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Potsdam rolls past St. Lawrence Central in football

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POTSDAM – It took a little time for the Potsdam Football team to get the scoreboard moving on Saturday on Hall of Fame Weekend against St. Lawrence Central. But once it did it was smooth sailing for the unbeaten Stoners.

St. Lawrence Central, however, didn’t back down at any time in the 54-12 decision against the 2-0 Stoners making a statement by going for a first down on fourth and one at their own 41 on the first drive.

The Larries recorded a first down on the next play but later punted on a fourth and long to end the drive.

Potsdam took over and O’den Robertson had a 34 yard gain on the second play from scrimmage. After two Rian McFadden touches for 11 yards Robertson broke free for a 14 yard touchdown run with 5:50 left in the first.

The Larries completed five passes on their next series which began at their own 48 and finished on a 25 yard touchdown catch by David Plante from Mike Burns.

“St. Lawrence really played well. They moved the ball very well through the air and on the ground. Defensively, we’ve got some work to do with out pass rush and coverage,” said Potsdam coach Jim Kirka.

“Offensively, I like how we moved the ball after our line starting getting some holes open. O’den (Robertson) and Chase (Palmer) had another good week for us on the ground,” Kirka said after complimenting the play of linemen Jordan Buffham, Dillian Green, Matt Liscum, and Zach Rottier.

Robertson ran 21 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns along with a 60 yard punt return for a score. Palmer had 78 yards on seven carries and one score. Rian McFadden had 44 yards and nine totes and one touchdown as the Stoners finished at 45-308 yards.

Mike Plante (9-89) and David Plante (11-30) paced the Larries on the ground (26-131) while Mike Burns finished 7-for-18 for 78 yards including 71 yards to David Plante. Burns was picked twice by Logan Ford.

Potsdam took a 14-6 lead when McFadden scored on a 10 yard plunge keyed by a big 15 yard run from Will Coleman.

That shifted the momentum into the Stoner direction. McFadden blocked a punt for Potsdam at the Larries 25.Six plays later, Coleman found Jacob Bryant for a six yard score.

“That blocked punt really shifted the momentum in Potsdam’s direction. We knew that this game was going to be a very tough one and mistakes like that wouldn’t go unnoticed by Potsdam. They’re a great team with depth and skills. Offensively, I like the way our backs our playing and I like that we can move the ball against good teams but we have to stay turnover free,” said SLC coach Bill Scharf who team meets Massena on Saturday at their Larries Homecoming Weekend.

Potsdam scored 22 straight points in the third quarter as Robertson scored from four yards out keyed by a 14 catch from Bryant and later on a 60 yard punt return by Robertson. Chase Palmer also darted 51 yards to paydirt for a score.

LeRoy Gotham recovered a fumble for St. Lawrence after a 55 yard pickup on the ground by Mike Plante. His brother David Plante scored on a seven yard run. Max Warden threw a perfect pass to Travis Hall for 33 yards for the final score for Potsdam in the fourth quarter.

Andrew Ace and Jacob Bryant paced Potsdam with five tackles each while Will Coleman had four.Defensively for SLC, David Plante had 14 tackles while Mike Plante recorded nine and Chris Tabor (eight), Gavin Chase (six), LeRoy Gotham (five) rounded out the top five.

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