Coach Praises Wildcats, Gouverneur Support
Updated: Dec 1, 2019
SYRACUSE - It was no surprise that ground control held the key to Saturday's New York State Class C Championship game in the third of three state football finals involving North Country teams at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse on Friday.
Section 4's Susquehanna Valley controlled the line of the scrimmage and diligently guarded the edge to secure a well-contested 22-0 smashmouth special victory over Section 10 Champion Gouverneur.
SV (13-0) won its 26th straight game to repeat as state champions and denied Gouuveneur's determined bid to become Section 10's first football champion after Section 3's Carthage was denied by Cornwall 30-27 in the Class A game and Clymer-Sherman-Panama dropped Section 7"s Moriah 42-7 for the Class D crown.
"We had a great run. One game does not define who you are, the process of getting there does. These boys have done something that most teams can not, and that is play for a NYS Championship. They have beaten a lot of very good teams and have over exceeded any expectations that anybody had for them...that is what defines them," said Gouverneur Coach Sean Devlin on a facebook post.
"You should be proud, they should be proud, the Coaches are certainly proud. Thank you to the thousands of fans that came out tonight to support the G-Men, and those who have been there all year. Even if it was just for a little while, the community gelled around this group of boys in a way that brought a common bond to friends, families and strangers alike....and that defines our community. Thank you for your unbelievable support this season, it truly is very important to us and you are a part of everything we have done. "
Congrats to your NYS Finalist!
SV DROPS WILDCATS' COMEBACK BID
Logan Haskel rushed for 187 on 33 carries behind battering ram offensive line surge which broke through a tenacious and stubborn Gouverneur (11-1) defense for three scoring drives. Haskel threw a 25-yard fourth down touchdown pass to Matt Fiorentino to open the scoring, ran for the two point conversion and scored from two yards out late in the second quarter where the Sabers took a 16-0 lead at the half.
Haskel ran for one two-point conversion and Dylan Glaska passed to Patrick Coleman for the second two points.
Mitchell Knapp went aiborne to score from one yard out for the only touchdown of the second half where Gouverneur generated two threats keyed by long passes. In third quarter quarterback Caleb Farr found Cayden Stowell with a roll out pass and the shifty halfback broke a tackle and raced 58 yards to the SV 11.
The Wildcats reached the two yardline but after a penalty set them back to the seven lineman Aiden Loupel sacked Farr on a fourth down pass attempt. Gouverneur reached the SV 19 in the fourth quarter sparked by a 31-yard yard diving catch by David Baker after the ball batted in the air by a defender.
The Sabers did not punt or throw a pass in the second half.
Haskel was honored as the Most Valuable Player after the contest in a ceremony where Stowell was cited as the Most Valuable Offensive Back and teammate Kyle Savage, who emphatically closed down any number of Saber plays, was recognized as the Most Valuable Defensive Back.
The Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards went to the SV duo of Brian Titus and Pat Enright.
Stowell gained 80 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 69 yards for Gouverneur and Mitchell Tyler picked up 30 tough inside yards on six carries. Farr completed five of 10 passing attempts for 111 yards.
COMETS FALL SHORT
Carthage hopes for its school's first Class A Football Championship ended with 2:12 remaining in the second half when Cornwall blocked a Comet attempt for 52-yard field goal with Cornwall leading 30-27. The Dragons took over and fittingly ran the clock out as Cornwall fullback Amin rushed for 184 yards and four touchdowns to anchor the winning offense.
While the Dragons used a methodical running game to rally from a 14-3 deficit in the first quarter and overcome a 27-23 yard deficit in fourth quarter, the passing of quarterback Nick Cavellier triggered a big play Carthage attack. Cavellier completed eight of 10 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns and running back Fombo Azah powered his way to 118 rushing yards. Casey Farrell rounded out the scoring with three PAT kicks.
Cavellier hooked up with Josh Demko for a 33-yard score and Carter Demko for a 50-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Demko also took a reverse 50 yards to the endzone.
Thomas Albright raced 67 yards to the endzone with a swing pass in the third quarter and caught four passes for 111 yards.
Cornwall Louie Francese completed 11-of-15 passes for 130 yards and Mike Baloga kicked a 28-yard field goal in the first quarter which proved to be the difference as the Dragons took a second straight state title.
In the Class D Championship Section 6 champion Clymer-Sherman-Savannah defeated Moriah of Section 7 42-7.