Moriah and Ticonderoga played to a virtual deadlock in the Section VII-X Class D football championship game at Linney Field Nov. 5. The difference? A catastrophic penalty.
The Vikings beat Ti, 14-7, in overtime to secure a berth in the state tournament.
Moriah faces Section II champion Cambridge at 1 p.m. today in Schuylerville. Cambridge advanced with a 35-0 thrashing of Rensselaer in the Section II Class D title game Nov. 5.
The Moriah-Ti matchup was a physical, defensive struggled that took overtime to decide.
Tied 7-7 after regular play, the Vikings got the ball first in the extra session and were seemingly stopped as a fourth down pass fell incomplete. A pass interference penalty on the play, though, gave Moriah new life.
The Vikings took full advantage and Nick Gilbo crashed into the end zone from a yard out to score the go-ahead touchdown. Ryan Mascarenas' extra point made it 14-7.
Ticonderoga had a final chance to tie the game. The Sentinels drove the 2 yard line, where Moriah's Zach DeSimone intercepted a pass in the end zone to secure the Viking win.
Moriah dominated much of the first half, but it was Ticonderoga that held a 7-0 lead at intermission.
The Ti defense twice stopped Moriah on downs - once from the 6 yard line - and recovered a fumble to keep the Vikings off the scoreboard.
Ti grabbed the lead when Dan Morrison broke free for a 65-yard TD run on the final play of the first period. Carson Granger booted the extra point.
Moriah finally got its offense on track in the third period with a long scoring drive. Gilbo capped the drive with a 1-yard TD plunge on the final play of third period and Mascarenas kicked the PAT to knot the game, 7-7.
Neither team could move the ball in the final period, setting the stage for overtime.