TUPPER LAKE - In what can now be considered a tune-up for a championship game, Tupper Lake's football team dropped a 21-13 decision to Massena on Saturday in a Section X cross-over matchup at Frank Tice Field.
Despite the loss, the Lumberjacks fared much better when they met the Red Raiders on the second weekend of the season. In that game, Massena rolled out to a 41-6 lead before Tupper Lake scored two late touchdowns.
This time around, Tupper Lake held a 7-6 halftime lead thanks to a 2-yard touchdown run on a quarterback sneak from Morgan Stevens early in the second quarter.
Tupper Lake quarterback Morgan Stevens wedges his way through the line during Saturday’s game against Massena at Frank Tice Field.
(Photo — Roy Bombard)
But Massena outscored the Lumberjacks 15-6 after intermission to improve to 7-2.
Tupper Lake got its second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard scoring pass from Stevens to Cody LaPierre.
The Class A Red Raiders next play a regional playoff game against the champion from Section II.
Jeremy Roussel paced Tupper Lake's offense, rushing for 121 yards on 27 carries. The effort gave the senior running back 1,021 yards rushing on the season, which makes him the first 'Jacks ball carrier to break the 1,000-yard plateau since 2007.
Stevens finished with a dozen completions for 105 yards on 26 attempts on a rainy afternoon. He was intercepted once.
Senior Mitch Keniston led the Lumberjacks receivers with 35 yards on three catches.
Tupper Lake, which fell to 4-5, will now face Section VII champion Moriah Friday at AuSable Valley in the Class D North Country Super Bowl.
The game was originally scheduled for Friday night, but was moved to Saturday due to high winds.