Nate Lenhart hands the ball off to Jay Hebert for Ticonderoga Sept. 30.
The Ticonderoga Sentinels and Tupper Lake Lumberjacks will meet with the Class D regular season title on the line, as both teams come off convincing wins coming into their Oct. 7 meeting in Ti.
The Sentinels spoiled the homecoming game of the AuSable Valley Patriots by scoring a 34-0 win Sept. 30, while the Lumberjacks scored a 36-6 victory against the three-time defending Class D champs Moriah to open the month of October.
In Clintonville, the Sentinels only threw the ball once (one other pass attempt resulted in a penalty) relying on a running game that rushed for 338 yards and a defense that tallied 12 tackles for a loss, a pair of sacks and two turnovers.
“That’s the way that we prefer to play,“ Sentinels head coach Bob Sutphen said. “We were pretty efficient in the first half and we established that early. Our outside guys did a great job on defense and we were able to keep Austin House contained.”
“They did a wonderful job swarming to our key players,” Patriots head coach Heith Ford said. “They out-physical-ed us on the line defensively, and our timing was off on the offensive side of the ball.”
The Sentinels had two long drives, one that went 10 plays in 4:13, and the second going 67 yards in 13 plays and taking 7:35 off the clock to start the second half.
Ryan Borho carried the ball 12 times for 73 yards and three touchdowns, while Jay Hebert carried the ball 10 times for 97 yards and Miles Austin took a handoff 11 times and tallied 132 yards and one score on a 58-yard scamper.
“Miles is a great downhill runner,” Sutphen said. “We had a good night from our backs, and Nate Lenhart played a smart game at quarterback.”
Lenhart had one touchdown and six yards rushing on a pair of carries.
On defense, Cody Henthorn had four tables-for loss, while Lenhart had a fumble recovery and Joe Gonyea had an interception.
“We need to heal up,” Sutphen said about preparing for the Lumberjacks. “We are going to be excited to get to practice Monday and get ready for Tupper Lake.”
For the Patriots, House was 7-of-16 passing for 32 yards and one interception, while running the ball 12 times for 19 yards. Connor Kennedy ran the ball eight times for 40 yards, as the Patriots had 100 yards total offense as they head into a Oct. 7 game at the Vikings.
“We are going to go back to basics this week,” Ford said. “Any time you play Moriah, no matter their record, you have to respect them, especially when you have to travel to Linney Field. That field has magic in it, and it usually does not go for the visitors.”
As for the Vikings and the Lumberjacks, Tupper Lake scored in each quarter and shutout Moriah 16-0 in the second half to secure the win Oct. 1.
Tim Ropas had a huge game for the Lumberjacks, scoring three times on the ground and once receiving while rushing for 177 yards on 15 carries. Jordan Garrow had 49 yards of total offense and one receiving touchdown, while Morgan Stevens threw for 53 yards and the two passes for scores.
Jim Curran led the Vikings with 72 yards and the lone score of the game, the first scored by Moriah in Northern Conference play (the Vikings scored twice in non-league play against Utica-Notre Dame).
Indians capture B title
The Peru Indians wrapped up the regular season title in Class B, using a 22-0 second quarter en route to a 36-8 victory over Gouverneur Oct. 1.
The Indians blanked Gouverneur until midway through the fourth quarter in securing the regular season title, while scoring 30 total points in the opening half.
Five different members of the Indians roster scored touchdowns, as quarterback Taylor Rock rushed for one from one-yard out while connecting with Tyler Murphy for a 11-yard scoring play.
The Indians opened their scoring with a safety for an early 2-0 lead, then extended the lead when Jeff Kurz scored from 40-yards out for an 8-0 lead.
The Rock run extended the lead to 16-0 in the second quarter, and Mike Remillard then returned an interception 25 yards for a scored before the Rock-to-Murphy scoring toss to cap the first half scoring.
Rock finished with 11 passing yards and the one-yard scoring rush, while Alex Cederstrom had 76 yards rushing and 40 yards receiving.
Chiefs shutout Hornets
The Saranac Chiefs scored all 42 of their points in the first half, then remained strong on defense as they shutout the Plattsbrugh Hornets Oct. 1.
Ben Weightman missed on only one pass, going 11-of-12 passing for 244 yards and throwing five touchdowns on throws to Ryan St. Clair (15 yards), Ryan Kerner (66 and 26), Nate Bedell (30) and Austin Velie (29). Kerner finished with 101 receiving to go with a 24-yard interception return.
K.J. Houle had 45 yards rushing to lead the Chiefs.
Will Love had 40 yards rushing for the Hornets, while Kristian Sherman had 52 yards passing but threw four interceptions.
The Beekmantown Eagles came back from a 28-14 halftime score and tallied the winning score with 3:09 left in the game to earn a 34-33 win over Albany Academy Oct. 1.
Devin Fessette scored the game-winning touchdown on a 20-yard rush to give the Eagles the one-point lead they would hold onto to earn a non-conference win.
Luke Weaver tallied three touchdowns in the game, two on receptions totaling 111 yards and one on a 95-yard return.
Carter Frechette had 150 yards passing and two touchdowns and ran for 61 yards and another score from five-yards out.