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St. Lawrence Central earns first win of Northern Athletic Conference Football season


GOUVERNEUR - St. Lawrence Central came into Saturday’s Northern Athletic Conference Football contest against Gouverneur at Frank LaFalce Field winless at 0-4.

However, the Larries weren’t an ordinary 0-4 team losing to Tupper Lake 30-28 in week one and Canton 35-22 in week four after setbacks to 5-0 Potsdam and 4-1 Massena. On Saturday, the pieces finally fell in place and SLC claimed a convincing 38-12 victory.

“We finally put together the four quarters you need to win in football. The kids were really pumped up today after a disappointing loss to Canton last week. We had a great week of practice and it showed,” said St. Lawrence Central coach Bill Scharf.

Just four plays into the game SLC freshman Mike Plante exploded for a 49 yard touchdown run for the first of three running scores in the game. After David LaPlante’s two point conversion run, the Wildcats needed just three plays to answer when Adrian McShane darted 60 yards to paydirt to cut the deficit to 8-6 with 8:18 left in the first.

The Wildcats defense forced St. Lawrence Central to punt on their next series and Jose Flores darted 49 yards down the sideline for a Gouverneur 12-8 lead.

Things started to turn in the Larrie direction in the second quarter.

A bad snap on a punt gave St. Lawrence Central two points for a safety and on the ensuring kickoff Mike Plante went 60 yards down the sideline for a touchdown with 2:11 to play for a 16-12 halftime advantage.

“As the game went on we became more confident,” said coach Scharf.

“Our offensive line really started to open up some holes and Mike and David Plante found them. Mike (Plante) just had a tremendous effort and he has a lot more of football ahead of him as he is just a ninth grader. But it started up from with Joel Truax, Kyle Lashomb, Chris Gray and Hunter Ramsdell.”

In the second half, Mike Plante scampered 35 yards to paydirt for a score with 7:15 left in the third and he bolted loose for a 62 yard run with 1:49 left for a 32-12 lead.

Mike Burns who scored two point conversions on Mike Plante’s third quarter touchdowns had a big six yard run to set up the Larries final score on a Mark Crump’s six yard run with 6:27 to play in the fourth.

Mike Plante finished with 14 carries and 224 yards and touchdown runs 35, 49 and 65 along with a 60 yard kickoff return. David Plante secured tough inside yardage with 59 yards on 13 attempts. Brandon LeBarge had 27 yards on five carries and Mark Crump added a touchdown going for 13 yards on three totes.

For Gouverneur, Adrian McShane carried the ball 16 times for 150 yards and a touchdown run of 60 yards. Jose Flores finished with 71 yards on six carries.

“St. Lawrence Central just outplayed us today. Defensively, we didn’t tackle very well at all. And our turnovers and penalties absolutely killed us. But St. Lawrence has a really good young running back in Mike Plante,” said Wildcat coach Sean Devlin.

The Larries face OFA at home on Saturday while Gouverneur plays at Massena on Friday evening.

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