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Potsdam run past Gouverneur in Northern Athletic Conference Football opener


GOUVERNEUR - Potsdam showcased a potential Northern Athletic Conference Football Offensive MVP O’den Robertson on Saturday at Frank LaFalce Field against Gouverneur in the NAC opener for both teams.

But Stoner Coach Jim Kirka received a pleasant surprise from another running back in Chase Palmer during a 54-6 win.

“Once our offensive line started to create holes, our offense played pretty well,” said Kirka.

“O’den (Robertson) had a nice start to the season but I was quite surprised in Chase Palmer, a junior who ran very, very well. Our fullbacks in David Murray and Rian McFadden did a great job leading the blocking. And today, we threw a few passes and once we get our aerial attack going we’ll be just fine.”

Robertson provided 176 yards on the ground on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns while Palmer had 10 totes for 107 yards and one touchdown as the Stoners outrushed Gouverneur 348 (six touchdowns) to 91 and took advantage of several short fields.

“We capitalized on a couple of short field positions early in the game and we came up big on a short yardage fourth down early in the second quarter which helped us with momentum,” Kirka.

Potsdam’s first drive began just outside the Wildcats’ 30 after a muffed punt. An early steady drizzle made it difficult for the young Wildcat team to hold onto the ball.

Robertson scored his first touchdown from 15 yards out with 5:55 left in the first quarter.

McFadden plunged in from two yards out with 9:23 left in the second quarter after a key Will Coleman to Travis Hall hook-up for eight yards on a third down play.

Gouverneur used a 40-yard kickoff return by Ben Casey for great field position on its only touchdown which came on a 12 yard strike from Troy Gates to Aaron Bush with 6:07 to play. But Potsdam responded when Robertson bolted 18 yards to paydirt with just 2:38 to play before halftime.

Robertson scored his final touchdown of the contest with 10:07 left in the third taking the pigskin 47 yards to the endzone. Coleman later found Max Warden for a six yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Palmer scored from 65 yards out and Murray tallied on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Coleman (4-7-21) threw a pair of two-point conversion passes to Jacob Bryant.

Josh Locey, Dustin Fisher and Devon Delaney paced the Stoners defensively with three solo tackles each.

“Offensively, we didn’t protect the ball well losing three of our four fumbles. But Potsdam definitely has a great back in Robertson and really showed depth their with their two fullbacks and Palmer. And their line is strong,” said Gouverneur Coach Sean Devlin.

“We knew that it was going to take a really good day to contend with them. We just have to get back to practice on Monday and work hard to prepare for Canton.

For Gouverneur, Gates had 45 yards on 14 carries. Defensively, Aaron McEatheron had 11 tackles while Troy Gates and Adrian McShane each had seven tackles.

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