Hoosick Falls Finally Pulls Away From O.F.A.; Massena Beaten

Final 2013 Section X Final Football Standings

x-Potsdam Sandstoners
Ogdensburg Blue Devils
Massena Red Raiders
Malone Huskies
Tupper Lake Lumberjacks
St. Lawrence Central Larries
Canton Golden Bears
Gouverneur Wildcats
Div.     NLg  Overall   PF    PA
7-0      0-0       7-0    326     76
6-1      0-0       6-1    217   164
5-2      0-0       5-2    210   126
4-3      0-0       4-3    126   144
3-4      0-0       3-4    177   195
1-6      0-0       1-6    178   241
1-6      0-0       1-6    125   246
1-6      0-0       1-6      95   247

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Ogdensburg wide receiver Nick Sweeney (7) cuts across the end zone for a pass from quarterback Josh Liebstein (12). After Saranac Lake jumped out to a 12-0 lead, the Blue Devils scored 27 straight points, en route to a 27-19 victory over the Red Storm in the New York State Class C Football opening round. Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast


Games of Week 11: November 15-16, 2013

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N.Y.S. Class C Quarterfinal at Stillwater HS
Hoosick Falls (II) 27, Ogdensburg (X) 6



N.Y.S. Class A Quarterfinal - Shenendehowa HS
Queensbury (II) 42, Massena (X) 0


It had been ten years and one day since Massena made their last appearance in the New York State football playoffs and the Red Raiders ran head-on into the top-ranked Class A football squad in New York in the 2013 state quarterfinals. The Raiders’ last appearance in a state playoff was November 15, 2003 when they lost to Section II’s Amsterdam Red Rams 39-20. In 2013, Section II Queensbury cranked out touchdowns on their first two drives, before Massena stopped back-to-back Spartan possessions. Undefeated Queensbury led 21-0 at the half, before cruising to its eleventh-straight victory in a 48-0 romp. The Spartan defense held the Raiders to just 83 total yards, with Massena’s and Section X’s leading rusher Jeremiah Reagan dashing for 73 of those yards on 16 carries. Reagan also had another 25 yards receiving. Meanwhile, Queensbury rolled up 418 yards in total offense. Massena closed its best season in a decade with a 7-3 overall record. It was the last high school football game for 19 Red Raider seniors.


In a battle of two stingy defenses, it wasn’t until the less than eight minutes to play that Hoosick Falls was finally able to pull away from the Ogdensburg Blue Devils in the New York State Region II Class C Championship and return to the State Final Four. For the first time all season, defending state champion Hoosick Falls had to play from behind after O.F.A. quarterback Josh Liebstein connected on three passes, the rolled out and wired fullback Jordan McCormick with a six-yard touchdown pass for a 6-3 lead in the first half. The Blue Devil score countered a 36-yard field goal by Damon Dubois in the first quarter. O.F.A. engineered another promising second-quarter march when Liebstein launched a 56-yard bomb to Nick Sweeney, but the Panthers defused the drive inside the red zone, then countered with a scoring drive that included a 62-yard play off a screen pass and an eight-yard TD carry, both by Brandon Hodges. It gave Hoosick Falls a 10-6 lead at the half. Dubois added a 34-yard field goal in the third frame to extend the lead to 13-6. With approximately eight minutes left in regulation, the game finally turned on one key play. Facing a fourth-and-one from the O.F.A. 14-yard line, Hoosick quarterback Garrett Wright barreled down to the one-yard line. One play later, Wright plunged into the end zone and Dubois booted the extra point for a 20-6. From there, the game quickly slipped away. The Blue Devils were unable to get any final traction against the Panthers’ defense; Liebstein suffered injury that knocked him out of the balance of the game; and O.F.A. lost the ball on an untimely fumble at their own 32. Dave Hardesty scooped up the turnover and dashed 32 yards to paydirt for a final 27-6 score. Ogdensburg closed its Section X Championship season at 9-2, including a 3-1 mark in the postseason.


Games of Week 10: November 8-9, 2013

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N.Y.S. Class C Opening Round at Massena HS
Ogdensburg (X) 27, Saranac Lake (VII) 19
N.Y.S. Class D Opening Round at AuSable Valley
Moriah (VII) 29, Tupper Lake (X) 14



N.Y.S. Class B Opening Round at AuSable Valley
Beekmantown (VII) 51, Malone (X) 14


The Malone Huskies scored first, but the Beekmantown Eagles then racked up 32 unanswered points before the half in cruising to a 51-14 win over Franklin Academy in the opening round of the New York State Class B playoffs. Malone’s Camron Gallagher wound a six-yard touchdown pass to Jarrett Lamica to open the scoring late in the first quarter. Beekmantown’s ensuing drive took the ball to the one-yard line where Devin Fessette powered into the end zone to tie the game 6-6, just 40 seconds into the second quarter. But the next 11 minutes would devastate the Huskies hopes. Eagle quarterback Jacob Remchuk doled out two touchdown passes to Cameron Garceau – first on a twisting 30-yard pump with just under seven minutes remaining, then on a 29-yard strike with four minutes left in the half to widen the lead to 19-6. Then Justin Stevens took the spotlight. The wide receiver went deep and amazingly reeled in a one-handed catch that he pulled over his back and completed a 79-yard touchdown run. On the ensuring Huskies’ drive, Stevens put Eagle claws on a Gallagher pass and sprinted 60 yards to the house with 3.5 seconds left – two plays in the final 68 seconds of the half to collar the Huskies with a 32-6 halftime deficit. In the first half alone, Remchuk aired out 171 yards and three TD passes. Malone’s woes deepened in the third quarter with a string of injuries, including the loss of two players who were reportedly taken off on stretcher. Adding insult to injury, Devin Fessette scored on a nine-yard in the first 1:07. Malone fumbled on the ensuing kick return and, on the next play, Remchuk unloaded a 32-yard TD strike to Kyle Dupigny to widen the lead to 44-6 just three minutes into the third quarter. The Huskies’ Devin Noreault got his last senior moment with a two-yard touchdown burst with just over eight minutes remaining. Beekmantown’s Dylan Persea stormed 11 yards into the end zone in the final three minutes to round out the win. The Eagles advance to face Section II’s Schalmont next week at AuSable Valley. After a zero-offense start in the first two games of the season, the Huskies rebounded nicely to finish the season at 5-5 overall.


The Moriah Vikings took the early lead and never relinquished it, downing the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks 29-14 in the opening-round game of the New York State Class D playoffs, in one of three North Country Super Bowl contests this weekend. Viking quarterback Cole Gaddor air-mailed three long-distance touchdown passes in the contest – two to Rainier Garnica for 29 and 51 yards, and the other for 53 yards to Tyler Pratt. Cody Stockwll added a 22-yard “Pick Six” interception and kicker Jarred MacDougal booted a 26-yard field goal to round out the Vikings’ scoring. Mitch Keniston launched the Lumberjacks early in the second quarter on a one-yard run to draw within a point 7-6. However, the Pratt TD, Stockwell’s takeaway and McDougall’s kick set Tupper Lake back 22-6 at the half. Keniston also scored the only touchdown of the fourth quarter on a three-yard toss from quarterback Morgan Stevens, but with just 2:01 remaining for a 29-14 final. Tupper Lake finished its season at 4-6. The 6-4 Vikings advance to the New York State quarterfinals against either Cambridge or Rensselaer next weekend, in a game to be played at AuSable Valley.

 O.F.A. Overcomes Slow Start to beat Saranac Lake

Ogdensburg's John Rogers (26) battles sideways against the tackle of Saranac Lake's James Murname (1).  Saranac Lake took a 12-0 lead before O.F.A. found momentum and scored 27 straight points.  O.F.A. held off a late drive to beat the Red Storm 27-19 in the opening round of the N.Y. State Class C playoffs.  (Ferguson photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

The Saranac Lake Red Storm and Ogdensburg Blue Devils renewed their Class C rivalry for the first time since the demise of the Section VII-Section X merger. And the 2013 revival in the New York State Class C playoff opener was as intense and storied in strategies and comeback as the previous meetings. Saranac Lake took its first two possessions to the house, but saw the lead slip away before the half. It wasn’t until changing tempo in the final two drives, down two possessions, that they threatened to “storm” back in the often-called “North Country Super Bowl.” Red Storm sophomore quarterback Tristan Fitzgerald engineered a 12-0 lead, with handoffs to his brother, senior running back Trent Fitzgerald, on rushes of three yards and seven yards within the first eight seconds of the second quarter. To that point, Fitzgerald was a flawless five-for-five passing for 81 yards and Saranac Lake had dominated the time of possession with two drives, while affording the Blue Devils just three downs. However, the almost-dormant Devils found momentum on the pitching arm and quick legs of quarterback Josh Liebstein who carried the bulk of the load over the next two drives. Liebstein fired up the offensive line after a fifth false-start penalty and used that same firepower himself to muscle past Red Storm defenders for 63 yards over the next two drives. With a renewed mix of pass-and-run, Liebstein drove the Blue Devils down to the 10-yard line, then fired a bullet pass over the middle on a quick Jon Rogers’ crossing route to finally put O.F.A. on the scoreboard at 4:58 of the second quarter. After holding the Red Storm on the ensuing drive, Liebstein (nine passes for 103 yards) capped a58-yard scoring drive with a seven-yard spiral to John Tayler to even the score 12-12, with just 3.3 seconds left in the half. The Devils initially failed on the two-point conversion, but got a “do over” when Saranac Lake was flagged for pass interference. With the shortened distance, Liebstein called the keeper and, behind a wall of manpower, buried the ball in the end zone for a 14-12 lead at the half. Both teams launched the second half with failed drives, but O.F.A. would rush out to an almost insurmountable lead with two successful marches. Rogers broke free on a 27-yard sideline run and Jordan McCormick hauled in a seven-yard pass to thrust Ogdensburg into a 27-12 advantage with 10:12 remaining. For Saranac Lake, that’s when the tempo had to change. QB Fitzgerald orchestrated the first comeback drive in quick fashion. Within four minutes, a series of mid-range passes and productive five-to-ten-yard rushing pickups, ended with a two-yard keeper that drew the Storm within one possession, 27-19. Saranac Lake successfully stopped Ogdensburg on their next possession, leaving nearly four minutes for another comeback drive. After the Storm penetrated Blue Devil territory with just over two minutes remaining, McCormick stepped up and intercepted a short slant pass and ended the Saranac Lake threat. After a three-play first down that burned the Red Storm timeouts, the Blue Devils needed just two kneel-downs for the victory. Tristan Fitzgerald finished the night with 12 passes for 103 yards, while his brother Trent carried 19 times for 102 yards. Ogdensburg advances to face Section II Champion Hoosick Falls the State Class C quarterfinal next Friday night at Stillwater High School.


Games of Week 9: November 1-2, 2013

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Section X Class C Championship
(#2) Ogdensburg 28, (#1) Potsdam 26 (OT)
Section X Class A Championship
 Massena is lone Class A - Automatic berth
Section X Class D Championship
Tupper Lake is lone Class D - Automatic berth



Section X Class B Championship
(#1) Malone 27, (#2) Gouverneur 7
Non-League Crossover
Massena 21, Tupper Lake 13


Malone’s Jordan Yando (85) runs the ball for a touchdown breaking the 7-7 tie just after halftime. The Huskies finally shook off the Wildcats with three second-half scores – one by Yando and two by Zach Raymond – to post a 27-7 victory in the Section X Class B Championship game at Crowner Field.

Malone’s Zach Raymond (11) jukes past a Gouverneur defender for a large gain. Raymond logged two second-half touchdowns to provide breathing room for the Huskies in posting a 27-7 win over the Wildcats in the Class B Football Championship. Malone advances to play Beekmantown in the N.Y. State playoffs.  (Shonn Surber photo)  Game Gallery

The Gouverneur Wildcats gave the top-seeded Malone Huskies trouble for three quarters. Zack Raymond gave the Wildcats fits all day. Franklin Academy went to Raymond for two scores in the fourth quarter to break away from second-seeded Gouverneur 27-7 in the Section X Class B Championship at Crowner Field in Malone. Raymond galloped 43 yards to paydirt to stake the Huskies to a 7-0 first quarter lead. The lead lasted only a matter of seconds as Jose Flores tucked the ensuring kickoff and jetted 85 yards to tie the score 7-7, the score that would remain through halftime. Malone quarterback Camron Gallagher fired off a 21-yard touchdown spiral to Jordan Yando to regain the lead in the third quarter. However, the Huskies were unable to put the game away until the fourth frame when Raymond (10 carries for 206 yards) carried touchdown loads of 46 and 80 yards to finalize a 27-7 win. Malone (5-4) will advance to the New York State Class B quarterfinal to face upset winner Beekmantown (5-4). Gouverneur closed its retooling season at 1-8.  (Shonn Surber photo)  Game Gallery


Section X Class C Champions - Ogdensburg Blue Devils. The Devils rallied from behind late in the fourth quarter, then broke a 20-20 tie with a touchdown and two-point conversion, while Potsdam managed the touchdown, but was stopped on the one-yard line for extra points in a 28-26 overtime thriller.

O.F.A.'s Josh Liebstein (12) broke through the Potsdam defensive live for a 25 yard gain that put the Blue Devils in a first and goal situation in the middle of the Third Quarter. The Ogdensburg Blue Devils defeated the Potsdam Sandstoners in an overtime thriller 28-26 to capture the Section X Class B Championship.  (Shonn Surber photo)  Game Gallery


The Ogdensburg Blue Devils fought through a critical fumble and the loss of the lead in the fourth quarter, bouncing back for late touchdown and defeating the previously-unbeaten Potsdam Sandstoners 28-26 in the Section X Class C Championship. To pull off the upset, the second-seeded Blue Devils proved early that they could run the ball as effectively as Potsdam’s strong running game. Both teams were unsuccessful on their first drive that chewed up most of a scoreless first quarter. O.F.A. got on the scoreboard early in the second frame when quarterback Josh Liebstein connected with Nick Sweeney on a right-side slant for a seven-yard touchdown pass, but the Blue Devils’ extra-point attempt was blocked. Potsdam pulled even at 6-6 when O’den Robertson carried the pigskin to paydirt from the four-yard line with 58.7 seconds left till halftime. During the first half, the Sandstoners a long touchdown run nullified by penalty. Ogdensburg opened the second half with a 60-yard drive that culminated with a strong offensive line pull to the left. However, it was a key countering block to the right by lineman Kevin Goulden that opened up the middle, allowing Liebstein to bolt almost uncontested for the final 19 yards to the end zone. Liebstein called his own number again on the two-point conversion, scampering first to the right, then spinning back across the grain and diving, ball extended outward, just inches into the end zone. Potsdam drew within two points when Robertson went end around for 17 yards to score, but the Sandstoners failed on the two-point conversion, leaving them down 14-12. However, two plays into the ensuing drive, the Sandstoners’ Josh Locey reached in and stripped the football loose. In a wild five-yard scramble, lineman Matt Liscum dove and swept the ball underneath his body to give Potsdam the football on the O.F.A. 26-yard line. One play later, Robertson (26 carries for 136 yards) started into a hole in the middle, but changed direction and jetted to the open right side to put Potsdam in the lead for the first time 18-14. Robertson then threw a key block to spring quarterback Will Coleman in the middle for the extra two points, 20-14 with 8:14 remaining. The Blue Devils capitalized on three critical penalties against the Sandstoners in the second half. One resulted in another long Potsdam touchdown run being brought back. Two other penalties factored into the O.F.A.’s game-tying, 51-yard drive. Liebstein rolled right and from the right hash flipped an eight-yard TD pass, leading John Tayler away from the defender toward the right side of the end zone to tie the game 20-20. Ogdensburg took the ball first in overtime, handing to Jordan McCormick who took on three Sandstoners at the goal line, but drilled low and managed to just cross the plane from underneath. Tayler caught the conversion pass for a 28-20 lead. Potsdam overcame the challenge again. Robertson’s left-right cutback run from the six-yard line made it 28-26. However, one of the biggest defensive plays came on the points after. Joe Loffler shook off a block and made the initial hit, slowing Robertson. Five other Blue Devils flooded in from every direction, while Robertson spun off, but was ultimately driven back to end the game and give O.F.A. the win. The Blue Devils will advance to the New York State Class C quarterfinal next week in hosting either Saranac Lake or Saranac Central who play Saturday in AuSable Valley at 3:00 p.m. for the Section VII Class C title. In the awards ceremony that followed. Robertson was named All Northern MVP. Coleman received the Don Petty Memorial Award as Section X Outstanding Football Player. Goolden was named Section X Outstanding Lineman of the Year.


Games of Week 8: October 25-26, 2013

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Class C Semifinals
(#1) Potsdam, 46, (#4) St. Lawrence Central 18
(#2) Ogdensburg 48, (#3) Canton 0
Non-League Crossover
Tupper Lake 34, Gouverneur 7



Non-League Crossover
Massena 25, Malone 18

Massena Holds Off Malone Comeback in 25-18 Win

The Huskies’ Cody Smith (42) is brought down by four Massena defenders after a 12-yard gain. Malone owned much of the second half, rebounding from a 19-0 deficit to climb within a point in the fourth quarter. Raider J.P. Reagan had carried for three touchdowns, but Massena needed a final score in the closing minutes, then a goal-line stand with the football at the one-yard line in the final three seconds to secure a 25-18 victory. (Shonn Surber photo)  Game Gallery

Massena’s J.P. Reagan (7) squeezes past Malone’s Jarret Lamica (82) for his second of four touchdowns, pushing Massena ahead 13-0 by halftime. Malone staged a spirited comeback to draw within a point, 19-18, and had the ball on the one-yard line in the final three seconds, but time ran out.

After scoring on the opening drive of the second half to prop open a 19-0 lead, the Massena Red Raiders appeared to be in command and headed for a second easy romp over the Franklin Academy Huskies in a Section X crossover matchup in Week 8. The Raiders shut out Malone 21-0 in the opening game of the season. To that point, perhaps it had been too easy, as it almost appeared as if the Massena defense stayed behind in the locker room for most the second half. The Huskies scored three straight second-half touchdowns to climb to within a point, 19-18. All that stood between the Malone and the lead were the missed extra-point kicks on all three drives. Massena had built its lead on a touchdown in each of the first three quarters, all by senior running back Jeremiah Reagan. And it would be Reagan that would guide the Raiders out of potential disaster in the closing minutes. After a two-yard touchdown burst for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, Reagan was dealt a three-yard carry in the second quarter. A 50-yard scamper to start the third quarter built a seemingly solid 19-0 cushion. However, when the Huskies took possession of the football for the first time in the second half, they also took control of the game. Quarterback Cameron Gallagher found Jordan Yando on a 12-yard pass and Zach Raymond scampered for the Huskies’ lone rushing touchdown to cut the lead to 19-12 after three quarters. Gallagher’s second hookup with Yando, a 44-yard pass completion, electrified the Huskies’ faithful and sent an equal shockwave through Massena’s sideline. However, two plays into the ensuing drive, Reagan took the load again through the middle, broke through an opening and jetted 50 yards for a 25-18 lead. In total, Reagan racked up 26 carries for 214 yards. On the game’s final drive, the Huskies drove all the way to the Massena six-yard line on back-to-back pass completions to Yando, but only seven seconds remaining. On the second play from scrimmage with just three seconds left, Gallagher shot a last desperation pass to Yando over the middle and right along the goal line. Yando was slammed immediately by the Raider defense. The officials huddled and signaled that the receiver had not penetrated the goal line, ending the game just inches short. Gallagher’s spectacular comeback ended with 11 pass completions for 150 yards. Raymond piled up 18 carries for 202 yards. Next week, Malone will host Gouverneur for the Section X Class B championship at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Raiders will face the Lumberjacks at Tupper Lake in another crossover game on Friday at 7:00 p.m., as both teams tune up for State competition. In two weeks, Class A Champion Massena will face a Section II opponent, while Class D Champion Tupper Lake will encounter the winner of next week’s Section VII matchup between Moriah and Ticonderoga.


In a non-league tuneup for next week’s class championships, Tupper Lake’s Jeremy Roussel carried 25 times, rolled up 120 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns as the Lumberjacks posted a 34-7 win in the divisional crossover. Roussel scored on runs of six, seven and 14 yards to lead the Jacks. Mitch Keniston added a 52-yard touchdown scamper, while also reeling in three passes for 47 total yards. Quarterback Morgan Stevens also tossed a 16-yard TD pass to Liam Lamere. Rusher Adrian McShane had nine totes for 73 yards and provided Gouverneur with a 27-yard score.

Potsdam Surges in 2nd Half To End Larries' Season

St. Lawrence Central’s David Plante (15) breaks a tackle from Potsdam defender Connor Warden (81) to gain a first down for the Larries. Plante notched 167 yards to lead the #4-seeded Larries. However, top-seeded Potsdam broke open a close 14-6 halftime score with three touchdowns in the third quarter. Potsdam went on to defeat St. Lawrence Central 46-18 in the Section X Class C semifinal. (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

Despite recovering five fumbles in the first half, the top-seeded Potsdam Sandstoners were unable to break away from #4-seeded St. Lawrence Central until the third quarter. The Larries hung in, allowing Potsdam to gain only a 14-6 halftime lead. However, the unbeaten 8-0 Sandstoners roared out of the locker room with 24 unanswered points on their first three possessions of the second half to scored a 46-18 win in the Section X Class C semifinals. Potsdam senior O’den Robertson again led the way with 20 rushes, 204 yard total and four touchdowns. Robertson leapt over the 1,100-yard mark for the season, during the game. Stoner quarterback Will Coleman launched the night with a 15-yard keeper, countered by St. Lawrence quarterback Mike Burns’ one-yard plunge to tie the game 6-6 through the first quarter. Robertson tread carpet for a 37-yard, end-around touchdown as the only score of the second quarter to put Potsdam into the lead for good. Andrew Ace launched Potsdam’s pivotal third quarter with a one-yard touchdown dive. Coleman spiraled a perfect 45-yard touchdown strike to Robertson to open a commanding 38-6 lead at the end of the third quarter. Robertson closed Potsdam’s scoring with a three-yard, up-the-middle slice in the fourth quarter. David Plante led the Larries with 21 totes for 167 yards and TD runs of three yards and 23 yards in the fourth quarter. St. Lawrence Central lost the services of its leading rusher Mike Plante due to injury early in the game. The Larries closed their season at 1-8 overall. Potsdam advances to face Ogdensburg in next week’s Class C championship game.

O.F.A. Uses First-Half Lead, Ousts Canton in Semifinal

Canton’s Hunter Yerdon (1) broke away from two O.F.A. defenders and looks downfield for a possible receiver. Yerdon rushed for 70 yards to lead the Bears. However, the Blue Devils erupted for 34 first-half points and notched two TDs in the second half for a 48-0 win in the Section X Class C semifinal. (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

Ogdensburg’s Josh Liebstein (12) breaks a tackle and runs for 35 yards into the end zone for a first-quarter touchdown.


The second-seeded Ogdensburg Blue Devils blocked two punts and dove on a muffed punt attempt for three early breaks providing good field position, en route to a 48-0 romp over the #3-seeded Canton Golden Bears in the Section X Class C semifinal to provide a memorable farewell Alton Elliott Field in Ogdensburg on Friday. The 7-1 Blue Devils will advance to play the undefeated Sandstoners in Potsdam next week, hoping avenge their only loss of the season in the Class C Championship. After Spence Mayette blocked the punt on Canton’s first kick of the game, Ogdensburg capped a 47-yard driver with a 20-yard Josh Liebstein quarterback keeper. Liebstein would total 191 all-purpose yards on the night, including all eight passing completions for 20 yards. Mayette and Nick Sweeney knocked down Canton’s second punt on the 10-yard line and, just two plays later, Jordan McCormick carried the ball four yards for the second touchdown. The night got no better for the Bears on their third punt when Mitch Barber sacked the punter after a bad snap. Liebstein then scored on a five-yard scamper and the snake-bitten Bears were in a 21-0 hole. O.F.A.’s Jon Rogers closed out the first-quarter scoring with a 25-yard ramble, one of his two scores on the night. The Devils reached paydirt once in each of the final three quarters to close out the scoring. Liebstein connected with John Tayler for a four-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter. McCormick scored his second touchdown from the two-yard line in the third quarter. Canton had very promising opportunities to score near the end of each half, but both drives ended with interceptions on passes into the end zone. The Bears missed the services of their leading rusher and tackler Payton VanBibber who was out with an arm injury. Hunter Yerdon passed for 70 yards for the Bears.