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Quickness Fuels Wildcats Regional Win Over Storm

BY STEVE HEATON

Gouverneur has controlled and many times dominated Section 10 opponents this season with its quickness on the football field.

On Saturday at OFA's Ron Johnson Field, the Section 7 Champion Saranac Lake Red Storm (6-4) found out quickly as the Wildcats (9-0) used big plays to the outside and capitalized on three of five Red Storm turnovers in a 60-20 victory to advance to the New York State Class C quarter-finals in the North Country Class C Section 7-10 Super Bowl - a state qualifier.

"All year we kept using our quickness to grind out wins," said Gouverneur Coach Sean Devlin.

"Today, we got some big plays on our sweeps and our offensive line did a great job executing and making it happen. They are young but have grown up quickly this season and improved alot with each game. Coach Frank Bush has down a great job with them. Defensively, we played well getting some turnovers that we capitalized on but there is always room for improvement. We can enjoy this for a couple of hours and tomorrow we go back to work for our next one."

The Wildcats face Section II champion Stillwater in the Albany region on Friday evening or Saturday afternoon for the right to advance to the state semi-finals the following weekend.

After holding off a solid first drive by the Red Storm, the Wildcats needed just four plays including a 53 yard sweep touchdown run to the left side by Cayden Stowell and a Caleb Farr conversion run made it 8-0 with 7:23 remaining in the first quarter.

Saranac Lake ran four plays on its next drive only to find Jared Wilson hauling a awkard throw by Rhett Darrah for a Wildcat interception. Mitchell Tyler made it pay off on the first play taking a sweep to the righ tside for 60 yards to payturf for a touchdown and Farr made it 16-0 with a two point conversion run with 4:15 left to play in the first quarter.

Saranac Lake made it 16-6 on a 22 yard run by Darrah with 10:44 left in the second quarter.

The Wildcats answered on a 47 touchdown from by Farr on their second play of the drive and a Tyler conversion run made it 24-6 with 9:46 remaining before halftime. The Red Storm didn't break early as Sam Donaldson hauled in a 61 yard strike from Darrah for a score and Darrah called his own name for the conversion run to make it 24-14 with 5:22 left in the second quarter.

But the Wildcats utilized a fake punt direct snap to grab a first down on their next series and Mitchell Tyler later went in from eight yards out with 1:36 remaining for a 30-14 halftime advantage.

Gouverneur scored the lone points in the third quarter on a 72 yard punt return for a touchdown by Stowell followed by a Tyler two point conversion run with 5:05 left.

Saranac Lake scored its only second half points capitalizing on a Wildcat fumble. Logan Brown caught a 30 yard pass from Darrah with 11:19 to play in the fourth.

The Wildcats scored the final 22 points in the game: a 33 yard run TD run by Farr and a Stowell conversion run with 9:35 left, a 38 yard fumble recovery return by Joseph Cummings with 4:38 to play after an errant backwards pass and a three yard touchdown run by Kyle Savage with 1:44 to play which was set up by a Jared Wilson 32 yard run.Wilson added the conversion run.

Farr ran 17 times for 125 yards and two scores for Gouverneur followed by 109 yards on seven totes from Tyler (two touchdowns) and 70 yards on six carries from Stowell (1 touchdown). The rushing success was keyed by excellent blocking from linemen Nicholas Embry, Brock Cox, Daniel Hall, Dawsyn Wagner, and Xavier Hall, fullback Jacob Shippee, tight end Riley Simmons, and wideout Mitchell Shippee.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

STATE PLAYOFFS

Class C first round (at OFA)

Gouverneur 60, Saranac Lake 20

Saranac Lake 0 14 0 6 — 20

Gouverneur 16 14 8 22 — 60

First Quarter

GOU—Stowell 53 run (Farr run)

GOU—Tyler 60 run (Farr run)

Second Quarter

SL—Darrah 22 run (run failed)

GOU—Farr 47 run (Tyler run)

SL—Donaldson 61 pass from Darrah (Darrah run)

GOU—Tyler 8 run (run failed)

Third Quarter

GOU—Stowell 72 punt return (Tyler run)

Fourth Quarter

SL—Brown 30 pass from Darrah (run failed)

GOU—Farr 33 run (Stowell run)

GOU—Cummings 38 fumble return (pass failed)

GOU—Savage 3 run (Wilson run)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: SL, Munn 12-31, Donaldson 6-34, Darrah 16-68, LaVair 4-(-16), Brown 1-7. Gou, Farr 17-125, Stowell 6-70, Tyler 7-109, Wilson 1-27, Cummings 5-37, Savage 1-8, Team 1-2.

Passing: SL, Darrah 10-20-2-160, Sturgeon 2-5-0-30. Gou, Farr 2-3-0-17.

Receiving: SL, Donaldson 4-75, Brown 3-64, Warner 2-10, Ortmann 1-11, LaVair 1-20, Rascoe 1-10. Gou, Stowell 1-17, Baker 1-0.

Records: Saranac Lake (6-4); Gouverneur (9-0).

Gouverneur quarterback Caleb Farr, shown here running against OFA's MeSean Johnson, rushed for 125 yards in Sarturday's 60-20 win over Saranac Lake on Saturday.

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