After getting the 2013 season off to good starts, the Massena Central and Potsdam Central varsity football teams will look to make good showings on Hall of Fame weekend for the two schools.
MASSENA HOSTS TUPPER LAKE
The Raiders are coming off a 21-0 win over two-time defending regular season champion Franklin Academy as they get set to take on Tupper Lake this Saturday at Mike Nicholas Field. The Lumberjacks also opened the season on winning note, rallying to deny St. Lawrence Central 30-28 on their home field.
After struggling offensively in the first half against FA, Massena began to find its stride in the third quarter where senior runningback Jeremiah Reagan broke through for two of his three touchdowns. He also converted on his three PAT kicks to account for the 21 points scored by the Raiders as he rushed for 92 yards on 18 carries. Junior Isaiah Dillabough also made key second-half contributions to the Massena running game, going for 49 yards on his four rushes while junior Josh Manley showed his versatility in going for 11 yards on three carries and pulling down two passes from senior quarterback Rory Corcoran for 22 yards. Corcoran wound up completing five of 19 passes for a total of 34 yards with senior Xavier Viskovich adding a 12-yard completion.
As the score indicated, the Raider defense and special teams turned in a consistently solid effort from start to finish in notching the shutout against the Huskies. Senior linebackers Connor Paquin and Josh Blair anchored the defensive showing with seven and six tackles respectively. They also combined to block a punt and Blair broke through the line for a pair of sacks. Senior Sam Gerber and junior Nolan Terrance finished with five tackles each and Terrance also recorded two fumble recoveries as the Raiders forced a total of six turnovers and stopped a pair of punt attempts. Senior Cody Hooper logged a solo fumble recovery while Manley pulled off a pair of interceptions and junior Matt Thibault notched a solo pick-off. Senior Jeremy Malone highlighted a strong night of special teams play for Massena averaging nearly 30 yards per punt.
The Lumberjacks will be looking to continue the momentum of their come-from-behind victory over SLC where they scored the only points of the fourth quarter. Jeremy Rousell led the way offensively for Tupper Lake, going for 149 yards one 24 carries while Morgan Stevens capably quarterbacked the Lumberjack offense, completing four of eight passes for 89 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown connection to Mitch Keniston, while carrying the ball eight times for 26 yards, including a three-yard plunge for the decisive touchdown. Keniston also returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown while Cody LaPierre had a 78-yard kick-off return for a touchdown.
Kick-off for the Saturdays game is slated for 1:30 p.m.
POTSDAM HOSTS SLC
The Sandstoners opened their season by churning out an impressive 54-6 win on the road over Gouverneur in a game where they rattled off 40 unanswered points over the final three quarters.
Oden Robertson ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries to anchor a balanced Sandstoner offense. Chase Palmer also made lead contributions going for 107 yards on 10 carries, including a 65-yard touchdown run and two two-point conversions while senior quarterback Will Coleman connected on for of seven passes for 21 yards, including a six-yard touchdown strike to Max Warden. David Murray had a 14-yard touchdown run for the Sandstoners while Jacob Bryant caught two passes for seven yards.
The Larries are coming off a see-saw loss on the road to Tupper Lake in which they took the lead three times only to have the Lumberjacks regroup to claim the win.
The duo of senior quarterback Mike Burns and freshman runningback Mike Plante combined to spark the SLC offense. Burns complted five of 11 passes for 134 yards, including a 52-yard pass to senior David Plante, while the younger Plante ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in making an impressive varsity debut. David Plante also returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown while carrying the ball out of the backfield 15 times for 76 yards and caught a total of three passes for another 79 yards. Senior tight end Devon Agan had two receptions for 55 yards.
Saturdays game is set to kick-off at 1:30 p.m.