MASSENA - The Massena Central junior varsity football team made it seven down, one to go with a 40-0 win on the road over OFA on Wednesday.
Patrick Manning led a balanced offense with 108 yards on 19 carries including a 10-yard touchdown run as the junior Raiders broke open a close game with 24 unanswered second quarter points. Zach Plourde ran for 68 yards on four tries including a 35-yard touchdown scamper. Also contributed to the running game for Massena were; Jayce Lanning (6-41yds.), Isaiah Dillabough (7-24), Jason Zembeck (2-17), Maddox Merry (5-17, 2-pt conversion), Ethan Marcello (4-15), and Matthew Thibult (2-12).
Merry also had a productive game passing the ball, connecting on four of five passes for 58 yards including touchdown strikes to Lanning of 23 and 14 yards. Bobby Toddey had an 18-yard touchdown catch while Plourde caught a two-point conversion.
Defensively for Massena, Sako Rourke and Dillabough notched five tackles each. Mason McGill, Jack Foster and Thibault each finished with three while Manning logged two takedowns and a fumble recovery.
Now 7-0 under the guidance of coach Nick Zappia, the junior Raiders will look to cap their undefeated season on Monday when they host Franklin Academy under the lights at Mike Nicholas Field starting at 5:30 p.m.