BRASHER FALLS A fast start and strong finish didnt give the St. Lawrence Central football team an upset victory over Massena on Saturday.
It did, however, give the undefeated Raiders plenty to think about going forward.
Their players battled right to the end and when we made mistakes, they capitalized on them, said coach Anthony Diagostino after Massena (3-0) withstood a fourth-quarter surge by the Larries to come away with a rain-soaked 40-26 victory.
Our play today was sloppy and it was undisciplined, he added. Well take the win but I think we all have to step back and do some reassessing after this game. If we want to have the special kind of a season that were all hoping for, we cant afford to make the kind of mistakes we made today.
Playing in front of its homecoming game crowd, St. Lawrence (0-3) gave the home fans something to cheer right away when freshman Mike Plante scooped up the opening kickoff just inside his own 20 then found his way to the right sideline for an 80-yard return for a touchdown.
The rest of the first half belong to the Raiders as they methodically reeled off 28 unanswered points starting with their first offensive possession that ended with senior Rory Corcoran connected with junior Josh Manley for a 32-yard touchdown reception. Jayce Lanning then added the first of his four straight PAT kicks to give the Raiders the lead at 7-6.
The Raiders later put together a quick five-play scoring drive that ended with senior tailback JP Reagan scoring from nine yards out as the buzzer sounded to end the first quarter.
Massena then took advantage of an SLC fumble on a punt to score its next points, taking over on the Larries 29. Reagan carried the ball down to the nine on the first play of the drive and appeared headed into the end zone on the next run but was stripped of the ball before crossing the goal line. The ball squirted into the air and was grabbed up by teammate Jeremy Malone, who dove the final two yards to complete the third Massena scoring drive with 8:25 left in the half.
The next offensive series by the Larries ended with a fumble on their own 43. Reagan took the ball on the next snap and raced down the right sideline for his third touchdown of the half.
St. Lawrences best chance to score in the third quarter came when freshman Dylan McCarthy blocked a Massena punt. The ball bounced all the way down to the 8. After a six-yard run by senior David Plante, the Larries drive ended on the ensuing play when Massenas Nolan Terrance fell on a loose ball at the 1. Ten plays and 99 yards later, Isaiah Dillabough scored from six yards out to push the Raiders lead to 34-6.
MALONE 28, GOUVERNEUR 12
Zach Raymond rushed for 146 yards on just nine carries, scoring touchdowns on runs of 23, 56 and 16 yards, as the Huskies (1-2) defeated the Wildcats (1-2) in a Northern Athletic Conference game in Malone.
Cody Smith added 134 yards on seven carries for Malone.Adrian McShane led the Wildcats with 60 yards rushing.
WESTMORELAND 61, BEAVER RIVER 26
Tim Harrison ran for two scores, caught a touchdown pass and returned a kickoff for a fourth score to lead the host Bulldogs (2-1, 2-0) to the Section 3 Class D Central win .
Harrison finished with 128 yards rushing. He also caught a 26-yard TD pass from Tyler Deveans and sped 75 yards with a kickoff for a third-quarter TD.
Quarterback Kyle Steiner completed 12 of 21 passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns for Beaver River (1-2). He hit Daniel Erker, Dylan Pate and Erik Lyndaker for scores.