GOUVERNEUR - Ogdensburg Free Academy marched 98 yards to score its only touchdown of Saturdays 15-6 season-opening Northern Athletic Conference Football loss to Gouverneur.
But after quarterback Nate Angel (10-71) scored on a five-yard fourth down keeper with 6:01 to play the final momentum swing of the game came down to a matter of inches. Adrian McShane stopped Angel inches from the goalline on the try for the two-point conversion to protect a Wildcat 7-6 lead.
The Wildcats then protected and expanded their lead by keeping the ball in the hands of quarterback Mark Horne who made an array of big plays leading the Wildcats to their programs first win over OFA in 11 years. Horne, who gained 120 yards on 19 carries, sealed the victory by breaking an option run 30 yards to endzone with 4:01 to play and then pitched a sealing two-point conversion pass to Troy Gates.
Horne and Gates also hooked for an 11-yard play action touchdown pass in the second quarter to give the Widcats a 7-0 lead.
On the option plays I just read the defense. They were crashing the A gap so I just kept the ball, said Horne who also had a pass breakup, a fumble recovery, a 43-yard punt to the OFA two-yard line and five tackles.
This was the biggest win of my life and it was a great team effort. Everyone played very hard and we played good defense.
A defense which stymied the Blue Devils until they revived their cause with the 98-yard scoring drive. Jordan McCormick (12-75) anchored the drive rushing for 66 yards on seven carries and Alex Farrell supplied 30 yards on two carries.
This was a tough loss but there were some real positives out there today. We have to keep working on the little things which lead to big things, said OFA Coach Matt Tessmer alluding to the offensive execution on the 98 yard drive.
We have to stay together as a team and keep working hard so ths loss doesnt stop us.
Gouverneur Coach Sean Devlin credited the victory to a total team effort as his team looked forward to a game at Canton on Saturday.
This game was part of our building process. Mark Horne gave us great leadership and made a lot of big plays but this was a total team effort, said Devlin.
Everyone wearing a blue and gold uniform contributed to this victory.
Alex Farrell supplied OFA with outstanding leadership rushing for 30 yards, catching two passes for 14 yards and made any number of solo stops in the secondary collecting 11 tackles on defense. Taylor Bouchard followed with six stops and Zach Sharpe and Nolan Rufa each added five.
Levi Tupper led Gouverneur with six tackles and Gates, Horne and McShane all finished with five.
OFA won the JV game 20-18 after opening a 20-0 lead..