Gouverneur Tops O.F.A. in Thriller; Potsdam, Massena, Larries Win

2016 Section X Football Standings


Massena Red Raiders
Gouverneur Wildcats
Ogdensburg Blue Devils
Potsdam Sandstoners
St. Lawrence Larries
Canton Golden Bears
Malone Huskies
Tupper Lake Lumberjacks
Div.     NLg  Overall   PF    PA
4-0      0-0       4-0    155     65
4-0      0-0       4-0    122     62
3-1      0-0       3-1    172     41
2-2      0-0       2-2      92     66
1-3      0-0       1-3      98   111
1-3      0-0       1-3    111   150
1-3      0-0       1-3      90   185
0-4      0-0       0-4      33   195


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Gouverneur's Payton Schmitt (44), a Harrisville sophomore, extends the football as he dives forward at the 11-yard line, setting up a go-ahead touchdown for the Wildcats.  Gouverneur remained undefeated in winning a classic seesaw thriller, outlasting Ogdensburg 35-31.  (Francesco Palumbo photo)  Game Gallery

 

Games of Week 4: September 23-24, 2016

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

Gouverneur 35, Ogdensburg 31
Massena 63, Malone 20
Potsdam 40, Canton 16
St. Lawrence Central 50, Tupper Lake 6

SURGING POTSDAM WINS 2ND STRAIGHT,BEATING CANTON


Potsdam lineman Cole Bond (75) blocks Canton's Bobby Gordon (55) off his feet, allowing fullback Jacques Kuno (44) a running lane to the end zone for a game-tying touchdown in the first quarter.  Potsdam went on to defeat Canton 40-16.  (Bob LaRue photo)  Game Gallery

Potsdam running back Brandon Buffham (32) throws a block on a Canton defender to open quarterback Cameron Talcott (7) wide-open territory for a big-yardage gain.

POTSDAM 40, CANTON 16
Canton scored the only touchdown of the first quarter, but Potsdam owned the rest of the game with five of the last six touchdowns, in gaining their second-straight victory and jumping the Sandstoners into fourth place in the eight-team league. Both teams completed all of their two-point conversions in Potsdam’s 40-16 win. After winning their first game since 2014 and snapping a 10-game skid last week, the Sandstoners are now 2-2. The Bears scored first when Jake Fenlong dialed Chris Recker on a midfield-to-end zone completion of 49 yards. Potsdam scored three times in the second quarter. Jacques Kuno carried the mail from three yards, quarterback Cameron Talcott tossed a 14-yard completion to Garrett Mattimore over the middle for the second score and Brandon Buffham muscled his way to the end zone from eight yards out to build a 24-8 halftime lead. Potsdam extended the lead to 32-8 after Buffham carried from the two-yard line. Still in the third quarter, Fenlong’s 19-yard keeper gave the Bears life. However, the Sandstoners ended all hope in the final quarter when Buffham pounded home his third TD from the three-yard mark. Potsdam piled up 416 yards rushing, led by halfback Brandon Buffham who pounded his way for 236 yards and three touchdowns and a fumble recovery. Fullback Jacques Kuno traveled 114 yards on 17 carries and delivered one touchdown. Fenlong completed 13 of his passes for 179 yards.

ST. LAWRENCE STRIKES EARLY, felling lumberjacks 50-6

ST. LAWRENCE CENTRAL 50, TUPPER LAKE 6
St. Lawrence Central picked up 16 points in the first quarter and tacked on 13 more in the second frame, setting the stage for the Larries biggest offense output in since the 1990s, in a 50-6 win over the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks. The only score the Larries’ defense relinquished was literally on the final play of the game when Ryan Becker hit the end zone from three yards out as the final buzzer sounded. The Larries got to taste their first victory of the season (1-3) after Isaiah Lyon scored twice in the first quarter: from the one-yard line, then a 30-yard scamper. The Larries’ defense accounted for the third score. Cole Coughlin blocked a Tupper Lake punt at the 15-yard line and Eli Kocsis recovered the football in the end zone for a touchdown. Later in the second quarter, quarterback Luke Collins went airborne to Lyon on a 25-yard TD completion. St. Lawrence opened the second half with a 44-yard touchdown completion to Devin Barnhart. The Larries recovered the ensuing kickoff on a fumble at the Tupper 31, then two plays later, Kaleb Parker delivered the touchdown from two yards out. Freshman call-up Jah Robertson, who was pulled up from the JV this week, scored the final touchdown on a 47-year run.

THRILLER OF TWO UNBEATENS: WILDCATS OUTLAST O.F.A.


Gouverneur's Payton Schmitt (44), a Harrisville sophomore, extends the football as he dives forward at the 11-yard line, setting up a go-ahead touchdown for the Wildcats.  Gouverneur remained undefeated in winning a classic seesaw thriller, outlasting Ogdensburg 35-31.  (Francesco Palumbo photo)  Game Gallery

Ogdensburg's Jarred Barr (7) gains yardage before his legs are taken out from under by Wildcat tackle Derick Stowell.
 

GOUVERNEUR 35, OGDENSBURG 31
A massive crowd for Gouverneur Wall of Fame Weekend was treated to one of the most entertaining football contests in the Northern Athletic Conference in recent memory. The game had all of the pre-game ingredients of a classic: the two conference rivals entered the game unbeaten at 3-0; an induction weekend for retired NFL and Rutgers running back Brian Leonard and his 2001 Wildcats championship team who were also in attendance; and a loud and electrified crowd of hundred of fans lining both sides of the field. And the game lived up to its billing. Both teams played tough smash-mouth football, committed very few penalties, executed plays to near perfection and bounced back time and again – all of the ingredients of a classic. OFA, which had disposed of its previous opponents by halftime this season, hinted the same at Gouverneur, but could never gain firm control as in past weeks. Avery Love scored on a one-yard run and, after an interception, the Blue Devils took a 10-0 on a 24-yard field goal from Brandon Stewart, three minutes into the second quarter. Gouverneur got on the scoreboard when quarterback Connor Fenlong broke several tackles and sprinted 42 yards to the OFA 12, then carried to paydirt on the next play, cutting the lead to 10-8. Ogdensburg again established a two-score separation on a one-yard QB sneak by Joe Dalton, for a 17-8 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Gouverneur's Jack Farrand broke out of the backfield for a six-yard touchdown, cutting OFA's lead to 17-14. On the Wildcats' next drive, QB Connor Fenlong handed to Derrick Stowell who found a seam to the left sideline and dashed 35 yards to paydirt, giving Gouverneur its first lead at 21-17, and the seesaw battle was on. OFA quarterback Joe Dalton found Andrew Woodward on the slant pass for a touchdown and the Blue Devils regain the lead 24-21. Quickly, the Wildcats came right back. After Farrand went 40 yards to the two-yard line, Fenlong's keeper restored the Gouverneur lead 28-24. On the ensuing kickoff, OFA's Avery Love took the kick and made an electrifying 86-yard dash to the house. The Devils regained the lead 31-28. Still undaunted, Gouverneur pulled off one final drive with time down to four minutes that ended when Peyton Schmitt took the misdirection handoff and jetted 34 yards to the end zone for the game’s final score, completing the fifth lead change in the fourth quarter. With the win, the Wildcats completed run of Class C opponents this season, also beating Potsdam and Canton, to secure the top seed and home-field advantage during the Section X Class C playoffs.

MASSENA stays unbeaten, LEASHING HUSKIES 63-20

MASSENA 63, MALONE 20
Massena outdueled Malone in a high-scoring 35-20 first half, but then shut down the Huskies’ offense in the second half while scoring 28 unanswered points. The Red Raiders defeated Malone 63-20 to remain unbeaten at 4-0. Quarterback Cedric Maurer tossed 12 completions, including two touchdowns to Michael Brown, and racked up 183 yards with 18 passing attempts. In an impressive performance, Josh Cameron was the Raiders’ rushing horse with 25 carries that amassed 278 yards and four touchdowns. Michael Gardner provided 166 all-purpose yards on 13 carries and five catches. Defensively, the Raiders were able to hold keep the Huskies’ ground game in check, including limiting rusher Timothy Langdon to just 22 yards. For Franklin Academy, the game was similar to the season opener with Canton, staying close with the Bears for nearly two quarters, then being seriously outscored in the second half against a mix of big-gain ground yardage and midrange aerial attack. Malone QB Jordan Scarf tossed for two touchdowns, a 41-yard aerial to Jordan Boyea and a 68-yard completion to Evan Keegan.

Games of Week 3: September 16-17, 2016

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FRIDAY,SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

Potsdam 46, Tupper Lake 20
Ogdensburg 48, Malone 0

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

Massena 56, Canton 22
Gouverneur 39, St. Lawrence Central 19

Massena cruises past canton 56-22; still unbeaten


Massena’s Nathaniel Bressard (32) snags a pass leading into the end zone to tie the game in the first few minutes of play in Saturda’s 56-22 win at Canton. Moments prior, within the first 11 seconds of the game, Canton had tallied points on the board on a 79-yard kickoff return to start the game.  (Cody Hartle photo)  Game Gallery

Canton's Louden Porter (88) dashes around a Massena defender for a big gain for the Golden Bears.
  

MASSENA 56, CANTON 22
After a sluggish first quarter down 14-7, Massena quarterback Cedric Maurer completed four touchdown strikes in a dynamic 35-point second quarter that propelled the Red Raiders to a 56-22 win over Canton. Maurer completed all 13 passes for the game, finished with six touchdown passes and 200 yards through the air. Nate Bressard snared three of the TD receptions for 10, 11 and 27 yards. Michael Brown hauled in TD catches of 11and 21 yards, while Austin Stowell was the recipient of the other aerial score of 30 yards. Josh Cameron carried 18 times for 153 yards and a touchdown run for Massena. For the Golden Bears, Dylan Scanlon took the opening kickoff and raced 79 yards to paydirt just eleven seconds into the contest. The Golden Bears scored a touchdown to close out the first quarter, putting them ahead 14-7. Scanlon also snagged two touchdown passes from QB Jake Fenlong who was 7-for-20 for 132 yards passing, but was picked off three times.

Ogdensburg (3-0) shuts out malone in 48-0 victory


Ogdensburg’s Jarred Barr (7) sprints around the tackle from Malone defender Brendan Marshall (80) earn a first and goal situation midway through the first quarter.  The Blue Devils pulled away early in the game putting up 28-0 lead by halftime. O.F.A.'s defense has allowed just one touchdown in three games, after beating Malone 48-0.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

Malone’s Jordan Boyea (5) breaks through a tackle attempt by two O.F.A. linemen to earn a first down near the 30-yard line.
 

OGDENSBURG 48, MALONE 0
The Ogdensburg defense, which has allowed just one touchdown in three games combined, defended the Malone Huskies to near perfection in a 48-0 win in Week #3. The Blue Devils rolled out to a 35-0 halftime lead, with two more touchdowns after intermission. Jared Barr put the Blue Devils on the scoreboard late in the first quarter with a 14-yard run. After quarterback Joe Dalton connected with Avery Love on a 33-yard pass that was ruled down inches from the goal line, Dalton squirted through the line on a keeper to push the lead to 14-0. Malone then fumbled away the ball on their ensuing drive and, two plays later, Dalton pitched to Andrew Woodard on a 16-yard completion. Love would score on TD runs of eight and three yards to complete the half. Kevin Joanette’s 85-yard kickoff return and Barr’s 17-yard run for the final two scores in the third quarter put the seal on O.F.A.’s third win to start the season. Barr finished with 13 carries for 125 yards. Dalton was 4-for-4 passing for 89 yards. Malone quarterback Jordan Scharf passed for 141 yards.

Wildcats remain UNBEATEN, DOWNING S.L.C. Larries 39-19


Gouverneur’s Payton Schmidt (44) cuts through the Larries' defensive line during Saturday’s 39-19 Wildcat victory over St. Lawrence Central at Randy Riggs Field in Brasher Falls.  (Cody Hartle photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

St. Lawrence Central quarterback Luke Collins(21) breaks away from the Gouverneur defense for a big gain.
  

GOUVERNEUR 39, ST. LAWRENCE CENTRAL 19
After edging out a 14-7 lead, Gouverneur scored 19 consecutive points before holding off the St. Lawrence Central Larries 39-19 in Week #3 of Northern Athletic Conference play. Wildcat quarterback Connor Fenlong flung a 37-yard touchdown pass to Brock Miller and another 29-yard aerial to Derick Stowell in the opening quarter. Alex Fuller swiped a 38-yard Pick Six in the third quarter to help seal the win. Larries QB Luke Collins tossed for 75 yards and scored on a 34-yard run. Gouverneur stayed unbeaten at 3-0, while St. Lawrence fell to 1-2.

POTSDAM'S FIRST WIN IN TWO YEARS, BEATING TUPPER 46-20


 Potsdam quarterback Cameron Talcott (7) burst through the Tupper Lake defensive line for a seven-yard run and a first down in the third quarter. The Sandstoners took a commanding 40-6 lead by halftime, then held off the Lumberjacks in the second half to capture a 46-20 victory. (Cody Jenne photo) Game Gallery

Tupper Lake’s Ryan Becker (88) breaks past Potsdam defender Garrett Mattimore (10) for a 25-yard run and a first down, placing the Lumberjacks in the red zone in the third quarter.
 

POTSDAM 46, TUPPER LAKE 20
“It’s nice to be back on the winning side again,” said Potsdam Coach Jim Kirka, whose team racked up 40 first-half points and delivered the Sandstoners’ first win since 2014. Brandon Buffham rushed for 189 yards in the first half and scored four of Potsdam’s first five touchdowns in stacking up a 46-20 win at home. Quarterback Cameron Talcott scored the other touchdown on a keeper. Jacques Kuno muscled his way past several would-be tacklers in an 18-yard touchdown rush to cap a 40-6 lead at the half. Chase Bedore capped Tupper Lake’s lone touchdown on a four-yard run. Brennan McComber scored on a 15-yard screen pass to open the second half on a long scoring drive. Potsdam’s Abner Agen scrambled 30 yards to the two-yard line, before taking the ensuing handoff to paydirt. Bedore closed out the scoring on a six-yard rushing score. Austin Caloren added six carries for 74 yards for the Blue-and-Orange.

 

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Games of Week 2: September 9-10, 2016

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FRIDAY,SEPTEMBER 9, 2016

Malone 44, Tupper Lake 7
Ogdensburg 40, St. Lawrence Central 6
Massena 10, Potsdam 0

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

Gouverneur 28, Canton 6

GOUVERNEUR CUTS DOWN CANTON IN 28-6 HOME VICTORY


Canton wide receiver Dillon Scanlon (23) makes an off-the-helmet catch, despite the swarming defense of Gouverneur's Connor Fenlong (11). The play led to Canton's only TD. The Wildcats scored two touchdowns in each half, including two by Jack Farrand, in dealing Canton's first loss 28-6.  (Cody Hartle photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Gouverneur quarterback Connor Fenlong (11) gets protection through the line for a 15-yard gain. 
 

GOUVERNEUR 28, CANTON 6
Gouverneur engineered one successful scoring drives in each quarter to take down Canton 28-6 at Frank LaFalce Field.  In a battle of cousin quarterbacks, Connor Fenlong guided the Wildcats in avenging last year’s loss to Jake Fenlong and the Bears.  Connor produced 180 yards rushing on 10 carries and a one-yard touchdown keeper.  Jake was nearly as effective with 11 aerial completions for 140 yards.  However, the Wildcats had more big plays that placed the ball into the red zone and resulted in touchdowns.   Peyton Schmitt delivered the mail from the two-yard line on Gouverneur’s opening drive.  In the second quarter, Jack Farrand pounced on a fumble inside the Canton 10-yard line, then two plays later, carried the ball across the goal line from three yards away to up the lead to 14-0.   In the third quarter, Fenlong bolted into the Canton secondary for a 58-yard scramble to the one-yard line, then called his own number for the touchdown on the next play.  Down 21-0, Bears’ wide receiver Dillon Scanlon snared an off-the-helmet catch under heavy pressure on a 33-yard completion to the Gouverneur 3.  Louden Porter scored the touchdown to make it 21-6.  Farrand’s second three-yard touchdown put the game out of reach 28-6 with five minutes remaining.  For Gouverneur, the defense came up big – holding Canton to just six points, after racking up 67 points against Malone the previous week.  Morgan Easton led the D-Line with 10 tackles and one interception.

MALONE PULLS AWAY TO BEAT TUPPER LAKE IN 44-7 VICTORY

MALONE 44, TUPPER LAKE 7
After fumbling away their first offensive snap of the game, Malone broke away from a close 14-7 contest early in the second quarter with four unanswered touchdowns and a safety, to beat the Lumberjacks at Tupper Lake 44-7.  Malone rusher Timothy Langdon dashed for three touchdowns, while quarterback Matt Marlow tossed for three TD passes to lead the Franklin Academy.  The Huskies improved to 1-1, while Tupper Lake slipped to 0-2.

 

 

 

Ogdensburg blue devils down s.l.c.s. larries 40-6


Ogdensburg’s Jarred Barr (7) bursts past St. Lawrence Central defenders Luke Plante (24) and Michael Plante (25) for a 25-yard run and for a first down in the Larries territory.  The Blue Devils jumped to a 27-0 lead by halftime and captured the 40-6 victory. (Cody Jenne photo) Game Gallery

St. Lawrence Central’s Michael Plante (25) drives the ball through an Ogdensburg defender for a first down.
 

OGDENSBURG 40, ST. LAWRENCE CENTRAL 6
Damaging turnovers and killer penalties stifled the Larries offense, while Ogdensburg capitalized and racked up a 27-0 halftime lead.  The Blue Devils improved to 2-0 while cruising to a 40-6 win.  Quarterback Joe Dalton just inched over the goal line for a 7-0 lead.  After a low snap that resulted in a blocked punt that set up O.F.A. at the Larries’ 12-yard line, Jared Barr slanted off tackle to score from the one-yard line for a 13-0 lead.  A fumble set up O.F.A.’s third score, Dalton handing to Barr who dashed through the opening to the left to make it 20-0.  Dalton (12 passes for 160 yards) then floated the first of two TD passes: a 30-yard strike to Anthoni Pope to close out the first half.  His second aerial found Anthony Woodard on a 31-yard reception to open the third quarter.  St. Lawrence Central got on the scoreboard when quarterback Luke Collins dialed Kaleb Parker on a 16-yard touchdown strike.  Ogdensburg scored the only touchdown of the fourth quarter on an eight-yard scamper by Sean Montalvo. 

Raiders blank sandstoners 10-0 in defensive battle


Massena’s Cedric Maurer (1) breaks up a pass from Potsdam QB Cameron Talcott (7), intended for Garrett Mattimore (10). Massena scored a touchdown early in the first quarter, Merrick Taraska (54) hit a field goal in the second frame, and then neither team scored again as Massena held on 10-0. (Francesco Palumbo photo) Game Gallery

Potsdam’s Garrett Mattimore (10) steps in front to intercept a pass from Cedric Maurer. Potsdam held their ground on several consecutive defensive stands in keeping the game close.
 

MASSENA 10, POTSDAM 0
In a highly-defensive battle, the Red Raiders broke onto the scoreboard with the game’s only touchdown just 69 seconds into the opening half, then both teams were held at bay, as Massena held on to beat Potsdam 10-0.  Gage Fiacco reeled in a short strike from quarterback Cedric Maurer and scampered another 44 yards along the right sideline to build a 7-0 lead.  Merrick Taraska, who booted the extra point, also delivered a 27-yard field goal with just over two minutes left in the half to complete the 10-0 final for Massena.  Containment and turnovers prevented both teams from any scoring in the second half.  Potsdam (0-2) rained in Maurer to 47 yards rushing and 76 yards aerial.  Josh Cameron was the leading rusher with 12 carries for 97 yards.  Brandon Buffham led Potsdam with 17 rushes for 73 yards.  Massena has won its first two games of the season for the first time since 2013.

Games of Week 1: September 2-3, 2016

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FRIDAY,SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

Massena 26, St. Lawrence Central 23
Ogdensburg 55, Tupper Lake 0

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2016

Canton 67, Malone 26
Gouverneur 20, Potsdam 6

CANTON SURGES IN 2ND HALF TO ROLL PAST MALONE 67-26


Canton's Louden Porter inches the ball over the goal line in a second-quarter scoring drive.  Canton scored five times in the second half to rout to defeat the Huskies 67-26 at Crowner Field in Malone.  (Bob LaRue photo)  Game Gallery

The Malone offensive line opens a seam for Malone's Tim Langdon (20) to jet through for a 23-yard gain.
 

CANTON 67, MALONE 26
After a Malone Pick-Six touchdown run midway through the second quarter that drew the Huskies within four points, 24-20, Canton opened up its aerial assault and shutdown the defending Northern Athletic Conference champions in a 67-26 victory at Crowner Field in Malone. Franklin Academy put points on the board first when Jordan Scharf tossed for one touchdown and Ian Maneely picked off a pass and returned it 13 yards for a score that led 14-10 advantage late in the first quarter. But the Golden Bears were about to emerge from off-season hibernation with a roar. Canton’s offensive line provided time in the pocket for quarterback Jake Fenlong to gain rhythm, first with a 30-yard flair over the middle to set up a 24-yard touchdown pass to Cody Sipher who reversed direction and eluded three Huskies to the house. With that drive, Canton began to exploit a young Huskies secondary that was aplenty with seniors last year. Fenlong hit 10 of his last 13 passing attempts (13-for-19 overall for 282 yards) and tossed for three more touchdowns as the Bears dominated 43-6 the rest of the way. Louden Porter snared five passes for 60 yards and two TDs. Chris Recker hauled in a 79-yard touchdown pass. Sipher also scored on a 39-yard run and returned a 42-yard Pick Six. For Malone, Hunter Langdon also scored on a 17-yard TD reception.

Blue Devils storm past tupper lake for 55-0 win


  Ogdensburg’s Avery Love (2) sprints past three Tupper Lake defenders to score the first touchdown of the game. Ogdensburg racked up 27 points in the first quarter and held a 41-0 lead at the half. The Blue Devils captured the 55-0 win to open the season. (Cody Jenne photo) Game Gallery

Tupper Lake’s Mike Hyde (33) stiff-arms away from an Ogdensburg defender for an eight-yard run in the first quarter.
 

 OGDENSBURG 55, TUPPER LAKE 0
The Ogdensburg Blue Devils sprinted to a 41-0 lead at halftime, scoring on five of its six first-half possessions, then its first possession of the second half, in piling up a 55-0 win at Tupper Lake. While the O.F.A. offense operated at near-peak performance, the Devils shut down the Lumberjacks to negative (-2) yardage, while Andrew Woodard’s 36-yard fumble recovery highlighted the defensive effort. Avery Love scored on a 27-yard run and a 39-yard pass reception in the first quarter. Jared Barr dashed for seven yards for the game’s second score. Kevin Joanette dashed for 35 yards, then reeled in a 66-yard touchdown reception from Love to highlight the second quarter. Bruce Reynolds and Wyatt Kirby produced touchdowns of seven and nine yards respectively in the second half to round out the scoring. Kicker Brandon Stewart was 7-for-8 in extra-point chances.

 

 


 


 

 

POTSDAM BATTLES, BUT GOUVERNEUR PREVAILS 20-6


Gouverneur’s Brock Miller (1) bursts through two Potsdam defenders to earn a first-and-goal on the Sandstoners' four-yard line. The Wildcats got on the board in the closing minutes of the first half for a 7-0 lead. Gouverneur scored two more times, with Potsdam scored once in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats captured a 20-6 victory to begin the 2016 season.  (Cody Hartle photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

 Potsdam’s Brandon Buffham (32) dashes past Gouverneur's Jack Farrand (7) for a 20-yard gain in the third quarter.
 

GOUVERNEUR 20, POTSDAM 6
The Gouverneur defense turned back two promising, first-quarter scoring drives for the Sandstoners, which proved to be pivotal in the Wildcats’ 20-6 victory at Potsdam in Week 1. With Potsdam facing a 4th-and-1 at the Wildcat 29-yard line, linebacker Derek Stowell blasted through the line and cut down Potsdam’s Cameron Talcott on a quarterback keeper to end the drive on downs. Late in the first quarter, Jordan Countryman ended another threat by recovering a fumble on a Potsdam first-and-goal. Still scoreless with less than a minute left in the half, Gouverneur finally broke through when Peyton Schmitt broke fee and dashed 49 yards down the right sideline for the game’s first score. The Wildcats opened a two-score advantage with 1:43 remaining in the third quarter when senior Jack Farrand rolled to the right, off tackle, and scampered three yards untouched to score. Connor Fenlong kicked his second extra point for a 14-0 lead. Potsdam continued to pound the ball inside, led by rusher Brandon Buffham who secured 23 carries for 168 yards. However, it was Talcott who finished off Potsdam’s lone scoring drive, just inching the football over the goal line on a two-yard run with 5:29 left, cutting the lead to 14-6. Gouverneur sealed the win when Derrick Stowell took a pitch from the 13-yard line, shucked several tackles and scored on a sweeping run to the right. Fenlong, who completed just one of five attempts, led the Wildcats with 80 yards rushing.

Red Raiders squeak by Larries in season opener


Massena quarterback Cedric Maurer (1) keeps the ball and finds a hole behind a block from Joshua Runions (52). In a seesaw battle, the Red Raiders scored the deciding touchdown with 2:23 left in the 4th quarter, allowing them to squeak by the Larries 26-23 in their season-opener at Mike Nicholas Field. (Francesco Palumbo photo)  Game Gallery

St. Lawrence Central senior Michael Plante (25) found an opening in the Massena defense for a 14-yard gain.  At halftime, St. Lawrence Central led 17-13 on a second-quarter surge and a stop of a promising Raider drive at the goal line as the clock expired. Massena forced several late turnovers, battling back to take the win at home.
  

MASSENA 26, ST. LAWRENCE CENTRAL 23
Massena quarterback Cedric Maurer delivered a 14-yard touchdown pass to an uncovered Nate Bressard with just 2:09 remaining in the game, as the Raiders rallied for a 26-23 come-from-behind win against St. Lawrence Central. The final TD completion was redemption for Maurer who had tossed four interceptions, including two to Larries freshman tackle Cash Feeley, among his 30 pass attempts, and for a Massena offense that failed to score in the second and third quarters. However, the Massena signal caller fired off 18 completions for 282 yards and three aerial touchdowns, while scrambling for the game’s first touchdown on a six-yard keeper. Massena built a 13-0 lead on a quick two-yard pass to Nate Bressard to close the first quarter. St. Lawrence Central scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter, sparked by Luke Collins capture of Maurer in the end zone for a safety. Mike Plante pounded the ball home on consecutive scoring drives, and the Larries stopped a Massena scoring drive at the goal line as the second-quarter clock expired to post the Larries to a 17-13 halftime lead. After a scoreless third quarter, the teams exchanged scores to start the final frame. Maurer hit Bressard for a 30-yard score to take a 20-17 lead. Plante scampered to paydirt from the three-yard line to restore the Larries’ advantage 23-20, before the final Maurer-to-Bressard hookup. Luke Collins led the Larries’ rushers with eight carries for 84 total yards.