Ogdensburg Comes Up Just Short in State Championship 39-34

Final 2016 Section X Final 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 Ogdensburg Blue Devils Football team, posing for a team photo with the New York State Class C Tournament bracket and New York State East Region Championship plaque, following a narrow 39-34 loss to Newark Valley in the State Class C championship game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.  The Blue Devils battled back from a three-score deficit and positioned themselves for a chance to win in the final six minutes, but Newark Valley controlled the football and the clock in the final minutes to hold on for the victory.  Quarterback Joe Dalton, rusher Avery Love and lineman Nate McCarney were selected to the individual championship awards, following the game. (Cody Jenne photo) Game Gallery


New York State Final Four: November 19 & 25, 2016

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N.Y.S. Class C Championship at Carrier Dome
Newark Valley (IV) 39, Ogdensburg (X) 34



N.Y.S. Class C Semifinal / East Championship
Ogdensburg (X) 35, Burke Catholic (IX) 28


N.Y.S. Class C Championship - Carrier Dome
Ogdensburg (X) vs. Newark Valley (IV) 6:00


Ogdensburg’s Joey Dalton (15) spins past two Burke Catholic defenders to break the tackle and gain the first down placing the Blue Devils in the Eagles red zone in the second quarter. Touchdowns from Dalton, Kevin Joanette and Jarred Barr lifted Ogdensburg to a 35-28 victory over Burke Catholic to advance to the NYSPHSAA Class C Championship. (Cody Jenne photo) Game Gallery

A Burke Catholic running back sprints away from an Ogdensburg defender to earn a 45-yard run creating a 1st and goal situation for the Eagles

Ogdensburg’s Avery Love (2) breaks through the tackle from a Burke Catholic defender to earn a first down late in the second half off of a 15 yard run. The Blue Devils a 35-28 victory over Burke Catholic to advance to the NYSPHSAA Class C Championship where they will face Newark Valley this Friday night at 6pm at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse NY.

O.F.A. falls to newark valley in state final 39-34

The Ogdensburg Blue Devils Football team, posing for a team photo with the New York State Class C Tournament bracket and New York State East Region Championship plaque, following a narrow 39-34 loss to Newark Valley in the State Class C championship game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.  The Blue Devils battled back from a three-score deficit and positioned themselves for a chance to win in the final six minutes, but Newark Valley controlled the football and the clock in the final minutes to hold on for the victory.  Quarterback Joe Dalton, rusher Avery Love and lineman Nate McCarney were selected to the individual championship awards, following the game. (Cody Jenne photo) Game Gallery

Ogdensburg’s Jarred Barr (7) sprints into the end zone to score the second touchdown of the game for the Blue Devils and to cut Newark Valley’s lead to 21-13 late in the first quarter.

Ogdensburg’s Joey Dalton (15) bursts through the Newark Valley defensive line and past the Cardinal defender to earn the first down in the second quarter.


Playoff Games of Week 11: November 11, 2016

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N.Y.S. Class A Quarterfinal - at Potsdam HS
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (II) 57, Massena (X) 10
N.Y.S. Class C Quarterfinal - at Massena HS

Ogdensburg (X) 30, Greenwich (II) 27

Burnt Hills HAMMERS Red Raiders in "a" quarterfINAL

Massena's Josh Cameron gets hauled down in the backfield by a big Burnt Hills’ lineman.  The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake defense stifled the Red Raiders in a 57-10 victory in the New York State Class A quarterfinal held at Potsdam Central.  (Francesco Palumbo photo)  Game Gallery

Massena’s Gage Fiacco (30) gets a key block and bolts upfield while QB Montana Pierce (9) looks on.  Massena ends its season with a 6-2 overall record.


Ogdensburg’s Jared Barr (7) turns the corner on a run in the first half of play, just out of the diving reach of a Greenwich player.  Ogdensburg bounced back to take a 16-14 lead, only to give up two touchdowns to start the second half.  However, the Blue Devils manufactured two late touchdowns to pull off a 30-27 win over the Witches in the New York State Class C quarterfinals. (Palumbo photo) Game Gallery

The Ogdensburg offensive line pushes forward across the goal line for a Blue Devils' touchdown in the second quarter to take a 16-14 lead.  With its comeback lead, OFA advances to the Class C semifinals in Kingston NY next week.

The Ogdensburg Blue Devils advanced for the first time to the New York State Class C semifinals, with a stunning 30-27 victory over Section II's Greenwich in the state quarterfinal round.  OFA's advancement is just the third Section X team to reach Kingston for the state title since 1994.  OFA got on the scoreboard first.  Joe Dalton handed to Jared Barr who went end-around from five yards out.  The Witches come right back on the ensuing drive with a quick slant over the middle and a 30-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7.   The Blue Devils regained the ball inside the red zone, but had to settle for a field goal from Brandon Stewart, 10-7 OFA.   On the ensuing kickoff, Brendan Stout  raced 70 yards to paydirt; and the Witches got their first lead 14-10.   OFA bounced right back.  Jared Barr went 22 yards, just inches short of the goal line.   Four plays later, the Blue Devils move the pile to get the quarterback keeper in for six points.  OFA goes up 16-14 at the half.   Greenwich jumped to a 27-16 lead in the second half, on TDs by Burgess and Reese Cristaldi.  Avery Love scored with seconds left in the third quarter do draw the Devils back, 27-24.  Then came the most critical play of the game.  With Greenwich driving in the Red Zone, the Witches were bitten by a fumble at the OFA two-yard line.  OFA's Dallas Ashley emerged with the football with 5:48 remaining.  Quarterback Joe Dalton led the Blue Devils with a time-chewing 98-yard march that left just 20 seconds on the clock, culminating with a quarterback keeper to score from the four-yard line.  The Witches desperation final drive included a 32-yard reception by Joe Smith, down to the OFA 21, but on the game's final play, QB Burgess shifted out of the pocket and was dropped at the 18-yard line by Zach Bogardus as time expired, earning OFA their first Final Four berth.  The Blue Devils will face either Dobbs Ferry (I) or Burke Catholic (IX) in the semifinal at Deitz Stadium in Kingston, NY, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 19th.


Playoff Games of Week 10: November 4-5, 2016

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NYSPHSAA Class D Tournament - Opening Round
Ticonderoga (VII) 43, Tupper Lake (X) 0
NYSPHSAA Class B Tournament - Opening Round
Peru (VII) 38, Potsdam (X) 12
NYSPHSAA Class C Tournament - Opening Round 
Ogdensburg (X) 41, Saranac Lake (VII) 28

PERU rolls past POTSDAM 38-12 IN STATE "b" OPENER

Peru halfback Evan Palmer jets past Potsdam defender Brandon Buffham (32) and takes it to the house on a 36-yard run to give the Indians their first lead 12-6 in the second quarter. The Indians took firm control of the game with three scores in the third quarter, en route to a 38-12 victory over Potsdam in the New York State regional play-in game at Massena Central. (Devon Delaney photo)  Game Gallery
Potsdam’s Brandon Buffham (32) gets around the edge and breaks through a Peru defender to put the Sandstoners into Indians' territory early into the first quarter.


Following a Blue Devils' turnover on it's opening possession, the Saranac Lake Red Storm would strike first when Jarret Ashton (9) sliced through the Blue Devil line on a 21-yard run and dove into the end zone.  O.F.A. gained control with a 27-14 halftime lead and stretched the advantage to 20 points in the second half, en route to a 41-28 win in the N.Y. State Class C playoff opener.  (Greg Ferguson photo)  Game Gallery
After battling back from a 14-7 second quarter deficit, the Ogdensburg Blue Devils took a 21-14 lead, when wide receiver Andrew Woodard (42) hauled in this Joe Dalton pass over the reach of Storm line backer Jake Spadaro with less than a minute to play in the half.


Tupper Lake’s Michael Hyde (33) makes his way past a Ticonderoga defender late in the fourth quarter, trying get the Lumberjacks on the scoreboard, but was tackled a few yards away.  Ticonderoga dashed out to a 28-0 halftime lead, en route to a 43-0 victory over Tupper Lake in the New York State Class D opening round.  (Devon Delaney photo)  Game Gallery

A Ticonderoga pitchback allows a running back to gain 15 yards on the play at the beginning of the fourth quarter.


Playoff Games of Week 9: October 28-29, 2016

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Section X Class B Championship - Higher Seed
(#1) Potsdam 38, (#2) Malone 12
Regular Season Makeup
Massena 48, Tupper Lake 6



Section X Class C Championship - Higher Seed
(#2) Ogdensburg 36, (#1) Gouverneur 6

Sandstoners capture class b crown over malone

 Potsdam’s Brandon Buffham (32) breaks a tackle attempted by Malone’s Brandon Marshall (80) for a 14-yard gain and the first down. After a close game with a score of 16-6 at the half, the Sandstoners pulled away with a 38-12 win and received the Class B crown.  (Cody Hartle photo)  Gallery shortly
Potsdam’s Jacques Kuno (44) gets stuffed for a loss by Malone’s Nathan Welch (58) and Jordan Scharf (11).  However, Kuno racked up 133 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns in the Section X Class B championship.

Rainy late-autumn weather often works to the advantage of Potsdam’s grinding running game. Without a single pass in the first half, the Sandstoners ground out a 16-6 lead, scoring on the back of rusher Brandon Buffham, then turned much of the scoring over the Jacques Kuno in the second half of a 38-12 victory in the Section X Class B football championship. After a scoreless first quarter, Buffham slammed home from two yards out, on the first play from scrimmage to open the second frame. With Buffham (27 carries for 179 yards) going almost untouched to the end zone for the conversion, Potsdam built an 8-0 lead. The Huskies answered on the ensuing drive when Timothy Langdon (11 carries for 143 yards) burst through a seam and jetted 45 yards along the right sideline to score and close the margin to 8-6. After Kuno (17 carries for 133 yards) exploded through the line on a 40-yard draw play, Buffham completed the drive with a 12-yard jaunt to the end zone to stake a 16-6 lead at the half. Potsdam posted the lone score of the third quarter and the first touchdown of the fourth, when Kuno drove the ball six yards to paydirt to end both drives. Kuno’s third touchdown came on a 10-yard run, with the two-yard conversion from Nelson Agen. Malone closed the game’s scoring when JV callup Tyler Preve carried the touchdown from five yards out on his first-ever varsity rushing attempt with 5.7 seconds left. The Sandstoners were aided by four Malone turnovers. Buffham intercepted a deflected pass, while Kuno and Garrett Mattimore each recovered a fumble. Potsdam improved to 5-4 and advances to the opening round of the New York State Class B playoffs against the Section VII champion (Beekmantown or Peru) on Friday, November 4th at Massena High School. Malone closed out its season at 2-7 overall.

In a rescheduled regular-season game, Massena captured a share of the Section X regular-season crown with Gouverneur, with a dominating 48-6 win over Tupper Lake. The Red Raiders and Wildcats finished with 6-0 records in Northern Athletic Conference play. Massena advances to the New York State Class A playoffs in two weeks against a Section II opponent, after drawing a first-round bye. Tupper Lake closed out the regular season at 0-7 league, 1-7 overall, and will face Section VII champion Ticonderoga, who beat Moriah 22-7, in the opening round of the New York State Class D playoffs, next Saturday at a Section X site to be announced.

Ogdensburg wins class c championship in 36-6 victory

The Ogdensburg Blue Devils celebrate capturing the Section X Class C Championship after defeating the Gouverneur Wildcats 36-6.  Joe Dalton scored three touchdowns, with other touchdowns by Avery Love and Jared Barr lifting the Blue Devils to the win.  Ogdensburg now advances to the NYSPHSAA Tournament to play Saranac Lake Red Storm at a neutral site in Section VII to be announced.  (Cody Hartle photo)  Game Gallery

Gouverneur quarterback Connor Fenlong (11) carries the ball through a hole in the Ogdensburg defensive line to score a touchdown on a breakaway in the first quarter.



Playoff Games of Week 8: October 21-22, 2016

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Section X Class C Semifinals
Ogdensburg 34, St. Lawrence Central 12



Section X Class C Semifinals
(#1) Gouverneur 35, (#4) Canton 20
Section X/VII Crossover Games
Saranac Lake 32, Potsdam 12
Malone 28, Tupper Lake 0
Beekmantown 42, Massena 12

wildcats surge in second half to beat bears 35-20

 Gouverneur’s Kyle Elliott (77) blocks Canton’s Zachary Butler (11) to the ground to allow Derrick Stowell (2) to burst for a big gain of 27 yards and a Wildcat first down. Though Canton got an early 8-7 lead, the Wildcats surged in the second half to win 35-20 to advance to the Section X Class C finals next Saturday, hosting Ogdensburg. (Cody Hartle photo). Game GalleryCanton’s Dillon Scanlon (23) bursts through the Gouverneur secondary for an 11-yard, first-down play, receiving blocks from the Golden Bear line.

Gouverneur returned from a week off to deal with the loss of a teammate, with an emotional and hard-fought 35-20 win over Canton in the Section X Class C semifinals. Jack Ferrand drove the ball over from the six-yard line on the Wildcats’ first possession. Canton quarterback Declan Porter wired three touchdown passes among his 15 completions, despite a game-long rain. Porter floated a 22-yard TD pass to Jake Porter in the corner of the end zone, then a two-point conversion jumped the Golden Bears into an 8-7 lead. Derek Stowell scored on a 63-yard kickoff return and Peyton Schmitt scored on a 21-yard run to restore the Gouverneur lead 21-8. Canton’s Cody Sipher hauled in a four-yard pass at the corner of the end zone to trim the lead to 21-14 just 16 seconds before the half. Schmitt carried a 35-yard score, again opening a two-score margin, before Canton’s Chris Recker scored on a four-yard pass over the middle to cut the Wildcat lead to 27-20. Stowell trudged the ball for 40 yards late in the third quarter, proving to be the game’s final score. The pre-game ceremony was an emotional sendoff with a moment of silence, then a launching of blue-and-gold balloons to honor Gouverneur’s #88 Brennan Stevens who lost his life in an October 14th car accident.


Ogdensburg's Avery Love (2) makes a cutback move through St. Lawrence Central’s secondary for the Blue Devils' second touchdown of the game in the semifinals of Class C playoffs. After a 14-6 half, the Blue Devils held off the Larries’ offense for a 34-12 victory. (Cody Hartle photo) Game Gallery

 Ogdensburg’s Avery Love (2) gets stopped for a loss by St. Lawrence Central’s Mike Plante (25) and Devin Barnhart (41).

Ogdensburg closed out its opening drive with a touchdown, held off St. Lawrence Central on a razor-close goal-line stand and capitalized on a muffed kickoff return for a touchdown to build a 14-6 halftime lead, then pulled away in the second half for a 34-12 win in the Section X Class C semifinals. In the wind and driving rain, most of the fast-paced game stayed on the ground. Avery Love scored the first touchdown on a 15-yard run to paydirt, then Wyatt Kirby scooped up the loose ball in the end zone after a fumbled punt return to open a 14-0 lead. The touchdowns were sandwiched around a goal-line stand that stopped Luke Collins just inches from the end zone. A video of the play showed Collins knee touched the turf, just before he was able to stretch the football to the goal line. The Larries scored late in the first half to shave the lead to 14-6, when Isaiah Lyon carried a reverse 25 yards for a touchdown. In the second half, Jared Barr (126 yards rushing) scored two touchdowns and Joe Dalton added a keeper to seal the victory. Mike Plante (109 yards) closed out the scoring with a one-yard plunge with 2:01 remaining. The Larries finished their season at 3-5 overall.