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Potsdam blanks Gouveneur


The Potsdam Sandstoners used a solid running attack and timely passing to run their Northern Athletic Conference record to 4-0 with a 34-0 defeat of Malone’s Franklin Academy Huskies on Saturday at Crowner Field.

Hard-nosed running back O’den Robertson carried the ball 18 times for 104 yards and two scores, while Andrew Ace collected another 58 on the ground with one TD as the Sandstoners scored at least one touchdown in all four quarters.

Quarterback Will Coleman connected on all three of his passing attempts, twice finding Jacob Bryant for the other two Potsdam touchdowns. Coleman also had a two-yard hook-up with Robertson.

In the lead

It didn’t take the Sandstoners long to establish their dominance over the Huskies, scoring on their first offensive possession, using 11 plays to cover 61 yards as Coleman and Bryant hooked up for an 18-yard touchdown for their first of two scoring passes. Coleman found Travis Hall in the corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion to put the visitors up 8-0.

Potsdam opened up the second quarter at its own 18 yard line and proceeded to chew up not only yards on the field, but time on the clock, getting its second touchdown with just three mintues, 20 seconds remaining in the first half. Andrew Ace bolted into the endzone from three-yard out to cap the eight-play drive. Potsdam’s two-point conversion attempt was knocked down by Malone’s Jordan Yando.

Potsdam tacked on six more points to open up the second half as Mo Reese returned the kick-off 50 yards to the Malone 36. Twelve plays later, Robertson bulled his way to paydirt from the one on the team’s third try with a first-and-goal at the one. The Sandstoners would score again on their next possession, going 57 yards on 11 plays with the Coleman to Bryant connection covering the final 10 yards for the score.

Potsdam’s final TD of the game came as Robertson broke free on a 50-yard scamper with Ace running in the two-point conversion to keep the Sandstoners unbeaten for the season.

“That was a good, hard-hitting game,” stated Potsdam coach Jim Kirka. “Malone played us tough defensively. It was a good high school football game.”

The Potsdam coach went on to point out the work ethic of his charges and the small number of mistakes that the Sandstoners made.

“We did not make a lot of mistakes. Not turning the ball over helps keep us in control offensively,” pointed out Kirka. “O’den (Robertson) had another strong running game for us and Andrew (Ace) ran the ball really well today (Saturday).

“Hopefully we can play this well against Ogdensburg on Friday,” Kirka added.

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