OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (WWNY) - The 2019 high school football season officially kicks off Friday night with a full slate of games around the area in both Section 3 and Section 10.
One team looking to make another deep run in the state playoffs this season will be the O.F.A. Blue Devils.
Last season, O.F.A. came within one game of reaching the State Class C Championship game.
Coach Matt Tessmer's team went 5-1 in the regualr season and finished 7-2 overall. They beat Gouverneur in the Section 10 Class C title game and advanced to States, where they lost to Dobbs Ferry in the State Class C Semifinals.
"We did have a good year last year. We got to the final 4. The kids really came together at the end. We became a pretty good team after the season got over they had to overcome a lot of adversity. We had a lot of injuries, we had to play 4 different quarterbacks, we only played 3 games at O.F.A. out of 12 last year and the kids just turned it into a special year," said Coach Tessmer.
The Blue Devils, despite losing almost their entire defensive unit to graduation, feel they can make another run at a Section 10 Class C title this season.
“We did graduate a ton of really good players, we graduated almost the entire defense which really was the base of our team last year. But we do have some really good players coming back this year and we'll just see how it goes. We have alot of opportunity for kids to get some jobs,” said Tessmer.
“We're looking to have a good year. We have alot of new pieces to our offense and defense. We're just looking to get out there and have some good opportunities to win some games,” said Jackson Jones.
“I think it's gonna be pretty good this year. We got alot of new people and old veterans coming in to play this year so we just gotta put it together and it will be pretty good,” said Stephen Morley.
The Blue Devils open their season at home on Friday, September 6th when they host the Massena Red Raiders.
The Watertown Red and Black are enjoying an off week in observance of Labor Day.
Coach George Ashcraft's team is back in action this coming Saturday night as they host the Glens Falls Greenjackets: a team Watertown lost to 32-14 on the road earlier in the season.
The Red and Black are coming off a huge 27-24 win over previously undefeated Schenectady last Saturday night.
Watertown is riding a 3 game win streak and Ashcraft wants to keep that momentum going the final 2 weeks of the regular season.
"Hopefully next week we get back to that 35-40 guys being here Tuesday and Thursday getting ready to play a big game. Because it's important that they don't blow it off and think 'well they got that game won' and 'I can go do this' or 'I can go do that' cause that's when you get picked off. That happened to us when we went to Glens Falls. We were without 5 or 6 of our lineman and when you go and you get lit like that it's tough," said Ashcraft.
While the Red and Black have 2 more weeks left in their regular season, the Carthage Revolution are beginning their post season play this coming Saturday night. They will travel to Broome County to face the Stallions in the 1st round of the Northeastern Football Alliance AA Division Playoffs.
The Revolution lost their regular season finale last Saturday night at Carthage High School to Broome 30-12 and will be looking to avenge that loss.