Moriah grounds out victory; Sentinels fall

Moriah opened the Northern Football Conference season with a 42-0 thrashing of Seton Catholic Sept. 6. The game was played in a dense fog at Linney Field in Mineville. The Vikings used a punishing ground game to churn out 329 yards rushing and seven TDs. Steve Owens got Moriah going, scoring on a 65-yard run on the Vikings second offensive snap. Ron Schofield added a 2-yard TD dive as the Vikings led 14-0 after one period. Jim Carlson, who ran for 188 yards on 13 carries, added TD runs of 16 and 9 yards in the second quarter as Moriah took a 28-0 lead at the half. Schofield added a 6-yard scoring run in the third period and Nick Gilbo closed out the scoring with a 1-yard TD run in the final quarter. Mike Brassard kicked all seven extra points for Moriah. The Vikings were so dominate on the ground quarterback Tyler Blaise only attempted one pass, which was incomplete. Moriahs defense had a great game, holding Seton to 64 yards total offense and no point.s The Vikings also forced three fumbles that led to Moriah TDs. Saranac 15, Ticonderoga 12 Ticonderoga fell to Saranac Lake, 15-12, in its season-opening Northern Football Conference game Sept. 6. The Sentinels jumped to a 12-0 lead in the first half, but couldnt hold on. Ti took a 6-0 lead as Bryant Austin scooped up a Saranac Lake fumble and returned it 60 yards for a TD in the first quarter. The Sentinels then drove 67 yards for a TD and a 12-0 edge. Austin, who ran for 91 yards on 14 carries, capped the drive with a 27-yard dash to pay dirt. Ticonderoga couldnt stand prosperity, though. A rash of turnovers, penalties and mental mistakes proved costly. Saranac Lake got a touchdown on a 9-yard run by Brandon Patrow just before the half to make it 12-7. Saranac Lakes Jon Barge then returned the second half kick off 70 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. The Red Storm missed the extra point, but a Ti penalty came them another chance. This time Saranac Lake went for the two-point conversion successfully. Ti was without all-conference running back Steve Lenhart.

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