Big Plays Carry OFA Past Canton To 3-0 For Duel Vs Wildcats
Updated: Sep 23, 2019
BY DAVE SHEA
CANTON - Yards after contact is a very illuminating statistic in football.
OFA running backs and pass receivers excelled that department under a bright sun and cloudless sky at Canton's John Oliver Field in rolling to a 51-8 win over Canton on Saturday. The Devils gained a 3-0 record for Friday night's Hall of Fame game midseason meeting of unbeatens against Gouverneur.
"Friday will be our midseason exam and to beat a great team like Gouverneur we have to win the game in practice during the week," said OFA Coach Matt Tessmer.
"I thought we played well and blocked well today."
Gouverneur climbed to 3-0 with a 50-0 win over St. Lawrence Central. sparked three touchdowns and 229 yards of offense by running back Cayden Stowell.
A consistently strong surge by OFA's offensive line of Luc LaFlair, Carsen Barney, Austin Jones and Mark and Derek Barr and excellent downfield blocking by backs and receivers created open field opportunities which were converted into tackle-breaking touchdowns.
Mark Barr shifted from center to guard this season with his brother taking over the snapping duties to help solidify the line.
"I like play guard because you get to pull," said Mark Barr (7 tackles) who also pulled off a series of stops along the line of scrimmage as a linebacker as OFA took over the game with a 30-point second quarter.
And for the third straight game defensive take-aways signaled scoring drives.
One play after Canton's Trey Bessette recovered a fumble on the Bears' 13 a delivery sack by Luc LaFlair led to a interception by linebacker Tristan Lovely who quickly followed with a 15-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion. The Devil defense also came through with two fourth down stops and linebacker Tristan Richardson sacked Canton quarterback Adam Calton on the second play of the game to help set the tone of the day.
Lovely ran for 94 yards on seven carries in the first half where MeSean Johnson, playing quarterback and running, back gained 104 yards on six carries with a 74 jaunt to the endzone with a keeper in OFA's 30-point second quarter.
"Our line blocked well today," said Johnson who also took a hitch pass from quarterback Jackson Jones 40 yards to the endzone on the first play of the third quarter and gained 72 yards on two pass receptions.
Jones completed nine of 10 passes for 149 yards with a 27-yard pass to Stephen Morley who circled out of the backfield, stiff-armed a defender and cut back inside of downfield block to the cruise to endzone. Jones also threw two-point conversion passes to Michael Reed and Harry Powers, scored on a two-yard sneak and also caught a two-point conversion aerial from MeSean Johnson.
"Those guys make me look good," said Jones of his receivers and blockers.
Harry Powers slashed over the goal line from two yards in the second quarter and Drew Costello (8-46) scored on a four-yard run in the third quarter which was followed a PAT kick by Morley.
Canton scored in the fourth quarter with Hunter Blauvet barging into the endzone from two yards out after Connor Ramsey (15-100) broke loose for 48 yards on an inside reverse. Ramsey added the two-point conversion.
"We have a young team with 12 guys who did not play football for the past three years. We have a good JV team which got a nice win yesterday so things are looking good for the future," said Canton Coach Tom Cloce.
"OFA is a complete team with great skill people and a very good line. Matt (OFA Coach Matt Tessmer) is a class act. They could have scored a lot more points today."
POTSDAM GOES 3-0
In another game on Saturday Massena downed Malone 41-6 and on Friday night Potsdam rolled to 3-0 with a 44-16 over Watertown sparked by two touchdowns by Will Varney.
OFA 51, Canton 8
OFA 8 30 13 0 — 51
Canton 0 0 0 8 — 8
OFA—Lovely 15 run (Lovely run)
OFA—Morley 27 pass from Jones (Reed pass from Jones)
OFA—Johnson 74 run (run failed)
OFA—Powers 2 run (Jones pass from Johnson)
OFA—Jones 1 run (Powers pass from Jones)
OFA—Johnson 40 pass from Jones (kick failed)
OFA—Costello 4 run (Morley kick)
CAN—Blauvelt 2 run (Ramsey run)
Rushing: OFA, Lovely 7-94, Costello 8-46, Johnson 6-108, Powers 3-33, Morley 2-16, Jones 1-1, Richardson 5-10. Can, Calton 9-(-5), Blauvelt 2-6, VanBrocklin 9-23, Ramsey 15-100, team 2-(-9).
Passing: OFA, Jones 9-10-0-149, Reed 1-1-0-2. Can, Calton 1-4-1-6.
Receiving: OFA, Morley 3-42, Johnson 2-72, Powers 2-19, Stewart 1-2, Richardson 1-4, Reed 1-12. Can, Bessette 1-6.
Records: OFA (3-0); Canton (1-2).