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Potsdam, Massena football teams gear up for NAC showdown with lopsided wins

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Potsdam and Massena both cruised to Northern Athletic Conference football victories on Friday night.

The Sandstoners downed Tupper Lake 56-19 while the Raiders defeated Gouverneur 42-19. Massena (5-1) and Potsdam (6-0) will meet in Potsdam this coming Friday night for the NAC regular season championship.

Potsdam 56, Tupper Lake 19: Big plays sparked the unbeaten Stoners past Tupper Lake on their home turf.

Senior O’Den Robertson produced on both sides of the ball for Potsdam scoring on runs of 38 and 46 yards while intercepting a pass and going 103 yards to paydirt for a score.

“This was a good win for us but we have a very big game next week against Massena,” said Robertson. “Massena is a very good team and they have a very solid running back in JP Reagan. It should be a battle.”

After Potsdam had a 37-yard touchdown called back on a penalty, Robertson scored on a 38-yard run for the opening score in the first quarter.

Max Worden of Potsdam capitalized on a Travis Hall inteception scoring on a nine-yard pass from Will Coleman for a 12-0 lead with 2:11 left in the first quarter.

“This was a good win but we have a much bigger one next against Massena. Massena has a good back and they also can throw so our defense has to be on,” said Potsdam coach Jim Kirka.

Potsdam forced Tupper Lake to punt its next series and just two plays into the second quarter, Hall scored on a inside seam route from 51 yards out on a Coleman pass. Jeremy Roussell answered for the Lumberjacks as Morgan Stevens completed a big pass from Cody LaPierre to extend a drive. Roussell scored on a a two-yard plunge with 4:20 left in the first half.

Chase Palmer gained 30 yards on Potsdam’s first snap of their next posession and Robertson followed it with a 46-yard burst down the right side of the field.

Looking to cut the deficit before halftime, LaPierre scored on a highlight reel scramble from Stevens on a 33-yard aerial strike down the middle where Stevens averted several pass rushers with 15.5 to play.

Rian McFadden began the third quarter for the Stoners with a 23 yard run and a eight yard run. Will Coleman later finished the drive on a five-yard touchdown run.

Tupper Lake engineered a drive keyed by a Brassen LaVassaur’s 18-yard hook up from Stevens but Stevens forced his next throw into the hands of Robertson three yards deep into the end zone and took it the distance for the touchdown.

Rian Zeller’s inteception turned into a three-yard touchdown run by McFadden to begin the fourth quarter.

Tupper Lake answered as Noah Santana marched the Lumberjacks down the field keyed by a 13-yard strike to Lavassaur and a big run from Roussell. Roussell finished off the drive with a nine-yard run for a score.

The Stoners final score came from David Murray on a 16-yard interception return with 1:24 to play.

Robertson finished with 144 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. McFadden had five totes for 70 yards and a score. Palmer had 37 yards on three carries and scored two two-point conversions. Coleman had 65 yards through the air and didn’t throw an interception. Zeller had nine tackles.

Roussell had 129 yards on 27 carries and two scores. Stevens threw one touchdown in a 8-21 passing day with 112 yards but had three interceptions.

Massena 42, Gouverneur 19: On Louis Trevino Senior Night in Massena, senior J.P. Reagan rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Raiders. On his first carry of the second half, Reagan went over the 1,000-yard mark for rushing this season.

Quarterback Rory Corcoran passed for two more touchdowns, both to Josh Manley, for the winners.

Massena jumped out to a 14-0 lead on their first two possessions of the night as Reagan scored on runs of 17 yards and one yard with Jayce Lanning kicking both extra points. The Wildcats cut the lead in half late in the quarter after a Raider muffed punt set up Gouverneur with a first-and-goal at the five yardl ine. Adrian McShane carried over from five yards out and Aaron McEathron booted the extra point.

In the second quarter, Manley made a nice fingertip catch in the end zone on a Corcoran pass from 22 yards out before Reagan rushed in for his third touchdown of the half from 15 yards out. The Wildcats then scored on a 25-yard halfback pass from Troy Gates to Aaron Bush with just 14 seconds left before intermission and the Raiders led 27-13 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Corcoran threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Manley and Reagan broke away for a an 89-yard run from scrimmage to give Massena a 40-13 advantage. Gouverneur scored on the final play of the third quarter as McShane, who finished with 111 yards on 18 carries on the night, broke away on a 48-yard scamper. The lone scoring of the fourth quarter took place when the Raiders’ Tim VanTassell tackled a Wildcat ball carrier in the end zone for a safety.

Corocran completed 4-of-4 passes on the night for 118 yards and two touchdowns while Isaiah Dillabough relived Reagan in the fourth quarter and rushed 41 yards on eight carries for Massena.

Sam Gerber and Ross Davis recovered fumbles for the Raiders while McEathron had an interception for the Wildcats (1-5).

FA OUTSCORES CANTON

In a Friday afternoon matchup in Malone, the host Huskies broke away from a 12-12 tie in the second quarter with four straight touchdowns.

Zach Raymond led the FA offense with 173 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. Cody Smith (6x40) and Jake Perry (10x33) each rushed for solo touchdowns while Camron Gallagher completed three of four passes for 60 yards including touchdown strikes to Jordan Yando (21 yards) and Raymond (31 yards).

The duo of Hunter Yerdon and Peyton VanBibber anchored a determined Canton effort that saw the Bears produce three fourth-quarter touchdowns that cut the FA lead to 40-30. Yerdon ran for 117 yards, including touchdown runs of 12 and 41 yards, on 18 carries while VanBibber went for 112 yards on 14 rushes, including a 60-yard touchdown jaunt.

Yerdon also had a productive game passing the ball, connecting on eight of 19 yards for 141 yards, including touchdown passes to Louden Porter (24 yards) and Cole Zeller (37 yards) as the Bears slipped to 1-5.

Tehatakenta Boots notched a pair of interceptions to highlight the defensive effort for FA (3-3) while Jake Scharf recovered a pair of fumbles.

Both squads close out the regular season next Saturday with the Huskies traveling to St. Lawrence Central and Canton headed to Tupper Lake.


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