Vikings play for title today

PORT HENRY - In 2008 the Moriah Central School football team posted an undefeated regular season en route to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D championship game.

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

It couldn't happen again - could it?


The Vikings advanced to this year's state title game with a 22-13 win over Eldred Nov. 20. They face Section VI champion Randolph for the state title today at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

Moriah used its tried and true formula to beat Eldred - a strong running game and a rugged defense.

Ron Schofield carried the load on offense, running for 266 yards and two touchdowns for the locals. Moriah ran 52 offensive plays from scrimmage and Schofield carried on 38 of them. He also caught a pass, giving him 39 touches in 52 plays.

While Schofield carried the ball, the heavy lifting was left to his offensive line - Hayden Whalen, Dylan Orr, John Petro, Sergio Camacho, Wally Edwards, Jud Zelinski, TJ Brassard and Josh Clarke.

Moriah broke on top as Nick Gilbo crashed into the end zone from two yards away early in the opening period. Ryan Mascarenas booted the extra point for a 7-0 Viking lead.

It was Moriah's defense that came up big next. Eldred drove to the Moriah 3 yard line where the Vikings held on downs to preserve the lead.

A Viking fumble set up a 21-yard TD run by Eldred's Ian Halloran to make it a 7-6 game at intermission.

In the third period Schofield scored on runs of 2 and 59 yards and Moriah stretched its advantage to 19-6.

But that breathing room quickly evaporated as Eldred connected on a 73-yard pass play to set up a yard TD run by Halloran on the first play of the final quarter.

Moriah iced the game with two minutes to play when Mascarenas booted a 21-yard field goal for a nine-point lead, 22-13.

The Viking defense came up big throughout the game. It held Eldred to 100 yards rushing and 124 yards passing, 73 of which came on one play.

Other than the big pass play, Moriah held Eldred to 4 yards total offense in the second half.

Moriah recorded five sacks, three by Edwards and two by Nate Gilbo.

The Vikings also had two interceptions by Mike Speshock and Ralph Schofield.

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