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Potsdam Central plays host to Route 11 rival Canton Central for its Hall of Fame Game while Massena Central and St. Lawrence Central hit the road looking to bounce back from tough losses on their home fields in Week 5 of the NAC varsity football season.

PCS HOSTS CANTON

Saturday’s Hall of Fame Game on the Potsdam Central turf field pits the undefeated Sandstoners against a Canton Central squad that is still looking for its first win.

Coached by Jim Kirka, the Sandstoners are coming off a convincing road win over Massena which pushed their record to 4-0. A punishing ground game has accounted for the majority of the Potsdam offense this fall led by junior tailback O’den Robertson, who has gone for 427 yards and 10 touchdowns on 48 carries. Senior Adam Lewis has rushed the ball another 44 times for 371 yards and six touchdowns while senior David Adams, who got his first start at quarterback last week against Massena and responded by going for 136 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries.

The Bears are coming off a lopsided loss to Tupper Lake where there were led offensively by Peyton Vanbibber, who ran for 78 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Quarterback Hunter Yerdon completed three passes for 29 yards and a touchdown with Jay Proulx notching the three receptions.

Kick-off on Saturday is slated for 1:30 p.m.

MCS AT GOUVERNEUR

Coached by Anthony Diagostino, the Raiders enter Saturday’s game against undefeated Gouverneur with a 2-2 record as they look to get back on track after a disappointing showing against Potsdam in their Hall of Fame Game.

The Raiders have featured a balanced rushing attack this fall led by junior Jeremiah Reagan, who has gone for 352 yards and seven touchdowns on 39 carries. Senior Jordy Mitchell, who has taken snaps directly from center in Massena’s version of the so-called wildcat offense the last two games, has generated 334 yards and four touchdowns on 46 tries. Junior Connor Paquin (44-213yds, 1TD) and senior Isaiah Perry (27-207yds, 3TD) have also made strong contributions to the Massena running game. Junior quarterback Rory Corcoran has completed 17 of 44 passes for 210 yards while Xavier Viskovich is the team’s leading receiver with 74 yards on six catches.

The 4-0 Wildcats have won their previous two games against Tupper Lake and St. Lawrence Central by a combined four points as they get set host the Raiders at the fairgrounds in their Homecoming Game. Senior quarterback Mark Horne anchors the Gouverneur offense, having rushed for a team-high 366 yards and four touchdowns on 50 carries while completing 11 of 18 passes for 201 yards. Senior Tanner Spilman is the next leading offensive threat having rushed for 290 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries. Senior Cody Woods and sophomore Troy Gates are the team’s top receivers while sophomore Adrian McShane has emerged as another capable ball-carrier.

Saturday’s game is slated to kick-off at 1 p.m.

SLC AT OFA

Coached by Bill Scharf, the Larries has shown steady improvement through their four losses this season and are coming off a 19-16 loss to Gouverneur in a game where they led through the first three quarters and worked the ball into the redzone a total of six times.

The Larries unveiled a revamped offense against the Wildcats that featured junior Mike Burns getting his first start of the season at quarterback with seniors Devon Euto and Jesse Greer handling the bulk of the rushing duties behind a hard-working by the offensive line. Both senior ball-carriers responded with their best performances of the season with Greer going for 135 yards on 27 carries and Euto running the ball 17 times for another 92 yards. Each also scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Burns completed four of his nine passes for 57 yards and senior Todd Ramsdell ranks among the top receivers in the NAC with 85 yards on nine receptions.

The Blue Devils stand at 2-2 midway through the season and are coming off a hard-fought loss at home to Franklin Academy. Senior quarterback Nate Angel has been the leading offensive weapon for OFA with 235 yards and six touchdowns on 39 carries while connecting on 16 of 38 passes for 251 yards while being picked off four times. Alex Farrell is the team’s top receiver with 128 yards on eight grab. Zach Sharpe is a two-way threat out of the backfield.

Friday night’s game kicks off at 7 p.m.

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