Gouverneur Finishes Second Best: Falls in State Title Game 22-0

Final 2019 Section X Final Football Standings

x-Gouverneur Wildcats
Ogdensburg Blue Devils
Potsdam Sandstoners
Watertown Cyclones
St. Lawrence Larries
Canton Golden Bears
Massena Red Raiders
Malone Huskies
Eight-Man Football
Tupper Lake Lumberjacks
Div.  Class  Overall  PF    PA
7-0      2-0       7-0    319     68
6-1      1-1       6-1    270     93
5-2      1-0       5-2    218   101
4-3      2-0       4-3    188   223
3-4      0-2       3-4      93   203
2-5      1-1       2-5    151   237
1-6      0-2       1-6    117   223
0-7      0-1       0-7      32   240
3-3      0-0       3-3    113   180

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 Season Tied Records broken by head-to-head results. Second tiebreaker: In-class won-lost record.


The 2019 Gouverneur Wildcats Football Team: the school's best-season ever, dropping their only loss of the season in the New York State Class C Championship.  The Wildcats are shown with their 2019 finalist plaque, along with Best Offensive Player of the Game award to Cayden Stowell and Best Defensive Player to Kyle Savage.


Playoff Games of Week 12-13: November 23-29, 2019

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NYS Class C Championship - Carrier Dome, Syracuse
Susquehanna Valley (VI) 22, Gouverneur (X) 0



NYS Class C Semifinal (East Region Final)
Gouverneur (X) 14, Valhalla (I) 11

"This one game does not define us.  And it does not define the great season we have had -- the most successful season in the history of Gouverneur football."  Those were the words of Wildcats Coach Sean Devlin to his players at Friday's New York State Class C Championship, following their only loss of the season, 22-0, to defending NY champion Susquehanna Valley which stayed unbeaten for the second straight season.  Gouverneur's best-season ever finished at 11-1, with a Section X and regular-season title and a trip to the state title game. After the game, SV Coach Mike Ford praised the Wildcats for giving them their toughest challenge of the season:  only one touchdown in each of the first three quarters, including the game's opening drive, and shutout in the fourth quarter.  But the marquis Sabres defense was also on display, allowing the Wildcats just two long-yardage plays, including a 47-yard reception by Cayden Stowell into the red zone, but the Sabre defense intensified and the Cats were unable to capitalize.  Best Offensive Player of the Game Award from Gouverneur went to Cayden Stowell and Best Defensive Player to Kyle Savage.

After gaining the early lead and holding on in a nail biter last week, the Section X Champion Gouverneur Wildcats faced the reverse – having to claw their way back from an 11-0, third-quarter deficit in capturing a 14-11 win over Section I Champion Valhalla in the New York State Class C East Regional Championship (and state semifinal). The gritty comeback victory punches the Wildcats’ ticket – for the first time ever – to the New York State Class C championship game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse vs. the Section IV champion Susquehanna Valley Sabres on Friday, November 29th at 6:00 p.m. After blocking a Wildcat field goal earlier in the game, Valhalla scored the only points of the first two quarters on a 21-yard field goal by Elias Gonzalez as the half expired. Valhalla scored on its first drive of the second half when Francesco Falco muscled into the end zone from just inside the three-yard line, then tacked on the two-point conversion for an 11-0 lead. Needing an immediate answer, the Wildcats marched to the Valhalla 12, then handed to Cayden Stowell. The shifty running back swept to the left, spun off a pair of would be tacklers at the five-yard line and eluded capture to the end zone. Stowell also carried the conversion to trim the Valhalla lead to 11-8. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Wildcats were able to sustain their drive into the red zone. Stowell carried the ball to the outside to the two-yard line, but the Wildcats faced a fourth-and-goal with less than six minutes to go. The Wildcat offensive line created a gap up the middle and Mitchell Tyler wasted no time hitting it for paydirt. The two-yard touchdown run produced Gouverneur’s first lead of the game at 14-11, with 5:41 remaining. The Cats had two subsequent takeaways – a kick recovery by Jacob Shippee and a Joe Cummings interception with 1:42 left. But Valhalla still threatened with under a minute remaining, before Gouverneur got the ball back to close out the game. 

Gouverneur Falls in class "c" championship 22-0

Gouverneur's Joe Cummings (1) dashes past two Susquehanna Valley defenders near midfield midway through the second quarter. Susquehanna Valley defeated the Wildcats 22-0 to become the NYSPHSAA Class C Champions. (Cody Jenne photo) Game Gallery shortly


Gouverneur's Mitchell Tyler plunges up the middle for two yards and what proved to be the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, en route to a 14-11 victory over Valhalla in the New York State Class C East Region Championship.  The Wildcats advance to the state title game vs. Susquehanna Valley.  (Photo courtesy NFHS Network)

Wildcats celebrate with Tyler (4) after taking the lead for the first time in the game with 5:41 remaining in the fourth quarter.


Playoff Games of Week 11: November 15, 2019

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NYS Class B Quarterfinal - at Ogdensburg
Schuylerville (II) 28, Potsdam 8
NYS Class C Quarterfinal - at Mohonasen HS
Gouverneur (X) 10, Stillwater (II) 2


Not until the very last play of the game was the outcome decided. After building a 10-0 lead into the final 4:11 of the game behind Gouverneur’s stout defense, the Wildcats stumbled on just two key plays that made the final four minutes seem excruciatingly long and anxious against third-ranked, unbeaten and Section II champion Stillwater in the New York State Class C quarterfinals. Quarterback Caleb Farr scrambled for a 23-yard touchdown in the game’s first possession – the only time either team reached the end zone – to build a 7-0 lead. But while #7-ranked Gouverneur started strong with an opening score, both teams were relentless in defense and goal-line stands that threatened to flip the narrative. The Wildcats knocked at the door before the half, holding the football for extended drives, but Stillwater’s defense held up and kept the game 7-0 at the intermission. Farr had called his own number 18 times in the first half for 123 yards. It wasn’t until 44 seconds into the fourth quarter that Gouverneur got a little breathing room when Mitchell Farr split the uprights with a 25-yard kick that extended the Wildcats’ lead to 10-0. A goal-line stand on Stillwater’s next possession gave the ball back to Gouverneur with under five minutes remaining, with victory seemingly within reach, but poor field position working out of its own end zone. Stillwater burned up its timeouts to keep the clock alive, hoping for a crumb of opportunity – and got the first break with 4:11 left. The defense broke through the line and sacked Farr for a safety, putting Stillwater on the board 10-2. More importantly, the game was now one-possession, and Stillwater would immediately get the ball back on the free kick with over four minutes to work for the tie. On fourth-and-long, Gouverneur’s defense forced an incomplete pass and got the ball back on downs with 1:52 remaining and no way for Stillwater to stop the clock until – just eleven seconds later – Gouverneur fumbled at its own 36. Stillwater again faced fourth down with 1:01 left, but renewed the drive twice with first downs, closing in to the Wildcat 15 with 20 seconds remaining. Two incomplete passes later, the clock expired. Gouverneur (10-0 overall) held on for a 10-2 win and its first-ever berth in the New York State East Regional Championship (state semifinal) in Middletown, NY for a high-noon showdown with Section I champion Valhalla on Saturday, November 23rd. Farr ended the night with 25 carries for 158 yards, while Cayden Stowell had 18 totes for 98 yards. Jake Shippee led the defensive effort with 11 tackles.

schuylerville downs potsdam in ny quarterfinal

Schuylerville’s Charles Luzadis (3) runs the ball  across the frozen turf at Ogdensburg, while getting lined up by Potsdam defender Dustin Agen (40) for the tackle in the New York State Class B quarterfinal.  Potsdam fell to the Black Horses 28-8. (Andrew Baker photo). Game Gallery

Potsdam’s Logan McCargar (44) jukes left to avoid Schuylerville defender Charles Luzadis (3).

After Potsdam’s goal-line stand stopped the Black Horses’ opening drive, Section II Class B champion Schuylerville punched out two touchdowns – the first from three yards away by Owen Sherman with 3:11 left in the first quarter, then one yard out by Sam McGarrahan with 7:00 left in the second frame – to build a 14-0 halftime lead against Section X champion Potsdam in the Sandstoners’ first appearance in a New York State Class B quarterfinal, on the snow-slickened turf at Ogdensburg Free Academy. Despite grounds-keeping efforts to well prepare the field ahead of time, a 15-minute snow squall about an hour before game time, then falling temperatures and an increasing winds combined for some of the most-miserable weather conditions for a local football playoff in recent memory. McGarrahan padded the Horses’ lead twice – 5:00 into the third quarter, when he plowed in again from the three-yard line, then from the eight-yard line with 8:56 to play to up the lead to 28-0. Will Varney – who carried 24 times for 119 yards – broke containment and scampered 38 yards to paydirt for Potsdam’s lone touchdown with 6:18 to play. Quarterback Zach Kirka, in his last game as a senior Sandstoner, ran in the two-point conversion in a 28-8 final. Potsdam closed out its longest season at 7-3 overall.


Playoff Games of Week 10: November 8-9, 2019

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NYS Class C Opening Round - at Ogdensburg
Gouverneur (X) 60, Saranac Lake (VII) 20



NYS Class B Opening Round - at Plattsburgh HS
Potsdam (X) 30, Beekmantown (VII) 0


The Potsdam Sandstoners’ shutdown defense forced three key turnovers and did not allow Beekmantown to get much offense going, in marching to a 30-0 win over the Eagles in the opening round of the New York State Class B playoffs, affectionately referred to as the “North Country Class B Super Bowl.” Matt Phippen’s interception was turned into points four plays later when Bobby Voss pounded the ball into the end zone on a one-yard run for a 6-0 lead. Will Varney scored on a 40-yard carry, expanding the lead to 12-0 in the first quarter. Dustin Agen’s pickoff put Potsdam back in business at the Beekmantown 29, but the Eagles stopped the Sandstoners on the drive. On Potsdam’s next offensive with 1:40 remaining in the half, Will Varney scored his second touchdown from the four-yard line, completing a 16-play, 87-yard drive. Potsdam led 18-0 at the half. The halftime statistics showed Potsdam’s dominance: 203 yards rushing to minus-eight for Beekmantown; 216-25 overall yards. Varney then dashed for a 52-yard TD on the first drive of the second half. Bobby Voss carried the mail for the final touchdown with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter.


Gouverneur’s Mitchell Tyler (4) crosses the goal line for a seven-yard touchdown in the last two minutes of the first half to widen the Wildcat lead to 30-14.. Gouverneur advances after winning the first-round New York State regional playoff game against Saranac Lake 60-20, held at O.F.A.  (Kevin Fisher photo)  Game Gallery

The Red Storm’s Sam Donaldson (6) catches the ball and breaks free from the Wildcats’ Caleb Farr (5) to score a 62-yard touchdown, as Saranac Lake inched closer 24-14.

Gouverneur’s big-yardage abilities were on big display in the opening round of the New York State Class C playoffs, held at Ogdensburg Free Academy. The Section X champion Wildcats struck for four touchdowns of 50 yards or more, in pounding out a 60-20 win over Section VII champion Saranac Lake. Gouverneur’s first drive ended when Cayden Stowell dashed up the left sideline on a 53-yard scamper. Quarterback Caleb Farr ran the extra points and Gouverneur was up 8-0. After the Wildcats forced the Storm’s first turnover, Mitchell Tyler wasted no time in returning the pigskin 60 yards to the House and stretching the lead to 16-0. Saranac Lake bounced back in the second quarter, first on a 22-yard keeper from Rhett Darrah to trim the Cats’ lead to 16-6. But Gouverneur immediately responded with a QB keeper of its own just 58 seconds later, as Caleb Farr outran the Red Storm cornerback and safety with another 53-yard TD dash. Saranac Lake’s next drive produced results when Darrah aerialed a long bomb, reeled in by Sam Donaldson at the 20-yard line on a 62-yard TD completion. Saranac Lake was back in contention 24-14. Gouverneur closed the half with Tyler’s second touchdown, a seven-yard run, to extend the lead to 30-14 at the break. The only scoring in the third quarter was an electrifying 72-yard punt return, Tyler’s third and final TD of the game, extending the Gouverneur lead to 38-14. Starting the final quarter, Darrah wired a 30-yard TD pass to Logan Brown in a soft spot in the middle of zone coverage, again trimming the lead to 38-20. But the final three touchdowns sealed Gouverneur’s advancement to the New York State quarterfinals vs. Section II champion Stillwater (10-0) next week. Farr scampered for 32 yards, Joe Cummings scooped up a fumble and dashed 38 yards to score and Kyle Savage muscled in a three-yard touchdown to wrap up a 60-20 win, with the Wildcats improving to 9-0.


Playoff Games of Week 9: November 2, 2019

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Section X Class A Championship
(#1) Watertown 42, (#2) Canton 28
Section X Class C Championship
(#1) Gouverneur 25, (#2) Ogdensburg 6

Eight-Man Football (Regular Season)
Tupper Lake 44, Pulaski 22


Watertown quarterback Deante Hall (16 carries, 195 yards) ran for five touchdowns and passed for the other, in leading the charge for the Cyclones’ 44-28 win over Canton in the Section X Class A championship. It was Watertown’s first sectional title since 1998, in its first season back in Section X in 18 years. Both teams traded a pair of touchdowns early with Canton’s Zach VanBrocklin (18 carries, 113 yards) running scores of 17 and six yards, countering Hall’s first two scores, tying the game at 14-14. Adam Calton’s three-yard quarterback keeper pushed the Golden Bears back into a 20-14 lead with 5:30 left in the high-scoring first half. However, Hall guided a 68-yard, clock-absorbing drive that ended with a 13-yard sprint along the right sideline to settle for a 20-20 tie at the half. Four consecutive touchdowns in the second half thrust Watertown into an insurmountable lead. Hall eluded containment on an 85-yard TD run for a 28-20 lead, fired off a 54-yard scoring strike to Donavon Millan to stretch the advantage at 36-20, then scrambled nine yards to paydirt for a 44-20 lead with 5:17 remaining. Jaiden Ramsey also had a good rushing game with 16 carries for 180 yards. Hunter Blauvelt (five carries, 52 yards) scored Canton’s other touchdown. Section X will not be sending a team to compete in Class A at the state level, so Watertown closes out its season as Section X Class A champions at 5-3, while Canton finishes out at 2-6 overall.

Gouverneur defeats o,f,a, for class c champIOnship

Gouverneur’s Jared Wilson (32) slams Ogdensburg kick returner MeSean Johnson (15) to cause a key turnover at the OFA 24 and set up what turned out to be the game-winning drive.  Gouverneur went on to beat OFA 25-6 in the Section X Class B championship. (Andrew Baker photo). Game Gallery
 Gouverneur’s Cayden Stowell (10) breaks through a tackle attempt from Ogdensburg’s Tristan Lovely (23) for the Wildcats' second touchdown.

Two fourth-quarter touchdowns broke open an otherwise defensive struggle that provided the top-seeded Gouverneur Wildcats with a 25-6 victory over rival and second-seeded Ogdensburg Blue Devils in the Section X Class C football championship at Frank LaFalce Field. First drive of the game, quarterback Caleb Farr on a keeper for four yards put the “G” on top 6-0. However, as the first quarter expired, O.F.A.’s MeSean Johnson plunged in from the one-yard line, tying the game 6-6. The first turning point in an otherwise tight battle, came after Gouverneur was stopped in their own territory. O.F.A. received the punt, but without a fair catch signal, Gouverneur’s Jared Wilson immediately drilled the receiver and separated the football, allowing the Wildcats to recover at the 24-yard line. Cayden Stowell puts Gouverneur back on top by breaking tackles on a 12-yard scramble to the House. 13-6 Gouverneur. Neither team scored in the third quarter and Ogdensburg kept the game within a single score, despite four more turnovers. Stowell and Joe Cummings score two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including the conversion of another turnover from 24 yards out. The Wildcats advance to the opening round of state playoffs against the Saranac Lake Red Storm. Ogdensburg closed its season at 7-2 overall.



Playoff Games of Week 8: October 25-26, 2019

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Section X Class C Semifinal
(#2) Ogdensburg 46, (#3) St. Lawrence Central 7
Section X Class B Championship
(#1) Potsdam 39, (#2) Malone 6

c semifinal: o.f.a. defeats
st. lawrence central 46-7

St. Lawrence Central’s Hunter Arquiett (26) is brought down by Ogdensburg's Drew Costello (6) and Kassidy Johnson (28), following a first-down run.  Ogdensburg had the foot on the gas from the start, ending the first half at 38-0. The Blue Devils went on to defeat St. Lawrence Central 46-7 in the Section X Class C semifinal. (Andrew Baker photo). Game Gallery

Ogdensburg's Stephen Morley (14) reaches out to ankle tackle St Lawrence Central’s Ryan LaPage (10) to save a touchdown.

Ogdensburg rolled out a mix of big-yardage passing and rushing, with shutdown defense inside the red zone, and key plays on special teams, that generated a quick 38-0 halftime lead against St. Lawrence Central. Jackson Jones option-pitched to MeSean Johnson who then tossed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Morley to highlight the first quarter that also included a two-yard Johnson score. Up 14-0 after the first quarter, OFA tacked on a three-yard Harry Powers run, followed by a 68-yard zigzag, sideline punt return by Johnson to open a 30-0 lead. Jones (11 completions, 204 yards) hit Powers on a 61-yard aerial that closed out half on a 38-0 tear. Tristan Lovely (12 carries, 70 yards) scored the only TD of the third quarter on a one-yard plunge. St. Lawrence Central broke the shutout with 9:48 remaining, when Ansen Weegar galloped 18 yards to the house. Ryan LaPage finished with six carries for 89 yards to lead the Larries, who closed their season at 3-5 overall. 

 Potsdam Wins Class B Championship over malone

Potsdam wide receiver Bobby Voss (10) breaks through tackles from Malone defenders Connor Beebe (81) and Payton Poirier (10) to earn a first down, midway through the second quarter. Voss scored two touchdowns, while Logan McCargar, Zach Kirka and Will Varney each added one touchdown as Potsdam captured the Section X Class B Championship.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

The Potsdam Sandstoners won the 2019 Section X Class B championship. Potsdam was ahead 32-0 at the half and went on to defeat Malone 39-6.  (Andrew Baker photo)

The Potsdam Sandstoners jetted out to a 20-0 first quarter lead, and punted just once the entire game, in prevailing 39-6 over the Malone Huskies in the Section X Class B semifinal. Potsdam sustained its first drive to paydirt, with Will Varney dashing 15 yards to score. Varney ran sparingly, collecting 68 yards to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing mark (1,019) for the third year in a row. Bobby Voss scooped up a fumble that had been stripped from a teammate and broke tackles to paydirt. Voss’ 25-yard reception from quarterback Zach Kirka capped a 20-0 first quarter run that set the tone for the night. Voss’ 18-yard TD catch and Logan McCargar’s 18-yard scamper upped the lead to 32-0 at the break. Give the Malone Huskies credit for putting up a good fight, despite a tough season surviving low numbers and injuries. On the lone Potsdam punt, Tyler Preve jetted 48 yards along the sideline and planted the ball in the end zone to break the shutout. Breaking out the reserves, Potsdam JV quarterback call-up Jason Sheehan legged out a 10-yard keeper for his first varsity score. Another call-up, Jeriko Oakes carried nine times for 107 yards.

The Canton Golden Bears bounced back from an early 7-0 deficit to outlast the Massena Red Raiders 26-21 in the Section X Class A semifinal. Dominic Montecelli on a quarterback keep, then the extra-point kick, provided the Raiders with a 7-0 lead. Canton’s Zach VanBrocklin then went to work, scoring on a seven-yard TD run, a four-yard rumble and 11-yard dash to lead the Bears. The Red Raiders’ Zack Goolden added to Massena’s score on a five-yard dive, then a two-point conversion. Nate Eastwood finished the Raiders’ scoring on a 20-yard counter play. Just before halftime, Adam Calton sent a 27-yard TD strike to Connor House. Canton will travel to Watertown next week to face the Cyclones in defense of the Bears’ Class A final. Massena finished its season at 1-7 overall.