Moriah got the 2012 football season off to a rousing start, beating Plattsburgh, 39-12, in its Champlain Valley Athletic Conference opener Aug. 31.
Ticonderoga struggled in its first game, dropping a 22-8 decision to Beekmantown Sept. 1.
Moriah jumped to a 39-0 lead before coasting the victory for Coach Don Tesar.
Quarterback Cole Gaddor and running back Cameron Wright had big games for the Vikings. Each scored two touchdowns. Wright ran for 126 yards on 15 carries and Gaddor ran for 17 yards and threw for 39 more.
Moriah’s big uglies dominated the game, opening holes as the the Vikings ran for 203 yards.
The locals recovered a Plattsburgh fumble on the opening kick off and scored three plays later as Gaddor snuck into the end zone from a yard away.
The Viking defense crushed Plattsburgh on the next possession, setting up the offense with a short field.
Gaddor then led the Vikings on a 24-yard drive, capping it with another quarterback sneak for a TD.
Arto Nadeau, who ran for 57 yards in the game, scored on a 13-yard gallop as Moriah extended its lead to 19-0.
Wright then broke free for scoring runs of 60 and 4 yards. Moriah led 32-0 at the half.
Jessup Calkins returned the second half kick off 78 yards for another Viking TD and Coach Tesar called off the dogs.
Beekmantown proved too big and too strong for Ticonderoga. The Eagles held Ti to 99 yards rushing on 31 attempts — including throttling Ti stalwart Miles Austin. Austin gained just 15 yards on seven carries in the contest.
On offense Beekmantown’s line allowed Eagle backs to run for 212 yards.
Zachary Myers connected with Haydin Fountain on a 10-yard scoring pass to put Beekmantown on top, 6-0, in the first quarter. The conversion made it 8-0.
Dustin Pickering, who ran for 128 yards, extended the Eagle advantage to 15-0 with a yard scoring run before Myers and Fountain hooked up again, this time from 14 yards. Beekmantown led 22-0 at the intermission.
Ticonderoga’s defense found its legs in the second half, holding Beekmantown scoreless.
Quarterback Mike Graney tried to rally the Sentinels. Under constant pressure, he completed 7-of-19 passes for 109 yards.
Ti finally got on the scoreboard in the final quarter after recovering a Beekmantown fumble. Tanner Wright scored from 2 yards out for the Sentinels.