Ogdensburg, Larries, Canton Win; Wildcats-Raiders Canceled

2016 Section X Football Standings

x-Gouverneur Wildcats
x-Massena Red Raiders
Ogdensburg Blue Devils
Potsdam Sandstoners
St. Lawrence Larries
Canton Golden Bears
Malone Huskies
Tupper Lake Lumberjacks
Div.     NLg  Overall   PF    PA
6-0      0-0       6-0    231     82
6-0      0-0       6-1    257   164
5-2      0-0       5-2    326   103
4-3      0-0       4-3    150   129
3-4      0-0       3-4    193   149
2-5      0-0       2-5    189   275
1-6      0-0       1-6    108   310
0-7      1-0       1-7    107   376

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The staff at North Country SportsNet expresses our deepest heartfelt sympathies to the family, Gouverneur football community, friends and loved ones of 17-year-old Brennan Stevens, football linebacker and track athlete at Gouverneur high school.  (NCSN and provided photos compiled by Francesco Palumbo) 


Games of Week 7: October 14-15, 2016

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Ogdensburg 49, Potsdam 6
Gouverneur at Massena, canceled



Canton 54, Tupper Lake 14
St. Lawrence Central 39, Malone 6

larries surge in second past malone in 39-6 win

St. Lawrence Central’s Mike Plante (25) rushes the ball through the Malone defensive line to earn a first down and push the ball into Huskies' territory in the first quarter. The Larries led Malone 9-0 at the half, then an offensive burst in the second half lifted St. Lawrence Central to the 39-6 victory in the regular-season finale.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

Malone’s Jordan Scharf (11) throws up the pass to Dylan Skelton for a 20-yard gain through the air and the first down.

The Larries capitalized on five Malone turnovers, then spread the touchdown runs among five players in rolling over the Huskies 39-6 in the regular-season finale. In the first half, after Keith Felix booted a 34-yard field goal, Caleb Parker picked up a blocked punt and sprinted 42 yards for the game’s first touchdown. A bad punt snap for the Huskies on the ensuing series sailed out the end zone for a safety, giving the Larries an 11-0 lead at the half. Quarterback Luke Collins ran for a 27-yard touchdown, Devin Barnhart sprinted for a 31-yard score, Jah Robertson added a 38-yard touchdown and Nicola Capozzi contributed a 15-yard run, all in second-half scores. The Larries defense held Malone to just 140 yards rushing and just one touchdown. Timothy Langdon scored on a nine-yard rush in the fourth quarter. The Larries closed out the season at 3-4, while Malone fell to 1-6.


The Week #7 regular-season title showdown between the Gouverneur Wildcats (6-0) and the Massena Red Raiders (5-0) was canceled due to the death of a Wildcats player in a motor-vehicle accident on Emeryville Road in Fowler, shortly after 4:00 p.m. State police said a 17-year-old male, who officials later confirmed was senior linebacker Brennan Stevens, was headed back to school to meet the players’ bus when the accident occurred. Brennan was also a track athlete at Gouverneur.  The staff at North Country SportsNet expresses our deepest heartfelt sympathies to the family, Gouverneur football community, friends and loved ones.

Both teams scored on their first possession of the game. However, the rest of the game belonged to Ogdensburg. Jared Barr pounded the ball into the end zone from the six-yard line, then added a 74-yard touchdown sprint to break the game open in the second quarter, in leading the Blue Devils to a 49-6 romp at Potsdam. Barr piled up a season best 211 yards rushing on 13 carries, including a 70-yard breakaway on O.F.A.’s first possession of the second half. Kevin Joanette tunneled his way under the Potsdam defense to score on a two-yard rush for the game’s first score. Quarterback Joe Dalton floated a 16-yard TD pass to Anthoni Pope on a left-angling sweep. Dalton then lined up the two-point conversion pass through a gap in the Potsdam defense to built a 28-6 lead at the half. Wyatt Kirby scored two second-half touchdowns for the Blue Devils – on for 28 yards, the other for six yards. Brandon Buffham, who scored Potsdam’s lone touchdown on the Sandstoners’ first drive, ran 25 times for 104 yards total. O.F.A. closed out the regular season at 5-2 and will host St. Lawrence Central next week in the Section X Class C semifinals. Potsdam, 4-3 to close the regular season, will host Malone in two weeks for the Section X Class B championship.

canton rolls past tupper lake in 54-14 victory

Brennen McComober (7) drops back for the pass against the golden bears, however the pass fell incomplete. Canton came full force as they overtake the lumberjacks 54-14. Canton threw for  3 touchdowns in the first half including one for 64 yards. And ran for a few more. (Devon Delaney photo) Game Gallery

Canton's Dylan Scanlon (23) gets the ball of the pitch and gets by a lumberjack defender for a gain of 15 on the play.

Canton’s Declan Porter threw for three touchdown passes, including a 63-yard bomb to Chris Recker, a screen pass to Dillon Scanlon who snaked his way through the Tupper Lake defense for a 69-yard touchdown, and a last-second 50-yard aerial to Jake Fenlong, leading the Golden Bears to a 40-0 halftime lead. The Bears went on to beat Tupper Lake 54-14. Scanlon dashed 23 yards on a handoff that jumped Canton into a two-score lead in the first quarter. Before the game, the teams paid tribute to Gouverneur’ Brennan Stevens with his number 88 painted on the field, for the linebacker and Section X champion in the long and triple jumps (see Gouverneur-Massena Game Canceled)

OGDENSBURG storms past POTSDAM 49-6 Friday night

Ogdensburg junior Jared Barr (7) rushes through the Potsdam line en route to a 68-yard touchdown in the 4th quarter. The Blue Devils led 28-6 at the half and dominated on defense to shut down the Sandstoners in the second while adding another 21 points. (Francesco Palumbo photo) Game Gallery

OFA’s Cole Piercey (44) makes a big play on special teams leading up to a Blue Devils touchdown in the fourth quarter. As Potsdam’s Aaron Besaw (70) went back to punt, Piercey cut the corner and blocked the punt inside Potsdam’s red zone.

Games of Week 6: October 7-8, 2016

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Ogdensburg 63, Canton 12



Gouverneur 54, Malone 6
Potsdam 20, St. Lawrence Central 8
Massena at Tupper Lake, postponed to Week 8
Non League
Tupper Lake 40, Clinton 24
East Syracuse-Minoa 51, Massena 10

sandstoners fend off larries to earn 20-8 victory

Potsdam's Jacques Kuno (44) dives past St. Lawrence Central's Luke Collins (21), Mike Plante (24) and Devin Barnhart (41) to earn a touchdown in the second quarter to jump to a 14-0 lead over the Larries.  The Sandstoners held off a comeback attempt by St. Lawrence Central to gain a 20-8 victory. (Devon Delaney photo)  Game Gallery 

In the heavy rain and fog, Potsdam quarterback Cameron Talcott finds a hole in the St. Lawrence Central defensive line to earn a first down in the first quarter.

Potsdam’s Brandon Buffham scored on a 19-yard run with just under a minute remaining in the first quarter to account for the only scoring in a 6-0 first half. St. Lawrence Central appeared to have tied the game on the ensuing kickoff, but Devin Barnhart’s 80-yard return was nullified by penalty. Potsdam then took the ball for all but nine seconds of the third quarter, grinding out a 21-play drive that killed 11 minutes and 51 seconds, culminating with a one-yard burst by Jacques Kuno (92 total yards rushing) to open a 14-0 lead. The Larries fumbled on their first play of the second half and Potsdam’s Andrew Butler recovered. Potsdam again ground out 17 plays and another seven minutes off the clock, finally giving the Larries their first play of the second half with 4:53 remaining. Mike Plante scored from five yards out with 2:13 left, to trim Potsdam’s lead to 14-8. Three plays into Potsdam’s next drive, Buffham (33 carries, 199 yards) broke containment and dashed 39 yards to paydirt for the final touchdown. St. Lawrence Central was led by Keith Felix who totaled 45 yards rushing.


East Syracuse-Minoa scored three touchdowns in each of the first two quarters, building a 44-0 lead by halftime, en route to a 51-10 non-league victory over Massena, played at Watertown High School. Massena’s lone touchdown came on a 32-yard pass from Cedric Maurer to Nate Bressard. Merrick Taraska added a 25-yard field goal for Massena.  The Raiders will return to conference play next week in a final showdown of unbeatens when they host the Gouverneur Wildcats.

Wildcats pounce on huskies early to earn 54-6 victory

 Gouverneur's Derick Stowell (2) gets tackled by Malone defender Dylan Skelton (21) as he crosses into the end zone for a touchdown and add to the Wildcats' lead in the second quarter.  Gouverneur extended thir undefeated streak to 6-0 as they defeated the Malone Huskies 54-6. (Tori Hartle photo) Game Gallery

Malone's Jordan Boyea (5) bursts past Gouverneur defender Morgan Easton (23) to earn the first down and break into Gouverneur territory.

Gouverneur stacked up eight touchdowns, including a 48-yard punt return by Peyton Schmitt in collaring the Malone Huskies 54-6. With the win, the Wildcats remained undefeated at 6-0 going into the final week of the season when they will face the Massena Red Raiders who are also unbeaten in league play. Schmitt also carried seven times for 125 yards, intercepted a pass and dashed for two other touchdowns, on runs of six and 65 yards. Derick Stowell rushed 15 times for 118 yards and TD scores of six and 36 yards. Quarterback Connor Fenlong scored on a 15-yard keeper and Jack Farrand punched in a one-yard touchdown for Gouverneur’s other scores. Malone’s lone score came on a 12-yard TD pss from Matt Marlow to Evan Keegan.

Ogdensburg Rolls Past Canton 63-12 in Lone game

Ogdensburg’s Jared Barr (7) breaks tackles and jets through Canton’s defensive line to pick up a first down midway through the second quarter. After Canton completed two successful scoring drives and cut OFA’s lead to 28-12, the Blue Devils scored five unanswered touchdowns in beating Canton 63-12. (Cody Hartle photo)  Game Gallery
Canton’s Zach Butler (11) breaks through two tackles and gained over 20 yards, before being knocked out of bounds to give Canton a first down inside the red zone.

The Ogdensburg Blue Devils stacked up a 21-0 advantage in the first quarter, maintained the edge till halftime at 35-12, then held the Canton Golden Bears scoreless in a four-touchdown second half to rout Canton on Senior Night in Ogdensburg. Jared Barr jetted 12 yards, then 30 yards in scoring O.F.A.’s first two touchdowns, while piling up 109 rushing yards. Avery Love swept into the end zone three times, stacking up 159 yards total to lead the Blue Devil offense. Joe Dalton delivered nine completions on 13 attempts for 87 yards, including a four-yard touchdown pass to Anthoni Pope on a juggling, fingertip catch as he fell to the end zone turf. Canton trimmed the lead to 21-6 to start the second quarter when JV call-up quarterback Declan Porter wired Chris Recker on a four-yard TD pass. Porter also hit Dillon Scanlon with a two-yard touchdown pass after lengthy scramble. With the win, Ogdensburg (4-2) snapped a two-game skid after heartbreaking, razor-close losses to Gouverneur and Massena. Canton slid to 1-5.

Games of Week 5: September 30-October 1, 2016

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Gouverneur 55, Tupper Lake 14
Potsdam 32, Malone 6



St. Lawrence Central 48, Canton 12
Massena 44, Ogdensburg 42


St. Lawrence Central’s Isaiah Lyon (12) receives a block from Cole Coughlin (55) for a big-yardage gain late in the first quarter. Early turnovers cost the Golden Bears’ scoring opportunities, including a fumble from a yard out on their second drive. The Larries went on to beat the Bears 48-12 at Canton High School.  (Cody Hartle photo)  Game Gallery

Canton’s Dylan Scanlon (23) bursts through the Larries’ defensive secondary for an 80-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter, cutting the Larries lead to 8-6 in the first quarter.

St. Lawrence Central’s defense forced three crucial turnovers and capitalized with touchdowns in the Larries’ 48-12 win at Canton. Tyler Pryce pounced on a fumble in the end zone for a defensive touchdown and snatched two interceptions in the defensive effort. Quarterback Luke Collins fired off a 92-yard touchdown bomb to Devin Barnhart that started the Larries’ assault that also included three rushing touchdowns for Barnhart who racked up 142 yards on the ground. Keith Felix tacked on touchdown runs of five and eleven yards for St. Lawrence Central (2-3). For Canton, Dylan Scanlon ignited the Bears with an 80-yard scamper in the first quarter. Jake Fenlong added a 25-yard touchdown aerial to Cody Sipher for Canton’s other score.


Potsdam quarterback Cameron Talcott (7) follows the lead block of rusher Brandon Buffham (32) in picking up 12 yards on this play.  After Malone scored the only touchdown of the first quarter, Potsdam ran out to a 16-6 lead at the half, then went on to beat the Huskies 32-6.  The win secured home-field advantage for the Sandstoners in the Section X Class B playoffs in October.  (Bob LaRue photo)  Game Gallery

 Potsdam's Brandon Buffham (32) jets through a seam for first-down yardage against the Huskies in the second quarter.

Malone scored the first touchdown on a one-yard run from Jordan Boyea, then Potsdam fumbled away the next drive.  However, the Sandstoners backed the Huskies inside their own one-yard line, got the ball back in good field position and stormed past Malone the rest of the way with five unanswered touchdowns.  Brandon Buffham plowed up 293 yards of turf, while quarterback Cameron Talcott rushed for 71 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Sandstoners.  Malone led 6-0 after the first quarter, but Potsdam put up 16 points before the half and added 10 more points in the third quarter to take command.  Jacques Kuno also scored a touchdown for Potsdam which improved to 3-2 and earned home-field status against the Huskies for the Class C final against Malone.

Massena fends off blue devils for 44-42 victoryy

 Massena's Cedric Maurer (1) breaks past Ogdensburg defender Matthew Rector (75) on a 40-yard rush to break into the Blue Devil territory in the fourth quarter. Maurer broke free of O.F.A. tacklers to score the game-winning touchdown in the closing minutes, guiding Massena to a 44-42 victory.  (Cody Hartle photo)  Game Gallery   

Ogdensburg's Joe Dalton (15) breaks past the Massena defensive line to score a 12-yard touchdown and to give the Blue Devils the 35-31 lead in the fourth quarter.

In back-back-to-back weeks, the once-undefeated Ogdensburg Blue Devils face two other undefeated opponents on the road before large Homecoming crowds in two thrilling seesaw battles. For the second weekend in a row, O.F.A. went away on the short end. After scoring quick touchdown just before halftime to trim Massena’s lead to 24-21, the Blue Devils took the lead twice in the second half. Kevin Joanette takes the handoff and goes 35 yards to paydirt, giving Ogdensburg a 28-24 lead. Massena quarterback Cedric Maurer on the keeper, dragged the pile 17 yards for a touchdown, restoring the Raiders’ lead 31-28. O.F.A. quarterback Joe Dalton engineered the ensuring drive down to the 12-yard line before a keeper that carried the Blue Devils back into the lead 35-31. Massena's Josh Cameron then dove over the pile into the end zone, Massena up 38-35. However, following a key defensive stand,
the Raiders' build the lead to nine points on Michael Gardner's run to the left. Dalton rallied the Devils with a pass to Andrew Woodward in the corner of the end zone, trimming Massena’s lead to 44-42. Ogdensburg’s last chance on a fourth down to the end zone, again to Woodward, floated just inches high and was picked off by Maurer. In all, Maurer accounted for four touchdowns, including 16 completions and 220 yards passing. Massena’s Michael Gardner and Nate Bressard each had touchdown catches, while Josh Cameron carried 23 times for 110 yards and a rushing TD. For O.F.A., Jared Barr ran 26 times, 164 yards and two touchdowns.

Wildcats pounce on tupper lake to gain 55-14 victory

  Gouverneur’s Derick Stowell (2) breaks through the Tupper Lake defensive line for a big 44-yard run to setup the Wildcats' second touchdown.  Stowell later scored on a ten-yard run. Connor Fenlong scored five rushing touchdowns, lifting the Wildcats to a 55-14 victory over the Lumberjacks (0-5).   Gouverneur remained unbeaten at 5-0 atop the Northern Athletic Conference standings.  (Cody Hartle photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Tupper Lake’s Chase Bedore (28) rushes the ball past Gouverneur defender Morgan Easton (23) to earn a first down early in the game.

Gouverneur scored touchdowns on its first two drives, en route to a 55-14 win at Tupper Lake.  Connor Fenlong scored on an 11-yard keeper and Derick Stowell added a 10-yard run in setting the Wildcats off to a strong start.  Tupper Lake countered on a 23-yard run by Chase Bedore to cut the lead to 14-8 after the first quarter.  Fenlong slipped tackles and dashed for big-yardage touchdowns of 45 and 20 yards in the second quarter to give Gouverneur a strong 27-8 halftime lead.  Fenlong added two more keepers, from a yard out and 10 yards away, to account for third quarter scoring.  Keegan Fawcett escaped containment for a 55-yard score and Peyton Schmitt dashed to paydirt on a 33-yard run to close out Gouverneur's scoring.  Jacks' quarterback Brennan McComber scored the game's final touchdown on a 12-yard keep.

Games of Week 4: September 23-24, 2016

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


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.

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 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.


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.

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 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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Potsdam 46, Tupper Lake 20
Ogdensburg 48, Malone 0



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.

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.

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.

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 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.

“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.




Games of Week 2: September 9-10, 2016

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



Gouverneur 28, Canton 6


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 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.


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.

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.

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

 NCSN Football Scoreboard


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



Canton 67, Malone 26
Gouverneur 20, Potsdam 6


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.

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.

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.







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.

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 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.