Potsdam Wins Regular-Season Title; O.F.A., Tupper, Malone Win

Final 2013 Section X Football Standings


x-Potsdam Sandstoners
Ogdensburg Blue Devils
Massena Red Raiders
Malone Huskies
Tupper Lake Lumberjacks
St. Lawrence Central Larries
Canton Golden Bears
Gouverneur Wildcats
Div.     NLg  Overall   PF    PA
7-0      0-0       7-0    326     76
6-1      0-0       6-1    217   164
5-2      0-0       5-2    210   126
4-3      0-0       4-3    126   144
3-4      0-0       3-4    177   195
1-6      0-0       1-6    178   241
1-6      0-0       1-6    125   246
1-6      0-0       1-6      95   247


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St. Lawrence Central’s David Plante (15) delivers a low hard hit leaving Malone’s Ryan Hooper (22) a little shaken. Malone jumped on St. Lawrence Central for two early touchdowns and a 12-0 lead, then had to fend off the Larries’ late surge in delivering a 20-12 win on the final week of the regular season.  (Shonn Surber photo)  Game Gallery

 

Games of Week 7: October 18-19, 2013

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2013

Ogdensburg 40, Gouverneur 22
Potsdam 36, Massena 12

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2013

Malone 20, St. Lawrence Central 12
Tupper Lake 48, Canton 30

MALONE RACES OUT TO LEAD, THEN HOLDS OFF LARRIES 20-12


St. Lawrence Central’s David Plante (15) delivers a low hard hit leaving Malone’s Ryan Hooper (22) a little shaken. Malone jumped on St. Lawrence Central for two early touchdowns and a 12-0 lead, then had to fend off the Larries’ late surge in delivering a 20-12 win on the final week of the regular season.  (Shonn Surber photo)  Game Gallery

Malone’s Cameron Gallagher (15) scoops up a fumble after a bad snap and sprints to the end zone with the ball. However, the play is negated due to a block-in-the-back penalty meted out by the officials. Malone gained two early touchdowns, then worked to hold the Larries to just two touchdowns for the balance of the game to claim a 20-12 victory.
 

MALONE 20, ST. LAWRENCE CENTRAL 12
The Malone Huskies shut down the St. Lawrence Central offense, while stacking up a 12-0 lead in the first half of Saturday’s regular-season finale at Randy Riggs Field in Brasher. Franklin Academy had to hold off a promising Larries’ second half to score a 20-12 victory and finish the season with a winning 4-3 mark. Malone opened the game with an 80-yard scoring drive that featured six scoring plays and culminated with a 16-yard touchdown carry by Ryan Hooper who carried for 59 yards on the day. The game remained at 6-0 until the final drive of the half. F.A. quarterback Camron Gallagher scrambled to buy time until receiver Abe Gravell got open in the back of the end zone for the Huskies’ second touchdown in posting a 12-0 halftime lead. The Huskies missed a chance to add another first-half score when Gravell snared a pass and galloped to the one-yard line, but the ball was batted from his hands and rolled out of the end zone for a touchback, giving St. Lawrence Central possession at their 20-yard line. St. Lawrence Central (1-6) opened the third quarter with a long methodical drive that encompassed 80 yards and took 19 plays before running back David Plante plunged into the end zone from the one-yard line, cutting the Huskies lead to 12-6. On the ensuring drive, Malone protected its lead with a protracted eight-play setup that took the game two minutes into the fourth quarter. Zach Raymond’s 11-yard hitch to the end zone proved to be eventual game-winning score. For the game, Raymond rolled up 183 yards on 15 carries. Jake Henning tossed to Raymond for the extra two points to extend the lead to 20-6. The Larries, no strangers to comebacks in recent weeks, rallied again by producing a 57-yard scoring drive on 11 plays. Plante, who fought for 126 yards on 27 totes, muscled past the Huskies’ defense on a five-yard carry to cap the drive with another six points. Malone’s Jordan Yando smothered the Larries’ onside-kick attempt and the Huskies killed the final 4:28 for the win.

Potsdam Captures Season Crown Beating Massena


Potsdam's Will Coleman (11) scampers into the end zone for a touchdown in the first half of Potsdam's season finale against the Massena Red Raiders.  Potsdam won 36-12.

Potsdam’s O’den Robertson (20) runs the ball upfield with six Massena Raiders attempt to bring him down. Potsdam beat Massena 36-12 to finish 7-0 and win the Section X regular season championship. (Shonn Surber photo)  Game Gallery
 

POTSDAM 36, MASSENA 12
The Potsdam Sandstoners fended off Massena’s early bid for a share of the Section X regular-season championship, defeating the Red Raiders 36-12 on Friday night. Potsdam completed its second straight 7-0 season, guided by another 14-0 start. The Raiders challenged Potsdam’s quick start when J.P. Reagan muscled into the end zone on a two-yard carry to close the gap to 14-6. That was as close as the Raiders would get. Plagued by three first-half turnovers and another interception to start the second half, Massena watched Potsdam rack up three consecutive touchdowns to put the game out of reach. O’den Robertson scooped up a Raider fumble and jetted 45 yards to paydirt to build Potsdam’s lead to 14-0 in the first quarter. Robertson had three touchdowns on the night, bringing his season total to 18, including scoring runs of five and 16 yards, and a total of 21 carries for 118 yards rushing. The crushing blow for Massena came late in the third frame on a Potsdam fourth-and-goal from the Raider 24. Potsdam’s Will Coleman squeezed a quarterback keeper along the right sideline and dashed to the end zone to virtually put the game out of reach at 28-6. Coleman and Reagan each netted another touchdown to wrap up the scoring. Reagan finished the game with 19 carries, but the conference’s rushing leader contained to just 71 yards by the Potsdam defense. His two touchdowns also brought his season total to 18. Massena QB Rory Corcoran finished with 176 all-purpose yards. With the loss, Massena closed the regular season with a third-place finish at a quality 5-2 season. Massena will get a crossover game next Saturday in Malone to face the Huskies, before heading into the state quarterfinals as Section X’s lone Class A school. Potsdam will await the outcome of Saturday’s games for Canton and St. Lawrence Central to determine who they will get in the Class C playoffs.

TUPPER LAKE PULLS AWAY FROM CANTON IN FINALE 48-30


Tupper Lake’s Jeremy Roussel (41) breaks a tackle against Canton’s Hunter Yerdon (1) for a 25-yard gain. The Lumberjacks extended a one-touchdown advantage at the half, en route to a 38-20 victory over the Golden Bears on the final week of the regular season. Tupper Lake improved to 3-4. Canton fell to 1-6.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

Canton’s Hunter Yerdon (1) eludes a tackle by Tupper Lake’s Mitch Keniston (33) and slides just inside the pylon to score the Golden Bears’ first touchdown of the game on a 30-yard quarterback keeper. The Lumberjacks held off the Bears for a 48-30 victory in the final game of the regular season.
 

TUPPER LAKE 48, CANTON 30
Tupper Lake closed out its regular-season campaign with a 48-30 romp over the Canton Golden Bears. Tupper Lake led the Bears by just one possession, 21-14 at the half. Tupper Lake opened a comfortable lead in the second half, forcing Canton to forge a second-half comeback behind a 42-yard touchdown run, a 10-yard score and four extra points from rusher Peyton VanBibber. Hunter Yerdon also scrambled for Canton scores, both from inside the Tupper Lake five-yard line. Cole Zeller accounted for two other points on a conversion catch.

O.F.A. Locks Up 2nd Place Beating GOUVERNEUR 40-22


Gouverneur’s Ben Casey (7) looks to breaks a tackle to slip past the Ogdensburg defender to gain the first down at midfield. Casey blew through a hole in the Blue Devil defense in the third quarter for a 50-yard TD.  O.F.A. jumped to a 26-0 halftime lead, en route to a 40-22 win over the Wildcats.  (Cody Jenne photo) Game Gallery   NCSN Broadcast

Ogdensburg’s Jordan McCormick (11) breaks through the tackle attempt from Gouverneur’s Aaron Bush (24) and gains 40 yards to set up a first-and-goal. The Blue Devils jumped to a 26-0 halftime lead. Gouverneur outscored O.F.A. 22-14 in the second half, but came up short in a 40-22 Devils’ win.
 

OGDENSBURG 40, GOUVERNEUR 22
The Ogdensburg Blue Devils rode a strong second quarter to open a 26-0 halftime lead, enough to override Gouverneur’s best half of the season after intermission, to close out the final regular-season home game at venerable Alton Elliott Field at Ogdensburg with a 40-22 victory. O.F.A. quarterback Josh Liebstein either passed or dashed for all six touchdowns for the Blue Devils. Liebstein put the Blue Devils on the scoreboard with a three-yard touchdown at 5:27 of the opening quarter. Ogdensburg’s 19 unanswered points in the second quarter virtually put the game out of reach for the Wildcats. Liebstein scampered for two touchdowns of six yards each to start and end the quarter. In between, the quarterback tossed a slant to Jon Tayler, about 15 yards out in open space and the senior running back carried the ball another 45 yards to the house. After marching the opening possession of the second half down to the Wildcat 12, Liebstein spiraled a TD strike over the middle to Nick Sweeney to open a 33-0 advantage. But in the final 22 minutes, Gouverneur focused on various wishbone options, a few stunts and several big-yardage gains to outduel the Blue Devils 22-7. Just 26 seconds after Sweeney’s score, the Gouverneur offensive line opened up space in the “A gap” at the 50-yard line. Quarterback Ben Casey fired through the hole and past the drawn-in secondary with such quickness that he was 10 yards beyond the last defenders before they could turn to pursue. Gouverneur then switched up quarterbacks with Troy Gates taking the extra-point snap. Casey was left alone on the right sideline and was wide open in the end zone for the two-point conversion. Ogdensburg’s final score of the night came late in the third quarter when Liebstein completed a 30-yard aerial to Jon Rogers, extending the lead to 40-8. Gates was escorted six yards to paydirt behind lead blocking from Aaron McEathron. The final score of the night was a stunner. Liebstein called his own number of a shotgun snap. Gates lowered his body in direct pursuit like a would-be tackler, but at the last second, reached in, swiped the ball out of Liebstein’s hands and fled untouched for 36 yards to the end zone. The 22 second-half points for Gouverneur were more than the Wildcats had scored in any game all season.

 

Games of Week 6: October 11-12, 2013

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

Malone 47, Canton 30
Potsdam 56, Tupper Lake 12
Massena 42, Gouverneur 19

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2013

Ogdensburg 52, St. Lawrence Central 40

Malone Fends Off Late Canton Rally in 47-30 Win


Malone’s Camron Gallagher (15) stretches out with the ball, but is stopped by two Canton defenders just short of the goal line on the two-point conversion attempt. The Huskies broke away from a 12-12 score early in the second quarter to open a 40-12 lead, then had to fend off a late Canton rally 47-30.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

 Canton’s Hunter Yerdon (1) tries to break through the defensive pressure from Malone’s Jacob Scarf (62) to gain a two-point conversion. (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery
 

MALONE 47, CANTON 30
After a 12-12 tie early in the second quarter, the Malone Huskies reeled off four straight touchdowns to pull ahead 40-12. However, the Canton Golden Bears parlayed on-sides kicks and turnovers for three fourth-quarter touchdowns to draw within ten points, before settling for a respectable 47-30 final. Zach Raymond, who carried 12 times for 173 yards, put the Huskies on the scoreboard with an 11-yard finish on Malone’s first drive of the afternoon. Raymond totaled three touchdowns, while Cody Smith and Jake Perry also logged rushing touchdowns. Franklin Academy quarterback Camron Gallagher completed just three passes, but two were TD strikes to Raymond and Jordan Yando. Tehatakenta Boots snatched two interceptions, while Jake Scharf recovered a pair of fumbles for the Huskies who squared their record at 3-3. Canton quarterback Hunter Yerdon put the Bears on the scoreboard with a first-quarter scamper for 12 yards. Yerdon later contributed 158 all-purpose yards, including a 41-yard scamper and touchdown passes to Louden Porter and Cole Zeller. Peyton VanBibber VanBibber dashed 14 times for 112 yards and a 60-yard touchdown sprint that tied the game 12-12 to start the second quarter. With the loss, Canton slipped to 1-5.

Reagan Passes 1,000 Yards in 42-19 Win vs. Wildcats


Massena’s J.P. Reagan (7) breaks a tackle from Gouverneur defender Adrian McShane (15) for the first touchdown of the game. Reagan racked up 218 yards to surpass the 1,000-yard mark in the first six games of the season. The Red Raiders pulled away in the second half to down the Wildcats 42-19.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Gouverneur’s Adrian McShanne (15) gets free of the Massena defense for the Wildcats’ first score of the game.

 

MASSENA 42, GOUVERNEUR 19
Massena’s Jeremiah Reagan celebrated his Senior Night at Mike Nicholas Field had a career performance – 219 yards, four touchdowns and the Red Raiders’ fifth win in six games this season. The Raiders played two-for-one all night with the Gouverneur Wildcats in a 42-19 victory. In each of the first three quarter, Massena scored a pair of touchdowns, then Gouverneur countered with a single score. Reagan dashed 17 yards for the first score at 3:22, then plunged a half-yard for the second score to open a 14-0 lead. Massena’s only gaff of the night came after holding the Wildcats on four downs, but muffed the ensuing kickoff on their own five-yard line. Adrian McShane then dashed untouched to the end zone on the next play to close the margin to 14-7. Massena quarterback Rory Corcoran (four passes for 118 yards) dialed up Josh Manley on a 21-yard touchdown aerial to open the second quarter. Six minutes later, Reagan scored his third touchdown from 15 yards out to open a 27-7 advantage. Gouverneur’s countered when halfback Troy Gates took the direct snap and lofted a 25-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Bush who found a seam between a pair of Massena defenders for the catch with just 15 seconds left in a 27-13 first half. Massena scored just 48 seconds into the second half when Corcoran pitched another toss to Manley whose score covered another 43 yards. Reagan’s first run of the second half, a 90-yard catch-me-if-you can down the right sideline, was enough to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing mark so far this season. Gouverneur’s third touchdown came as the third quarter expired. McShane zapped through a left-side gap, fought through a partial shoestring tackle near the eight-yard line, but managed to his balance as he stumbled the final five steps into the end zone. McShane piled up 18 totes for 111 yards. Massena’s final two points came in the middle of the fourth quarter when the punt team pinned the Wildcats (1-5) at the half-yard line, then a Tim VanTassel tackled a Wildcat in the end zone for a safety.

Blue Devils Survive Larries' Comeback Scare 52-40


Ogdensburg quarterback Josh Liebstein (12) follows a block and slants right to the "A Gap" to pick up yardage against St. Lawrence Central. After cruising to 38-6 lead, the Larries engineered an improbable comeback, forcing O.F.A. to protect a 44-40 lead with a fourth-down call and 2:40 left. O.F.A. won 52-40.  (Tyler Perry photo)  Game Gallery

Ogdensburg's Jordan McCormick (10) escapes an attempted Larries' tackle to scoot for yardage along the left sideline.  The Blue Devils built a 34-6 lead, then watched it nearly disappear in a wild St. Lawrence Central comeback 44-40.  However, a late touchdown secured a 52-40 victory.

OGDENSBURG 52, ST. LAWRENCE CENTRAL 40
The game was Section X's wild ride of the week.  The St. Lawrence Central Larries came within a down of potentially pulling off one of the most improbable comebacks in Section X history. The Ogdensburg Blue Devils, sporting a 4-1 record, dominated the first half with its running game, starting with a two-yard run from Jordan McCormick who carried 13 times for 95 total yards for the game. St. Lawrence Central, entering the game at 1-4, quickly answered on a 31-yard Mike Burns spiral to David Plante. Jon Rogers tallied a four-yard touchdown on a fourth-down call, then Josh Liebstein tacked on a 21-yard keeper to crack open a 22-6 halftime lead. Midway through the third quarter, Liebstein wired Nick Sweeney who had plenty of space to scamper for a 38-yard score. Following four unanswered touchdowns, the Ogdensburg Blue Devils piled up a 38-6 lead midway through the third quarter and were ready to put the game away. Suddenly without warning, the Larries climbed back into the contest in lightning fashion with four big plays by the Plante brothers. Michael and David returned 85-yard punts to the house. Dave snared an interception and returned it 28 yards to set up Mike’s five-yard score. The only play that saved the Blue Devils from total freefall and preserved their lead was Taylor Richardson’s 70-yard kickoff return to score. Down 44-26 and still not quitting, the Larries continued to surge. Mike Plante rambled 55 yards to paydirt, followed by the two-point conversion. And when Brandon Lafarge dragged the football over the goal line from the two-yard line, St. Lawrence Central trailed just 44-40. On the next drive, with 2:40 remaining, Ogdensburg faced fourth-and-three, but got the first down, then chewed up some clock before Liebstein scrambled 35 yards along the sideline to notch the touchdown and restore a cushion 52-40. O.F.A.’s Nolan Rufa ended the Larries’ final touch with a sack. Mike Plante finished the day with 12 carries for 102 yards. Lisbstein led the Devils with 13 carries for 104 yards.

Potsdam Grinds Out 56-12 Win Over Tupper Lake


Tupper Lake’s Cody LaPierre (7) catches a long pass to the end zone with 15 seconds left in the first half. However, Potsdam went to the locker room with a 30-12 halftime lead. The Sandstoners cruised to a 56-12 win over the Lumberjacks in Week 6, to remain undefeated at 6-0 atop Section X standings.  (Shonn Surber photo)  Game Gallery

 Tupper Lake’s Jeremy Rousell (41) catches a quick toss and is tackled by two Potsdam defenders.
 

POTSDAM 56, TUPPER LAKE 19
Again in Week 6, the Potsdam defense delivered a first-quarter shutout, while the offense had time to produce a 14-0 lead, setting the tone for strong 56-19 final over the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks. With the win, Potsdam improved to 6-0, headed into next week’s first-place showdown with the 5-1 Massena Red Raiders to close the regular season. Potsdam’s O’den Robertson racked up another 116 yards rushing with touchdown carries of 38 and 46 yards. Robertson also took an end-zone interception for 103 yards to produce a third score. Will Coleman fired off a nine-yard pass to Max Warden for Potsdam’s second touchdown less than ten minutes into the game. Travis Hall hit an inside gap and jetted 51 yards to paydirt. Other scores included a five-yard keeper from Coleman, a 30-yard dash from Chase Palmer, Rian McFadden’s three-yard dart and David Murray’s 16-yard Pick Six. Tupper Lake was led by Jeremy Rousell whose 27 carries garnered two touchdowns and 129 yards. Quarterback Morgan Stevens wired a 33-yard touchdown pass to Cody LaPierre with 15 seconds left in the first half.

 

Games of Week 5: October 4-5, 2013

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013

Potsdam 44, Ogdensburg 14
Massena 28, Canton 8
Malone 25, Tupper Lake 24

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2013

St. Lawrence Central 38, Gouverneur 12

Larries Beat Wildcats 38-12 For First Victory IN A YEAR


St. Lawrence Central’s Mike Plante (25) finds open space for a 60-yard kickoff return in the second quarter of Saturday’s game. The touchdown gave the Larries a 16-12 lead. Plante had a big day rushing, looking almost unstoppable, racking up 224 yards and scoring four touchdowns in a 38-12 victory over the Wildcats, the Larries’ first of the season.  (Casey Stephens photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Gouverneur’s Aaron Bush (24) dives for extra yardage on a tackle by St. Lawrence Central’s David Plante (15).
 

ST. LAWRENCE CENTRAL 38, GOUVERNEUR 12
A muffed snap, a safety and a 60-yard kickoff return became a second-quarter tipping point that turned a seesaw battle completely in favor of previously-winless St. Lawrence Central. The Larries tallied the final 31 points of the game with several big-yardage scoring plays to beat Gouverneur 38-12 and spoil Wildcat Senior Day on Saturday. Mike Plante scurried for four touchdown runs, all of 41 yards or more, in elevating the Larries into a three-way tie with the Wildcats and the Canton Golden Bears, all at 1-4 in the Section X standings. The game got off to a fast offensive start. On the fourth play of the game, Plante broke free and scampered 49 yards for a touchdown. His brother David Plante tacked on the two-point conversion and the Larries took the lead in just 1:48. Gouverneur had answers early in the game. On the third play of the ensuing drive, Adrian McShane jetted 60 yards along the right sideline and put the Wildcats on the scoreboard at 8-6 with just 3:42 gone in the game. Jose Flores put Gouverneur ahead 12-8 at 7:32, when he took a misdirection handoff and rushed 49 yards to paydirt. In the second quarter, after both teams fumbled and two penalties backed the Wildcats to their own 12, a disaster began to unfold for the Wildcats. As Flores waited to kick five yards deep in the end zone, the snap from center tailed wildly to the left, out of his reach and out of play for a safety. Mike Plante took the ensuing kickoff 60 yards to the house. In a matter of 14 seconds, St. Lawrence Central had taken back the lead, 16-12 with 2:11 remaining in the half. The defensive stand, followed by an immediate big-yardage score, was the spark that ignited the Larries’ confidence on both sides of the football. In the third quarter, while the defense held the Wildcats scoreless, Plante broke free and galloped for touchdowns of 41 and 62 yards. Quarterback Mike Burns called his own number for both two-point conversions to build a 32-12 lead. In the fourth quarter, Mark Crump delivered the final blow with a 14-yard touchdown. The Larries’ 38-12 win came one day short of a full year since their last win, when they beat Canton in Week 5 last year. St. Lawrence finally broke into the win column after two close games earlier in the season against Tupper Lake and Canton. With tremendous blocking from offensive linemen such as Kyle Lashomb, Joel Truax, Chris Gray and Hunter Ramsdell, Plante’s career-type day – 14 carries for 224 yards and four touchdowns – is even more impressive considering he only a freshman. David Plante also hit the holes for 59 additional yards. McShane led Gouverneur with 16 totes for 150 yards, while Flores carried six times for 71 yards.

MALONE HUSKIES ESCAPE TUPPER LAKE WITH 25-24 WIN

MALONE 25, TUPPER LAKE 24
Only one extra-point among eight combined attempts succeeded for either Malone or Tupper Lake. It was the difference in the game. Tupper Lake scored first and grabbed a 12-7 lead by intermission, but three straight touchdowns in the second half carried the Franklin Academy Huskies to a tense 25-24 victory at Tupper Lake on Friday night. Morgan Stevens scored on a one-yard quarterback keeper to open the scoring at 6:16. Malone answered with a 26-yard run to paydirt. When Huskies’ kicker Camron Gallagher delivered the extra-point kick for a 7-6 lead, it would turn out to be the only time that either team would convert extra points after a touchdown. The Lumberjacks regained the lead 12-7 on the only score of the second quarter when Brasen LaVassaur snared a screen pass from Stevens and completed a 34-yard catch-and-dash to the end zone. The score was unchanged until late in the third quarter when the Huskies engineered the first of three straight touchdowns over the next eleven minutes. Abe Gravel reeled in a punt at his own 30-yard line and found daylight to the end zone for the only score of the third quarter. Malone regained the lead 13-12. After holding the Jacks on the next drive, Malone extended its lead to 19-12 when Zach Raymond (10 carries, 52 yards) delivered a six-yard touchdown with 9:01 remaining. Tucker Bartenslager (10 carries, 51 yards) delivered a 10-yard ramble with 4:48 remaining could have put the game out of reach for the Jacks who had not scored since the middle of the second frame. However, the Tupper Lake two-minute drill accounted for two quick strikes – an 18-yard TD flare to from Stevens (10 completions for 188 yards) to Roger Delair and a laser over the middle to Mitch Keniston (five receptions, 102 yards) that was delivered 35 yards for the final touchdown with 1:41 remaining. In both instances, the Jacks were unable to tack on the extra points, leaving them short 25-24. Tupper’s Jeremy Roussel was the game’s rushing workhorse with 25 carries for 89 yards.

Last of unbeatens: Potsdam Thumps OGDENSBURG 44-14


From around the pileup, Potsdam quarterback Will Coleman (11) eluded the pile and snuck into the end zone for the two-point conversion. In a game of unbeatens, Potsdam’s persistent rushing attack ground out a 24-0 halftime lead, then went on to defeat the Blue Devils at Ogdensburg 44-14 in Week 5.  (Shonn Surber photo)  Game Gallery

Potsdam's O'den Robertson (20) swipes off a tackle intended by Ogdensburg's Jon Tayler (27).  In a matchup of Section X's last unbeaten teams, the Sandstoners ground out a 30-0 lead by early in the third quarter, before posting a 44-14 win.

 

POTSDAM 44, OGDENSBURG 14
When the dust cleared from the interior line, Potsdam’s Will Coleman was not on the bottom of the pile. Coleman had escaped a major pileup on a goal-line and scrambled to the end zone for two extra points. It has been Potsdam’s modus operandi all season. Engage the defense, win the battle in the trenches, open sometimes gaping holes and let Coleman and the “crushing rushing crew” do the rest. Methodical, persistent and consistent. And the same work ethic has prevailed on the defensive line. Each week, Potsdam has stacked up big shutout leads and dismantled every opponent’s offense. And after a Week 5 victory over previously-undefeated Ogdensburg, the Sandstoners are the last unbeaten gridiron standing in Section X. Potsdam carried its first three drives to the end zone for a 24-0 lead. Leading rusher O’den Robertson (23 carries for 145 yards) scrambled for touchdown runs of 23 yards and two yards, while Coleman (five completions for 92 yards) connected with flanker Travis Hall for a 27-yard TD strike. Robertson, Coleman and Chase Palmer each delivered two-point conversions for a 24-0 halftime advantage. Meanwhile, Potsdam did not allow a first down till the Blue Devils’ final drive of the first half. However, the threat ended when Robertson intercepted just before the half. Potsdam tacked on another score in typical capitalizing fashion to start the third quarter. Connor Warden snared an interception on his own 27-yard line. Coleman lofted a 40-yard completion to Jacob Bryant, then Palmer (10 carries for 89 yards) closed the deal with a 30-yard touchdown run. Ogdensburg finally got on the scoreboard when Taylor Richardson scored from the one-yard line, after a 30-yard hookup from quarterback Josh Liebstein. Liebstein also connected with Nick Sweeney in the fourth quarter for the remaining Blue Devil touchdown. Jon Tayler booted the extra points. However, Potsdam countered both scores with a Coleman keeper for 25 yards in the third frame and Rian McFadden’s 25-yard ramble up the middle in the fourth quarter.

Red Raiders Pulls Away From Canton IN 28-8 WIN


Canton quarterback Hunter Yerdon (1) finds receiver Ian Erlichman (32) on a pass in the flat against Massena linebacker Robert Cunningham (43). The Red Raiders regrouped after last week’s first loss with 14 points in each half to down Canton 28-8. Massena QB Rory Corcoran piled up 122 all-purpose yards. (Bob LaRue photo)  Game Gallery

Massena running back J.P. Reagan scooted through the Canton middle line, but is brought down by Canton's Peyton VanBibber.  Massena built a 21-0 lead early in the second half and fended off the Bears' second half surge to win 28-8.
 

MASSENA 28, CANTON 8
The Red Raiders enjoyed a 14-0 lead at the half, then reached the end zone twice more in the second half, all while containing the Golden Bears for just one touchdown in a 28-8 home victory on Friday night at Mike Nicholas Field. At 4-1, the Raiders are off to their best start since 2005, while Canton fell to 1-4 after winning last week. Massena’s leading rusher Jeremiah Reagan (10 carries for 95 yards) broke tackle, spurted through the middle of the Canton defensive line and dashed the right sideline for paydirt on the Raiders’ first drive. The Raiders’ only other score of the half came when quarterback Rory Corcoran dealt a 38-yard strike to receiver Josh Manley (three catches for 56 yards) on a crossing route. Kicker Josh Lanning was good for both extra points for a 14-point halftime lead. The third quarter featured a long time-consuming drive by each team. Massena took its first possession to the house when Corcoran went to the right side of end zone with two potential receivers in the back corner. The taller, lanky Xavier Viskovich employed his basketball ups to pull down the 18-yard reception for a 21-0 advantage. Canton quarterback Hunter Yerdon had better success finding open space in the second half, zigzagging his way through Raider defenders on the ensuing drive and eventually carrying the ball the final 10 yards to score. Corcoran completed the night’s scoring with a 14-yard touchdown keeper.

 

Games of Week 4: September 27-28, 2013

 NCSN Football Scoreboard

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013

Canton 35, St. Lawrence Central 22
Ogdensburg 25, Massena 20

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013

Tupper Lake 27, Gouverneur 12
Potsdam 32, Malone 0

Tupper Gets Quick Start & Turnovers To Beat 'cats


Tupper Lake’s Jeremy Roussel (41) takes the handoff from quarterback Morgan Stevens (12) and drives the ball 10 yards to set up a first-and-goal. Capitalizing on turnovers and a quick start, the Lumberjacks scored twice in the first half to open a 14-0 lead, then went on to defeat Gouverneur 27-12.

Gouverneur’s Adrien McShane (15) breaks a tackle from Tupper Lake defender Morgan Stevens (12) for a 25-yard gain up the sideline.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery
 

TUPPER LAKE 27, GOUVERNEUR 12
Tupper Lake quarterback Morgan Stevens fired off three touchdown passes – two to Mitch Keniston and another to Cody LaPierre – to lead the Lumberjacks to a 27-12 win over the Gouverneur Wildcats. Stevens piled up 133 yards passing, including TD passes of 50 yards to LaPierre and one yard and 34 yards to Keniston. The Jacks’ ground attack was led by Jeremy Roussel who rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown. Gouverneur’s scoring came on a 10-year run by Ben Casey and a six-yard fumble recovery by Dustin Hutton. The victory squared Tupper Lake’s record at 2-2. The Wildcats slid to 1-3.

O.F.A. Wins Unbeatens BATTLE, Stopping Massena


Ogdensburg’s Jon Rogers (26) breaks tackle and scoots away from Massena defender Jeremiah Reagan for a 20-yard gain for the Blue Devils. After trailing 20-13 at the half, O.F.A. held the Raiders scoreless and forced two critical turnovers, including a fumble in the final minute, to beat Massena 25-20.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

Massena’s J.P. Regan (7) hits the hole and sprints past two Ogdensburg defenders along the sideline for a 15-yard gain and entry into the red zone for the Raiders. However, O.F.A. shut down the Raider drive with an interception.
 

OGDENSBURG 25, MASSENA 20
The Ogdensburg Blue Devils met one of two back-to-back challenges against undefeated teams. The Devils clawed back from a 13-point, second-quarter deficit and kept the Red Raiders off the scoreboard for the final 27 minutes of the contest to forge a thrilling 25-20 victory and improve their unblemished record to 4-0. The Raiders sprung out to a 20-7 lead, starting with Jeremiah Reagan’s stunning 50-yard dash to paydirt on his first carry of the game. Connor Paquin blocked a punt, then fell on it in the end zone early in the second quarter for the Raiders’ second score. However, the Raiders were bitten by a Nick Sweeney interception that allowed the Devils to get on the scoreboard and was a portents of things to come. On the drive, Sweeney scored on a 10-yard pass from O.F.A. quarterback Joey Dalton. After Matt Thibault intercepted, Reagan revisited the end zone with a 14-yard scamper that built a 20-7 lead that gave the Raiders early momentum. The Devils launched their comeback by completing an 81-yard drive with Dalton’s second touchdown strike on a five-yard, end-zone completion to Nick Sweeney. Along with the extra-point kick, Ogdensburg closed the margin to 20-13 with 22.1 seconds remaining in the half. Ogdensburg took the second-half kickoff on a time-consuming, seven-minute, 63-yard drive, ending when fullback Jordan McCormick dove over from the one-yard line. However, the Raiders blocked the extra-point kick, leaving the Blue Devils behind 20-19. For the Raiders, the next 17 minutes would be frustrated with penalties, a pair of crucial turnovers and scoreless drives that opened the door for the Blue Devils to stage the last crusade to victory. With 1:32 left in the game and facing a fourth-and-long, Dalton launched a 21-yard Hail Mary pass that wide receiver John Rogers leapt and snared through a crowd of defenders at the Massena 12. Three plays later, pushed back seven yards and again facing fourth-and-long, the Blue Devil QB found Rogers on a crossing pattern over the middle and zipped a 21-yard TD strike that gave O.F.A. its first lead of the game, 25-20, with 59.7 seconds remaining. The Raiders’ hopes for a comeback of their own were doomed when Ogdensburg’s Joe Loffler stripped the ball from a Massena receiver with just 29 seconds left and Jake King recovered the ball under a pile of players. For O.F.A., Dalton completed 15-of-26 passes for 175 yards and tossed for three touchdowns to lead the Blue Devils. McCormick added 81 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. For Massena, Reagan led the way with 22 carries for 142 yards total. Quarterback Rory Corcoran toss for 49 yards.

Potsdam Stays Unbeaten in 32-0 Shutout at Malone


Malone’s Jordan Yando (85) slips past two Potsdam defenders for first-down yardage. However, the strength of the Sandstoners’ interior line held the Huskies scoreless. After a 14-0 lead into the half, Potsdam opened up the game on back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter for a 32-0 win in Week 4.   (Tyler Perry photo)  Game Gallery

Malone’s Zach Raymond (11) tries to escape both a shoe-top tackle and a grab from behind by the Potsdam defensive line and gets a short gain. Despite only a lone touchdown in each of the first two quarters, Potsdam pulled away with a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter and another in the fourth.
 

POTSDAM 32, MALONE 0
Potsdam’s Will Coleman tossed two touchdown passes to wide receiver Jacob Bryant – good for 17 yards in the first quarter and nine years in the third quarter – to help guide the Sandstoners to a 32-0 win over the Franklin Academy Huskies at Malone. With the win, Potsdam improved to 4-0 and is now on a collision course with the only other remaining unbeaten Section X gridiron team, the Ogdensburg Blue Devils, this coming Friday. Malone slipped to 1-3. In the second quarter, Potsdam opened a 14-0 lead when Andrew Ace (11 carries, 67 yards) carried the pigskin three yards for a touchdown. Potsdam’s Mo Reese reeled in the kickoff to start the second half and dashed 50 yards. Twelve plays and 35 yards later, O’den Robertson (104 yards rushing on 17 carries) stretched the Sandstoner lead to 20-0 when he muscled the ball across the goal line from the one-yard line. Coleman’s nine-yard hookup with Bryant stretched the lead to 26-0 through three quarters. Robertson closed the day’s scoring on a 50-yard rumble in the final frame. Connor Warden intercepted two passes for Potsdam, including a pickoff in the end zone with a minute remaining in the second quarter. Malone was led by Zack Raymond who stacked up 67 yards rushing on six carries.

Canton Wins First Game in THREE Years vs. Larries


Canton’s Hunter Yerdon (1) breaks through the defensive line and faces St. Lawrence defender Leroy Gotham (20). The Golden Bears picked up their first win since October 2010 with a 35-22 victory over the St. Lawrence Larries. Yerdon scored three rushing touchdowns and fired off a TD pass to Louden Porter.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

St. Lawrence’s David Plante (15) slips through the offensive line and rushes for a 30-yard touchdown for the Larries. Plante scored the Larries’ first touchdown to tie the score 8-8. Mike Plante added two touchdowns, but St. Lawrence fell short at home against the Canton Golden Bears 35-22.
 

CANTON 35, ST. LAWRENCE CENTRAL 22
The Canton Golden Bears broke a nearly three-year winless streak by producing two fourth-quarter touchdowns to cap a seesaw battle and gain a 35-22 win over St. Lawrence Central at Brasher Falls on Friday afternoon. Canton signal caller Hunter Yerdon carried 22 times for 213 yards and three touchdowns and tossed to Louden Porter for a fourth score in guiding the Bears’ win. Peyton VanBibber contributed 16 carries, 73 yards and a touchdown, along with a key chase that stripped the ball from a Larries’ rusher in the end zone for a touchback that ended St. Lawrence Central’s first drive of the game with a turnover. However, the Larries (0-4) held the Bears (1-3) on a three-and-out, then tied the game 8-8 on David Plante’s touchdown to complete the first-quarter scoring. Despite a second-quarter injury that sidelined him for the second quarter, Plante returned to lead the Larries with seven pass receptions, six carries and 120 yards rushing. Yerdon’s two-yard keeper and 25-yard TD strike to Porter thrust the Bears into a 21-8 lead in the second quarter. However, the Larries tightened the contest 21-14 before intermission when Mike Plante countered with a two-yard score. St. Lawrence Central took the lead for the first time in the third quarter when Mike Plante muscled the ball over the goal line on a six-yard carry. However, Canton answered with two Yerdon keepers in the final frame: a two-yard score at 1:24 and a 16-yard outside run just inside the corner of the end zone with 6:07 remaining.

 

Games of Week 3: September 20-21, 2013

Massena Outlasts LARRIES in Wild 40-26 Victory


Massena’s Josh Manley (26) snares a 25-yard touchdown pass to widen Massena’s lead to 13-6 in the first quarter. In a wild high-scoring battle, the Raiders spoiled St. Lawrence Central’s Hall of Fame and Homecoming Weekend with a 40-26 win at Brasher.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

Massena’s J.P. Reagan (7) slips around two St. Lawrence defenders for a 20-yard pickup and a first-and-goal.

 

MASSENA 40, ST. LAWRENCE CENTRAL 26
St. Lawrence Central struck on the opening kickoff and finished with a strong comeback surge, but came up 40-26 in its upset bid against the Massena Red Raiders in front of a large crowd at rain-slickened Randy Riggs Field for Homecoming and Hall of Fame Weekend in Brasher. Massena capitalized by scoring after three St. Lawrence fumbles. The Larries’ Mike Plante took the opening kickoff 81 yards to paydirt to immediately electrify the hometown fans. However, the Red Raiders grabbed immediate control on the next possession when quarterback Rory Corcoran wheeled a 32-yard touchdown pass to Josh Manning and Jayce Lanning split the uprights with the extra point kick to snatch a lead they would not relinquish. Massena racked up three unanswered touchdowns before the half to take command, 28-6. Tailback Jeremiah Reagan hit paydirt from nine yards out just as the first-quarter buzzer sounded for a 14-6 lead. Critical fumbles on the Larries’ next two drives set up Raider touchdown drives that proved to be the turning point of the game. The first turnover set up the Raiders from the SLC 29. Reagan took a handoff from nine yards away, bolted to the end zone, but also coughed up the pigskin. But as luck would have it, the ball popped up and into the arms of Jeremy Malone who dashed the final two yards to score at 3:35 of the second quarter. On the next drive, St. Lawrence fumbled on its own 43 and Reagan exploited the sideline for his third score of the half. The two turnover-touchdowns proved to be the margin of difference at the end of the day. In the third quarter, the Larries were given a golden opportunity to score when freshman Dylan McCarthy blocked a Raider punt that was recovered on the Massena 7. But after a six-yard gain, the Larries fumbled on the one-yard line and Massena’s Nolan Torrance recovered the stray football. Massena went the length of the field on ten plays, capped by Isaiah Dillabough’s six yard score. St. Lawrence scored 20 of the game’s final 26 points, but could not overcome a 34-6 hole by the third quarter.

O.F.A. Pulls Out 27-26 Win Over Tough Tupper Lake


Almost reminiscent of David Tyree's Super Bowl helmet catch for the N.Y. Giants: Tupper Lake's Mitch Keniston just misses catching this pass from QB Morgan Stevens. On the next play, Brasen LaVassaur reels in a 31-yard TD pass to tie the game 6-6. However, O.F.A. would squeeze out a thrilling 27-26 win.  (Bob LaRue photo)  Game Gallery

Ogdensburg's Jordan McCormick (11) cuts back against Tupper Lake defensive back Cody LaPierre (7) and shags two other would-be tacklers in scoring the game's first touchdown.  (Bob LaRue photo)  Game Gallery
 

OGDENSBURG 27, TUPPER LAKE 26
Despite losing the ball three times in the red zone in the second half, Ogdensburg was able to prevent three extra-point conversions for Tupper Lake which proved to be the difference in the game in squeaking out a 27-26 victory at Ogdensburg on Friday night. The win keep the Blue Devils’ early season record unblemished at 3-0. Ogdensburg's Jordan McCormick broke through the middle, shook off three defenders and jetted the right side for the game's first score. Tupper Lake responded quickly. Quarterback Morgan Stevens hits Brasen Lavassaur for a 31-yard touchdown and a 6-6 tie. Ogdensburg regained the lead when quarterback Josh Liebstein fired off a touchdown pass on the next drive, hitting John Tayler over the middle on an 11-yard completion to end the first quarter. Liebstein hooked up with Tayler again in the second quarter, but Jeremy Roussel scored on a four-yard sweep to keep Tupper Lake close. The Blue Devils led 20-12 at intermission. Tupper Lake tied the game in the third quarter when Mitch Keniston broke free and sprinted 59 yards to paydirt. With 8:12 remaining, Devil quarterback Joe Dalton fired off a 24-yard touchdown score to Jon Rogers. Tayler added the extra-point kick for what would eventually prove to be a key point. The Lumberjacks marched back upfield, scored on a one-yard Stevens’ plunge with 5:40 remaining and attempted to gain the lead, but failed on the two-point conversion. Tayler led O.F.A. with nine pass receptions for 115 yards. Stevens led the Jacks with 14 passes for 232 yards total. 

 NCSN Football Scoreboard

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

Ogdensburg 27, Tupper Lake 26
Potsdam 52, Canton 20

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013

Massena 40, St. Lawrence Central 26
Malone 28, Gouverneur 12

Malone Gains First Win, Pouncing On Wildcats 28-12


With the Wildcats down 28-0 in the third quarter, Gouverneur quarterback Troy Gates (2) crosses the plane of the goal line for a touchdown, just before he is tackled by three Malone defenders. However, Malone got off to its best start of the season with a 20-0 halftime lead. The Huskies beat the Wildcats 28-12.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

Gouverneur’s Ben Casey (7) returns the ball for 35 yards after a Malone kickoff at Crowner Field in Malone.
 

MALONE 28, GOUVERNEUR 12
Malone did something they had not managed in the first two weeks: score points on offense. After being shut out by Massena in Week 1 and scoring only one touchdown on a kickoff return against Ogdensburg in Week 2, the Huskies got busy putting points on the scoreboard early against the Gouverneur Wildcats in Week 3 at Franklin Academy. Malone opened up a 6-0 lead at the half and went on to defeat Gouverneur 28-12 at Crowner Field. Zach Raymond was an elusive force for the Huskies, collecting 146 yards rushing on only nine carries and stinging the Wildcats for touchdown runs of 16, 23 and 56 yards. Cody Smith also carried the mail for 134 yards for Malone. Gouverneur fought back from first-half scoring doldrums when quarterback Troy Gates tossed up the middle to receiver Adrian McShane for a 35-yard gain, setting up a touchdown on a quarterback keeper. On Gouverneur’s next drive, McShane (60 yards rushing) darted up the sideline for a 30-yard touchdown. But that would be all for the Wildcats. Both teams are now 1-2.

Potsdam Picks Off Canton in 52-20 Victory in Week 3


Potsdam's Will Coleman (11) races past Canton defenders on a five-yard gain for his second touchdown of the game. Coleman also stepped in front of a Hunter Yerdon pass just 60 seconds into the game and delivered a Pick Six. The Sandstoners rolled to a 52-20 win the Golden Bears in a Week 3 game on Friday.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

Canton's Hunter Yerdon (1) uses his offensive linemen as blockers to engineer a 10-yard touchdown run.

POTSDAM 52, CANTON 20
Potsdam’s Will Coleman snatched away a Hunter Yerdon pass attempted and returned the ball 35 yards for six quick points just 60 seconds into the game, setting the tone for the Sandstoners’ 52-20 victory over the Canton Golden Bears in a Friday night game in Potsdam. Coleman also tossed five completions for 100 yards and three touchdowns in helping to guide Potsdam to its third straight win to open the 2013 campaign. Jacob Bryant was the recipient of two touchdown passes, good for 23 and 31 years, while reserve quarterback Max Warden reeled in the other, also for 31 yards. O’den Robertson again led the ground attack with 12 carries for 113 yards and two touchdowns. His first TD scamper covered 23 yards in the first quarter, while the second score came on a 14-yard carry in the second frame. Chase Palmer also contributed a second-quarter TD that improved Potsdam’s lead to 38-6 at the half. Yerdon led Canton to its biggest output of the season and most against Potsdam. The Canton QB accounted for 176 all-purpose yards (103 rushing and 73 passing) and two keepers for scores – a three-yarder in the first quarter and a five-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Yerdon also spiraled a 40-yard completion to Cole Zeller in the fourth quarter.

 

Games of Week 2: September 13-14, 2013

 NCSN Football Scoreboard

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013

Potsdam 52, St. Lawrence Central 12
Massena 47, Tupper Lake 20
Ogdensburg 13, Malone 6
Gouverneur 12, Canton 6 (OT)

Sweeney For the Win: Ogdensburg Trips Malone


Ogdensburg’s Nick Sweeney (7) hauls in the throw from quarterback Josh Liebstein and breaks free of Malone’s Jordan Yando (85) to score what would prove to be the game-winning touchdown with 2:30 left. The score snapped a 6-6 tie. The Blue Devils went on to defeat the Huskies at Malone 13-6.  (Camron Waters photo)  Game Gallery

An Ogdensburg squib kick by Josh Liebstein (12) is corralled by Malone’s Jacob Scharf.  Ogdensburg quarterback Josh Liebstein tossed two second-half touchdown passes, both to wide receiver Nick Sweeney in forging a 13-6, come-from-behind victory over the Franklin Academy Huskies at Crowner Field in Malone on Saturday. Malone got on the scoreboard first when Abe Gravell brought back the opening kick of the game 93 yards for a touchdown, giving the Huskies their first points of the season after being shut out by Massena in Week 1. Both teams battled in the trenches well into the third quarter before Liebstein was able to connect on a five-yard pass over the middle to Sweeney to tie the game at 6-6. The pair hooked up again on a 31-yard connection with 2:30 remaining for the game-winning touchdown. Ogdensburg improved to 2-0 while Malone dropped to 0-2.

Reagan Rocks, Massena Rolls 47-12 Over Tupper


Tupper Lake’s Liam LaMere (84) go in for the tackle to stop Massena’s J.P. Reagan (7) during first-quarter play. However, Reagan had already taken his first carry of the day 80 yards for an opening touchdown and racked up 307 yards on just 12 carries (25.6 yards/carry) in Massena’s 47-12 romp over the Jacks.  (Tyler Perry photo)  Game Gallery

Massena’s Jeremiah Reagan (7) shifts direction to avoid a tackle from Tupper Lake’s Jason Wood (3).  Reagan put on a Hall of Fame rushing performance carrying 12 times for 307 yards (25.6 yards/carry) and scoring three touchdowns in pacing the Red Raiders to a 47-20 victory over the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks during Massena’s Hall of Fame Game. Reagan set the stage early when he carried the Raiders’ first play from scrimmage 80 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Rory Corcoran tossed six passes for 135 yards total, including three TD strikes to Josh Manley (48, 27 and 28 yards) leading the Raiders to a 27-6 halftime lead. Tupper Lake’s touchdown came when Mitch Keniston reeled in a pass Morgan Stevens and dashed 23 yards down the right sideline. To start the second half, Reagan took a handoff from Corcoran and ran 64 yards for his second touchdown. He added a third score from two yards out with just under four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Isaiah Dillabough with eight totes for 90 yards added a rushing touchdown for the Raiders (2-0). Manley finished his day with four catches, 110 yards and three touchdowns. For Tupper Lake (1-1), Stevens completed 18 passes for 209 yards and Keniston caught nine passes for 126 yards.

Wildcats GAIN Wild O.T. Win Over Canton BEARS 12-6


Gouverneur's Jose Flores (12) prepares to stiff-arm Canton's Peyton VanBibber in a second-quarter carry. The Wildcats scored on the drive when Aaron McEathron plunged into the end zone from the one-yard line. Flores swiped two passes, including a pickoff in overtime, to seal the Wildcats' 12-6 win.  (Eric Foote photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Game Broadcast

Gouverneur's Aaron Bush (24) just misses at attempted interception against Canton wide receiver Peyton VanBibber.  In an overtime thriller on Wall of Fame Weekend at Gouverneur, the Canton Golden Bears rallied in the fourth quarter and nearly pulled off an upset victory, but the Wildcats prevailed in a 12-6 defensive battle. After a scoreless first period, Aaron McEathron delivered the pigskin on a one-yard plunge at 2:24 of the second quarter in what eventually proved to be the Wildcats’ only score in regulation. Gouverneur had a chance to seal up the victory in the fourth quarter, but a 22-yard touchdown was called back on a penalty for eligible receiver. When Canton got the ball back with just under three minutes to play, quarterback Hunter Yerdon engineered a clutch drive by firing an 18-yard pass to Cole Zeller, rumbling another 18 yards on a key third-down play, then connecting with Zeller on a 20-yard TD strike to tie the game 6-6 with just 1:24 left in regulation. The Bears also had a chance to win in regulation on the extra-point kick, but Peyton VanBibber’s attempted was just inches wide of the left upright. Forced into overtime, Gouverneur quarterback Troy Gates broke free on a fourth-down, do-or-die play and scrambled 14 yards to lift the Wildcats to a 12-6 lead. Gates scrambled 139 yards on the day, whie Adrian McShane carried eight times for 59 yards. Needing another clutch drive to tie the game, Yerdon snapped a quick pass to the end zone after spotting a seemingly-open receiver. However, defensive back Jose Flores stepped across and intercepted the ball to end the game and preserve thewin. Gouverneur improved to 1-1, while much-improved Canton slid to 0-2.

Sandstoners Improve to 2-0 Beating Larries 54-12


Potsdam’s O’den Robertson led another stout rushing attack with 21 carries, 183 yards and two touchdowns as the Sandstoners puled away from a 22-6 halftime lead and ran over St. Lawrence Central 54-12. Robertson also returned a punt for 60 yards and another touchdown as the Sandstoners improved to 2-0.  (Tyler Perry photo)  Game Gallery

St. Lawrence Central’s David Plante (15) slips through a slot and escapes a mob of Potsdam defenders.  The Sandstoners’ rushing attack was on display for Potsdam Hall of Fame Weekend. The corps of rushers was led by O’den Robertson who carried 21 times and covered 183 yards, scored two touchdowns and led Potsdam past St. Lawrence Central 54-12. Robertson’s day also included a 60-yard return for another touchdown. Robertson put Potsdam on the scoreboard first at 6:10 when he broke free for a 14-yard score to make it 6-0. The Larries got on the scoreboard on the next drive when Mike Burns launched a 25-yard touchdown pass to David Plante. Potsdam took the lead for good at 14-6 when Rian McFadden (9 carries, 44 yards) plowed the ball over the end line from 10 yards out. The Sandstoner’s added to their lead when quarterback Will Coleman delivered to Jacob Bryant on a six-yard pass play. Potsdam (2-0) led 22-6 at the half, then emerged from the locker room adding 22 more points in the third quarter alone. Chase Palmer logged seven carries, 78 yards and a 51-yard touchdown. Potsdam piled up 308 yards on 45 rushing plays for the game. Michael Plante led the Larries with nine carries for 89 yards total. Burns completed seven passes for 78 yards, but gave up two interceptions to Potsdam’s Logan Ford. Max Warden tossed a 33-yard TD strike to Travis Hall for Potsdam’s final score in the fourth quarter.

 

Games of Week 1: September 6-7, 2013

 NCSN Football Scoreboard

FRIDAY,SEPTEMBER 6, 2013

Tupper Lake 30, St. Lawrence Central 28
Massena 21, Malone 0
Ogdensburg 46, Canton 6

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2013

Potsdam 54, Gouverneur 6

SANDSTONERS Past WILDCATS in Season Opener 54-6


Gouverneur’s Adrian McShane (15) breaks away from a waistline tackle from Potsdam’s Jacob Bryant (7) and nets a 25-yard gain for the Wildcats. Potsdam pulled out to a 22-6 halftime lead, but racked up four touchdowns after intermission to run away with a 54-6 win.  O’den Robertson’s 176 yards including touchdown runs of 47, 18 and 15 yards. Chase Palmer rumbled for 107 yards and a 64-yard touchdown. Quarterback Will Coleman tossed TD passes of eight yards to Travis Hall and Max Worden. David Murray muscled into the end zone from 14 yards away, while Rian McFadden inched in from two yards out. Gouverneur’s lone score came in the second quarter when Troy Gates tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Bush, following a 40-yard kickoff return from Ben Casey to set up the scoring play. (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

Tupper Nips St. Lawrence Larries 30-28 in Opener


St. Lawrence’s Brandon LaPage (32) carries the ball, trying to break through Tupper Lake defenders Nash Botala (65) and Zack Boushie (77). The Lumberjacks captured their season opener at home, holding on to defeat the upstart St. Lawrence Central Larries in a closely-fought game 30-28 on Friday night.   (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

St. Lawrence Central’s Noah Felix (86) breaks a shoestring tackle and scrambles top the outside against the Tupper Lake defense. A two-point conversion run by Tupper Lake’s Jeremy Russell provided the margin of victory, after Morgan Stevens’ three-yard quarterback keeper midway in the fourth quarter. Roussell carried the mail 24 times and racked up 149 yards for Tupper Lake, while Mitch Keniston snared a 57-yard touchdown pass and jetted 77 yards on a punt return for a pair of scores. The Jack’s Cody LaPierre dashed 78 yards to paydirt on a kickoff return.  The Larries had held a 28-22 lead late in the third quarter, following a 52-yard touchdown strike from Mike Burns to David Plante.  For St. Lawrence, Mike Plante rolled up 105 yards rushing, including a 51-yard touchdown. Plante reeled in a 52-yard TD reception and logged a 91-yard punt return.

 


 

Massena Stuns Malone in Season-Opening Shutout

Massena's J.P. Reagan cuts back against the Malone defense for a 15-yard run inside. Reagan broke the scoreless drought with back-to-back touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to give the Red Raiders a 14-0 lead, en route to a 21-0 triumph over the Franklin Academy Huskies in their season opener. (Shonn Surber photo)  Game Gallery

Malone's Abe Gravel (7) scrambles to get away from Massena lineman Brody LeCuyer (74).  After a scoreless first half, Massena posted all three touchdowns and the Raider defense held steady in a 21-0 win over the Huskies.  Jeremiah Reagan trotted to paydirt twice to lead the Massena's scoring.  For Massena, the victory ended a seven-yard drought of losses to the Raiders. Strong defense by both teams resulted in six turnovers and a scoreless game for early three quarters, before Reagan (84 yards rushing) broke loose with all three touchdowns from five, 14 and 12 yards out. Raider Josh Manley ended two Huskies’ drives with interceptions. Connor Paquin blocked a punt in the fourth quarter that set up the Raiders’ final score from the Malone 17-yard line.

O.F.A. RUSHES PAST CANTON
IN SEASON OPENER 46-6

Despite pressure from Ogdensburg’s Jacob King (70), Canton quarterback Hunter Yerdon (1) hits a receiver for a seven-yard gain.  The Blue Devils busted away from a 6-0 first-quarter lead with a 22-point second frame in beating Canton 46-6 in their season opener. Josh Leibstein ran for 77 yards and Jordan McCormick rolled up 71 yards in pacing Ogdensburg’s rushing game. Canton’s Peyton VanBibber led scored on a 70-yard touchdown run, while scampering 111 yards on 14 carries.  (Camron Waters photo)  Game Gallery

Ogdensburg’s Jon Rogers (26) runs straight into the endzone past Canton’s Trey Grant (12).  Rogers scored on a 22-yard hookup in the second quarter. Liebstein completed six of seven passes for 40 yards and connected on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Nick Sweeney. Freshman quarterback Joe Dalton also tossed a 15-yard touchdown strike to Leibstein, while completing all five of his passes for 90 yards and two TD’s. Jordan McCormick scored on rushes of 20 yards and one yard. Taylor Richardson also scored on a one-yard plunge.