State Quarterfinals: Gouverneur Edged 28-26; Ogdensburg Falls

Final 2017 Section X Final Football Standings

x-Gouverneur Wildcats
Ogdensburg Blue Devils
Potsdam Sandstoners
St. Lawrence Larries
Malone Huskies
Massena Red Raiders
Canton Golden Bears
Tupper Lake Lumberjacks
Div.  Class  Overall  PF    PA
7-0      2-0       7-0    289     68
6-1      2-0       6-1    206     68
4-3      0-2       4-3    132     86
4-3      1-1       4-3    162   119
3-4      1-1       3-4    159   168
2-5      0-0       2-5      93   205
2-5      0-2       2-5    159   218
0-7      0-0       0-7      20   286

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Gouverneur’s Peyton Schmitt (44) pushes forward for the first down.  He would go on to score the game's first two touchdowns on big yardage plays, but Glens Falls would go on to win 28-26 in the New York State Class B quarterfinal. (Sam Wangerin photo) Game Gallery


Playoff Games of Week 11: November 10-11, 2017

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NYS Class B Quarterfinal at Schuylerville Central
Holy Trinity (II) 41, Ogdensburg (X) 14



NYSPHSAA Class B Quarterfinal at Ogdensburg
Glens Falls (II) 28, Gouverneur (X) 26



glens falls fends off wildcats in 28-26 victory

  Gouverneur’s Peyton Schmitt (44) pushes forward for the first down.  He would go on to score the game's first two touchdowns on big yardage plays, but Glens Falls would go on to win 28-26 in the New York State Class B quarterfinal. (Sam Wangerin photo) Game Gallery

Gouverneur quarterback Connor Fenlong (11) presses past the Glens Falls' defense for the first down.  Fenlong was named Offensive MVP, while Jordan Countryman was selected Defensive MVP for Gouverneur in the game.



Playoff Games of Week 10: November 3-4, 2017

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NYSPHSAA Class B Opening Round at AuSable
Gouverneur (X) 52, Peru (VII) 31



NYSPHSAA Class C Opening Round at Potsdam
Ogdensburg (X) 50, Saranac Central (VII) 20
NYSPHSAA Class C Opening Round at AuSable
Moriah (VII) 57, Tupper Lake (X) 6

o.F.A. captures 50-20 WIN over saranac IN REGIONAL

Ogdensburg’s Mecci Johnson (11) receives the catch past a Saranac Central cornerback for the two-point conversion in the first quarter. The Blue Devils jumped to a quick 30-8 lead by halftime and held off the Chiefs comeback attempts to capture the 50-20 win to advance to the quarterfinals of the NYSPHAA Class C Tournament. (Sam Wangerin photo) Game Gallery 

 Saranac Central quarterback Luke Maye (14) breaks away from Ogdensburg defender Zach Bogardus, then launches the ball downfield for a big-yardage gain in the third quarter.

The Ogdensburg Blue Devils wasted no time in putting Saranac Central into a deep hole – so deep that even their very spirited and ambitious efforts to swing the momentum could not overcome. With just 50 seconds gone in the second quarter, the Blue Devils had pounded, sprinted and passed themselves into a 30-0 lead in the New York State Class C regional semifinal at Potsdam Central. The Chiefs closed the gap to 22 points and forced a turnover, looking like they might get back within striking distance before the half, but a promising drive was grounded when they were unable to convert on fourth down. The Devils rampage started on the game’s first drive. Wyatt Kirby scored on a three-yard sweep and Ogdensburg jumps out to an 8-0 lead with Kirby catching the two-point conversion in the middle of the end zone. The second drive was more smash-mouth, with six points added on a one-yard keeper in which QB Michael Reed disappeared under the pileup at the goal line. After several seconds and digging through the pile of players, two officials signaled the touchdown. Mecca Johnson caught the extra points in the corner of the end zone, 16-0 OFA. Zach Bidwell then stared a 29-yard TD pass for the Devils’ third strike. And on the ensuing Chiefs’ drive, Luke Maye's pass was picked off by Hayden Ives who juked 51 yards for the touchdown. 30-0. But the Chiefs showed the resilience that marked their first-ever Section VII Class C title and this, their first-ever state playoff game. Maye called his own number on the next drive and scrambled 25 yards to paydirt. 30-8 with 2:24 remaining in the half. The Chiefs quickly snagged an immediate Blue Devil turnover on the next drive and seemed poised to score again, but were unable to capitalize before half ended. After two failed attempts to score to start the third quarter, O.F.A. put the final nail in the Chiefs’ hopes. Reed aerialed to Jackson Troiano on a 14-yard TD pass and Ogdensburg put the game out of reach with 1:58 left in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Jared Barr made his triumphant return after sitting out nine weeks healing from a broken leg. Barr dashed 11 yards to paydirt at 2:26 in the quarter. The Chiefs made a couple of good runs to the house. Jacob Nolan lateraled to Isaac Garman for a 30-yard TD run. Johnny Devins scored Saranac's final touchdown on a six-yard catch as time expired. Sandwiched between was the final OFA score when John Powers IV muscled into the end zone from the five-yard line. The #13-ranked Blue Devils (9-1) advance to the regional championship next Saturday to face #8-ranked Section II Champion Holy Trinity (9-1), making their first state appearance, starting at 3:00 p.m. at Schuylerville Central School.


Gouverneur’s Connor Fenlong (11) calls his own number for the touchdown, expanding Gouverneur's early lead to 22-6. Gouverneur came back from a tough second quarter and a lead of just 28-25 at the half, to beat Peru 52-31 in the New York State Class B regional semifinal at AuSable Valley.  (Sam Wangerin photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Peru’s Austin Carpenter (3) charges in for the touchdown from the six-yard line, cutting Gouverneur's lead to 22-18.

Coaches preach defense. Defense wins championships. But defense seemed to be nowhere to be found in the first four minutes of the New York State Class B opening round playoff game at AuSable Valley. In a surreal start, perhaps one of the most bizarre starts in state football playoff history, the two teams combined to score five touchdowns on just seven plays from scrimmage, all in a span of one minute 28 seconds! Less than four minutes into the contest, the scoreboard read: Gouverneur 22, Peru 12. Said one NYSPHSAA official, “It started like a track meet.” Gouverneur struck first when quarterback Connor Fenlong scored on a 46-yard sprint just 2:07 into the game. The cheering barely subsided when Peru’s Kasen Brennan answered on the first play from scrimmage with a 60-yard run up the middle to cut the Wildcat lead to 8-6, just 19 seconds later. Gouverneur had two quick responses: tailback Peyton Schmitt’s first touch traveled 65 yards up the right sideline to paydirt 12 seconds later, then after recovering an onside kick and Fenlong busted up the middle 40 yards and scored again 22 ticks later to push the lead to 22-6, just 2:53 into the game. Peru countered when QB Ryley O’Connell wired a 59-yard pass to Aaron Carpenter to chop the lead to 22-12 in a drive that lasted just 42 seconds. The defenses then showed up finally established complete calm on both sides of the football for more than a quarter. Peru owned the end of the second quarter. Carpenter scored at the end of an extended drive on a six-yard pass play. Andrew LaPlant snared a 15-yard TD pass in the back of the end zone to counter. Carson Cunningham then reeled in a nine-yard toss. When the dust settled at the half, Gouverneur narrowly escaped with a 28-24 lead. Both coaches made adjustments during intermission and both openly admitted they were unhappy with their own play calling in the first half. But Gouverneur took perhaps its most pivotal defensive stand to start the second half; and a made solid defensive statement for the whole second half. With the Indians itching to use first possession to grab their first lead, the Wildcat defense stopped Peru’s first drive cold, three plays and out. Gouverneur wasted no time in capitalizing and replenishing the lead three plays later, when Fenlong broke a pair of tackles, stiff-armed a third defender and jetted to the house. Two points later on the conversion, the lead expanded to 36-24. While the Cats continued to shutout Peru, Schmitt eluded the Indian posse to the end zone on a 26-yard scamper late in the third quarter and Fenlong capped a final scoring drive with a two-yard run to put the game out of reach 52-24 early in the fourth quarter, all on Gouverneur’s first three possessions. The lone Peru score in the second half was a 51-year-old TD pass from O’Connell to Brennan. In total, Gouverneur racked up 576 yards of rushing. The two teams stacked up just short of 1,000 yards. Fenlong and Schmitt combined for 384 yards rushing and six touchdowns.  Gouverneur advances to face Section II's Glens Falls in the state quarterfinal next Friday at 7:00 at Ogdensburg.


Moriah raced out to a 37-0 first quarter lead, then cruised to a 57-6 win over Tupper Lake in the New York State Class D opening round. Running back Skyler Pickering scored the Jacks only points of the contest on a 10-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. A season of injury that short-staffed the small Lumberjack squad throughout the year, ended with two bright spots: giving Canton a serious challenge into the second half of a game at Tupper Lake, and an overtime game in eight-man football vs. South Lewis. The change to the smaller format might just be the future for the Lumberjacks who have small team sizes coming up for at least the next two to three years. Tupper Lake tells NCSN that the concept is being given serious review for the near future.


Playoff Games of Week 9: October 27-28, 2017

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Section X Class B Championship
(#1) Gouverneur 30, (#3) Potsdam 0



Section X Class C Championship
(#1) Ogdensburg 24, (#2) St. Lawrence Central 0
Non League - Eight Man Exhibition
South Lewis 26, Tupper Lake 20 (OT)


Ogdensburg’s Jackson Troiano (88) grabs a 22-yard pass for the touchdown, opening an 18-0 lead in the fourth quarter.  Troiano caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Michael Reed in leading Ogdensburg past St. Lawrence Central 24-0 in Section X Class C championship game.  (Sam Wangerin photo)  Game Gallery

St. Lawrence Central’s Cole Coughlin (34) rushes for a first down on the Larries' opening drive.

Ogdensburg quarterback Michael Reed threw three touchdown passes to Jackson Troiano, then Stephen Morley scored on a Pick Six, as the defending state finalist Blue Devils repeated as Section X Class C champions in a 24-0 shutout of the St. Lawrence Central Larries. In total, Troiano snagged five passes for 86 yards. Reed’s first TD pass was a nine-yard flare to the right and Troiano reached paydirt untouched for a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. The lone score in the second quarter was a quick-toss bubble screen adeptly executed from the three-yard line to open a 12-0 lead. The Larries appeared to have cut into the lead before the half, when quarterback Isaiah Lyon wired a 34-yard pass to Luke Plante in the end zone, but a penalty flag sat on the 25-yard line and the play was called back on offensive pass interference. Ogdensburg extended its lead to 18-0 in the third quarter when Troiano climbed between two Larries’ defenders in the right-front corner of the end zone on a 22-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter (see photo). The Larries’ hopes for a comeback died quickly as the ensuing drive became mired in a string of major penalties, capped by Stephen Morley’s interception for touchdown from the 28-yard line with 4:09 left on the clock. The Devils limited the Larries to 159 total yards, with 89 of those yards by rusher Keith Felix. O.F.A. now advances to host the New York State Class C opening round game against the Section VII Class C champion (Saranac Central or Saranac Lake) next Friday evening at Potsdam High School.


Gouverneur quarterback Connor Fenlong (11) sprints the keeper for a 65-yard touchdown, expanding the Wildcats lead over Potsdam to 30-0.  It was the final score in the Section X Class B Championship.  Fenlong scored three touchdowns. (Sam Wangerin photo) Game Gallery

Potsdam’s Cameron Talcott (7) hands the ball to Brandon Buffham (32) for an 11-yard run for a first down.  However, Gouverneur's stingy defense inside stopped Potsdam's predominantly running game.

In a game predominately kept at the ground level, Potsdam and Gouverneur went to the air just four times combined with no completions, with the Wildcats prevailing 30-0 for the Section X Class B championship and completing an eight-game sweep in Section X this season, 9-0 overall. Wildcat quarterback Connor Fenlong stacked up 181 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 15 carries. Fenlong pounded out 75 yards and a two-yard keeper just on the game’s first drive with 6:22 left in the first quarter. Peyton Schmitt added 12 carries for 84 yards and scored on touchdown runs of five yards and four yards in the first half, as Gouverneur worked out to a 22-0 halftime advantage. Potsdam received the football to start the third quarter, using up the entire third period and eight seconds into the fourth frame, before turning the ball over on downs at the Wildcat 13. Fenlong produced the lone points of second half when he broke free on a left-sideline run and jetted 65 yards to the house. Potsdam’s Brandon Buffham closed out the season with a 23-carry, 84-yard performance, enough to push him over the 1,000-yard mark for the third straight season. Potsdam ended this season 5-4 overall. In the post-game awards ceremony, Gouverneur lineman Tanner Donaldson was presented the Don Petty Award for top player in Section X this season.


Injury-riddled Tupper Lake got a taste of the new eight-man style football for the first-time in school history in a non-league contest, hosted by South Lewis. The Falcons needed overtime to outlast the Lumberjacks 26-20. Tupper Lake enjoyed a 20-0 lead, before South Lewis reeled off the final 26 points to score the win. Tupper Lake’s Skyler Pickering ran for touchdowns of one yard and six yards to anchor the Jacks’ early advantage. But Brady Vosburgh (22 totes, 192 yards) ran for one touchdown and tossed for another, then Aquan Moultrie muscled in from the two-yard line to tie the game in the fourth quarter and force overtime. Moultrie (15 carries, 92 yards) then jetted in from the 15-yard line to score the game winner.


Playoff Games of Week 8: October 20-21, 2017

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Regular Season Game
Tupper Lake at Massena, canceled
Crossover Game
Ogdensburg (X) 45, Plattsburgh (VII) 14



Section X Class B Semifinal
(#3) Potsdam 18, (#2) Malone 14
Section X Class C Semifinal
(#2) St. Lawrence Central 26, (#3) Canton 7
Gouverneur 36, Saranac Central 7


St. Lawrence Central’s Luke Plante charges through the Canton defense for the touchdown as St. Lawrence Central moves on in the Class C playoffs with a 26-7 win over Canton. (Sam Wangerin photo) Game Gallery

Canton’s Ian Recker (22) reserves for the first down and more as he dashes past St. Lawrence Central’s Alexander Bush (58) to bring the ball into St. Lawrence territory.

With the game tied 7-7, the last two stunning plays just before the half proved to be the turning point in St. Lawrence Central’s 26-7 victory over Canton in the Section X Class C semifinal at Randy Riggs Field in Brasher. Canton prepared well for the Larries’ smash-mouth running game, flooding the SLC’s line with rushes and blitzes and holding the Larries scoreless for nearly the entire first half. Canton broke through with the game’s first score on a 10-play, 75-yard drive, capped by Declan Porter’s bootleg pass to Cody Sipher for an eight-yard score. Kiernan LaFaver booted the PAT, giving Canton a 7-0 lead with just 5:34 left in the second quarter. St. Lawrence Central countered on the ensuring possession with a 10-play, 58-yard drive that ended when Cole Coughlin muscled into the end zone from the six-yard line. Keith Felix kicked the point after, tying the game at 7-7 with 1:23 left in the half. After stopping the Bears on downs with 25 seconds remaining, the final two plays of the half provided the momentum shift. Porter bombed a 59-yard punt that bounced near the Larries’ end line and was neatly kept in play by the Canton special teams at the one-yard line. But the live ball was not downed. SLC’s Luke Plante scooped up the ball, escaped several tackles and scrambled 59 yards back to the Canton 40 with two seconds remaining. On the final play of the half, quarterback Isaiah Lyon scrambled to the right as the buzzer sounded. Still scrambling, he spotted wide-out Ben Horner and fired a perfectly-thrown spiral that the receiver hauled in at the 15-yard line and dashed untouched to the house. Canton tried to immediately reverse the momentum to start the second half, recovering an onside kick, but their drive stalled 17 yards from the end zone. Instead, St. Lawrence’s next scoring drive culminated with Cole Coughlin’s two-yard push through the middle to extend the lead to 20-7 and ground the clock down to 2:08 left in the third quarter. The Larries completed the day’s scoring with Plante’s 17-yard left sideline dash with 5:11 left. Keith Felix led the Larries with 23 carries for 110 yards. Lyon had four passes for 92 yards. Porter passed 17 times for 139 yards for Canton, while Ian Rayburn rushed 13 times for 83 yards. Canton finished its season at 2-6 overall. St. Lawrence Central advances to face Ogdensburg for the Section X Class C title.

Section X regular-season champion Gouverneur stacked up three first-quarter touchdowns and a 22-0 lead, before cruising to a 36-7 win over Section VII’s Class C top-seeded Saranac Central in a crossover contest. Quarterback Connor Fenlong broke free from 20 yards out just 2:48 into the contest. Jacob Link completed the second drive from the Chiefs’ five-yard line and Alex Fuller found paydirt from the 23-yard line in the first-quarter assault. Johnny Devins put the Chiefs on the scoreboard at the 3:36 mark on a four-yard run. But with lightning speed, the Cats answered with two quick touchdowns. Less than two minutes after the Chiefs’ lone score of the game, Robert Klimowicz snared a five-yard touchdown pass from Fenlong (4-for-4 passing, four carries, 148 yards total), then two minutes later, Section X’s new all-time single-game rusher Peyton Schmitt (six carries, 65 yards) pounded the ball into the end zone on a 19-yard touchdown. Gouverneur (8-0) will host Potsdam for the Section X Class Championship, while Saranac Central will host Saranac Lake for the Section VII Class C crown. Both games will be on Saturday, October 28th.

potsdam comes back to win 18-14 past malone huskies

 Malone’s Timothy Langdon (10) breaks past Potsdam defenders Brandon Buffham (32) and Cameron Talcott (7) earning the first down a placing the Huskies at first and goal from the two yard line. The Huskies jumped to an early 14-6 lead however the Sandstoners staged the comeback capturing the 18-14 victory over Malone after scoring the game winning touchdown with just two minutes remaining. (Cody Jenne photo) Game Gallery

Potsdam’s Brandon Buffham (32) breaks through three Malone defenders to earn a 13 yard run and to earn the first down placing the Sandstoners in Huskies territory in the first quarter.

The Potsdam Sandstoners avenged a mid-season loss to the Malone Huskies with a stingy ball-control game that allowed the green-and-white just seven offensive snaps in the second half. Potsdam kept the ball 20 of 24 minutes in the second half, finally wrestled the lead away from the Huskies with 2:21 left in the game and held on to win 18-14 in the Section X Class B semifinal. Malone grabbed the first lead with a long 12-play, 81-yard drive that chewed up over six minutes to start the game. Timothy Langdon’s one-yard plunge and Dylan Skelton’s point after kick afforded the Huskies a 7-0 lead. Potsdam countered with a 12-play drive of its own, starting at their own 32-yard line, and ending with a three-yard touchdown run by Brandon Buffham (39 carries, 184 yards) spread 43 seconds into the second quarter. Malone’s second drive encompassed 70 yards and ate up nearly six more minutes of the clock. Langdon (nine carries, 69 yards) again finished the drive with a four-yard scramble and Skeleton toed the extra point for a 14-6 lead that lasted through intermission and most of a sloppy, penalty-filled third quarter. Potsdam quarterback Cameron Talcott’s one-yard keeper brought the Sandstoners within two points, 14-12, but the two-point try failed. After shutting down the Huskies’ next drive, Jacques Kuno rumbled through the middle, but it was a last second spin away from the defensive pileup that allowed him to score what proved to be the game winner with 2:21 to go. Talcott finished with 19 carries for 71 yards.

ogdensburg wins big over plattsburgh hornets 45-14

Ogdensburg’ John Powers (22) brakes away from a Plattsburgh defender and scampers to the house for the game's final touchdown as Ogdensburg defeats Plattsburgh 45-14 in a Section X-Section VII crossover non-league game.  (Sam Wangerin photo)  Game Gallery

Plattsburgh kicks for the extra point after a "pick six."

Ogdensburg’s third play from scrimmage was a Wyatt Kirby 46-yard touchdown run. Kirby then completed the second OFA drive with an 18-yard scamper to the end zone. The Blue Devils grabbed the ensuing onside kick and quarterback Michael Reed pitched to Jackson Troiano on a 14-yard TD score to blow open a 22-0 first-quarter lead. It set the tone for a 37-7 halftime lead, en route to a 45-14 win in a crossover game featuring the Section X’s top Class C seed and Section VII’s top Class B seed. Plattsburgh’s lone offensive score came early in the second quarter when quarterback Mitch Senecal wired a 22-yard TD pass to Talon Bushey in the back of the endzone. The Blue Devils were quick to answer with a 14-yard touchdown sweep to Hayden Ives. Plattsburgh scored on a pick-six interception, returned 44 yards by Tyler Phillips. Harry Powers closed out the scoring with an 18-yard rush up the middle. Stephen Morley contributed 10 carries for 108 yards.