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Massena, Potsdam football teams look for strong follow-ups; SLC off to Malone

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The Massena Central and Potsdam Central varsity football teams will look to continue strong starts while St. Lawrence Central faces another tough challenge in the second week of the 2012 NAC season.

MASSENA HOSTS OFA

Coming off their impressive debut win on the road over Tupper Lake, the Raiders are slated to host OFA on Friday night in their home opener. Junior Rory Corcoran capably quarterbacked a Massena offense that churned out 454 yards on the ground and another 18 through the air en route to posting the 40-20 decision over the Lumberjacks.

The trio of senior Jordy Mitchell (8 carries, 148 yards, 2 touchdowns), senior Isaiah Perry (14 carries, 142 yards, 3 touchdowns) and junior Connor Paquin (10 carries, 95 yards) produced the majority of the Raider offense while junior JP Reagan went for another 66 yards on 10 runs and scored the other Massena touchdowns. Corcoran completed three of his five passes to three different receivers - junior Xavier Viskovich for eight yards, Mitchell for six yards and Paquin for four yards.

Reagan was also Massena’s leading tackler against Tupper Lake with seven takedowns. Justin Bestor, Jordan Hart and Josh Blair each finished with six.

OFA is looking to recover from a hard-fought 15-6 season-opening loss on the road to Gouverneur. Jordan McCormick anchored the Blue Devil offense with 75 yards on 12 carries while quarterback Nate Angel carried the ball 10 times for 71 yards and the lone OFA touchdown. He also connected on four of 11 passes for 34 yards. Alex Farrell had two catches for 14 yards.

Kick-off at Mike Nicholas Field is set for 7 p.m.

POTSDAM AT TUPPER LAKE

The Sandstoners worked their way to a 21-0 halftime lead before finding the endzone twice in the opening two minutes of the third quarter as they pulled away to a 41—0 win at SLC. Junior Will Coleman made an encouraging return to quarterback after suffering a season-ending leg injury last fall that forced him to sit out the entire basketball and baseball seasons as well. Along with running the ball twice for 17 yards, he completed all three of his passes to classmate Shawn Clark for 48 yards. Senior Adam Lewis led a balanced Potsdam running attack with 100 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Senior Steven Lewis added 44 yards and a touchdown on four totes while junior Oden Robertson, who sparked the decisive second-half surge with a 91-yard kick-off return for a touchdown, carried the ball five times for 43 yards and the other two Potsdam touchdowns.

Robertson also led the Sandstoners in tackles with five and a-half. Coleman was in on another four tackles while Kyle Martens notched three and a-half. Senior David Adams and Connor Warden each had an interception.

Senior Tyler Minogue led the Lumberjacks offensively going for 62 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries while returning a kick-off 72 yards for another touchdown. Junior quarterback Morgan Stevens completed seven of 17 passes for 98 yards. Junior Mitch Keniston pulled down four passes for 68 yards.

Friday’s game at Rotary Field kicks-off at 7 p.m.

SLC AT FRANKLIN ACADEMY

After opening the season against the Section 10 Class A runner-up, the Larries will now get set to make the trip to Malone to take on defending Class A champion Franklin Academy, which is competing as a Class B team this fall.

Senior Jesse Greer paced the SLC offense with 26 yards on five carries. Senior Devon Euto (7x10-57 yards, 1 INT) and junior Mike Burns (4x7-44 yards, 1INT) split quarterbacking duties with Euto also running the ball five times for another 20 yards. Seniors Todd Ramsdell (3x13 yards) and Tyler Smith (2x26 yards) had the majority of the catches.

Junior Corey LaBarge was the leading SLC tackler in the season opener with 6.5 takedowns. Senior Charles Hartson recorded another 5.5 tackles followed by junior Devon Agen with 4.5.

Senior Mitch Gallagher sparked FA to its 42-0 win on the road over Canton last Saturday, completing eight of 10 passes for 63 yards while rushing for another 87 yards in scoring three touchdowns. John Picaro had 79 yards on seven carries while Jake Perry ran the ball 10 times for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Harvey Smith was FA’s leading receiver against Canton with 31 yards on three catches.

Saturday’s kick-off in Malone is slated for 1:30 p.m.

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