O.F.A., Tupper Lake, Malone, Massena Fall in State Openers

Final 2014 Section X Final Football Standings

x-Ogdensburg Blue Devils
Potsdam Sandstoners
Massena Red Raiders
Gouverneur Wildcats
Malone Huskies
Tupper Lake Lumberjacks
Canton Golden Bears
St. Lawrence Central Larries
Div.     NLg  Overall   PF    PA
7-0      0-0       7-0    245   105
6-1      0-0       6-1    242   135
4-3      0-0       4-3    182   126
4-3      0-0       4-3    132   120
3-4      0-0       3-4    191   196
2-5      0-0       2-5    154   208
2-5      0-0       2-5    191   218
0-7      0-0       0-7      63   287

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Queensbury’s Brett Rodriguez (33) sends the ball down the field and completes the pass to receiver Tyrell Adams for a 35-yard touchdown. The Spartans scored four touchdowns in the opening 11 minutes to take a commanding 27-0 lead. The Spartans defeated Massena 48-0 in the NYS Class A quarterfinal.  (Jenne photo) Game Gallery


Games of Weeks 10-11: November 8-14, 2014

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N.Y.S. Class B Opening Round
Queensbury (II) 48, Massena (X) 0



N.Y.S. Class B Opening Round
Peru (VII) 59 ,Malone (X) 6
N.Y.S. Class C Opening Round
Saranac Lake (VII) 34, Ogdensburg (X) 26
N.Y.S. Class D Opening Round
Ticonderoga (VII) 41, Tupper (X) 13


Massena’s Jayce Lanning (21) breaks the tackle from Queensbury defender Brett Rodriguez (33) for a first down.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

Top-ranked and defending state champion Queensbury opened a 27-0 lead within the first eleven minutes of play and cruised past Massena 48-0 in the New York State Class A quarterfinal. Queensbury immediately put the Raiders in a hole on the game’s first play from scrimmage with a 65-yard touchdown pass from Drew Wilson to Tyrell Adams. The Red Raiders fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Adams scored another six points on the very next play. Massena fumbled on their next drive which led to an Erik Wettersten three-yard TD plunge. Queensbury then scored on its next possession when Adams drew in a 46-yard halfback option pass from Bret Rodriguez. Jason Zembeck led Massena with 16 carries for 63 yards.


jacks drops state opener 41-13 to ticonderoga

 Tupper Lake’s Noah Santana (7) attempts to get to the pylon for a touchdown, but is slowed down by Ticonderoga’s Brody Rocque (10). The Sentinels jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the first quarter, then scored 21 points in the second frame to close out the first half. Ticonderoga defeated the Lumberjacks 41-13 in the NYS Class D Playoffs. (Gearsbeck photo) Game Gallery

Ticonderoga’s Konner Bruce (29) stiff arms his way past Tupper Lake’s Wyatt Skelling (29) for a touchdown.



Games of Week 9: October 30-31, 2014

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Non-League Crossover Game
Massena 36, Malone 32



Class C Championship at Home of Higher Seed
(#1) Ogdensburg 10, (#3) Gouverneur 2 
Class D Championship at Home of Higher Seed
(#1) Tupper Lake 25, (#2) St. Lawrence Central 21


St. Lawrence Central saved its best game for the playoffs and nearly pulled off their first win of the season in the Section X Class D championship. On a bizarre Halloween night of sectional finals, the Larries took a 21-12 lead into the fourth quarter, before giving up two late touchdown aerials that preserved a 25-21 win for the Lumberjacks. St. Lawrence Central opened the scoring at 5:22 of the first quarter with a 22-yard scamper from Mike Plante. The Jacks answered to start the second quarter when Noah Santana reeled din a 30-yard touchdown pass from Anson Gagnier. Hunter Storrin then intercepted a Liam LaMere pass two yards deep in the end zone and raced 102 yards coast-to-coast to boost the Larries’ momentum to 14-6 with 1:12 remaining in the half. Tupper Lake’s opening drive of the third quarter produced six points on Lamere’s eight-yard TD run. The Larries turned up the heat further in the third quarter when Plante dashed to the end zone from nine yards out, putting top-seeded Tupper Lake in a 21-12 hole. But the Jacks fought back with a pair of touchdown passes of 40 yards and 22 yards from Liam LaMere to Santana, four minutes apart, to capture the Class D crown. Tupper Lake advances for face Ticonderoga in the first round of the New York State Class D playoffs next week.


o.f.a. TOPS gouverneur 10-2 for class c championship

Gouverneur quarterback Ben Casey (7) gets wrapped up by Ogdensburg’s Austin VanGorden (5) in the backfield for a sack. The Blue Devils and Wildcats both had trouble moving the ball throughout the game. OFA took a 3-0 lead in the first half, then Taylor Richardson found the endzone in the fourth quarter to propel Ogdensburg to a 10-2 win. (Gearsbeck photo) Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Gouverneur’s Troy Gates (2) skies to catch a pass over Ogdensburg’s Jon Rodgers (26). (Drew Gearsbeck photo)

In a hard-hitting defensive game, the Ogdensburg Blue Devils outlasted the Gouverneur Wildcats 10-2 in a game that featured just one touchdown, one extra-point kick, one field goal and one safety. After a scoreless first quarter. The first key play came when Gouverneur was pinned back to its own four-yard line on an O.F.A. punt. On the next play, the Blue Devils recovered a fumble, but were unable to break through the Wildcat goal-line stand. Settling for a David Prudhomme field goal, the Blue Devils managed a 3-0 lead in the first half. Taylor Richardson, who rushed 25 times for 202 yards, scored the game’s only touchdown on a 50-yard scamper in the third quarter. Gouverneur’s lone score game on a safety in the fourth quarter. Ben Casey led the Gouverneur offense with 141 all-purpose yards on five completions and 14 carries. The Blue Devils will take on either Saranac Lake or AuSable Valley in the opening round of the New York State playoffs. Gouverneur ended its season at 5-4 overall.


Games of Week 8: October 24-25, 2014

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Section X Class C Semifinals
(#1) Ogdensburg 28, (#4) Canton 7
(#3) Gouverneur 27, (#2) Potsdam 20
Non-League Crossover Game
Peru 43, Massena 14



Non-League Crossover Games
Ticonderoga 20, Malone 13
Moriah 40, St. Lawrence Central 13
Saranac Lake 40, Tupper Lake 14


Red Storm linebacker Kilian Ryan (45) manages to get a finger on a Noah Santana pass intended for Lumberjack tight end Roger Delair to break up the play during third quarter action of the restored Adirondack Mayor's Cup game.  (Greg Ferguson photo)  Game Gallery

In a revival of the Adirondack Mayors Cup game thanks to crossover games that this year crossed over between Section X and Section VII, Saranac Lake defeated neighboring Tupper Lake 40-14 on the strength of a dominating first half. The Red Storm built a 27-0 lead in the second frame. Quarterback Tristan Fitzgerald wrapped up three drives with touchdown passes. Joe Viscardo caught an 18-yard touchdown pass, while receiving five throws for 77 yards. Joe Stack reeled in a 24 yard TD strike and Alex Donaldson added an eight-yard touchdown catch. Fitzgerald completed 13-of-17 passes for 129 yards. Dylan Kilner rushed for touchdowns of four and 24 yards, while Ty Marmion delivered a 32-yard touchdown as part of his five-carry, 92-yards performance. Tupper Lake quarterback Noah Santana completed 12 passes for 127 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns. Next week, the Lumberjacks face St. Lawrence Central in the Section X Class D championship. Saranac Lake faces AuSable for the Section VII Class C title.


Section X and Section VII used league crossover matchups to provide new opponents, rather than rematches in Week 8. The best of the intersectional games brought Ticonderoga to Malone where the Sentinels outlasted the Huskies 20-13 in a seesaw battle. Malone quarterback Camron Gallagher fired off a 19-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Woods late in the first quarter to put the Huskies in front 6-0. Sentinel quarterback Garrison Hughes plowed into the end zone from the one-yard line for a 7-6 lead early in the second frame. Ticonderoga tacked on six more points on Konnor Bruce’s four-yard rush to gain a 13-6 advantage. Warding off multiple tackles from the eight-yard line, Gallagher crossed the goal line to pull Malone even at 13-13 early in the fourth quarter. With the outcome hanging in the balance, Ticonderoga relied heavily on their senior running back to carry the load in the game-winning drive. Bruce took 7-of-11 handoffs, before reserve quarterback Brody Rocque dashed in with the touchdown. Malone will face Massena on Thursday in another crossover matchup. Both teams have no opponents in the respective classes and draw automatic berths to the state playoffs. Ticonderoga will host Moriah for the Section VII championship on Friday.

In an intersectional crossover between two second-place teams in Class D, Section VII’s Moriah Vikings dominated the first half 40-6, then cruised to a 40-13 win over Section X’s St. Lawrence Central Larries at Randy Riggs Field in Brasher. Moriah’s Troy Welch scored five touchdowns, including a 59-yard untouched scamper on the opening play from scrimmage. Welch carried 15 times for 168 yards. Moriah also received scores from cornerback Ryan Jaquish who scored from the 30-yard line on a Pick Six. St. Lawrence put up points in the second quarter when sophomore Mike Plante found an inside seam and outran the Viking defense for 80 yards to paydirt at 6:06 of the second quarter. The Larries produced the lone score of the second half on their first possession when Hunter Storrin crashed into the end zone from the Moriah 6. St. Lawrence Central will provide Tupper Lake with its first opponent in a Section X Class D championship game next weekend. Moriah (4-4) will face Ticonderoga for the Section VII Class D championship next weekend. The winners will meet in the opening round of the state playoffs the following weekend.

In a non-league crossover, the undefeated Section VII Peru Indians scored on the first drive when Blake Altizer spiraled a 32-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Gallo to produce a 7-0 lead. Brandon Sawyer added a 22-yard TD run and Gallo returned a Raider punt 65 yards to paydirt to generate a 21-0 halftime lead. Massena opened the second half with a productive scoring drive that culminated with Jason Zembeck’s one-yard carry into the end zone to trim the lead to 21-8. But Massena’s second half was plagued by two key fumbles that allowed Peru to score three straight touchdowns to seize the win. Zembeck then scored Massena’s final touchdown in a 43-14 final. Altizer tossed three touchdown passes and racked up 255 yards through the air. Rivelino Hendricks made five catches for 116 yards and Gallo closed out with 88 yards receiving. The Red Raiders were led by Isaiah Dillabough with 112 yards carried, followed by Zembeck’s 107 yards rushing. Peru improved to 8-0, while Massena’s record is 4-4.

#3 gouverneur comes back to upset #2 potsdam 27-20

Gouverneur’s Ben Casey (7) rushes up the middle for a first down, but is tackled by Potsdam’s Josh Laing (44). The Sandstoners took a 14-6 lead into halftime. With the game tied 20-20 late in the fourth quarter, Chad Curcio rushed into the end zone to put the Wildcats in front and secure the 27-20 upset victory. (Gearsbeck photo) Game Gallery

 Potsdam’s Chase Palmer (30) bounces to the outside while chased by Gouverneur’s Cody Orr (33) in the Class C semifinal.  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

After trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, the third-seeded Gouverneur Wildcats held #2-seeded Potsdam to just one touchdown the rest of the way and scored two unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter to earn a 27-20 upset victory and a berth in the Section X Class C championship next week. Potsdam’s first half touchdowns included a nine-yard TD pass from Max Warden to Logan Ford in the back of the end zone, and a 20-yard sideline run by John Mangual. Gouverneur completed a touchdown drive with 62 seconds left in the half when Ben Casey tossed a 19-yard pass to Troy Gates in the far corner of the end zone to trim the lead to 14-6. The Wildcats fed off the momentum gained in the first half with a quick strike to tie the game 14-14 just 3:10 into the third quarter. Jose Flores cut back through a seam and carried 21 yards to paydirt. Potsdam answered on the next drive with a nine-yard TD pass to Logan Ford on the second try to go back into the lead 20-14. Gouverneur answered again when Flores carried the ball 11 yards to score and tie the game 20-20. The Wildcats got the ball back, holding the Sandstoners on downs, then scored the game winner on a six-yard run by Chad Curcio with 4:23 remaining. For the first time all season, Potsdam did not have a 100-yard rusher in the game. Chase Palmer dashed 17 times for 98 yards to lead all runners, while Mangual had 13 carries for 96 yards. Casey finished with seven completions for 76 yards, while Flores led the Cats’ rushing corps with nine carries for 74 yards. Gouverneur (5-3) advances to the title game next week at Ogdensburg. Potsdam closed its season at 6-2.

ogdensburg downs canton, advanceS to championship

Ogdensburg’s Taylor Richardson (20) pulls down a pass and turns to run upfield, but is met by Canton’s Trey Grant (8).  The Blue Devils jumped out to a 14-0 advantage at the half.  O.F.A. won 28-7 in the Section X Class C semifinals. Ogdensburg will host Gouverneur next Friday for the championship. (Drew Gearsbeck photo)  Game Gallery

Canton’s Hunter Yerdon (1) breaks up a potential pickoff by Ogdensburg’s Nicholas Sweeney (7) in the second quarter.

Turnovers were rampant on both sides, but top-seeded Ogdensburg survived the battle with the fourth-seeded Canton Golden Bears in a 28-7 victory in the Section X Class C semifinals. The Blue Devils got an early gift when a muffed snap bounced inside the Canton five-yard line and was recovered at the one-yard line by OFA’s Jack Manke. Two plays later, quarterback Joe Dalton plowed into the end zone on a keeper to produce a 7-0 lead. The rest of the way was highlighted by three touchdown runs by Taylor Richardson, who piled up 212 yards rushing on the night and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Devils’ quarterback Joe Dalton tossed for 125 yards. Canton quarterback Jake Fenlong stacked up 181 yards through the air, including a 21-yard scoring strike to Hunter Yerdon. Ogdensburg (8-0) advances to the title game next week against Gouverneur. A very-improved Canton team checked out at 2-6 overall.