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Ti gridders secure a place in history

Years from now, Ticonderoga sports fans will be enjoying their favorite beverage at the Knights of Columbus or American Legion while debating great Sentinel football teams of the yesteryear. That 1960 team couldnt be beat, someone will insist and be right. The 1960 Ti High football team is still considered one of the greatest in school history. Posting an 8-0 record, it remains the only undefeated Ti High team ever. During the course of that season, the team outscored opponents 321-31, including five shutouts. They we good, another fan will agree, but what about that 1967 team? Those Sentinels won the Class B Northern Conference football championship with a 6-2 record, beating Fort Edward on a mud-covered field, 13-6, to capture the championship. After the game, an impromptu parade was held through the streets of downtown Ti with the football players carrying the goal posts that were torn down after the game. Both those teams played before there was a state tournament. They were good, too, an old-timer will say, but probably the best team ever was the 2007 Sentinels. They got to the state championship game. Indeed. This years Ti High gridders the first ever to reach the state championship game have established a place in history. Memories of this year will be recounted for decades to come. Memories like THE DRIVE. Trailing 7-6 in the closing minutes against archrival Moriah, Ti quarterback Matt Streeter led the Sentinels on a 99-yard drive for the game-winning touchdown, the Section VII championship and a berth in the state tournament. Of course that drive couldnt have happened without THE STAND. 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. That defensive series set the tone for all that was to follow. Then there was DOMINANCE. Facing a Fort Edward team that had dominated opponents all season in the state quarterfinals, Ti showed it was the dominant team with a 27-16 thrashing. Steven Lenhart and an opportunistic defense led the way for Ticonderoga against Fort Edward. Lenhart ran for 285 yards and a touchdown, while the Sentinel defense forced five turnovers that led to four TDs. Krys Ross accounted for two of those turnovers with a pair of interceptions. REDEMPTION came next for the Sentinels. A year before Ti led eventual state champion Tuckahoe 19-0 in the state semifinals only to loose in the final minute. A wiser, tougher Sentinel team wasnt going to let that disappointment happen again. Ticonderoga crushed Haldane in the semifinal round, 35-8, as Streeter passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Ticonderoga. The Sentinels faced Walton in the state championship game yesterday with a chance to add to their legend. A win would be great, but the Sentinels can be confident their place is history is secure. Fred Herbst is Times of Ti editor. He can be reached at fred@denpubs.com

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