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OFA rushes past SLC in football

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Next season the Blue Devils are scheduled to play on an artificial turf field located on the site of the present baseball diamond.

They took the task of making their final varsity game a memorial one as they methodically downed St. Lawrence Central (0-5) 44-14 to climb to 3-2 on the season and continue their drive to claim a Northern Athletic Conference Tier I playoff berth and the Class C berth for the state tournament.

“This field means the world to me and we really wanted to win this game,” said senior tackle Dave Troiano after taking the time to scoop up a jar of dirt.

Troiano was honored along with Nate Angel, Alex Farrell, Jake Garrison, Joe Giglio, Paul Mallette, Konnor Murdock, John Morrison, Nick Perrigo, Hunter Planty, Jon Pribble, Zach Sharpe, Christian Simmons, D.J. Swan and senior cheerleaders Sara Barr, Torey Peabody, Emily Switzer, Chelsea LaFlair and Aubrey O’Marah.

“This a very good win, it was important to win the final game on this field. Our line play well, our backs ran very hard, Nate Angel had a very nice game at quarterback, our receivers made some nice catches and we played good defense,” said OFA Coach Matt Tessmer after the contest where the Devils scored on two fourth down plays and had 21 plays which gained 10 yards or more.

“And we didn’t have any turnovers which was very good to see,” he added.

Angel rushed for 112 yards with a 36-yard touchdown run and completed 10 of 14 passes for 162 yards with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jon Tayler and a 12-yard scoring aerial to Josh Liebstein who also kicked two extra points.

Sharpe also enjoyed a career night slashing for 85 yards on 11 carries which included touchdown runs of one and 14 yards in the first quarter and a six-yard scoring jaunt in the fourth quarter.

Jordan McCormick gained 82 yards on eight carries and scored on a 12-yard burst in the second quarter.

Alex Farrell operated as the setup man in the offense as he carried the ball into the red zone three times while catching four passes for 66 yards and created a scoring chance with an 18 yard fourth down quarterback keeper.

St. Lawrence Central received both of its touchdowns from hard-nosed fullback Jesse Greer (13-62) who scored on a 32-yard run in the second quarter and a five-run run in the third quarter which he followed with a two-point conversion run.

The Larries operated with two quarterbacks in Mike Burns (6x10-1-80), who completed his first six passes of the second half and Devon Euto (5x11-1-68), who excelled at extending plays with his scrambling abilities. David Plante, who delivered a series of productive kickoff returns, caught seven passes for 78 yards and Cole LaFlesh grabbed three passes for 32 yards to highlight a very active game on defense.

Dylan Hoover and Hunter Planty produced interceptions for OFA, Nolan Rufa recovered a fumbled kickoff and D.J. Swan contributed a sack.

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