GOUVERNEUR - Football is a game of inches.
Saturdays homecoming contest at Frank LaFalce Field at the Gouverneur-St. Lawrence County Fairgrounds proved to be just that as the Wildcats of Gouverneur remained unbeaten at 5-0 by trimming Massena Central 19-18 after stopping a two point conversion run.
After a Jordy Mitchell interception for Massena, which scored on its first and fifth posses ions of the game, marched down the field in the final seven minutes on their seventh drive scoring on a one-yard run by Jeremiah Reagan with 41.7 seconds left.
Tyler Simmons caught a 30 yard pass from Rory Corcoran and Mitchell grabbed a 21 yard catch in the drive which also featured a big fourth and two conversion from Reagan.
After Reagans touchdown run, the Raiders attempted a two point run which was stopped just short of the goal line.
We talked about it earlier in the fourth quarter whether we would kick and go for the tie or go for two and look for the win. We were moving the ball very well, said Massena Coach Diagostino.
We were 0-for-2 on extra point kicks. It was a tough decision but I had confidence in our offense and I would definitely do it again. Im proud of our final drive. We got ourselves in position to win. Gouverneur is a very good team. They made a big play down the stretch.
Gouverneur Coach Sean Devlin was glad he didnt have to make that call on the conversion.
It was a tough call for them to make and it would have been extremely tough for us too. Im just extremely happy on how it turned out for us. Coach (Justin) Young made a great call and the kids executed. We were fortunate that we came out on top, said Devlin.
We will take a win any way we can. Weve won some close battles this season. I believe weve won three games by seven combined points and we beat OFA 15-6 in game one which was a very big confidence builder for our team. And winning under pressure has been key too. Weve faced a lot of different scenarios like being ahead and down by 10 late. Its made us a better team.
Massena opened scoring 1:57 into the game when Reagan scored the first of three touchdowns on a six-yard run after he caught a 15 yard strike from Rory Corcoran and Jordy Mitchell provided a 18 yard run.
The lead held until Gouverneurs Tanner Spillman scored on a five yard run with 2:05 left in the second quarter sparked by a 11 yard run by Hunter Ayen and 12 yard run by Spillman.
Tied 6-6, Gouverneurs Ayen recovered an onside kick and the Wildcats scored with 37.8 left in the half when Mark Horne ran two yards to paydirt three plays after he hooked up with Troy Gates for 21 yards.
Massena tied the game at 12-12 with 2:37 left in the third when Reagan ran nine yards to the endzone.
Gouverneur responded with a 64 yard catch and run by Ayen who took a Horne pass to paydirt. Cody Woods booted the PAT for a 19-12 lead.
Horne finished with 153 rushing yards and 24 carries he three for seven for 97 yards through the air. Spillman had 58 yards on 12 rushes and a touchdown.
Reagan (16-79) rushed for three touchdowns for Massena.
What a game and finish. said the Wildcats Horne.
After our first couple of practices and the win against OFA , I thought we would have a good season but 5-0 at this point wasnt in the picture. Were just working hard as a team.
The Wildcats face unbeaten Potsdam on Friday at 7 p.m. in the battle for first place in the NAC. Massena (2-3) plays 4-1 Malone next week.
Potsdam 54 - Canton 12: The Sandstoners (5-0) stayed unbeaten as they rushed for 366 yards in downing Canton in Potsdam.
Ryan McFadden and Adam Lewis each ran for two touchdowns while Steven Lewis, Trevor Keleher and Travis Hall all rushed for a touchdown. Adam Lewis rushed for 100 yards on nine carries while quarterback Will Coleman completed 4 of 8 passes for 73 yards for Potsdam. Jacob Woods caught two passes for 37 yards.
Potsdam led 8-0 after one quarter and then broke it open with 24 unanswered points in the second quarter to lead 32-0 at halftime.
Canton (0-5) scored twice in the fourth quarter as Peyton VanBibber raced 53 yards from scrimmage and Jay Proulx retured a kickoff 68 yards for a touchdown. VanBibber led all rushers with 112 yards on 12 carries.
Malone 43 - Tupper Lake 6: The Huskies made several big plays and rushed for 327 yards, crushing Tupper Lake (1-4) in Malone.
Quarterback Mitchell Gallagher gained 181 yards rushing and scored on runs of 94, 46 and nine yards. He also completed 9 of 12 passes for 100 yards for the Huskies (4-1).
Tyrek Sneed added a 64-yard touchdown run and finished with 111 yards for Malone and Cody Boyea scored on a 75-yard kickoff return.
The Lumberjacks scored their only points after a 40 yard pass play from Mitch Keniston to Nick Bourbeau. Elliot Kerst went in from the two yard line after the Lumberjacks had converted a fourth and short.