Schmitt Sets Rushing Mark; Wildcats, Malone, O.F.A., Potsdam win

2017 Section X Football Standings

x-Gouverneur Wildcats
Ogdensburg Blue Devils
Potsdam Sandstoners
St. Lawrence Larries
Malone Huskies
Massena Red Raiders
Canton Golden Bears
Tupper Lake Lumberjacks
Div.  Class  Overall  PF    PA
7-0      2-0       7-0    289     68
6-1      2-0       6-1    206     68
4-3      0-2       4-3    132     86
4-3      1-1       4-3    162   119
3-4      1-1       3-4    159   168
2-5      0-0       2-5      93   205
2-5      0-2       2-5    159   218
0-7      0-0       0-7      20   286

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 Gouverneur’s Peyton Schmitt (44) breaks away on a 65-yard touchdown, his fifth of the game, in leading the Wildcats past Canton 56-24 in the final regular-season game. Schmitt scored four touchdowns in the first half on runs of 90, 71, 65 and 72 yards.  Gouverneur beat Canton 56-24. (Sam Wangerin Photo) Game Gallery  


Games of Week 7: October 13-30, 2017

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Non League
Massena 56, Franco City, Ottawa 18



Ogdensburg 53, Tupper Lake 0
Potsdam 22, St. Lawrence Central 6



Gouverneur 56, Canton 24
Malone 47. Massena 19  


Gouverneur’s Peyton Schmitt (44) breaks away on a 65-yard touchdown, his fifth of the game, in leading the Wildcats past Canton 56-24 in the final regular-season game. Schmitt scored four touchdowns in the first half on runs of 90, 71, 65 and 72 yards.  Schmitt racked up 433 yards rushing in three quarters of play, eclipsing the old NAC-Section X record of 364 yards, set in 2005 by another Gouverneur rusher Nate Slate. Gouverneur beat Canton 56-24. (Sam Wangerin Photo) Game Gallery

Cantos’s Cody Sipher (8) leaps to haul in a nine-yard touchdown pass to the corner of the end zone, while Gouverneur’s Anthony Pistolesi (87) tries to defend.

Not one, not two, but three milestones were reached in the 2017 regular-season finale between Gouverneur and Canton – and all almost unnoticed in the natural course of the game. The Wildcats defeated the Golden Bears 56-24. But under the surface, three storylines were developing. Gouverneur’s win secured its second-straight undefeated regular season, the first back-to-back championships in more than a half-century for the Wildcats, dating back to the 1961 and 1962 campaigns. Leading the way was the record-breaking rushing performance of Wildcat junior Peyton Schmitt who amassed 433 yards and scored five touchdowns, smashing the previous NAC-Section X single-game rushing mark of 364 yards established by Wildcat alum Nate Slate in 2015. The anatomy of a record-setting game: Schmitt capitalized on his first four touches, all deep in Gouverneur territory. He followed the blockers of sweeps, jetting the right sidelines for touchdowns of 90, 72, 78 and 70 yards – a total of 310 yards – in opening a 35-14 lead before halftime. In the third quarter, Schmitt added a 64-yard touchdown to the day’s resumé that put him well over the previous conference record. It’s a record that can be shared with Harrisville Central, where Schmitt is a student, playing under a merger agreement at Gouverneur. Quarterback Connor Fenlong also scampered for touchdowns of 14 and 15 yards. Jacob Link also contributed a one-yard TD to the Wildcats’ historic game. Canton also had a record-setting performance of its own as quarterback Declan Porter fired off 40 passes with 26 completions, racking up 245 yards. His two touchdown passes were airmailed to Cody Sipher, including a leaping grab in the corner of the end zone. Porter also recorded a one-yard keeper for a touchdown. Kiernan Lafaver kicked a 29-yard field goal for the Bears’ remaining points. Ian Rayburn led the Bears with 18 carries for 85 yards.


The Ogdensburg Blue Devils scored in each quarter – 14, 18, 14 and 7 points – in downing Tupper Lake 53-0 in their regular-season finale. Stephen Morley’s 19-yard run and Wyatt Kirby’s nine-yard dash for scores, followed by Morley’s successful extra-point kicks, accounted for the first quarter scoring. Quarterback Michael Reed and wide receiver Jackson Troiano hooked up three times in the second quarter to produce all of the scoring on passing touchdowns of 44, four and 11 yards. Kirby’s 29-yard run and a 12-yard scamper by Harry Powers, followed by extra-point kicks, expanded the O.F.A. lead to 46-0 by the end of the third frame. Owen Warchol’s 29-yard rush produced the only touchdown of the fourth quarter. The balanced Devils’ offense included Morley’s seven carries for 53 yards and Warchol’s five carries for 51 yards. Jackson Jones and Mason Tabolt each had interceptions that led to O.F.A. touchdowns. Tupper Lake was led by Brennan McComber who carried 10 times for 26 yards. Footnote: High praise to the O.F.A. staff, EMTs, Ogdensburg Rescue and medical professionals at the game who responded quickly to bring an onsite Automated External Defibrillator to assist in care and transport, after the mother of a Tupper Lake player suffered a cardiac episode in the bleachers shortly after the game began. She was transported to Claxton-Hepburn Medical a few blocks away. At halftime, it was reported that she was “doing okay.”


 Potsdam quarterback Cameron Talcott (7) prepares to take the snap, just before scoring the game's first touchdown as Potsdam stopped St. Lawrence-Central for a 22-6 win in the final game of the regular season.  Potsdam employed a ball-control game and strong defense in the win.  (Sam Wangerin Photo)  Game Gallery

  St. Lawrence Central’s Keith Felix (20) bursts past Potsdam’s Zach Kirka for a first down.

After dropping their last two games to Class B rivals Malone and Gouverneur, the Potsdam Sandstoners played perhaps their fiercest game of the season, dominating time of possession and containing St. Lawrence Central defensively in a 22-6 home win. The Sandstoners took the opening kick and held the ball for nearly the entire first quarter, before quarterback Cameron Talcott closed out the 16-play drive with a six-yard touchdown that chewed up nearly ten minutes. Talcott also carried the two-point conversion for an 8-0 Potsdam lead. After holding the Larries on downs, the Potsdam offense began to grind out another long-sustained drive, before the game’s leading rusher Brandon Buffham (26 carries, 123 yards) plowed into the end zone on a three-yard finish. Talcott’s keeper on the conversion expanded the lead to 16-0, just before the half. The lone Potsdam drive in the third quarter left less than two minutes on the clock, concluding with a four-yard Jacques Cuno carry for a touchdown and a 22-0 lead. The Larries got on the scoreboard when quarterback Isaiah Lyon (11 completions, 106 yards passing) fired off a nice slant pass to Luke Plante who made the reception at the 14-yard line and outran two defenders to the end zone to cut the lead to 22-6 with 7:35 remaining. The Larries’ rally hopes stayed alive by recovering the ensuing onside kick, but three plays later, Talcott’s interception allowed Potsdam (4-3) to kill the clock and seal the win. Buffham finished the game with 977 yards rushing so far this season. Potsdam heads to Malone next week for the Class B semifinal at Crowner Field. St. Lawrence Central will host Canton next in the Class C semifinal.


The Malone Huskies scored in each quarter, with six touchdowns and almost 500 yards gained, in defeating the Massena Red Raiders 47-19 at Crowner Field. Senior Matt Marlow capped off a five-play, 60-yard drive with a 23-yard touchdown run on the Huskies’ opening drive to spark a 7-0 lead. Hunter Swan carried the pigskin two yards to finish a seven-play, 56-yard march on the second drive. Massena closed out the first-quarter scoring when Montana Pierce fired off a nine-yard TD pass to Chris Paige, then Merrick Taraska booted the extra point. After recovering a Raider fumble near midfield, the Huskies needed just four plays, culminating with Marlow’s 14-yard TD pass to Jordan St. Hilaire for the only scoring of the second quarter and a 20-7 lead at the half. The Huskies blew the game open with three touchdowns in the third quarter. Swan’ jailbreak 90-yard touchdown set the tone. One play after Massena’s second fumble, Timothy Langdon scrambled 40 yards to paydirt to break open a 34-7 lead. Massena’s Gage Fiasco returned the ensuing kickoff 63 yards to establish the next drive at the Malone 14. Pierce rushed the final 14 yards to trim the lead to 34-13. However, the Huskies restored the lead when Swan netted 44 yards on his third touchdown run. In the fourth quarter, Tyler Preve scored on a 23-yard run. Pierce wired Fiasco on a 21-yard touchdown pass for Massena’s final score of the contest. Swan finished with 12 carries for 210 yards, while Langdon wrapped up his 18 carries with 171 yards. Pierce completed 10 of 18 passes for 105 yards.


Games of Week 6: October 6-7, 2017

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Canton 42, Tupper Lake 7



St. Lawrence Central 30, Massena 8
Ogdensburg 32, Malone 6
Gouverneur 22, Potsdam 0


Gouverneur’s Connor Fenlong (7) breaks through the tackles from Potsdam’s Jacques Kuno (44) and Brandon Buffham (32) for a 15-yard touchdown.  Gouverneur downed Potsdam 22-0.  (Sam Wangerin photo)  Game Gallery

Potsdam’s Braydon Bush (11) blocks the extra-point attempt from Gouverneur’s Conner Fenlong (11).

The Gouverneur Wildcats accomplished two of its season goals in one game: foremost securing the top seed and home-field advantage in the Section X Class B playoffs and winning the Northern Athletic Conference regular-season title for the second straight year. On Senior Day, the Wildcats blanked Class B rival Potsdam 22-0 to improve to 6-0. The win keeps them one game ahead of second-place Ogdensburg with one game left in the regular season, but holding the tiebreaker having beaten OFA back in Week 3. Gouverneur began the game without the routine of its regular quarterback Connor Fenlong, after taking his SAT test in Potsdam. After hurriedly dressing into a different uniform and dashing to the field in the second quarter, the fresh quarterback produced three straight first downs, then handed to Peyton Schmitt (14 carries, 88 yards) who slashed 11 yards off-tackle to complete the game’s first scoring drive. Fenlong’s two-point keeper completed an 8-0 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Fenlong (13 carries, 110 yards) gave the Wildcats some much-needed insurance with a determined 15-yard rush up the middle, muscling his way and multiple breaking tackles till he was finally brought down in the end zone. The Cats added to the lead in the fourth quarter when Garrison Gonyeau took the handoff around the left side for six points. Gouverneur’s defense allowed Potsdam to transgress into Wildcat territory just three times in the game and just 59 yards in the second half.

St. Lawrence Central took advantage of a missed 38-yard field goal attempt ending Massena’s opening drive, then launched its first drive with an opening 80-yard touchdown bomb from quarterback Isaiah Lyon to Luke Plante that set the tone for a 30-8 victory over the Red Raiders on Senior Day for 13 Larries. Less than five minutes into the contest, St. Lawrence went up 8-0 on Keith Felix’s rushing two-point conversion. After the Larries stripped the ball away on the second drive, nine plays later, Kaleb Parker muscled into the end zone on a 10-yard carry to expand the SLC lead to 14-0 with still 1:17 left in the opening quarter. And things did not get any better for the Raiders, also losing the next two possessions on fumbles. Felix booted a 28-yard field goal after the second turnover with 30 seconds left in the half for a 17-0 lead. Massena’s fourth fumble was scooped by the Larries’ Tyler Price, who returned the ball 60 yards to the Raider 15. Then Cole Coughlin cashed out the possession with a two-yard rush through the middle for a 23-0 lead. Massena finally completed a successful run to the house on a 10-play, 57-yard drive, capped by quarterback Montana Pierce’s one-yard keeper. The Larries’ final score came with 9:15 left when Plante fought his way to the end zone from five yards out, and Felix (17 rushes, 135 yards) booted through the extra point.


Canton’s Patrick Recker (5) pulls away from Tupper Lake’s Skyler Pickering (12) for the two-point conservation after Canton scored its second touchdown.  Canton defeated Tupper Lake 42-7.  (Sam Wangerin photo)  Game Gallery

 Reversing the roles, Tupper Lake’s Skyler Pickering (12) breaks away from Recker (5) on a 25-yard gain to set up the touchdown for the Lumberjacks' first lead of the season 7-6.

It’s not often you get to see a “Swinging Gate” in a high school football game, but Tupper Lake coaches dusted off some old-style football trickery and made the unorthodox overload work to perfection to gain their touchdown of the night and their first lead of the season against the Canton Golden Bears. In fact, the Lumberjacks (who called their version“ scrambled eggs”) scrambled well against the Bears in a very competitive first half, before quarterback Declan Porter dialed deep twice at the end of the half to finally put Canton ahead for good with a 20-7 lead at intermission. The Bears got on the scoreboard first, after a four-play drive led them to the Lumberjack 6. On play action, Porter faked a handoff up the middle, then rolled left and found Patrick Recker in the end zone for a 6-0 lead. The Lumberjacks answered with a long drive that advanced the ball to the edge of the red zone, then wasted no time with their chicanery to get on the scoreboard right away. Overloading seven players to the left sideline and a receiver to the right, the Bears scrambled to counter. However, in the suddenness of Tupper Lake’s setup, the Bears left quarterback Brennen McComber (in his first game back after suffering a concussion in Week 2) undefended for a 21-yard bootleg and a touchdown. With the extra point, the energized Jacks had their first lead of the season 7-6. Canton quickly answered with a 51-yard bomb from Porter to Recker inside the Tupper 10, but promptly fumbled away on the next play. While the Lumberjacks were unable to convert the turnover, it did allow them to savor the lead for about eight minutes of game time in their best start of the season, before Porter and Company took over. Porter went aerial 34 yards to Cody Sipher who dove just inside the pylon for the TD catch as Canton regained the lead 14-7. On the Bears' next possession, Porter again went to Sipher in the back of the end zone on a 16-yard touchdown strike to open a 20-7 lead at the half. Canton (2-4) dominated after the intermission, netting all 22 points on three touchdowns to put away a 42-7 win.

The Ogdensburg Blue Devils spread their scoring across all four quarters, while piling up 321 yards rushing in claiming their fifth win in Week 6, a solid 32-6 win over the Malone Huskies. The Blue Devils opened the scoring with an eight-yard pass touchdown from starting quarterback Michael Reed to receiver Wyatt Kirby (eight carries, 97 yards) for a 6-0 lead. In the second frame, Stephen Morley broke containment and rumbled 45 yards to paydirt, creating a 12-0 halftime lead. Morley got the call in the third quarter on a 15-yard score, extending the lead to 18-0, before wrapping up a 17-carry, 125-yard rushing performance. The Blue Devils continued to utilize of its two-quarterback advantage by alternating to Jackson Jones for a one-yard keeper just a minute-and-a-half into the fourth quarter. Reed completed a successful two-point conversion pass to Jackson Troiano for the lone extra points of the game. Malone’s only score came with 2:09 remaining when Othello Volpe intercepted and dashed 42 yards for a Pick Six. Ogdensburg answered 58 seconds later when John Powers jetted 54 yards to paydirt.


Games of Week 5: September 29-30, 2017

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Massena 31, Canton 30
Malone 21, Potsdam 8



Gouverneur 54, Tupper Lake 0
Ogdensburg 26, St. Lawrence Central 14

Gouverneur ROLLS PAST Tupper lake in 54-0 victory

Gouverneur's Shane Shampine (10) breaks around two Tupper Lake defenders to earn a first down midway through the third quarter and to put the Wildcats into Lumberjacks territory. Gouverneur scored quickly, just three plays into the contest, en route to a 54-0 victory over Tupper Lake.  (David Stevens photo)  Game Gallery  Game Broadcast

Tupper Lake's Skyler Pickering (12) muscles away from Gouverneur defender Alex Fuller (8) to earn the first down.

Gouverneur quarterback Connor Fenlong ran for touchdown runs of 61 and 33 yards, and tossed a 35-yard aerial score to Peyton Schmitt on the game’s third play, guiding the Wildcats to a 40-point halftime lead and a 54-0 win over Tupper Lake. Schmitt also scampered 72 yards for another touchdown. Garrison Gonyeau carried two times for 122 yards and both touches went the distance with touchdowns of 78 and 44 yards. Alex Fuller also scored on a 12-yard carry and Brenden Burns reached the end zone on a two-yard rumble. Shane Shampine and Andrew LaPlant each grabbed and interception. Gouverneur remained unbeaten at 5-0. Tupper Lake was led by Skyler Pickering who carried 17 times for 86 yards and quarterback Noah Cordes who passed 10 times for 74 yards.


Massena’s Gage Fiacco (30) runs the ball in for an extra two points, tying the game 8-8.  In a seesaw battle, Massena gained its first lead in the third quarter, then fended off Potsdam for a 31-30 victory. (Sam Wangerin) Game Gallery

Canton’s Ian Rayburn (22) scrambles 60 yards to score the game's first touchdown on the Bears' first drive.

Two teams, evenly matched, locked in for an offensive seesaw thriller under the lights in Massena. On Canton's first drive, Ian Rayburn sliced through the middle and then the left sideline 60 yards to paydirt to give Canton an 8-0 lead, following the two-point conversion. Later in the first quarter. Chris Paige answered for Massena with a 60 yard TD return as well, tying the game at 8-8. Canton regained the lead when Rayburn zigzagged to the left for a five-yard score, 16-8 Bears. Massena quarterback Montana Pierce on the one-yard dive, and with the extra points tied the game 16-16, all before the half. Paige would go on to add two more touchdowns in the second half, including a go-ahead score 23-22 through the third quarter and to expand Massena’s lead to 31-22 to start the fourth. Canton answered on their next drive to trim the lead to 31-30, then retrieved the onside kick with 7:16 remaining, but turned the ball over a minute later. The Bears’ defense stopped the Raiders’ next drive with two minutes left, but ran out of time in a last desperate effort to score.


On a 21-yard pass play, Ogdensburg’s Stephen Morley (14) dashes to the end zone for a pivotal third score that opened a 20-6 lead early in the third quarter.  Morley scored twice in leading the Blue Devils to a 26-14 win over St. Lawrence Central  and establishing top seed for the Class C playoffs. (Sam Wangerin photo) Game Gallery

The Larries' Cole Coughlin (34) dives in for the goal-line touchdown, cutting the lead to 14-6 just before the half.

The path to the Section X Class C championship will go through Ogdensburg this year, after the defending New York State finalist secured the top seed in a 26-14 win over St. Lawrence Central. The Blue Devils steadily kept the home team at arm’s length and held off a last-ditch rally effort by the Larries who quite successfully worked a shuffled lineup while three starters were out serving disciplinary measures. OFA fumbled on its first two drives, including a Luke Plante recovery at the Blue Devil 30, but the Larries failed to capitalize. Ogdensburg then reeled off two touchdowns – a four-yard run by Hayden Ives and a 19-yard strike from quarterback Michael Reed (11 passes, 148 yards) to Stephen Morley – to open a 14-0 lead. Ryan Newtown, called into action at quarterback, then guided an impressive counter-drive on handoffs to Keith Felix (19 carries for 62 yards) and a goal-line score by Cole Coughlin to trim the lead to 14-6 with 21 seconds left in the half. After Larries’ attempt to tie with first possession of the second half were thwarted by a stiff OFA defense, Wyatt Kirby tipped the ensuing punt and the Blue Devils got the ball back inside the Larries 40. Reed again connected with Morley (134 yards rushing) on a 21-yard TD strike. The Devils’ next drive culminated with a four-yard, rollout pass to Jackson Troiano to open a 26-6 advantage. Newtown led another impressive drive, connecting an a tipped pass to Plante for 24 yards. Then on a quarterback scramble as he was dropped from behind, Newtown floated a 28-yard end-zone pass that neatly dropped into Plante’s arms to cut the lead to 26-14 with 3:28 to play. The Larries made the game interesting by recovering another OFA fumble on the next drive, but then lost the ball two plays later on an interception.


Malone's line creates a large hole so Hunter Langdon (10) can roll into the end zone for a two-point conversation.  Malone broke away from an early scoreless deadlock with three scores in the middle of the contest to upset Potsdam 21-8.   (Sam Wangerin photo)  Game Gallery
 Potsdam’s Brandon Buffham (32) scoots around the end and goes in for the touchdown for the Sandstoners' lone score.

After a defensive battle most of the first half, Malone scored just before intermission when Hunter Swan fired a 17-yard touchdown pass to Evan Keegan for a 7-0 lead. In the third quarter, Malone took advantage of two interceptions, marching the ball back to the four-yard line where Timothy Langdon barreled into the end zone, then scoring on a 13-yard Dylan Skeleton reception to build a 21-0 lead. After holding Potsdam on downs at the end of the third quarter, Malone stuck strictly to its ground game, chewing up the clock for over eight minutes, before turning the ball over on downs just over midfield. The time-consuming drive left the Sandstoners with just four minutes, but the blue-and-orange used the time to put points on the board. Cameron Talcott connected on a 16-yard TD pass to Brandon Buffham (88 yards rushing) with just under a minute remaining. Buffham carried the two-point conversion for a 21-8 final.


Games of Week 4: September 22-23, 2017

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Ogdensburg 22, Massena 7



Canton 27, Malone 14
Potsdam 42, Tupper Lake 0
Gouverneur 35, St. Lawrence Central 11

canton fends off malone comeback for 27-14 win

Canton's Ian Rayburn (22) battles through two Malone defenders on his way toward the Huskies' end zone in the first half.  The Golden Bears jumped to a 19-0 lead, but, Malone fought back to 19-14.  Canton's Bobby Beaudin broke containment and scored on a 77-yard jailbreak along the sideline sealing the 27-14 victory. (Jeff Brashich photo) Game Gallery

 Canton quarterback Declan Porter (3) looks upfield seeking an open receiver in the first half.

The Canton Golden Bears broke through with their first “W” of the season with a 27-14 victory over the Malone Huskies. The battle-tested Bears previously faced three tough championship-contending opponents – St. Lawrence, Potsdam and Ogdensburg – who had a combined record of 7-2 coming into Week 4. Nothing has been easy for the Bears this season and facing Malone would be no different. Canton ran out to a 19-0 halftime lead, then had to fend off the Huskies’ rally in the second half to seal the deal. In the first quarter, Ian Rayburn ran 11 yards untouched up the middle, 7-0 Bears. Then Malone quarterback Hunter Swan, on a fake handoff, tried to run, but was stripped of the ball and Canton recovered on the Malone one-yard line. Two plays later, Rayburn went spinning off right tackle and into the end zone, 13-0 Canton. The Bears final possession of the half came with just over a minute remaining. Instead of winding the clock out, four plays up the field, quarterback Declan Porter wired deep to Greg Mastro with a 37-yard, over-the-shoulder touchdown pass with three seconds left in the half. But the resilient Huskies came back strong to start the second half. Malone quarterback Hunter Swan went right to work, engineering a six-play scoring drive that he capped with a nine-yard keeper. Swan lasered a 27-yard TD strike to Brendan Soulia that cut the lead to 19-14. Canton clinched the victory on a back-breaking 77-yard touchdown run by Bobby Beaudin with just 2:57 remaining.


Tupper Lake got back into action in Week 4, after a week’s hiatus to allow players to recover from injuries and restore the active roster to the state’s required game minimum of 16 players. The Lumberjacks returned to the field with 18 uniformed troops. The Potsdam Sandstoners put up 26 first-half points, then cruised to a 42-0 win over the Jacks. (More details shortly)

The Ogdensburg Blue Devils took advantage of a mishandled on-sides pooch on the opening kick, recovered by OFA’s Cordwell David, then cashed in points on the game’s opening drive. OFA quarterback Michael Reed executed a well-designed mix of pass and rush on the first scoring drive, capped by a 13-yard slant completion to Mecci Johnson, down to the three-yard line. Two plays later, Reed called his own number and barreled into the end zone from the one-yard line. Reed then hit Jackson Troiano in the end zone for the extra two points. 8-0 OFA. After shutting down the Red Raiders on a promising drive to the edge of the red zone, the Blue Devils took over on downs. Steve Morley (nine carries, 69 yards) kept the march alive by reeling in a 12-yard pass on fourth down. The Devils scored the lone touchdown of the second quarter on a five-yard keeper up the middle, extending the Ogdensburg lead to 14-0 at the half. In the third period facing 4th-and-14, Reed fired off a 34-yard spiral to Wyatt Kirby in the end zone, then added a keeper for the two-point conversion, extending the lead to 22-0. Massena’s lone score came in the final minute. Gage Fiacco kept the drive alive twice on fourth-down conversions, then scored on a 10-yard pass from Montana Pierce, also on a fourth-down call. Merrick Taraska booted the extra point. Reed finished the night with 10 carries for 53 yards and another 83 yards on six pass completions for the Blue Devils. Fiacco collected 12 carries for 74 yards, while Pierce handled 22 carries for 77 yards for the Raiders.

Battle of unbeatens: Wildcats defeat larries

 Gouverneur's Garrison Gonyeau (25) breaks away from the St. Lawrence Central defensive line to rush 42 yards for the Wildcats' fifth touchdown. Peyton Schmitt scored three touchdowns powering the Wildcats to a 35-11 victory in a battle of the last two unbeatens in the Northern Athletic Conference. (Jeff Brashich photo)  Game Gallery

St. Lawrence Central's Cole Coughlin (34) dives trying to catch a ball thrown from quarterback Isaiah Lyon.

The Northern Athletic Conference’s last two unbeaten teams came helmet-to-helmet in a Week 4 showcase game between the Gouverneur Wildcats and the St. Lawrence Central Larries. The Wildcats engineered bookend 14-point quarters, rambling out to a 14-0 lead, before the Larries kicked points to close out 14-3 at the half. Peyton Schmitt jetted for both first-quarter touchdowns to establish the lead – first for 30 yards on the first play from scrimmage after a short Larries’ punt, then for 23 yards after the Wildcats got the ball at midfield. But it was by no means a uncomfortable lead. The Larries matched up, holding their own at the line of scrimmage and were perhaps one break away from climbing back into the contest. A deep route to a virtually-open wide receiver could have been that play, but the pass dropped incomplete on a controversial no-call, which the Larries protested as pass interference. Instead, they settled for three points before the half on a Keith Felix 24-yard field goal with 68 seconds left. Schmitt opened the third-quarter scoring on a 62-yard sprint to the house to expand the lead to 21-3. On the ensuing drive, Larries quarterback Isaiah Lyon was picked off by Andrew LaPlant at the Wildcat 3. Precariously trying to work his way out along the end line, Garrison Gonyeau fumbled and Alex Bush rolled onto the loose football in the end zone, cutting the Cats’ lead to 21-11. But Gonyeau atoned for the miscue on the next drive, breaking containment and flying 42 yards to paydirt. Quarterback Connor Fenlong closed out the scoring with on play-action up the middle, but stepped back and threw a short flare to Schmitt who scampered end-around to the left for the final score. Schmitt finished the day with 10 carries for 126 yards. Gonyeau rushed six times for 66 yards. Fenlong had nine totes for 90 yards and dished out six completions for 69 yards more. For St. Lawrence, now 3-1, Keith Felix handled 23 rushes for 103 yards.


Ogdensburg’s Michael Reed (2) dives over the top of Massena tackler Wesley Rode on the quarterback keeper for the second touchdown of the night for a 14-0 Ogdensburg lead.  The Blue Devils defeated Massena 22-7.  (Sam Wangerin photo)  Game Gallery

 Massena’s Gage Fiacco (30) makes a huge sack, upending OFA quarterback Michael Reed (2) for a 10-yard loss.  (Details in left column)


Games of Week 3: September 15-16, 2017

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Gouverneur 28, Ogdensburg 6
Potsdam 14, Canton 7



St. Lawrence Central 17, Malone 0
Tupper Lake at Massena, canceled

Gouverneur claims 28-6 victory over ogdensburg

Gouverneur’s Logan Garrison (72) leaps up to block the pass attempt from Ogdensburg’s Michael Reed (2) that was intended for wide receiver Stephen Morley (14). The Blue Devils turned the ball over on downs as a result of Garrison’s block in the first quarter. The Wildcats captured the 28-8 victory over Ogdensburg. (Sam Wangerin photo) Game Gallery 

Gouverneur running back Peyton Schmitt (44) dashes by Ogdensburg lineman Mason Tabolt (54) to earn the first down for the Wildcats in the first quarter.

Gouverneur struck first, and despite a quick answer on the next drive, kept the lead the rest of the way in taking home 28-6 win from Ogdensburg. In the first quarter, Peyton Schmitt used a pair of shifty left-right moves through the right side and found paydirt from 22 yards in putting the Wildcats on top 8-0. On the ensuing drive, Michael Reed dialed deep into the end zone for Hayden Ives. Ives battled around a defender to haul in the 27-yard touchdown pass, but the Blue Devils were stopped on the two-point conversion, leading them down 8-6. Quarterback Connor Fenlong too the next drive to the one-yard line, before scamping in to stretch Gouverneur’s lead to 14-6. The Wildcats extended their lead in the third quarter when Fenlong plowed into the end zone from the two-yard line, following a 38-yard pass to Andrew LaPlant to set up the score. Schmitt finished the night with a streaking 39-yard run for the only spoints in the final quarter. He finished the night with 24 totes for 145 yards. Reed completed nine passes for 94 yards for OFA. The night also featured a dedication of a new stone in Monument Park in honor of Pete and Charlie Gogolak, Ogdensburg graduates who started the soccer-style kicking style that revolutionize place kicking in the NFL as well.

The Potsdam Sandstoners won the battle of ground position, but Canton's defense earned a great deal of respect as well, in the battle of Route 11 rivals on Friday under the lights in which Potsdam won 14-7. Both teams held the other scoreless till late the first half, before Potsdam broke through on an 11-yard quarterback keeper. Cameron Talcott tiptoed the sideline then dove over the pylon for a 6-0 lead, after missing the two-point conversion. Canton gained the lead midway through the third frame when quarterback Declan Porter rolled right and flipped a two-yard touchdown pass to Cody Sipher to end a drive that featured a 43-yard strike to sipher in open field. The successful extra-point kick by Kieran Lafaver lifted Canton into a 7-6 lead. Potsdam took the ensuing kickoff 65 yard to regain the lead. Talcott-to-Brandon Buffham for 22 years set up a one-yard finish on another keep with 2:34 left in the third quarter, 14-7 Potsdam. Canton’s best chance to tie came on the next drive when Porter fled 45 yards to the end zone, but the would-be scoring play was nullified on a holding penalty. Canton also drove inside the Potsdam 10 with 5:01 left, before being stopped on fourth down. Potsdam rusher Brandon Buffham added another 32 carries for 168 yards to his season total. Talcott carried 11 times for 62 years. Porter posted 163 yards passing and 50 yards rushing.

 TUPPER-MASSENA CALLED OFF; Jacks season in question

The scheduled Tupper Lake at Massena football game, scheduled for Saturday, was called off and the balance of the Lumberjack season hangs in the balance, due to the high number of injuries the Jacks sustained in last weekend’s game vs. St. Lawrence Central. Tupper Lake began the season with just 22 players, but suffered more than a half-dozen injuries including three concussions and a broken thumb, that reportedly reduced its manpower to just 15 players for practice this week. New York State Public High School Athletic Association regulations require at least 16 players on a team to be able to conduct a game. Tupper Lake has no JV program, therefore has no one to pull up to meet the state minimum. The players’ recovery leaves the balance of the season in question for now. Meanwhile, Massena scrambled for a replacement team to play because of Hall of Fame weekend festivities planned for Saturday, but was unable to find another opponent.  The Hall of Fame ceremonies were still held.


 St. Lawrence Central’s Cole Coughlin (34) breaks tackles on a five-yard run to "The House" for the final score of the game in the Larries' 17-0 victory over the Malone Huskies.  (Sam Wangerin photo)  Game Gallery 
Malone’s Brendan Soulia intercepts the ball on the two-point conversion to stop the Larries from extending their lead.

After three weeks of play, St. Lawrence Central is still in high-altitude territory – 3-0 and flying high as one of the last two unbeatens along with Gouverneur in the Northern Athletic Conference. And as “fate by schedule” would have it, the Larries and Wildcats will go head-to-head in Week 4 in Gouverneur. The Larries have been the NAC’s Cinderella story so far this season, but they are far from just “little darlings.” An effective and punishing defense physically took its toll on Tupper Lake in Week 2, then shutout the Malone Huskies 17-0 in Week 3. St. Lawrence edged out to a 3-0 lead when Keith Felix split the uprights on a 30-yard field goal with 1:42 left in the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, quarterback Isaiah Lyon rolled to his left and found Ben Horner alone in the end zone for the game’s first touchdown. Felix ran the conversion, extending the Larries’ lead to 11-0, which remained the score into the fourth quarter. The Larries put the game out of reach on three key plays in the final frame. After holding the Huskies short of midfield, a bad punt snap sailed over the kicker and was recovered by a swarm of Larries on the Malone 19. Three plays later, Cole Coughlin took the handoff and muscled five yards into the end zone to extend the Larries’ lead to 17-0. With still 8:29 to play, Malone scrambled back to the St. Lawrence 30, but Hunter Swan’s end-zone aerial was tipped and hauled in by Luke Plante who returned it 35 yards. The Larries kept the ball on the ground and killed the remaining clock to seal the win. Felix finished the game with 21 carries for 105 of his team’s 115 yards. Swan carried for 100 yards and passed for 62 more.

 potsdam narrowly Beats canton in 14-7 victory

Potsdam quarterback Cameron Talcott (7) uses blocking from teammate Brandon Buffham (32) to charge his way toward the Canton end zone in the fourth quarter. The Sandstoners picked up the narrow 14-7 victory over the Golden Bears to improve to 2-1 in the regular season. (Sam Wangerin photo) Game Gallery

Canton running back Ian Rayburn (22) battles around Potsdam defender Cameron Talcott (7) rushing toward the Sandstoners end zone late in the game. (Story details in left column)


Games of Week 2: September 8-9, 2017

 NCSN Football Scoreboard


Potsdam 40, Massena 16
St. Lawrence Central 41, Tupper Lake 6



Ogdensburg 53, Canton 7
Gouverneur 58, Malone 15


At least for one night, for the first time in recent memory, the St. Lawrence Central Larries went to bed on Friday night in sole possession of first place in the Northern Athletic Conference Football standings. Granted the other division leaders had still to play Saturday games, but just saying. The Larries are 2-0 to start the 2017 campaign. St. Lawrence Central jumped off to a 27-0 halftime lead, then cruised to a 41-6 victory over the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks. Luke Plante scored touchdowns on a punt return and a fumble recovery to spark the Larries’ win. Quarterback Isaiah Lyon dashed 45 yards for one touchdown and plowed two yards for a second TD. Keith Felix rushed for a game-best 145 yards in the win. Skyler Pickering (17 carries, 99 yards) scored the Lumberjacks’ lone points on a 64-yard sprint.

strong second half lifts potsdam to 40-16 victory

Potsdam’s Cameron Talcott (7) looks for an open man down the field over Massena defenders Chris Paige (22) and Dylan Holcomb (32) midway through the first half. The Red Raiders lead 16-8 at the half, However, the Sandstoners surged in the second half to defeat Massena 40-16. (Cody Jenne photo) Game Gallery

  Massena’s Gage Fiacco (30) breaks past Potsdam defender Jacques Kuno (44) to score the first touchdown of the game giving the Red Raiders an 8-0 lead in the first quarter.

Massena dashed out to a 10-0 advantage and continued to lead 16-8 at the half. But Potsdam owned the second half. Massena kicker Merrick Taraska put the Raiders ahead 3-0 with a 22-yard field goal. The Raiders (0-2) recovered the ensuing onside kick, then finished the drive with a six-yard run by Gage Fiasco (139 yards), putting the Raiders up 10-0. Potsdam's Brandon Buffham answered with a leap and a burrowing four-yard touchdown, cutting Massena's lead to 10-8. Raider QB Montana Pierce dialed long distance to Chris Page on a 45-yard TD strike just before the half. Potsdam tied the game on Cameron Talcott’s quarterback keeper. Brandon Buffham led the Potsdam rushing corps with 204 yards on 30 carries. Buffham also handled the final totes on three short-yardage finishes of one-, two- and four-yard carries. Jacques Kuno also scored on a nine-yard run for the Sandstoners (1-1).

Gouverneur rocks malone in 54-15 victory in week #2

 Gouverneur’s Peyton Schmitt (44) bursts around Malone defender Hunter Swann (5) to earn the first down off a 15-yard run in the first quarter. The Wildcats overwhelmed the Huskies 58-15. (Cody Hartle photo)  Game Gallery  Game Broadcast

Malone’s Timothy Langdon (10) battles his way around Gouverneur defender Robert Kilmowitz (42) to make it first and goal to start the 2nd quarter.   Langdon scored on the drive.

Peyton Schmitt carried the mail for four touchdowns on 12 carries and 173 total yards rushing in powering Gouverneur to their second straight win (2-0) while dealing Malone its first loss of the season. Gouverneur stacked up a 38-7 halftime lead. Schmitt dashed for TD runs of 12, 36 and 72 yards, and sprinted 90 yards on a kick return. Quarterback Connor Fenlong also dashed for three scores, while passing for a fourth. Garrison Gonyeau also produced a big yardage play with a 66-yard TD score. For Malone, Evan Keegan caught an 11-yard TD pass, one of his six receptions for 77 total yards. Quarterback Hunter Swan led Malone with 129 all-purpose yards.  Hunter Langdon also scored a touchdown.


After snaring a screen pass, Ogdensburg's Steve Morley (14) slips a tackle, leapfrogs Canton's Cody Sipher (8) and to jet into the end zone.  After Canton gained a 7-6 advantage late in the first quarter, Ogdensburg dominated the second period with 27 unanswered points, en route to a 53-7 win in Week 2.  (Bob LaRue photo)  Game Gallery

 Sipher twists out toward the sildeline to reel in a first-down pass from Canton quarterback Declan Porter.

After a scoreless four-quarter entanglement with Potsdam in Week #1, Ogdensburg found itself on the short end of a 7-6 score after the first quarter in Canton. But a raging Blue Devil finally emerged in the second quarter, erupting for 27 straight points, behind the dual quarterback switching of Michael Reed who scored one touchdown and racked up 286 all-purpose yards, and Jackson Jones who presented a somewhat different look with three passing touchdowns and 133 yards aerial. The Jackson-to-Jackson connection with Jackson Troiano produced four catches – two snags for touchdowns of 13 and 77 yards. For Canton, QB Declan Porter tossed for 130 yards. He scored Canton’s lone touchdown on a one-yard keeper.


Games of Week 1: September 1-2, 2017

 NCSN Football Scoreboard


Ogdensburg 14, Potsdam 6 (2OT)



Malone 54, Tupper Lake 7
St. Lawrence Central 43, Canton 22
Gouverneur 36, Massena 12

ogdensburg wins in double overtime over potsdam

Potsdam’s Will Varney (23) runs the ball up the side for a first down in Ogdensburg territory, After an exciting back-and-forth game that went scoreless through the end of regulation, the Blue Devils scored in both of their overtime drives to defeat the Sandstoners 14-6 in a double overtime thriller. (Sam Wangerin photo)  Game Gallery 

Ogdensburg quarterback Jackson Jones (2) keeps for a short gain to bring up 2nd down near the end of the half.


The Northern Athletic Conference's lone Friday night lights showcase game to open the 2017 season turned into a defensive juggernaut that strung four scoreless quarters into overtime.  Potsdam managed just two drives inside the red zone, while O.F.A. closed inside the Potsdam 20-yardline just once in regulation.  Only three turnovers between them provided opportunities, but produced no points.  Entering overtime at 0-0, Ogdensburg quarterback Jackson Jones spilled into the end zone on a one-yard keep that provided OFA with a 6-0 lead, but the Blue Devils left the door open for the Sandstoners when they missed the two-point conversion.  Potsdam Cameron Talcott also scored on a one-yard QB sneak to tie the game 6-6, but the Stoners missed the chance for victory when a motion penalty on the extra points pushed the football back to the 7-yard line, and Talcott's bootleg came up two yards short of victory.  In the second overtime, Jackson Troiano reeled in a fingertip catch on an 18-yard pass, leaping OFA into a 14-6 lead.  Troiano then sealed the win by breaking up Potsdam/'s 4th-down desperation pass.


Malone's Timothy Langdon (10) bobbed and weaved for four touchdowns, including one off an interception, to lead the Huskies' to a 54-7 opening day rout of Tupper Lake.  (Bob LaRue photo)  Game Gallery

 Tupper Lake's McLear (80) snags the pitch and looks to cut around the outside of the Huskies's defense, but Malone's Tom Trombley (22) makes an open-field tackle.

Malone ran loose for 41 first-half points, en route to a 54-7 romp at home against Tupper Lake in their season opener. Timothy Langdon carried just six times for 121 yards, but dashed for touchdowns of 27 and 54 yards. He also snagged one of two Pick Six touchdowns in the final three minutes of the first half and returned the ball 33 yards. Quarterback Hunter Swan also escaped along the left sideline untouched to the end zone for a first-quarter score. As a team, Malone rushed 331 yards. Tupper Lake’s lone score came late in the game when Skyler Pickering dove in from the four-yard line, leading the Lumberjacks with 54 yards rushing.


Gouverneur claims 36-12 victory over Massena

 Gouverneur quarterback Connor Fenlong (11) breaks through two Massena defenders to scores the first touchdown of the game for the Wildcats taking a 6-0 lead over the Red Raiders. Fenlong had three scores and Gouverneur built a 16-0 halftime lead, en route to a 36-12 victory to start the 2017 season.  (Cody Hartle photo)  Game Gallery  Game Webcast

Massena’s Gage Fiacco (30) dashes past Gouverneur defenders Alex Fuller (8) and Dylan Geer (15) to earn a first down in the first quarter.

In their first meeting in two years, Gouverneur built a 16-0 halftime lead and a 22-0 spread, before holding off Massena 36-12 in their season opener, in a battle of last year’s regular-season unbeaten. After a failed first drive that ended at the Massena four-yard line, the Wildcats produced their first score when Harrisville junior Peyton Schmidt broke free for a 46-yard run, then quarterback Connor Fenlong finished the drive with a one-yard plunge to give Gouverneur an 8-0 lead late in the first quarter. Fenlong added to the Wildcat momentum with a 50-yard jailbreak run to the Massena 22, then an 11-yard dash for a touchdown with just seconds left in the half. The Wildcats stole the ball on a squib kick to open the second half. Five plays later, Alex Fuller scampered 19 yards to capitalize on the turnover and push Gouverneur ahead 22-0. The Red Raiders got on the scoreboard after a blocked punt. Montana Pierce hit Ben Chilton with a five-yard TD pass to cut the lead to 22-6. Gouverneur answered with a two-play drive that ended with Fenlong (13 passes, 142 yards) keeping 22 yards for a 29-6 advantage. With five minutes remaining, Schmitt (12 carries for 115 yards_ committed his second touchdown on a 22-yard run. Massena closed the scoring when Pierce (27 for 146 yards passing) cut around the defense from the one-yard line.


St. Lawrence Central's Keith Felix (20) is corralled from behind, but picks up a first down.  Felix racked up over 200 yards rushing in the Larries 43-22 win over Canton in the regular-season opener.  (Bob LaRue photo)  Game Gallery

  Canton's Chauncey Douglas (27) slips between a pair of Larries' defenders to pick up a 23-yard first down.

When Canton bounced back from a 24-0 hole and closed within one score at 30-22 early in the fourth quarter, the St. Lawrence Central sideline got fidgety, and frustrated over the lack of containment and tackling on the Bears' two previous drives. Canton quarterback Declan Porter had tossed 25 yards to a very wide-open Cody Sipher in the end zone, then dashed six yards for another score, en route to a 221-yard aerial assault on the afternoon. After their second touchdown, Canton recovered an onsides kick, then proceeded to score TD #3 on a 15-yard strike to Cody Sipher. But it was “game on” for the Larries’ rushing corps that had already racked up 215 yards to just 47 for the Bears through three quarters. Keith Felix led the way with a game-best 20 carries for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Isaiah Lyon tossed for two scores, while Jonah Ramsdell scampered 54 yards on a Pick Six for the Larries.