 tackles (2.5 for a loss).

In Class A, senior linebacker Joe Post of Canandaigua Academy, was named honorable mention. Post was a team captain and had 90 tackles with one interception. He also caught 3 passes for 22 yards and 1 TD for the Braves in their 6-3 season.