Sophomore Jay Hebert looks upfield against the Saranac defense during a Northern Football Conference match against the Saranac Chiefs at home Sept. 2. Hebert ended the night with 71 yards on 16 carries in the loss.
To further prove that stats don’t always tell the story, there is the case of the Moriah Vikings against the Plattsburgh Hornets.
In the season opener between the two football teams Sept. 2, the Vikings had nine first downs compared to none for the Hornets. The Vikings had more yards from scrimmage and controlled the ball for 25 more plays and 8:50 clock time.
However, a fumbled punt return and an interception, both picked up by Nate Harrington, led to a pair of touchdowns that gave the Hornets a 12-0 win.
“We were expecting a very physical ball game,” PHS head coach Jerry Defayette said after the game. “They are a very tough team and very disciplined.”
Defayette said that the momentum began earl for the Hornets.
“The fumble recovery was a big play, but I think we slowly began to turn the momentum early in the game when we proved to ourselves that we could hang in there.”
The closest that the Vikings got to scoring was on their very first drive of the game, after a long punt return and a first down put the team on the Hornets’ 13 yard line. The Plattsburgh defense responded with a pair of tackles-for-loss on second and third down, forcing a punt after a 21-yard sack.
On its opening drive of the second half, the Hornets found themselves looking at a three-and-out series, punting to the Vikings. However, when the Viking return man fumbled the catch, Harrington was on top of the ball, putting his team on the Vikings 28 yard line.
Two plays later, James Stiger ran off tackle for 22 yards and the opening score of the game.
“I spun to break the arm tackle and once I got past the first level, I was able to score,” Stiger said.
On the ensuing drive, Harrington picked up his second interception of the night, returning the ball to the Vikings 25, where Stiger again got the call, this time running off a option sweep to give the Hornets a 14-0 lead.
Stiger finished with 44 yards rushing, while Harrington had 14 receiving yards to go with his three turnovers.
“It felt fantastic to see James running for the endzone,” Harrington said about the two scoring plays that were set up by him. “Both times, I was thinking that I need to get the ball and put us in a position to score.”
Tom Ida led the Viking offense with 56 yards rushing.
Ti 8, Saranac 26
TICONDEROGA — Saranac led 12-0 at the half and 18-0 heading into the fourth quater as the Sentinels dropped a Northern Football Conference match against the Saranac Chiefs at home Sept. 2.
Sophomore Jay Hebert was the lead rusher for Ti with 71 yards on 16 carries followed by Ryan Borho who scrambled for 48 yards and blocked a punt leading to an 11-yard TD run by Miles Austin. Borho then dove in for the two point conversion to complete Ti’s scoring on the night.