OFA Visits St. Lawrence Central For Key Second Game
Updated: Sep 13, 2019
BY DAVE SHEA
Football teams often make their most improvement from the first to the second week of the season.
Entering Friday's first game on the St. Lawrence Central turf stadium on Randy Riggs Field, two teams coming off divergent first week results will be both looking to make that type of progress.
"The new field is beautiful and the kids are really excited about playinfg on it. The atmosphere for the first game is going to be great," said SLC Coach Bruce Truax in an article on the Larries in the Football Preview of the Watertown Daily Times.
The host Larries are looking to bounce back from a 36-0 loss to Potsdam while OFA is looking to improve consistency from the promise shown a 29-6 win over Massena which was dominated by the Devils' big play ability on both sides of the ball and on special teams.
A reconstructed OFA defense with eight first year starters recovered three fumbles and controlled a physical Massena rushing attack in the second half.
We made some first game mistakes especially early when we lined up wrong a few times. But that happens to all teams," said OFA Coach Tessmer.
"But the guys came through and got the win because they have worked very hard in practice. Now we have to work at getting better in all phases of the game. We have to keep getting better."
Lawrence Central will be looking for a restart to the season after being bowled over by Potsdam's vaunted rushing attack last Friday.
The Larries return 20 players from last year's 1-7 season and feature excellent numbers with over 30 players. Leading the way is senior Cash Feeley who enters the season as the anchor to the offensive and defensive lines. Senior quarterback Ansen Weegar returns to lead the offense.
In other games on Friday Canton visits Watertown High while Saturday games will see Gouverneur visiting Malone and Potsdam hosting Massena.
The Blue Devils used effective compilmentary football and scored 15 unanswered points in the second half to gain a 29-6 victory over a hard-nosed Massena squad on Friday at Ron Johnson Field.
The defense and special teams created excellent field position for the offense which seized the opportunity to pull away from a 14-6 lead late in the third quarter and in the fourth quarter.
The momentum swing hinged on fourth down stop by linebacker Tristan Richardson with 3:36 to play in the third quarter who bolted into the Massena backfield and dropped quarterback Dominic Monacelli on an option run. It was the second fourth down stop by Richardson who was very effective on blitzes throughout the night.
The Devils' capitalized quickly as halfback MeSean Johnson (9-57) rocketed through a huge hole and raced 33 yards to the endzone straight up the middle of the field. Johnson also provided field position for two OFA scores with punt returns.
Quarterback Jackson Jones followed with a roll-out two-point conversion pass to Harry Powers. Jones and Powers connected again to set up a quick strike touchdown after Stephen Morley recovered a Massena fumble.
Jones (6x9-0-72) dropped a perfectly thrown pass to Powers running behind the secondary for a 38-yard reception to the two-yard line. Powers darted into the endzone on the next play and Morley, who caught three passes for 32 yards, kicked a PAT to complete the night's scoring.
Warchol and Luc LaFlair each had four stops at or behind the line of scrimmage in the second half. Carson Barney, Austin Jones and Mark Barr were all in on two.
The first half saw the Devils overcome a staggered start where the Raiders' Ethan Miller, Ian McDermott, Preston Guynup (2) , Hunter Pryce and Zachary Austin all came up with stops at our behind the line of scrimmage.
The Devils broke through with a six-yard scoring run by Tristan Lovely, who rushed for 46 of his 58 yards in the first half, after forcing Massena to punt deep in its own territory. Jones followed with a two-point pass to Johnson for an 8-0 lead.
Massena, which was hindered by three fumbles trying to establish ball control with a promising power running attack, answered with its only touchdown of the night when Monacelli capped a sustained drive on one-yard keeper. An attempt for a tying two-point conversion was thwarted by a Michael Reed tackle after defensive penetration dispersed a Raider running play.
The Devils took a 14-6 halftime lead on four-yard run by Johnson.