Football fever in Gouverneur as high school team heads to state championship

Football fever as Gouverneur heads to state championship

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. (WWNY) - Football fever is sweeping Gouverneur, as the high school team is heading to its first-ever state championship game.

Signs of it are everywhere. There are sendoffs and homecomings in the wee hours of the morning.

“It's Thanksgiving and Gouverneur High School is still playing football,” said mayor Ron McDougall.

Gouverneur football players at a sendoff last week
Gouverneur football players at a sendoff last week (Source: wwny)

Gouverneur will play for a state championship Friday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. The team is inspiring young and old alike.

“It's a dream for the little kids,” said Patti Farley-Spilman, a proud football mom. “The thought of being able to go to the Dome at some point in their lives is a dream. They made it come true.”

Last week, 700 Gouverneur fans made a 300-mile road trip to see the action.

The team is getting lots of support from local businesses as well. One paid for buses last week. New York Pizzeria provided food for a team meal, and the booster club has them cranking out spirit at Stowell's Printing.

“People in business, they like to support,” said Mayor McDougall. “They like to see success and they're willing to support success.”

If you can’t make it to Friday’s game in Syracuse, it will be live-streamed at the Gouverneur Community Center and the Richville fire station.

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