OFA Explodes On Offense After Goalline Stand
Updated: Oct 6, 2019
BY DAVE SHEA MALONE - OFA's big play capabilities on offense produced 42 points in 17 minutes of action in a 42-6 win over Malone on a gorgeous autumn afternoon at Franklin Academy's Crowner Field on Saturday.
Now 4-1 on the season OFA completes its regular season with a home games against Watertown High and Potsdam which lost a 15-14 double overtime decision to Gouverneur on Saturday in an outstanding meeting of unbeatens.
In other game NAC Saturday Canton outscored Massena 40-22. On Friday Watertown, which visits OFA on Friday, rallied past St. Lawrence Central 28-24 on the final play of the game.
While OFA's scoring wave washed away any hopes of a Malone upset win it was the Devil defense which reversed the flow of the game for much of the first half.
Trailing 6-0, the winless but undaunted Huskies provided some highlights on Hall of Fame Weekend In Malone.
Led by the escape artistry of quarterback Payton Poirier and tough inside running by Trey LaGrave, the Huskies marched to the OFA one-yardline with just under four minutes to play in the half.
The Devils' defensive surge, which was led by linebacker Mark Barr and lineman Luc LaFlair throughout the game, stonewalled Malone on four straight plays and when OFA was forced to punt from its own seven yardline a 53-yard punt by Jackson Jones erased the huge field position advantage.
The long punt also signaled a complete reversal of momentum as OFA built a 20-0 lead in the final 1:42 of the half . The Devils went up 12-0 as quarterback Jackson Jones tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to MeSean Johnson for the second scoring connection of the day between the two seniors. In the first quarter Jones found Johnson on a crossing pattern for a 20-yard score after an interception by Stephen Morley.
The Devils' produced another fourth down stop on a tackle for a loss by Luc LaFlair and a third down sack by Blake Hall set the stage for Jones' third touchdown pass of the half. Morley took a swing pass and broke three tackles on his way to an 18-yard score. Jones came back to Johnson for the two-point conversion which was followed by another Devil threat after LaFlair force and recovered a fumble.
The threat ended with an incomplete pass in the endzone on the final play of the half but Coach Matt Tessmer's team resumed their storm surge immediately in third quarter with a 41-yard run by Morley (10-108) and a Jones' two-point toss to Harry Powers.
The Devils followed with the biggest plays of the day.
Powers circled out of the backfield for a Jones' (9x15-0-172 4 TDs) pass and raced 85 yards to the endzone and the shifty Johnson, who had a 90-yard punt return nullified for a penalty in the first half, weaved his way through traffic for a 64-yard punt return touchdown.
Morley booted two PATs to cap the OFA third quarter scoring and Michael Reed (5-31) took a quarterback keeper 29 yards to the endzone in the fourth quarter. Eli Bullock contributed an interception to the defensive efforts.
Malone gained its lone touchdown of the day on four-run by Trey LaGrave (21-63) early in the fourth quarter and Isaiah Rivera (11-62) contributed well to the Huskie efforts.
"The kids did a nice job. We still have a lot of work to do to raise our overall level of play," said OFA Coach Matt Tessmer.
"We have a lot of respect for the Malone kids. They play with great heart under very difficult circumstances. We will need a good week practice to prepare for Watertown's impressive speed on Friday night." WHS 28 - SLC 24: Watertown snatched the win on the final game of the game. Quarterback Deante Hall used deception to set up a 60-yard touchdown score to Kalub Conway.
The Cyclones scored two other touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Hall took a three-yard keeper to the endzone and also caught an option pass from Conway for a TD. Running back Jaiden Ramsey delivered two touchdown runs in the first half. Ogdensburg 48, Malone 6 Ogdensburg 6 14 22 6 – 48 Malone 0 0 0 6 – 6 First Quarter OFA: MeSean Johnson 20-yd pass from Jackson Jones (kick failed), 7:01. Second Quarter OFA: Johnson 15-yd pass from Jones (pass failed), 1:46 OFA: Stephen Morley 18-yd pass from Jones (Jones to Johnson pass), 0:47. Third Quarter OFA: Morley 42-yd run (Jones to John Powers pass), 10:50. OFA: Powers 85-yd pass from Jones (Morley kick), 7:01. OFA: Johnson 64-yd punt return (Morley kick), 1:49. Fourth Quarter Mal: Trey LaGrave 2-yd run (pass failed), 10:45. OFA: Michael Reed 29-yd run (kick failed), 7:04. Individual Stats Rushing OFA: Johnson 6-37; Morley 10-108, TD; Powers 5-49; Reed 5-31, TD. Totals: 26-225, 2TD. Mal: Logan LaVigne 2-1; LaGrave 21-63, TD; Isaiah Rivera 11-62; Peyton Poirier 14-(-4). Totals: 48-122, TD. Passing OFA: Jones 9x15, 172 yds, 4 TD; Reed 0x1. Mal: Poirier 4x9, 70 yds, 2 INT. Receiving OFA: Johnson 4-40, TD; Reed 1-11; Morley 1-18, TD; Eli Bullock 2-18; Powers 1-85, TD. Mal: LaGrave 1-8; Keegan Monette 3-62. Interceptions OFA - 2 (Morley, Bullock). Fumble Recoveries OFA - 2 (M. Barr, LaFlair). Mal - 1 (Poirier).