OFA Most Contend With Speed Of Watertown
BY DAVE SHEA
The Watertown Cyclones will make their first appearance at OFA's Ron Johnson turf football field on Friday night to renew a rivalry which produced some high stakes games in WHS"s first stint in the Northern Conference Football. The 4-1 Devils used a goal line stand to shake a slow start against Malone on Saturday and scored 42 points in 17 minutes of a 48-6 victory on the Huskies' field.
In their return to NAC the Cyclones stand at 3-2 and 2-0 in Class A with wins over Canton and Massena. The have played some exciting games this season, scoring 142 points and giving up 177 , led by a dual threat quarterback in sophomore Deante Hall who has produced points aplenty with his running and passing ability.
And points in a hurry as witnessed by last Friday's 28-24 come-from-behind win over St. Lawrence Central where the Cyclones scored on a double pass on the final play of the game. Hall threw a lateral to Kalub Conway , last season's starting QB, who in turn threw passed back to Hall who dashed 53 yards to the endzone.
"We definitely have to be ready for Watertown's speed. Deante Hall is an outstanding runner and they have some very good skill people. St. Lawrence played great against them but Watertown came back on won" said OFA Coach Matt Tessmer.
"The first thing we have to do is stop them with our defense and then our offense has to score. Against Malone we scored on our first possession but Jackson Jones missed three straight passes. But he bounced back and things went well."
Jones completed 9 of 15 passes for 172 yards and career-high four touchdowns. MeSean caught TD passes of 20 and 15 yards and also returned a punt 64 yards to the endzone. Stephen Morley, who rushed for 108 yards with a 42-yard touchdown dash, caught an 18 yard touchdown pass and Harry Powers sprinted 85 yards to the endzone with a Jones' aerial.
Defensively Morley and Eli Bullock intercepted passes , Mark Barr and Luc LaFlair recovered fumbles and Carson Barney and Austin Jones made big stops as the Devils stopped Malone four straight times from the one yard line to preserve a 6-0 lead.
OFA has scored 184 points and allowed 69 this season and after hosting the Cyclones will complete regular season play hosting a Potsdam team which presently stands at 4-1 after a 14-13 double overtime loss to undefeated Gouverneur on Saturday.
The OFA JV's outscored Watertown High 32-22 on Wednesday night.