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OFA looks to lock up top tier playoff

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On Friday night, the OFA football team locked up Section 10’s Class C berth for the New York State Tournament by beating St. Lawrence Central 44-14.

This Friday night, the Devils travel to Tupper Lake looking to complete their drive for a spot in four-team playoff for the NAC Overall Championship.

“Unless there are some major upsets it looks like we can’t be any higher than the fourth seed,” said Coach Matt Tessmer of his Blue Devils who stand at 3-2 with two games to play behind two 5-0 teams in Potsdam and Gouverneur who meet on Friday and a 4-1 Malone team which has lost to only Potsdam. In the race for the fourth spot, the Devils stand one-game ahead of Massena (2-3) and control the tie-breaker by virtue of a victory over the Raiders. OFA completes its season by travelling to Tupper Lake on Friday and Potsdam the following Friday while Massena visits Malone on Saturday and hosts Canton (0-5) the following Friday.

“We are in good shape for a Tier I playoff berth and now our main goal is to win at Tupper Lake and take any guesswork out of placing in the top four.”

Winning at Tupper Lake means matching the physicality and emotion of the 1-4 Tupper Lake which fell to Malone 43-6 on Saturday one week after gaining its first win in a 42-21 decision at Canton. But a Lumberjack squad which feels it should be 2-3. Three weeks ago, TL dropped a 14-13 decision at Gouverneur where the 5-0 Wildcats blocked an extra point and an attempt for a game-winning field goal.

“Tupper Lake had some injuries and lost their number one quarterback. They put Mitch Kenniston, who I think is their best athlete, at quarterback and he has run and thrown the ball well,” said Tessmer.

“We have to be ready for a tough game. Tupper Lake teams always seem to play very well at home.”

Leading OFA into Friday’s game will be three seniors who enjoyed exceptional games for the Devils who played without a turnover and recovered two fumbles and intercepted two passes in the win over St. Lawrence Central. Nate Angel, John Morrison and Zach Sharpe were honored by their coaches as The Players of the Week.

Angel completed 10 of 14 passes for two touchdowns and rushed for 112 yards on nine carries with a touchdown. Morrison provided excellent blocking and snaps at center while Sharpe rushed for 85 yards on 11 carries with three touchdowns from his fullback position and rendered a very aggressive outing at middle linebacker.

“Nate Angel played with great confidence and really threw the ball well, John Morrison played his position extremely well and Zach Sharpe ran and secured the ball very well and had his best game of the season on defense,” said Tessmer.

ATHLETIC FACILITIES UPDATE: The OFA Athletic Department would like to clarify any confusion on the schedule for the upcoming large-scale construction project which will greatly upgrade and reshape the school’s outdoor athletic facilities.

Construction is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2013 for: a new all-weather nine-lane running track, a multi-sport (turf) field with grandstands and press box, tennis court relocation and for the reconstruction of the baseball diamonds and the south soccer field. The completion date for the work on those facilities is projected at Nov. 2, 2013.

The following year, June 30 2014, the softball field and north soccer field will be reconstructed with a completion date projected for Aug. 29, 2014.

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