Moriah advances to state semifinals - Football

Moriah reached the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D semifinal in football action Nov. 13.

The Vikings, who reached the state championship game last season, beat Rensselaer, 28-25, in Ticonderoga.

The contest was not as close as the score would indicate. Moriah led 28-12 before two late, meaningless Rensselaer scores.

Moriah, the Section VII-X champion, faced Eldred of Section IX in the semifinal round in Kingston Nov. 20. The winner moves on to the state championship game.

Rensselaer looked like a winner on the game's first play from scrimmage as Jashem Hamilton broke free for a 65-yard TD run. That's turned out to be its only real highlight.

Nate Gilbo hit Tom Tesar with a 32-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter as the Vikings took a 7-6 lead on Ryan Mascarenas' extra point.

Ron Schofield, who had a huge day for Moriah, scored on runs of a yard and 10 yards as the Vikings opened up a 21-6 advantage.

After Rensselaer scored, Schofield iced the contest for Moriah with a 5-yard TD run early in the final quarter.

Schofield finished the game with 218 yards rushing and three TDs. The entire Rensselaer managed just 115 yards rushing.

Now 9-2 on the season, the Vikings are close to duplicating their 2008 success.

Last season Moriah had the best season in school history, going undefeated until losing the state championship game.

The Vikings were 12-1, setting records galore and exciting an entire community.

The Vikings return 13 players from that team, including seven starters on offense and six on defense. Much of that experience is up front, where Moriah returns its entire starting offensive line.

The group - Hayden Whalen, Dylan Orr, John Petro, Sergio Camacho, Wally Edward, Jud Zelinski, TJ Brassard and Josh Clarke - has paved the way this fall.

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