Malone, Gouverneur Close Out Strong Season in NYS Quarterfinals

Final 2015 Section X Final Football Standings

x-Malone Huskies
Canton Golden Bears
Ogdensburg Blue Devils
Gouverneur Wildcats
St. Lawrence Central Larries
Massena Red Raiders
Tupper Lake Lumberjacks
Potsdam Sandstoners
Div.     NLg  Overall   PF    PA
7-0      0-0       7-0    242     94
5-2      0-0       5-2    149   140
5-2      0-0       5-2    235   147
4-3      0-0       4-3    230     79
3-4      0-0       3-4    127   181
3-4      0-0       3-4    127   164
1-6      0-0       1-6    163   276
0-7      0-0       0-7      48   208

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Schuylerville’s Zach Pierce (5) charges through the Malone defensive line to earn a first down in Huskies' territory. The Black Horses jumped to a 25-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter, en route to a 44-12 win over the Huskies in the NYSPHSAA Class B quarterfinal.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery 


Playoff Games of Week 11: November 13-14, 2015

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NYS Class C Quarterfinal at Mohonasen HS
Greenwich (II) 49, Gouverneur (X) 13



NYS Class B Playoffs Quarterfinal at Ogdensburg
Schuylerville (II) 44,  Malone (X) 12


Schuylerville’s Zach Pierce (5) charges through the Malone defensive line to earn a first down in Huskies' territory. The Black Horses jumped to a 25-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter, en route to a 44-12 win over the Huskies in the NYSPHSAA Class B quarterfinal.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

Malone’s Zach Raymond (21) bursts past two Schuylerville defenders rushing to a 20-yard gain and earning a first down to begin the second quarter.

Two unbeatens collided with perfect 10-0 records in the New York State Class B quarterfinal at Ogdensburg Free Academy. The Section X champion Malone Huskies suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the Section II champs, the Schuylerville Black Horses, in a 44-12 drubbing. The uncorraled Horses racked up 25 unanswered points within the first 13 minutes of the contest, and piled up all 44 points midway through the third quarter, before the Huskies were able to mount two successful drives. Zach Pierce capitalized on a Malone fumble for one score, then scampered 78 yards for another first-quarter touchdown, while leading the Horses’ ground game that chewed up 493 yards total. The Huskies’ first score came late in the third quarter when senior quarterback Camron Gallagher (14 completions, 103 yards) targeted Brandon Woods for a 17-yard touchdown strike. Zach Raymond, who scrambled for 124 of Malone’s 144 yards rushing, scored the second Franklin Academy touchdown on a three-yard leap to paydirt.


Gouverneur’s Cody Orr (33) leaps over a fallen Greenwich player, while lineman Kyle Elliott points him to the end zone for the first score of the game.  Greenwich tied the game 7-7 just before the half, but overran the Wildcats 49-13 in the New York State Class C quarterfinal.  (Dayna Leader photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Gouverneur's Joey Bush (4) muscles forward for a 12-yard gain, getting the first-and-goal and setting up one of two Wildcat touchdowns in the state quarterfinal contest.

Gouverneur’s battle cry this year was “Fear the G,” then ran into another G team, Section II’s Greenwich that respected the G through the first half of the New York State Class C quarterfinal. After the Wildcats played an impressive first 24 minutes, the Witches’ Michael Brandow took over. Gouverneur opened the scoring jut 2:50 into the contest, after Joey Bush’s 12-yard rush to the Greenwich 6, set up Cody Orr for the game’s first score on the next play. Senior kicker Devin Matice added the extra point for a 7-0 lead. The score stayed the same until 7:12 left in the half when Brandow (25 carries, 218 yards) turned in a six-yard touchdown rush, tying the game 7-7. The Wildcats had a chance to regain the lead on a 28-yard field goal attempt as the half expired, but fumbled the snap, leaving the score 7-7 at intermission. The Witches (11-0) opened the second half with six consecutive touchdowns to put the game out of reach. Brandow scored from the one-yard line to cap the first drive of the second half to take the lead 14-7, and the #3-state-ranked team never looked back. Gouverneur would get one last entry into the end zone this season, when quarterback Connor Fenlong connected on a 15-yard pass to senior Daniel Mullin for the final time with 2:02 left in the game. Fenlong led the Wildcats with 10 completions for 114 yards and 12 scrambles for another 49 yards. The Wildcats finished the 2015 campaign at 7-4, with a Section X Class C title and a state playoff win in the opening round last week.


Playoff Games of Week 10: November 6-7, 2015

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N.Y. State Class C Opening Round at OFA
Gouverneur (X) 24, AuSable Valley (VII) 0
N.Y. State Class D Opening Round at AuSable
(VII) Ticonderoga 50, (X) Tupper Lake 0



N.Y. State Class B Opening Round at Plattsburgh
Malone (X) 34, Beekmantown (VII) 21


Section X’s Malone pulled out to a 28-7 halftime lead, then held off a second-half Beekmantown surge to pull out a 34-21 victory in the New York State Class B opening-round playoff game at AuSable Valley. In the game’s opening drive, the Huskies’ Zach Raymond pounded the football four times for 71 yards, ending with a two-yard touchdown just 62 seconds into the game. It launched another impressive performance in which the senior rusher would tote the ball 25 times, grind out 229 yards and cross the end line four times. The Huskies expanded the lead to 14-0 just 45 seconds into the second quarter, when Raymond took the ball to the house on a five-yard run. Beekmantown countered with a 67-yard TD run from Tyler Myers (23 carries, 218 yards rushing). On Malone’s next scoring drive, Raymond returned the kickoff 55 yards, then quarterback Camron Gallagher finished with an eight-yard touchdown keep to extend the lead to 21-7. The Huskies closed the first half with a critical interception by Raymond, who returned the ball to the Beekmantown 10, then inflicted further damage with a one-yard blast to score with 38 seconds left to forge a 21-point halftime spread. After a scoreless third quarter, Eagles’ quarterback Dominick Bordeau (13 completions for 188 yards) scored on a two-yard dive, then tossed to Nate Handy (7 catches for 188 yards) for the conversion, trimming the lead to 28-15. Raymond restored the Huskies’ three-possession lead with a 41-yard carry to open the ensuing drive, then converted a five-yard run. Bordeau aerialed Matt Villa on a 21-yard TD strike to draw the Eagles back within two scores, 34-21, but the clock had drained to 1:37 left. Malone covered then onside kick attempt and ran the clock out.

Section VII’s Ticonderoga scored six touchdowns in the first half and pitched a game-long shutout, in crushing Section X representative Tupper Lake 50-0 win in the opening round of the New York State Class D playoffs at AuSable Valley High School. The Sentinels’ Brody Rocque (10 carries, 161 yards) broke loose for touchdown runs of 50, 40 and nine yards, while Ryan Trudeau (six carries, 66 yards) added a pair of touchdown scampers of 30 and 25 yards, all within the first five drives and 18 minutes of the contest. Quarterback Evan Graney, who had four completions for 68 yards, fired off a 31-yard scoring pass to Griffin Hughes for the other score before intermission. Ticonderoga led 42-0 at the half. Their lone score of the second half was a 79-yard touchdown pass from Cody Huestis to Collin Bresett in the fourth quarter. Tupper Lake (2-7) was led by Brassen LaVassaur who carried 14 times for 66 yards.


Gouverneur’s Chad Curcio (8) drives forward while lineman Cody Finny (60) blocks AuSable Valley’s Chance LaPier (69) to the ground. Curcio scored Gouverneur’s first touchdown. The Wildcats shut down Patriots 24-0 to advance to the New York State Class D quarterfinal.  (Darius Rohleder photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Gouverneur quarterback Connor Fenlong (11) dashes past Ausable Valley’s Kobe Parrow (14) on his way to another first down. Fenlong scored one of the Wildcats’ three touchdowns.

Section X’s Gouverneur Wildcats scored on their first two drives, while the defense pitched a shutout in defeating the AuSable Valley Patriots 24-0 in the New York State Class C playoff opener at Ogdensburg. The Wildcats kept the Patriots’ defense on the field, grinding out an 80-yard drive that chewed up the first 8:44 of the contest. Chad Curcio (15 carries, 64 yards) finished off the opening drive with an end-around scamper to the right side of the end zone. Devin Matice booted his first of three successful extra-point kicks to make the score 7-0. AuSable Valley went on offense for all of 1:34 late in the first quarter, before the Daniel Mullin ripped the ball loose and the Wildcat defense pounced on the fumble near midfield. Quarterback Connor Fenlong (44 yards rushing, 23 yards passing) fired off a 30-yard pass to Cody Orr, then finished the drive with a fake handoff and five-yard keeper to extend the lead to 14-0. After forcing the Patriots to punt late in the first half, Gouverneur methodically marched the ball inside the 20-yard line, but with just four seconds left. With a stiff breeze at their backs and Matice hitting practice kicks of up to 43 yards in the warmups, the Wildcats opted for a 35-yard field-goal attempt. As time ran out, Matice split the uprights with plenty of distance to spare to expand the lead to 17-0 at halftime. Orr (20 rushes, 146 yards) scored the lone touchdown of the second half on a 10-yard run with 10:37 remaining to seal the win. For the game, eight Wildcats rushed for a total of 326 yards. The Wildcats next travel to Mohonasen High School in Schenectady next Friday at 7:00 p.m. to face Greenwich (10-0) that pounded Hoosic Valley 49-14 for the Section II championship.


Playoff Games of Week 9: October 31, 2015

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Section X Class C Championship at Gouverneur
(#3) Gouverneur 31, (#4) St. Lawrence Central 6
Crossover Game
Malone 35, Massena 8


The Gouverneur Wildcats broke away from a 10-6 halftime lead with three unanswered touchdowns in the second half – two scores from rusher Cody Orr – to beat St. Lawrence Central 31-6 and capture their first championship since 2001. It was also the first finals appearance for the Larries since the same 2001 season. Gouverneur (6-3) began the game with a successful 12-play, 76-yard drive that culminated with sophomore quarterback Connor Fenlong’s eight-yard keeper to build a 7-0 lead. St. Lawrence Central (4-5) answered on the first play of the second quarter when Mark Crump (12 carries, 97 yards) hit paydirt from the three-yard line. However, the extra-point kick was blocked leaving the Larries a point down at 7-6. With time running out before halftime, Devin Malice booted a 27-yard field goal to expand the lead to 10-6. Cody Orr’s third-quarter touchdown from the 50-yard line launched the Wildcats in the second half. Chad Curcio tacked on a 33-yard touchdown run, and Tristin Pataky rushed 10 yards through the middle for the final scores in the fourth quarter. Matice also provided all four successful extra-point kicks on the day. Orr finished with 11 carries for 91 yards. Fenlong totaled 190 all-purpose yards, with virtually equal gains on the ground and in the air.

Zach Raymond racked up four of Malone’s five touchdowns, while rushing 14 times for 114 yards in powering the Huskies to a 35-8 non-league crossover matchup. Quarterback Camron Gallagher rang up 199 all-purpose yards, including 120 yards passing, for the 9-0 Huskies. Cedric Maurer led Massena with 88 yards rushing and a score. Franklin Academy advances to face Section VII Champion Beekmantown that clobbered Peru 47-13 in the their title game on Saturday. Massena finished its season at 3-6 overall.



Gouverneur’s Tristan Pataky (44) receives blocking help from Jordan Countryman (60) and Cody Bishop (12) to score a 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats pulled away from the Larries 31-6 in the Section X Class C final and advanced to the State playoffs against Section VII champion AuSable Valley.   (Darius Rohleder photo)  Game Gallery

 Gouverneur’s Cody Orr (33) dashes past St. Lawrence Central’s Hunter Storrin (10) on his way to another first down.


Playoff Games of Week 8: October 23-24, 2015

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Section X Class C Playoffs
(#3) Gouverneur 21, (#2) Ogdensburg 0
Crossover Games
(D) Tupper Lake 22, (C5) Potsdam 22
Peru (VII) 34, Massena (X) 20
Malone (X) 30, AuSable Valley (VII) 6



Section X Class C Playoffs
(#4) St. Lawrence Central 27, (#1) Canton 14

Gouverneur stuns blue devils in 21-0 victory

Gouverneur's Joey Bush (4) dashes by Ogdensburg's Austin VanGordon (5) on his way to score the first touchdown off the opening kickoff.  The Wildcats defeated the Blue Devils 21-0 to advance to the Section X Class B Championship. (Darius Rohleder photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Gouverneur's Derrick Stowell (1) stiff arms Ogdensburg's defender Avery Love (2) to earn the first down near the Blue Devils end zone. The Wildcats' Joey Bush scored off the opening kickoff and the defense was solid as the Gouverneur defeated the Blue Devils 21-0 in the Class C semifinal.

Joey Bush raced untouched 80 yards to paydirt on the opening kickoff, setting the stage for Gouverneur’s 21-0 upset win over the Ogdensburg Blue Devils in the Section X Class C semifinals. In the second quarter, Wildcat quarterback Connor Fenlong lofted an aerial just over the OFA cornerback that was initially juggled, but then secured on the run by receiver Chad Curcio who dashed 62 yards to paydirt. Fenlong also scampered 80 yards along the sideline in the third quarter to account for the other touchdown. The Blue Devils, who closed their season at 5-3, were dominated much of the game by a relentless Gouverneur defense. OFA’s Adam Rickett rushed 11 times for 53 yards.

Peru earns crossover win past red raiders 34-20

Massena’s running back Josh Cameron (32) plunges his way up the middle for a short gain, with multiple Peru defenders in on the tackle.  After Massena closed within a touchdown at 28-20, Peru put the game away in the closing minutes for a 34-20 victory.  (Ryan Moore photo)  Game Gallery

Massena’s defensive lineman Austin Thompson (24) recovers a fumble after knocking the ball loose. (see story)


Canton running back Ian Erlichman (32) gets blocking help by Sebastian Newman (72) to rush past St. Lawrence Central defender Cole Coughlin (55). The Larries defeated the Bears 27-14 in Section X Class C semifinals to proceed to the final vs. Gouverneur.   (Darius Rohleder photo)  Game Gallery

St. Lawrence Central’s Mark Crump (18) shakes off Canton defender Dylan Scanlon (23) and carries the ball on his way to score a touchdown.  Crump polished off two scoring drives with one-yard carries to lead the #4-seeded St. Lawrence Central Larries to their first title game in 13 years, downing the top-seeded Canton Golden Bears 27-14. 

St. Lawrence Central opened a 14-0 lead at the half, then held off top-seeded Canton’s efforts to rally in the second half for a 27-14 win in the Section X Class C semifinals, and earn the school’s first berth in a championship game since 2002. The fourth-seeded Larries (4-4) will face #3-seeded Gouverneur in the title game on Halloween Saturday. Luke Collins was the big factor in the first touchdown, intercepting a Canton pass, then receiving a 21-yard pass from Isaiah Lyon to set up first-and-goal at the Canton 1. Mark Crump, who rushed 27 times and piled up 186 yards, plowed the ball into the end zone for a 7-0 lead. Cole Coughlin’s pickoff set up the second scoring drive. Lyon wired a 32-yard touchdown strike to Hunter Storrin to build a 14-0 halftime advantage. Canton opened the scoring on its first drive of the second half. Quarterback Jake Fenlong raced along the left sideline for 36 yards to the end zone, cutting the Larries lead to 14-8. However, St. Lawrence reestablished a two-play lead with a successful 80-yard drive, ending with Lyon’s one-yard keeper. In the fourth quarter, Canton made the score close when Fenlong sprung a 25-yard TD pass to Louden Porter to trim the margin to 20-14. The Larries ground the clock down with a 59-yard drive, culminating with Crump’s one-yard carry with under five minutes remaining to seal the win. After opening the season with five straight wins, the Bears lost momentum with key injuries and dropped their final three games, closing the season at 5-3.


Peru quarterback Jordan Guay completed 15 passes, including four touchdown tosses and 250 total yards, in pulling away from Massena with a 34-20 non-league, crossover victory. The Raiders rallied to close the lead to 28-20 in the fourth quarter, but the Indian put the game away with a final score with just five minutes remaining. Guay tossed scoring passes of 21 and 74 yards in the first half, then 15 and 39 yards in the second half, as the Indians improved to 6-2. The Red Raiders (3-5), who will have a week off before traveling to Section II for the opening round of New York State playoffs, were led by Cedric Maurer who carried 21 times for 135 yards, and caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in the first half, before a 44-yard TD run in the fourth quater.  Montana Pierce scored the Raiders' first touchdown to draw the Raiders within a point at 7-6 early.

The Tupper Lake Lumberjacks got a late touchdown run of three yards from Brasen LaVassaur to polish off a 22-12 victory over the Potsdam Sandstoners. LaVassaur, who rushed 29 times and piled up 148 yards on the ground, rushed for all three Jacks’ touchdowns – eight yards, 11 yards and three yards. Tupper Lake improved to 2-6 overall and will now await the winner of next week’s Section VII Class D title game between Moriah and Ticonderoga. Potsdam was led by Brandon Buffham, who carried 15 times, netted 172 yards and scored on a 22-yard touchdown. The Sandstoners closed out their campaign at 0-8.

Zach Raymond was handed the ball to finish off all four touchdowns for the Malone Huskies. Raymond plunged for one yard and three yards, then muscled in an 11-yard score. Raymond also broke coverage for a 62-yard scoring scamper for his final touchdown of the night, as Malone defeated AuSable Valley 30-6 in a non-league crossover game. Malone remained unbeaten at 8-0. Mark Whitney scored on a 72-yard dash for the lone touchdown for the Patriots (2-6).