Patriots fall in home opener

CLINTONVILLE - Ben Weightman got the job done in the air and on the ground, leading Saranac to a 27-20 win against AuSable Valley in Northern Football Conference action Sept. 3.

The Chiefs' quarterback threw 11-of-28 for 289 yards and led his team with 59 rushing yards.

"He's something else," said AuSable Valley head coach Heith Ford said of Weightman. "I have to give him credit."

Weightman demonstrated excellent scrambling ability as he opened the scoring mid-way through the first quarter, dodging three would-be tacklers before stretching into the end zone.

AuSable Valley answered quickly however when, on the second play of the ensuing drive, quarterback Austin House found Hank Whisher for a 69-yard touchdown pass.

On the very next play from scrimmage, Weightman tossed one to Dylan Everleth, who reversed field and outran defenders 68 yards to paydirt.

Everleth caught another Weightman pass in the end zone late in the second quarter, giving the Chiefs a 21-7 halftime lead. He would finish with nine receptions for 151 yards.

Saranac seemed to be its own worst enemy on offense, however, accumulating about a dozen penalties.

"It's very disappointing to see this group of guys get that many flags, which probably cost us several touchdowns in the game," said Saranac head coach Mark Burrell.

AuSable Valley had its share of penalties, too, however, including a few instances where too many players lined up on defense.

"The penalties did hurt us, especially the substitution penalties," said Ford. "That's just players learning where they fit as they find their way into the rotation."

The Patriots came out strong in the second half when a 51-yard scamper by running back John Sikandar set up a 5-yard rushing touchdown by House. Sikander led AuSable Valley with 135 yards on 12 carries while House had 108 rushing yards on 10 carries.

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