The fact that Malone dropped its season opener, 21-0 to Massena, on Friday, did very little to diminish the OFA coaches outlook heading into Saturdays NAC football game at the Huskies Crowner Field on Saturday.
The Huskies lost three fumbles and three interceptions and had a punt blocked in a physical defensive duel where the highly-regarded Raiders converted two short field opportunities in the third quarter.
J.P. Regan, who would eventually score three touchdowns and kick three PATs on the night, scored on a pair of five-yard runs in the third quarter after a blocked punt which settled on the Huskies 17 and a fumble on the Huskies 30.
Regan scored on a nine-yard run with one minute to play to complete a 70-yard drive as the as Massena program gained its first win over Malone in six years.
Malone used three different quarterbacks in the game and was led by in rushing by Jake Perry with 49 yards. Zach Raymond picked up 69 receiving yards on two catches.
Malone is a very aggressive and very physical football team which runs the ball hard downhill. Massena is very good and Malone played right with them and moved the ball near the Massena 30 a number of times, said OFA Coach Matt Tessmer. We all know that we face a very tough game and we have to play very well.
Leading the Devils into their second game will be four players who played very well in Fridays 46-6 victory over Canton.
Josh Liebstein was honored as the Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 77 yards and throwing a touchdown pass to Nick Sweeney at quarterback and catching a touchdown pass from Joey Dalton as a wide receiver.
Nolan Rufa was cited by the OFA coaching staff as the Defensive Player of the Week for his very consistent play at his linebacker position which included an interception which set up a touchdown.
Taylor Richardson received the Hard Worker of the Week Award for his very strong week of practice which led to effective play at both defensive back and running back. At running back he broke off a 44-yard jaunt followed by a one-yard touchdown run and was also very active on special teams.
Running back-linebacker Jordan McCormick was recognized as Week 2 Fourth Captain after scoring two touchdowns against Canton and supplying excellent practice leadership.