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POTSDAM - Taking advantage of short field opportunities in the first half, the Potsdam varsity football team won the battle of unbeatens on Friday evening hosting Gouverneur in a 30-8 win in Northern Athletic Conference action.

“Potsdam had some great field position in the first half and they excuted,” said Gouverneur coach Sean Devlin. “They’re just a good football team and they have a lot of talent. It didn’t help us that we took a few false starts early and we muffed a bad snap but Potsdam showed us why they’re 6-0.”

“Tonight, we played a super defensive game holding a solid Gouverneur team. And offensively, our line carried out their assignments. This is a big win for us. But we have a very important game next week against OFA. It could play out that we face OFA in the first round of the playoffs so we just have to take care of business and not make mistakes. I just want to credit Gouverneur. They made us work tonight,” said Potsdam coach Jim Kirka.

The Stoners scored on their first three drives of the game.

The first drive started at the 32 and went 10 plays and ended with a 20 yard touchdown run by O’den Robertson (14-101 3TD’s) with 4:56 left in the first quarter. Will Coleman (10-54 rushing, 2x5 108 yards passing) provided two big first downs on the drive.

Potsdam’s second possesion started at the 46 and began with a big run Rian McFadden for 14 yards. Robertson ended the five play drive with another 20-yard touchdown run up the leftside of the field with :55 second to play in the first quarter.

After a bad snap on Gouverneur’s second play of their third drive of the game, Mark Horne scampered 18 yards to avoid punting in their endzone. After Potsdam took over at the 49, the Stoners used a seven play drive to make it 20-0 as Coleman found Garrett Kilgore for 25 yards after being setup on a Gouverneur face mask penalty with 8:05 left in the first half. A penalty setback Potsdam on the two point conversion and Coleman threw a strike to Kilgore for the two point conversion for a 22-0 lead at halftime.

Potsdam nearly made it 28-0 before halftime as Coleman’s pass just missed the hands of Shawn Clark.

“We played pretty well tonight,” said Potsdam quarterback Will Coleman. “At the beginning of the season, I knew we had some talent but I didn’t expect us to have a chance to go unbeaten. OFA is going to be a tough game for us. We just need to play our game and work hard.”

In the second half, Potsdam took a commanding 30-0 lead on its first posession with 5:41 left in the third quarter. Robertson set up his own one-yard touchdown run with a 19-yard scamper as the drive resulted in a 13 play, 65-yard drive.

Gouverneur almost responded on its next drive after Tanner Spilman had a 18-yard run. Levi Love had a good nine yard pick up and Horne converted a third and three with a 10-yard run. Four plays later, Gouverneur faced a fourth and four at the six and Kyle Weems made a big stop for the Stoners in the backfield to end the threat.

Potsdam used an 83-yard catch and run by Jacob Woods to get down to the seven yard line but the Stoners fumbled the ball and Hunter Ayen recovered.

The Wildcats responded to the turnover going the distance sparked by a 10-yard run by Horne, an 18-yard pickup from Spilman and several short runs by Tupper which ended in Adrian McShane hauling in a 15-yard pass from Horne with 42.8 left in the game to break the shutout. After a bad snap on the extra point conversion, Horne ran the ball in for the two-point conversion.

For Gouverneur, Horne finished with 17 carries and 65 yards and but only connected for two passes for 14 yards. Tupper had 56 yards on 10 totes.

Defensively, the Stoners received eight tackles from Woods, seven from Jacob Bryant and six from Weems.

Love and Ayen had eight tackles for Gouverneur.

Potsdam hosts OFA (4-2) on Friday while Malone (4-1) travels to Gouverneur on Saturday.

OFA 42, Tupper Lake 20: Quarterback Nate Angel rushed for 228 yards on 12 carries, including three touchdowns, to lead OFA (4-2) past the Lumberjacks in Tupper Lake.

The Blue Devils finished with 385 yards rushing. Zach Sharpe added 71 yards for OFA.

Mitch Keniston passed for 109 yards, including two touchdowns, for Tupper Lake (1-5).

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