POTSDAM - Converting a flurry of turnovers in to a 38-8 halftime lead, the undefeated Potsdam Sandstoners advanced into the Northern Conference Football Playoff Championship game with a 52-8 victory over Ogdensburg Free Academy on Friday night.
The contest opened in similar fashion to last weeks 30-28 thriller in the regular season finale for both teams when Oden Robertson converted a foiled snap from punt formation.
Last Friday the Devils came up with a big red zone stop and played the rest of the game turnover free until an interception on the final play of the game.
Last night, fullback Rian McFadden scored from four yards out on the first offensive play of the game.
The Stoners went on to take total control scoring touchdowns after a fumble recovery by Kyle Martens and an interception by Will Coleman in the first quarter and the Stoners opened a 30-0 lead with 11:28 remaining in the second quarter when Garrett Kilgore returned an interception 19 yards to the endzone and Coleman hooked up with Shawn Clark for the conversion,
The defense definitely set the tone for victory. We corrected the mistakes we made last week and played extremely well, said Potsdam Coach Jim Kirka after his 8-0 team earned the right to host the winner of todays game between Malone and Gouverneur in the NAC Championship game on Friday night.
We forced turnovers and we took advantage of them, he added.
Following the Martens fumble recovery, Robertson (11-88, 2 TDs) scored on a two-yard run and Coleman pitched a two-point conversion pass to Kilgore. The first of three Potsdam interceptions in the first half led to Coleman running five yards to the endzone and throwing a conversion pass to Jacob Woods.
OFAs lone touchdown of the game saw Nate Angel find Josh Liebstein with an eight-yard fourth down touchdown pass and Jordan McCormick (11-59) run for the two-point conversion.
Robertson finished off an 88-yard first half on the ground by darting 20 yards to the endzone.
Oden Robertson really did a nice job tonight picking his holes, said Coleman.
Our defense really did a good job and the offense was very good at converting turnovers.
The Stoners second offense produced two fourth quarter scores on a 13-yard run by Adam Lewis (10-60) and a 21-yard keeper by Dave Adams who also tallied a two-point conversion.
OFA (4-4) will have two weeks to regroup for regional play where they will take on presently undefeated Saranac Lake.