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Potsdam gridmen host Gouverneur in Week Six battle of NAC unbeatens

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Week Six of the 2012 NAC varsity football season will produce the last of the unbeatens at Potsdam Central Friday night while a Saturday afternoon matchup at Canton Central will leave just one team winless.

In Potsdam, two undefeated teams put their 5-0 records on the line as the Sandstoners take on Gouverneur Central starting at 7 p.m. The next day in Canton, two teams with 0-5 records will square off looking to break into the win column as St. Lawrence Central gets set to take on the host Golden Bears starting at 1:30 p.m.

The other two NAC games slated for this weekend will see Massena Central (2-3) travel to Malone on Saturday to take on Franklin Academy (4-1) starting at 1:30 p.m. while OFA (3-2) heads to Tupper Lake on Friday to take on the Lumberjacks (1-4) beginning at 7 p.m.

GOUVERNEUR AT PCS

The host Sandstoners have dominated their previous five opponents, winning by an average of 32 points per game. They have scored 52 points or more in three of their last five games and have outscored their last two rivals 99-30. The Wildcats, meanwhile, have pulled out dramatic victories in all but one of their five victories. They have won their last three games by a total of five points and are coming off a 19-18 win at home over Massena, sealing the victory with a last-minute stop of a two-point conversion attempt after the Raiders had put together an impressive 95-yard scoring drive to pull to within one.

The Sandstoners have churned out the majority of their offense on the ground led by the duo of senior Adam Lewis, who has gone for 471 yards and eight touchdowns on 55 carries, and junior O’den Robertson, who has carried the ball 56 times for 462 yards and 10 touchdowns. Junior Will Coleman has gotten the starting nod at quarterback in four of the Sandstoner wins while senior David Adams capably orchestrated the offense in a Week Three win at Massena. In last week’s 54-12 win over Canton, five different players scored touchdowns. Juniors Shawn Clark and Jacobs Woods are the team’s leading receivers.

Senior quarterback Mark Horne back-bones the Gouverneur offense. He leads the Wildcats in rushing with 519 yards and five touchdowns on 74 carries while having completed 14 of 25 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions. Tanner Spilman has gone for another 348 yards and four touchdowns on 32 tries while seniors Cody Woods and Hunter Ayen and sophomore Troy Gates have accounted for the majority of the receptions.

SLC AT CANTON

The Larries head to Canton looking to regroup from a 44-41 loss on the road to OFA after having dropped a hard-fought 19-16 decision to Gouverneur the previous week. Senior Jesse Greer has emerged as the offensive leader for the Larries, having gone for 197 yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries over the last two games. Senior Devon Euto and junior Mike Burns have split quarterbacking duties while junior David Plante, who caught seven passes for 78 yards against OFA, has made increased contributions both running the ball and catching it, and senior Todd Ramsdell ranks among the top receivers in the NAC with 85 yards on nine receptions.

Peyton Vanbibber anchors a Canton offense that has been outscored by an average of more than 32 points per game. He is coming off a 112-yard performance against Potsdam which included a 53—yard touchdown. Sophomore Hunter Yerdon has handled the majority of the snaps at quarterback while Jay Proulx is a versatile offensive and special teams’ threat.

MASSENA AT FA

In Malone, the Raiders will be looking to snap a two-game losing skid against a Huskies’ team that entered the season as defending NAC and sectional Class A champion. The Huskies are competing in Class B this post-season so Saturday’s game will likely be the only meeting between the two.

Junior Jeremiah Reagan is Massena’s leading rusher through five games with 430 yards and 10 touchdowns on 54 carries while senior Jordy Mitchell has gone for 365 yards and four touchdowns on 52 rushes. Junior Connor Paquin (51-264yds, 1TD) and senior Isaiah Perry (27-206yds, 3TD) have also made strong contributions to the Raider running game while junior quarterback Rory Corcoran has completed 22 of 52 passes for 302 yards with three interceptions. Junior Xavier Viskovich (6-74yds), Reagan (6-69yds) and Mitchell (4-43yds) have accounted for the majority of the receptions.

Senior quarterback Mitch Gallagher has put up impressive numbers once again this fall as the leading offensive threat in the NAC. He has rushed the ball 62 times for 663 yards and 11 touchdowns while connecting on 38 of 58 passes for another 663 yards and seven touchdowns. Harvey Smith (15-252yds, 3TD) and John Picaro (9-199, 3TD) are the top two receiving threats.

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