O.F.A., Malone, Gouverneur Squeeze Out Wins; Massena Wins Big

Final 2013 Section X Football Standings

Ogdensburg Blue Devils
Massena Red Raiders
Potsdam Sandstoners
Gouverneur Wildcats
Malone Huskies
Canton Golden Bears
Tupper Lake Lumberjacks
St. Lawrence Central Larries
Div.     NLg  Overall   PF    PA
3-0      0-0       3-0    122     41
2-1      0-0       2-1      80     33
2-1      0-0       2-1      90     47
2-1      0-0       2-1      36     38
1-2      0-0       1-2      41     59
1-2      0-0       1-2      70     87
1-2      0-0       1-2      70     90
0-3      0-0       0-3        0   105

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Gouverneur’s Adrian MacShane (15) cuts past Canton defender Hunter Yerdon (1) to gain the first down for the Wildcats.  Quarterback Ben Casey and running back Jose Flores each scored a touchdown in the second half to give the Wildcats a come-from-behind 15-12 victory over the Bears.   Game Gallery   NCSN Broadcast


Games of Week 3: September 19-20, 2014

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Ogdensburg 41, Potsdam 34
Malone 14, Tupper Lake 11



Gouverneur 15, Canton 12
Massena 28, St. Lawrence Central 0

Gouverneur squeezes out win over canton bears 15-12

Canton’s Cole Zeller (88) celebrates as he breaks a tackle to score the game's first touchdown late in the first quarter.  The Golden Bears controlled the first half, breaking out to a 12-0 lead, but Gouverneur made key defensive changes and scored 15 unanswered points in the second half to pull out a 15-12 win on Homecoming Weekend in Canton.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery   NCSN Broadcast

After intermission, the Gouverneur Wildcats bottled up the running lanes and stopped the Golden Bears rushing attack that ran loose and free in the first half. The scoreless defensive effort allowed the offense good field position to rally from a 12-0 halftime deficit to a 15-12 victory on Homecoming Weekend in Canton. Peyton VanBibber, who carried 20 times for 110 yards, broke containment and dashed 41 yards to paydirt to open a 6-0 lead for the Bears, who just missed breaking the plane of the goal line on the two-point conversion. Canton added another six points when quarterback Jake Fenlong hooked up on a 16-yard TD pass to Cole Zeller for a 12-0 lead. Gouverneur mounted an impressive third quarter drive that was aided by two damaging penalties by the Bears. Quarterback Ben Casey muscled his way to the end zone from the three-yard line, then running back Jose Flores gave Gouverneur its first lead with several positive rushes, ending with a six-yard run to score in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats tacked on two more points late in the game when a Canton punt snap at the 15-yard line sailed high and out of the back of the end zone. Gouverneur improved to 2-1, while Canton slipped to 1-2.

Malone Tops Tupper Lake Lumberjacks in close finish

Malone’s Cameron Gallagher (15) breaks the tackle from Tupper Lake’s Nathan Boyea (50) for a fifteen yard gain and the first down for the Huskies in the red zone. Malone was first to strike putting up the touchdown and the extra point to begin the second quarter. The Malone Huskies defeated the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks 14-11.  (Cody Jenne photo) Game Gallery

Tupper Lake’s Anson Gagnier (85) bursts through three Malone defenders to pick up the first down.  (Jenne photo)

On a night when the defenses dominated, Zach Raymond’s third-quarter touchdown run proved to be the difference in Malone’s 14-11 win over Tupper Lake, in a battle of Franklin County’s two gridiron teams. Malone quarterback Camron Gallagher threw a quick one-yard TD pass to Brandon Woods, then Gallagher booted the extra point to give the Huskies an early 7-0 lead. Tupper Lake marched down to the two-yard line, but had to settle for a field goal by Anson Gagnier trim the Huskies’ lead to 7-3. Raymond scored on a 35-yard carry in the third quarter to give Malone some breathing room at 14-3. The Lumberjacks put up eight points on a late rally, culminated by Brasen LaVasseur’s 13-yard run and two-point conversion, for the 14-11 final. Both teams left the field with 1-2 records on the season.

blue devils squeak out victory over potsdam 41-34

Ogdensburg’s Taylor Richardson (20) explodes through the middle of the field to pick up the first down, but is wrapped up by Potsdam’s Logan Ford (33) and Matt Deon (20). The Sandstoners and Blue Devils battled to a 14-14 tie at the half. Both offenses picked things up in the second half, but OFA squeaked out the 41-34 victory.  Game Gallery

Potsdam’s Chase Palmer breaks free for a big gain, but is brought down by Ogdensburg’s Anthoni Pope (85) and Jack Manke (88). (Drew Gearsbeck photo)

The Ogdensburg Blue Devils recovered from an early 14-7 deficit and emerged from halftime with a quick touchdown strike to break a 14-14 tie, in scoring a 41-34 victory in a gridiron thriller atop the Section X standings. The win left the Blue Devils as the only remaining undefeated team at 3-0, while Potsdam slipped to 2-1. Quarterback Joe Dalton completed 11-of-17 passes for 195 yards, including three touchdown spirals, and tacked on another 72 yards on 13 running plays to lead the Devils’ attack. Jon Rogers took the ball to the house to open the scoring. Potsdam quarterback Max Warden broke out of a swarm of OFA defenders and rumbled 41 yards to tie the contest. Warden plowed in from the one-yard line on the next drive to put Potsdam ahead 14-7. Rogers went untouched to the end zone on an end-around run that drew OFA even, with 1:49 left in the half. Taylor Richardson added 11 carries for 111 yards and a 56-yard TD scamper in the second half. Nick Sweeney was Dalton’s primary touchdown target with 38- and 30-yard scoring receptions that put the Devils ahead for good. Potsdam rallied to within a point twice in the second half. Chase Palmer led the Sandstoners with 27 carries for 154 yards, a 10-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion run. Warden, who was 6-for-12 for 115 yards through the air, also completed a passing touchdown and rushing TD in the second half.


The Massena Red Raiders shrugged off last week’s heartbreaker at Tupper Lake and dominated the St. Lawrence Central Larries on Hall of Fame-Homecoming Weekend at Mike Nicholas Field. Jason Zembeck carried 14 times for 143 yards, two rushing touchdowns and a safety, in leading the Raiders to a 28-0 victory in Week 3. Zembeck toted the ball for touchdowns of 32 and 35 yards. Isaiah Dillabough hauled 20 ties for 94 yards and scored the Raiders’ two other touchdowns. Massena led 15-0 lead at halftime. The Raiders improved to 2-1. St. Lawrence Central has faced three tough division leaders to open the season – OFA, Potsdam and Massena – and is 0-3.


Games of Week 2: September 12-13, 2014

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Tupper Lake 27, Massena 25
Ogdensburg 40, Canton 7



Potsdam 36, St. Lawrence Central 0
Gouverneur 15, Malone 6

Gouverneur shuts out huskies in 2nd half to win

Gouverneur’s Benjamin Casey (7) keeps the ball himself, but is dragged down by Malone’s Brent Lamica (85) and Brian Swan (75). The Wildcats led the Huskies 7-6 at the half. Gouverneur’s defense held Malone scoreless in the second half. Casey fired a touchdown in the fourth quarter to secure the Wildcats’ victory 15-6. (Gearsbeck photo) Game Gallery

Gouverneur’s Jose Flores (1) picks up a first down, but is brought down by Malone’s Brent Lamica (85).  Gouverneur broke open a close 7-6 contest with a score early in the fourth quarter to capture their first win of the season, 15-6 over the Malone Huskies. Wildcat quarterback Ben Casey dove for a two-yard score in the first half, pitched a two-yard pass to Troy Gates, then ran for the two-point conversion. Gates was the rushing workhorse for the 1-1 Wildcats, running for 161 total yards. Gouverneur travels to Canton next weekend. Malone’s lone score came on a 34-yard TD run by Zach Raymond who totaled 102 yards on the ground. The Huskies fell to 0-2 and visits Tupper Lake next weekend.


The Potsdam Sandstoners methodically ground out a 21-point halftime lead, en route to a 36-0 win over the host St. Lawrence Central Larries. The Sandstoners handed Chase Palmer the ball for a touchdown and 137 total yards, mostly in the first half, while capitalizing on two key turnovers for scores. John Mangual carried much of the load in the second half for 132 yards and both of Potsdam’s touchdowns runs (47 and 29 yards). With the win, Potsdam remained unbeaten at 2-0, headed into a showdown next week with Ogdensburg, the only other undefeated team in Section X. St. Lawrence Central fell to 0-2 and will travel to Massena next week.

blue devils rEEl off forty unanswered points to win

Ogdensburg’s Taylor Richardson (20) bursts through the middle, but is met by Canton’s Ian Erlichman (32) and Chris Tompkins (54). The Golden Bears got on the board just 52 seconds into the game on a Peyton VanBibber touchdown run, but the Blue Devils rolled off 40 unanswered points to win 40-7 and remained unbeaten on the young season.  (Drew Gearsbeck photo)  Game Gallery

Ogdensburg’s Cody Rolfe (22) is dragged down to the ground by Canton’s Peyton VanBibber (23) and John Romanelli (60).  Both teams scored on their opening drive. Canton’s Peyton VanBibber cut through a seam and sprinted 52 years for a touchdown just 52 seconds into the game to give the Golden Bears a short-lived 7-0 lead. On the ensuing drive, Ogdensburg quarterback Joe Dalton faked the handoff, then scampered to paydirt to tie the game at 7-7 after David Prudhomme's extra point kick. Ogdensburg took the lead when Taylor Richardson carried the ball to the house. The Canton defense played a solid first half, keeping the score 14-7 at the half. However, the Blue Devils score 26 unanswered points in the second half to claim a 40-7 win and improve to 2-0 on the season. Canton fell to 1-1.


The Tupper Lake Lumberjacks pulled off a dramatic final touchdown with time expired to beat the Massena Red Raiders on Friday night. Roger Delair snared an eight-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Liam Lamere to thwart Massena’s second-half comeback and pull off a 27-25 stunning victory. The game-clinching play was set up on a 37-yard pass to Anson Gagnier, on a fourth down do-or-die play. After both teams traded touchdowns in their opening drives, the Jacks established a 21-7 halftime lead, capped by Brasen Lavassaur’s one-yard plunge with just over a minute left. Isaiah Dillabough scored the Raiders’ first-half touchdown, the Jason Stembeck carried the load and score two second-half touchdowns to put Massena ahead 25-21. Both teams are now 1-1.


Games of Week 1: September 5-6, 2014

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Ogdensburg 41, St. Lawrence Central 0



Canton 51, Tupper Lake 32
Massena 27, Malone 6
Potsdam 20, Gouverneur 6

Canton explodes in second half to beat tupper 51-32

Canton’s Hunter Yerdon (1) breaks the tackle of Tupper Lake’s Brasen LaVassaur (31) on his way to a first down. The Golden Bears and Lumberjacks got off to slow starts offensively, but Canton took a double-digit lead into the half. Both offenses picked it up in the second half, but Canton prevailed 51-32. (Gearsbeck photo)  Game Gallery

Canton’s Louden Porter stiff arms his way past Tupper Lake’s Anson Gagnier (85).  Canton's Peyton VanBibber racked up a game-best five touchdowns, while Hunter Yerdon scampered to paydirt for three touchdowns, as the Bears captured a 51-32 win in their season opener.

potsdam's strong defense shuts down wildcats, 20-6

Potsdam’s Logan Ford (33) bursts through the middle while breaking the tackle of Gouverneur’s Aaron Bush (24) to pick up the first down. Ford got the Sandstoners on the scoreboard with a 19-yard run just 8.2 seconds before halftime for a 7-0 lead. Chase Palmer and Max Warden each had touchdown runs to open the second half to propel Potsdam to a 20-6 victory in the season opener. (Drew Gearsbeck photo)  Game Gallery

Potsdam’s Connor Prosper (2) skies to break up the pass attempt to Gouverneur’s Chad Curcio (8).  The Wildcats prevented a shutout in the final 4.2 seconds with a six-yard pass reception to cap a 14-play, 62-yard drive.

Ogdensburg captures first win on new turf field 41-0

Ogdensburg’s Joseph Dalton (15) breaks the tackle from St. Lawrence defensive linemen Nick Felix (32) for a 30-yard run to put the Blue Devils one yard shy of a touchdown. O.F.A. scored three times in the second quarter to take a commanding lead. Ogdensburg captured their first win of the season 41-0.

St. Lawrence Central’s Mike Plante (25) looks  around Nolan Rufa (56) for the first down.  St. Lawrence Central showed early signs of staying with the Blue Devils, but OFA found it could capitalize to the outside for two touchdowns late in the first quarter.  Jon Rogers ran for touchdowns of four and 29 yards.  Quarterback Joe Dalton added a 51-yard scoring pass to Nick Sweeney.  Taylor Richardson added two plunges from the one-yard line as the Blue Devils rolled to a 33-0 halftime lead.  The game was halted with 7:21 left in the third quarter due to lightning.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery


The Massena Red Raiders' defense disrupted the Malone Huskies' offense for most of the contest, anchoring a 27-6 opening day victory.  Massena posted the game's first score when Isaiah Dillabough carried the football four yards for a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Malone's Zach Raymond answered  in the second quarter, capping a 13-play, 79-yard drive with a six-yard TD run to pull the Huskies even at 6-6.  But Massena QB Maddox Merry engineered a 52-year drive with Jason Zembeck scoring and the Raiders added six more points on Zach Plourde's eight-yard run to take a 20-6 lead at intermission, following a decisive 15-0 second quarter.  Massena completed the only scoring drive in the second half on a Dillabough 26-yard run to close out the win in the season opener for both squads.