C Semifinals: Gouverneur Upsets Potsdam; O.F.A. Tops Canton

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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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 endzone to put the Wildcats in front and secure the 27-20 upset victory. (Gearsbeck photo) Game Gallery


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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

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

 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 interception 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.


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.