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Moriah tops Ticonderoga; clinches top playoff seed

Moriah shut out Ticonderoga, 20-0 in Northern Football Conference action Oct. 9.

The victory clinched the top seed in the upcoming Section VII-X Class D playoffs for the Vikings, who a year ago used the top post-season spot to advance to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship game.

Moriah used a punishing ground game to dominate Ticonderoga. The Vikings, who didn't complete a pass, ran for 313 yards and held the ball nearly three quarter of the game.

Ron Schofield, the leading runner in the conference, led the Vikes with 164 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Gilbo added 90 yards and a TD.

The issue was never in doubt. Moriah took the opening kick off and drove 62 yards in 10 plays for a score. Schofield got the touchdown on a 23-yard run. The drive used most of the opening quarter.

Schofield added another TD in the second period on a 7-yard run to give Moriah a 12-0 edge at the half.

Gilbo closed out the scoring in the third quarter, crashing into the end zone from 4 yards away. He then ran for the two-point conversion.

Ticonderoga didn't have many chances on offense, bur when they had the ball the Sentinels faced a stout Moriah defense. Ti managed just 56 yards in total offense in the game and never advanced beyond the Moriah 49 yard line.

Robert Kearns led the Ti attack with 41 yards rushing.

The win leaves Moriah with a 4-2 record, while Ticonderoga falls to 3-3 on the campaign.

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