Saranac Lake quarterback Matt Phelan, right, checks down with receivers Devin Darrah, 10, TJ Mornoe, 20, and running back Kyle Dora before the snap of the ball against Tupper Lake. The Red Storm won 33-12, as Phelan had a combined 361 yards, while Darrah caught an 84-yards scoring strike.
After a tight first half, the Saranac Lake Red Storm football team jumped out for 21 points in the third quarter as they retained the Mayor’s Cup trophy with a 33-12 victory against the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks Sept. 16.
“Once this offense starts rolling, it’s tough to stop,” Red Storm head coach Eric Bennett said after the game. “In the first half, we should have had more, but I told the team that we needed to be patient.”
The Red Storm took a 6-0 lead in the opening quarter when quarterback Matt Phelan connected with Devin Darrah on an 84-yard pass play, their response to Tupper Lake’s opening 17 play, 54-yard drive that stalled on the Red Storm’s 17 yard line.
“It was a huge lift,” Bennett said. “It’s good when our defense takes a team and their strength on and is able to stop it. Then we hit Darrah on the slant play and that was big.”
“We wanted to keep the ball out of their hands,” Tupper Lake head coach Dennis Klossner said. “We were doing a lot of good things and the something would happen that would set us back.”
“Devin made a great catch,” Phelan said. “On the screen passes, out slots made a lot of great blocks to open things up for our ends.”
Phelan scored all three touchdowns the Red Storm scored in the third quarter on runs of 16, 64 and three yards. Phelan finished the game 9-for-17 passing for 217 yards and one touchdown, while running the ball 10 times for 144 yards and three scores.
“He is an outstanding athlete,” Bennett said about the junior quarterback. “There is still some things that he needs to work on, but he works very hard.”
“I’m just honored to be a part of this team,” Phelan said. “Our defense stepped up tonight and played well. It’s like a storybook where it just keeps getting better with each chapter.”
Mike Burpoe added 44 yards rushing for Saranac Lake, while Lance Akerson scored on an 18-yard run and Kyle Dora combined 17 rushing yards with 21 receiving yards. Darrah had 106 total yards receiving including the 84-yard scored, while Kevin Morgan caught four balls for 82 yards.
For the Lumberjacks, Tim Ropas, used mainly in the second half, ran the ball 10 times for 121 yards and both of the Tupper Lake scores. Morgan Stevens was 8-for-13 passing for 69 yards, but threw a pair of interceptions. The Saranac Lake defense limited Stevens and Jordan Garrow to 23 yards on a combined 28 carries.
“Ropas and Garrow do a great job, and they are two really good backs,” Klossner said. “We were happy with the pressure that we started to get on the quarterback, we were just a half-step shy.”
Hornets fall to Gouverneur
The Plattsburgh Hornets held a 22-6 lead heading into halftime, but were unable to make it stick as Gouverneur scored 30 unanswered points in the second half for a 36-22 win Sept. 16.
The scoring started early for the Hornets, as Will Love found Nate Leopard for a 65-yard touchdown pass 1:30 into the game. Andrew Brown then scored from 26 yards out and James Stiger scored on a two-point conversion to give PHS a 14-0 lead with 1:40 remaining in the opening quarter.
After a Gouverneur score, Nate Harrington scored on a 25-yard interception return.
Stiger finished the game with 110 yards rushing on 13 carries, while Brown was only able to add two more yards to his rushing total of 28. Love was three-for-six passing for 101 yards and a pair of interceptions, while Leopard had two receptions for 95 yards.
Patriots stun Ogdensburg
The AuSable Valley Patriots scored 21 points in the first half and capped the game with a score in the fourth quarter as they shocked Ogdensburg, 28-12, Sept. 16.
The Patriots scored in the first five minutes of the game, as Austin House kept the ball from one yard out to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead.
House then connected with Jonathan LaDieu for a 44-yard score and Connor manning received an 11-yard scoring pass from House to give the Patriots a 21-point lead (Manning converted on all three point-after attempts).
House capped the scoring with 50 seconds remaining in the game with a five-yard scoring run, and Manning again hit the point after to round out the scoring.
House finished with 74 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns on the ground and 180 yards on 9-for-14 passing and a pair of touchdowns through the air.
Dillon Savage added 50 yards rushing, while LaDieu had 101 yards receiving and Manning added 63.
Indians blank Vikings
The Peru Indians celebrated the 10th anniversary of their New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B state championship Sept. 17, then shutout the Moriah Vikings, who have played in two of the past three Class D title games.
The Indians scored all 34 of their points in the middle two quarters, and their defense kept the Vikings at bay, extending the teams scoring drought to 12 of the first 12 quarters Moriah has played in 2011.
Tyler Murphy opened the scoring with a 53-yard punt return in the middle of the second quarter, which was followed 58 seconds later with a Shawn Hendrix four-yard interception return and Jeff Kruz added a 16-yard rushing touchdown with 29 seconds remaining in the half.
Mike Holdridge scored on a 46-yard pass from Taylor Rock in the opening minutes of the third quarter, and Alex Cederstrom scored on a 39-yard rush to cap the scoring for the Indians.
Rock finished 7-of-12 passing for 193 yards and a touchdown, while Cederstrom finished with 50 yards rushing. Zane Bazzano had 83 yards receiving, while Holdridge and Murphy each had 43 yards receiving.
Beekmantown runs past Chiefs
The Beekmantown Eagles scored all of the points in the second half, tallying 21 points in the final two quarters for a 35-14 win against the Saranac Chiefs Sept. 17.
Devin Backes caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Carter Frechette to open the scoring for the Eagles before Matt McCasland scored on a three-yard run to tie the game for the Chiefs.
The two teams again exchanged scores before halftime, with Frechette scoring on a four-yard run for the Eagles and Nate Bedell scored from 17 yards out on a Ben Weightman pass.
The Eagles pulled away in the third quarter as Tanner Roser scored from eight yards out and Frechette scored from seven yards away to give the Eagles a 28-14 lead heading into the final quarter, where Frechette closed the scoring with a 34-yard touchdown run.
Frechette finished the game for the Eagles with 182 yards and three tallies on the ground to go with 84 yards and a touchdown on 4-for-11 passing.
Weightman combined 76 yards rushing and 78 yards and a touchdown on 10-for-26 passing for the Chiefs, while McCasland added 58 yards and a score.