BRASHER FALLS – The St. Lawrence Central varsity football team brought out the best in Gouverneur Central on Saturday. They came in with a great game plan today and they were moving our line around a little bit but one thing weve learned about our kids this year is that they respond very well to adversity, said coach Sean Devlin after his Wildcats scored 13 unanswered fourth quarter points to pull out a 19-16 Northern Athletic Conference win over an upset-minded Larries squad celebrating Homecoming Weekend at Randy Riggs Field.
Weve had every type of game this year. Weve had one game where we won big but weve either had to hold on or come from behind to win the others. This group has learned how to win and today we made the big plays when we had to, he added.
With the win, the Wildcats improved to 4-0 while the Larries slipped to 0-4.
I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides for most of the game and our kids plays hard. We showed a lot of improvement but Gouverneurs been on a roll this year and once they got the momentum going their way, they were able to take advantage of it, noted coach Bill Scharf after the Larries put together their best all-around effort of the season.
This was a tough one but hopefully the kids wont hang their heads and theyll come to practice on Monday ready to go back to work. We didnt get the win today but we had a lot of positives come from this game just the same, he added.
Unlike their previous three games this year where theyve put together scoring drives in the late stages, the Larries came out and drove the ball 54 yards on nine plays on their opening possession and took the early lead when senior Jesse Greer ran the ball into the endzone from four yards out and classmate Devon Euto went in for the two-point conversion just 3:53 into the game.
The Larries threatened for more on their fourth possession when they drove down to the Gouveneur 12-yard line before being halted. The Wildcats took over on downs and needed only eight plays to go 88 yards for their first points of the game with senior quarterback Mark Horne capping the drive with a five-yard burst but the Larries were able to halt the two-point try to maintain the lead at 8-6 with 1:09 left in the first half.
The Wildcats, who opened the game with a failed onsides kick, attempted another after their first touchdown but the Larries recovered the ball on their own 45. Seven plays later, including a key 24-yard pass completion from junior quarterback Mike Burns to senior Todd Ramsdell, Burns muscled his way into the endzone from one yard out as time expired. Greer then dove across the goalline for the two-point conversion that pushed the Larries halftime lead to 16-6.
Neither team scored in the third quarter but the Wildcats set the tone for their comeback on the first play of the fourth when Horne connected with Cody Woods on a quick inside slant on the left side that evolved into a 50-yard touchdown completion. David Plante intercepted Hornes attempted two-point pass into the endzone to keep the Larries ahead at 16-13.
The Larries were forced to punt on the fourth play of their ensuing possession but the Wildcats stuffed the attempt in the backfield and took over on the SLC 24. Three plays later, Horne swept around the right side of the line and into the endzone from seven yards out to give the Wildcats their first lead at 18-16 and Woods added the extra-point kick to close out the scoring with 8:36 remaining.
The Larries drove the ball down to the Gouverneur 16 on their next possession but were stopped on a fourth down fumble. They then halted the Wildcats on a botched punt attempt near midfield with 2:15 left but we unable to take advantage and turned the ball over downs and Gouverneur was able to just run out the clock to secure the win.
Horne completed six off 11 passes for 101 yards and was intercepted twice and carried the ball eight times for 59 yards to anchor the Gouverneur offense. Spilman generated 76 yards on 10 carries to lead the Wildcats ground game.
Greer had a career outing in leading the Larries with 135 yards on 27 carries while Euto ran for 92 yards on 17 tries and Burns, making his first start of the season at quarterback, connected on four of nine passes for 57 yards. The Wildcats will put their undefeated record on the line next Saturday at home against Massena starting at 1 p.m while the Larries are slated to travel to Ogdensburg on Friday for a 7 p.m. start.
Gouverneur 19, St. Lawrence 16
Gouverneur 0 6 0 13 19
St. Lawrence 8 8 0 0 16
SLC – Greer 4-run (Euto 2-pt run).
Gou – Horne 5-run (run stopped).
SLC – Burns 1-run (Greer 2-pt. run).
Gou – Woods 50-pass from Horne (2-pt pass intercepted).
Gou – Horne 7-run (Woods kick).
Rushing: Gouverneur – Spilman 10-76, McShane 4-58, Horne 8-59, Ayen 2-7; SLC – Euto 17-92, Greer 27-135, LaBarge 3-3, Burns 3-(-3), Plante 7-48.
Passing: Gouverneur – Horne 6-11-2-101; SLC – Burns 4-9-0-57, Euto 0-3-0-0.
Receiving: Gouverneur – Woods 2-49, McShane 1-5, Gates 1-37, Spilman 1-5, Barley 1-2; SLC – Smith 1-15, T. Ramsdell 2-26, Plante 1-16.
Fumble Recoveries: Gouverneur – Spilman, Tupper, McEathron; SLC – Agen.
Interceptions: SLC – Euto, Plante.