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Ticonderoga tops Moriah for section title

BIG plays. Ticonderoga made them and Moriah didnt as the Sentinels posted a thrilling 14-7 victory Nov. 2 to win the Section VII-X Class football championship and advance to the state playoffs. Ti will face Section II champion Fort Edward today at 1 p.m. at AuSable Valley in a state quarterfinal battle. Moriah dominated much of the game against Ti, but led just 7-6 in the final quarter when the Sentinels rose up to steal the victory. Moriah had a first-and-goal with a chance to ice the game. Tis defense responded, though, stopping the Vikings at the goal line on fourth down. Tis offense then drove 99 yards for the winning touchdown, making several crucial plays along the way. On a third-and-7 at the four yard line, Ti quarterback Matt Streeter hit Jake Taylor for a 51-yard gain. On a fourth-and-5 at the Moriah 38 Streeter connected with Evan Glading for a first down to keep the drive alive. On a third-and-5 at the Viking 24 Tis Steve Lenhart broke free for a 10-yard run and a first down. Finally, Josh Huestis took in to pay dirt from 14 yards out for the winning TD. Lenhart passed to Taylor for the conversion. Moriah took a 7-0 lead in the second period, driving 84 yards and using nearly nine minutes. James Carlson capped the drive with a one-yard plunge and Mike Brassard booted the PAT for a 7-0 Moriah lead. Ticonderoga got on the board in the third period, driving 51 yards and making more big plays. Lenhart had runs of 23 and 24 yards for the Sentinels, but on the second gallo he fumbled at the goal line. Ti lineman Jesse Clark, hustling downfield, recovered to keep the drive alive. Krys Ross then powered in for the TD. The extra point attempt failed and Ti trailed 7-6 entering the final quarter. Moriah responded behind Keith Karkoski, driving to the the Ticonderoga goal line where the Sentinels stiffened. Todays game against Fort Edward is a rematch of last seasons state quarterfinal. Ti won that game played in Hudson Falls. Both teams are 8-2 on the season. Forth Edward advanced with a 30-12 win against previously undefeated Canajoharie Nov. 3. Tony Breeyear led the Flying Forts against Canajoharie, running for 129 yards and three touchdowns. Damian Tyler added 121 rushing yards. The Forts defense dominated against Canajoharie. It held the Cougars to 177 total yards, but Canajoharie gained the majority of its yardage on three big plays. Aside from those three plays, Fort Edward held the Cougars to a net gain of 14 yards from scrimmage.

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