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One of the hardest things that a football team can do is to go into the final game of the regular season at full strength.

OFA will do just that as they host Gouverneur on Friday night in a Senior Game which will be at the epicenter of a whirlwind of activities.

In conjunction with the game, Ogdensburg Pee Fee Football and Cheer with the Blue Devils Night will be held. Prior to the game, the Block O Booster Club will hold its annual Turkey Dinner with Green Gravy fund-raiser at the High School Cafeteria.

Also before the game Blevins Brothers of Ogdensburg will holding a Test Drive fund-raiser for OFA Athletics in the parking lot of the Golden Dome.

OFA will be looking to close a 6-1 regular season hosting Gouverneur (1-5) and looking to reverse a loss to the Wildcats last season.

Boosting the Devils’ plan to stay in contention for a possible share of the NAC crown if Massena (5-1) were to beat Potsdam (6-0) Friday and to build momentum for the Section 10 Class C playoffs will be the return to full operation of three highly valued seniors. Quarterback-defensive back Josh Liebstein, fullback-linebacker Jordan McCormick and flanker-defensive back Jon Tayler are all expected to play with two-way starting status. Liebstein played only offense in the last two games, McCormick’s time was limited on both sides of the ball against SLC because of a knee injury and Taylor missed Saturday’s 52-40 victory over St. Lawrence Central after having wisdom teeth extracted.

“We should be the healthiest we’ve been since the second half of the Tupper Lake game,” said Coach Tessmer looking to the renewal of the OFA-Gouverneur rivalry. “Gouverneur has good team speed and always plays hard. Turnovers have been a major problem for them all season and hopefully we can force some turnovers on Friday.”

Senior tackle Jacob King, who forced a fumble with a quarterback sack against SLC, was honored as OFA’s Defensive Player of the Week. The Offensive Award went to Liebstein who ran for three touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass to Nick Sweeney against the Larries.

Senior center Nick Barr was selected as the Week Seven Captain and sophomore Andrew Layng was recognized with the Hard Worker of the Week Award after playing regularly in the receiving rotation and catching his first varsity pass.

“Nick Barr has had just an awesome year at center and he had worked hard every minute of practice. Nick, Jacob King and Josh Liebstein are the kind of players you really miss when they aren’t in there” said Tessmer.

“Andrew Layng earned a chance to play a great deal in the St. Lawrence Central game and he played well.”

TWO MINUTE DRILL: Second-seeded OFA will be home for the Class C semi-finals next Friday hosting Canton. No. 1 seed Potsdam will host SLC....Class B Gouverneur is led by the trio of fine two-way players in Troy Gates, Adrian McShane and Aaron McEathron.

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