BRASHER FALLS - Hunter Yerdon has been Canton Centrals starting quarterback since his freshman season of 2011.
The junior signal-caller tasted victory for the first time on Friday afternoon, sparking the Golden Bears to their first victory since October of 2010, a 35-22 decision over St. Lawrence Central.
Yerdon rushed 22 times for 213 yards and three touchdowns, he passed for another score and was elated with the victory for Canton which dresses just two seniors.
It just shows all the hard work our young team has been putting in. We bust our hump every day at practice. It feels really good to win, said Yerdon who consistently broke Larrie containment for big gainers down the respective sidelines. We knew we had a chance to win today. It was a gut check for us. They (SLC) brought a lot pressure from the left side but we were able to beat it.
Canton (1-3) opened the scoring on its opening drive on a six-yard run by Peyton Vanbibber who finished the day with 73 yards rushing on 16 carries while also turning in the biggest defensive gem of the day in the first quarter. The junior linebacker tracked down a breakaway Larrie ball-carrier at the one-yard line, stripped the ball-carrier and recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchback.
SLC (0-4) tied the game at 8-8 late in the first quarter on a 30-yard scamper by David Plante.
The Bears scored two straight touchdowns in the second quarter, a one-yard plunge by Yerdon and a 25-yard pass from Yerdon to Louden Porter. With just two seconds left before halftime, SLCs Mike Plante scored from three yards out and the Larries trailed 21-14 at intermission.
SLC scored the lone touchdown of the third quarter, taking its first lead at 22-21 as Mike Plante scored from six yards out and then scampered over with the two-point conversion.
But the Bears took over in the fourth quarter, Yerdon scoring from one yard out with 10:36 to play and then rushing in from 16 yards out with 6:07 left to close out the scoring.
Also for Canton on the day, Porter finished with four receptions for 52 yards.
Also for SLC, David Plante rushed six times for 120 yards and also caught seven passes for 37 yards from quarterback Mike Burns who had an accurate day with nine completions in 13 attempts for 71 yards. Teammate Mike Plante finished with 49 yards rushing on seven carries with two touchdowns.
Canton plays at Massena on Friday evening. The Larries travel to Gouverneur, Saturday.