POTSDAM Potsdam used a strong first half to defeat Gouverneur 30-8 Friday night in a matchup of the final two undefeated Northern Athletic Conference football teams.
Potsdam (6-0) scored on its first three drives of the game.
The first two drives ended with 20-yard run by Oden Robertson. Potsdam made it 22-0 when Will Coleman threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Kilgore and then connected with Kilgore again for a 2-point conversion.
Robertson finished with 101 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns. His final touchdown, on a 19-yard run, put Potsdam up 30-0 late in the third quarter.
Quarterback Mark Horne led Gouverneur (5-1) with 65 yards rushing.
OFA 42, TUPPER LAKE 20
Quarterback Nate Angel rushed for 228 yards on 12 carries, including three touchdowns, to lead the Blue Devils (4-2) past the Lumberjacks in Tupper Lake.
The Blue Devils finished with 385 yards rushing. Zach Sharpe added 71 yards for OFA. Mitch Keniston passed for 109 yards, including two touchdowns, for Tupper Lake (1-5).
SANDY CREEK 21, WESTMORELAND 19
Sandy Creek took a giant step toward winning the Section 3 Class D Central crown with a superb performance on both sides of the ball Friday night.
Mason McNitt rushed for a season-high 182 yards, including a 57-yard scoring run, and the Comets defense forced three turnovers as Sandy Creek held off visiting Westmoreland at Sandy Creek to remain unbeaten and take sole possession first place in the division.
Quarterback Tyler Swarthout threw for a touchdown and ran for another score for the Comets (6-0 overall, 4-0 division), who now have a one-game lead over the Bulldogs (4-2, 3-1) and Pulaski (4-2, 3-1), which beat South Lewis 60-22 on Friday.
Swarthout also kicked three key extra points after each touchdown.
With Sandy Creek leading by one point, Cameron Hall hauled in an 84-yard touchdown pass from Swarthout on the first play of the fourth quarter to build a 21-13 advantage.
Westmoreland drew within two points on a 35-yard TD reception by Joe LaLonde from Zack Green with six minutes remaining in the game. But a run for the 2-point conversion was stopped by Sandy Creek.
The Comets defense, which forced three fumbles, stopped the Bulldogs on their final two drives, including their last possession when they reached the Sandy Creek 30.
John Shirley was credited with 14 tackles to lead the Comets defensively, and teammate Zach Brown recorded nine tackles.
After Green opened the scoring on a one-yard TD run in the first quarter, Swarthout responded with a one-yard rushing score of this own later in the period.
After McNitt broke loose for his long TD for a 14-7 Sandy Creek lead in the second quarter, Westmoreland got within 14-13 on Tim Harrisons 2-yard run in the third period.
Sandy Creek, which finishes the season at Pulaski next weekend, was also playing without leading rusher Wyatt Bush, who sat out with an injured ankle.
NOTTINGHAM 45, CARTHAGE 6
Marty Clanton threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs routed the Comets in a Class A interdivision game in Syracuse.
Clanton threw TD passes of 5, 15 and 35 yards for Nottingham (4-2). Clanton also scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, whileDerek Gore had 12 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown.