TUPPER LAKE - For the second week in a row, the Tupper Lake football team was unable to stop the run as Potsdam ground out a 52-20 victory over the Lumberjacks Friday at Frank Tice Field.
Facing their second Class A team in as many games, the 'Jacks saw a potent Potsdam running attack that gained 395 and put seven rushing touchdowns on the scoreboard. Junior running back Oden Robertson had a big first half for the Sandstoners, piling up 116 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
Senior Adam Lewis was the go-to-guy for Potsdam after intermission, scoring two touchdowns on the ground and finishing with 148 yards on 16 carries. Junior quarterback Will Coleman and Dave Adams also ran for a touchdown apiece for Potsdam, which improved to 2-0 in Section X play after blanking St. Lawrence 41-0 in its season opener.
Tupper Lake’s Brock Tarbox is tackled by Potsdam’s Dave Adams while returning the opening kickoff of Friday’s game at Frank Tice Field.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Lumberjacks junior receiver Mitch Keniston picks up yardage on a first-half catch while Potsdam’s Will Coleman moves in for the tackle in Friday's game.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
The Sandstoners notched touchdowns on their first four possessions and raced out to a 30-0 lead before Tupper Lake got on the board with 40 seconds remaining in the first half when junior quarterback Morgan Stevens connected on a 55-yard scoring pass to Mitch Keniston.
Potsdam scored three more touchdowns in the second half, and Tupper Lake added two on a 3-yard run by Tyler Minogue in the third quarter and a 1-yard dive by Keegan Bombard with less than two minutes left on the game clock.
"Potsdam is big, strong and solid up front," said Tupper Lake head coach Dennis Klossner. "We wanted to move the ball against them, but we didn't have as much success as we thought. Our plan was to go at them with the run and throw at them, and we did what we were able to do. We gave them everything we had and got out healthy."
Potsdam 52, Tupper Lake 20
P - Robertson 57 run (run failed), 2:10
P - Robertson 13 run (Robertson run), 9:59
P - Coleman 23 run (Adams pass from Coleman), 2:55
P - Robertson 8 run (Bryant pass from Coleman), 7:56
TL - M. Keniston 55 pass from Stevens (kick blocked)
P - A. Lewis 29 run (A. Lewis run), 1:52
TL - Minogue 3 run (Gillis kick), 8:34
P - A. Lewis 1 run (Devine kick), 2:10
P - Adams 27 run (Devine kick), 5:14
TL - Bombard 1 run (Gillis kick), 10:12
Potsdam - Robertson 10-116 3TDs, A. Lewis 16-148 2TDs, Ace 6-23, Coleman 5-64 TD, Adams 1-27 TD, S. Lewis 3-7, Kilgore 2-1, Devine 3-9. 45-395 7TDs.
Tupper Lake - Minogue 7-20 TD, Roussel 7-14, Stevens 5-37, Kerst 3-13, M. Keniston 4-36, Bombard 3-19 TD, Charland 1-9. Totals: 30-148 2TDs.
Potsdam - Coleman 1-4-18.
Tupper Lake - Stevens 7-11-0-102 TD, M. Keniston 0-1-1-0. Totals: 7-12-1-102.
Potsdam - Clark 1-18.
Tupper Lake - M. Keniston 5-85 TD, Roussel 1-12, Minogue 1-5.
Potsdam - Loucey
Robertson got the 'Stoners going with two first-quarter touchdowns on runs of 57 and 13 yards.
Coleman scampered along the Potsdam sideline on a 23-yard touchdown run 2:55 into the second quarter, and then he found Dave Adams in the end zone for the conversion pass to up the lead to 22-0 lead.
Robertson then tacked on his third rushing touchdown, and Adams passed to Jacob Bryant for the conversion and a 30-0 Potsdam edge with 4:04 left before halftime.
Tupper Lake finally got on track with a 64-yard, seven-play drive capped off by Mitch Keniston's 55-yard touchdown reception on a fade pass from Stevens.
Potsdam picked up where it left off to start the third quarter, taking its first possession into the end zone on a four-play march that ate up 65 yards. The two keys plays on the drive were both 29-yard runs, the first by Coleman on a third-down-and-2 play and the second a 29-yard run to paydirt by Adam Lewis, who followed up with the conversion run.
Trailing 38-6, Tupper Lake put together its second scoring drive, a 65-yard, 12-play advance capped off by Minogue's 3-yard touchdown burst on a fourth-down-and-3 play.
Potsdam answered with the next two scores in a span of just over three minutes early in the final quarter. Adam Lewis scored on a 1-yard dive 2:10 into the period, and Dan Devine tacked on the conversion kick to lift the visitors into a 45-13 lead. Adams followed with a 27-yard touchdown run, and Devine notched his second conversion kick to round out the scoring for the Sandstoners.
The Lumberjacks mounted the last drive for points in the game, taking the ball 75 yards in 10 plays with Bombard crashing into the end zone on a 1-yard plunge with 1:48 remaining.
"We have a lot of seniors on this team, and they really worked hard in the offseason," said Potsdam head coach Jim Kirka. "You get what you get out of that, and so far, it's worked out. Our kids would love to win a championship this year.
"We ran the ball well and got a good push from our O-line," Kirka added. "We have some good running backs. They just put their shoulder down and go."
Coleman only attempted four passes in the game and completed one, an 18-yarder to Shawn Clark in the first half. Stevens, Tupper Lake's junior signal caller, completed seven of his 11 pass attempts for 102 yards. He also rushed for 37 yards on five carries to pace the Lumberjacks on the ground before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a minor injury. Stevens was replaced by Mitch Keniston, who guided the 'Jacks on their final scoring drive by running for 36 yards on four attempts.
Tupper Lake's ground game finished with 148 yards on 30 carries.
The Lumberjacks fell to 0-2 with the setback and have given up 971 combined rushing yards in those two games with a young, inexperienced defense. As the smallest school playing Section X football, the Lumberjacks will have another tough matchup next Saturday, hosting Gouverneur on homecoming weekend. The contest is slated to start at 1:30 p.m.
"We were a little intimidated to start this game, but we settled in. We're just going to keep working," Klossner said. "We're not going to whine or cry; our kids just love playing football. If we get our butts handed to us, we'll just keep fighting. We'll just punch back."