Patriots fall in home opener

"We found a lot of depth we didn't know we had tonight," said Ford, noting how surprise performances from Kyle Prinsen and Hank Whisher on defense and Jordan Bouyea on offense helped keep the Patriots in the game. "We didn't give up, and we fought right to the end."

Following another rushing touchdown by Weightman, the Patriots drove all the way to Saranac's 11-yard line where they gave up a costly fumble.

AuSable Valley got the ball back in the fourth, however, when James Crowningsheild recovered a Weightman fumble, leading to a quarterback sneak by House that turned into 59-yard rushing touchdown and cut the lead to 27-20.

Weightman threw an interception late in the fourth quarter that gave the Patriots an opportunity to tie. They drove to the 24, where, on a fourth-and-nine with less than a minute to play, House threw a pass down the middle of the field that was tipped by the reciever and picked-off by Weightman on the goal line.

"I think they had a chance to make the play. The receiver was certainly in position," said Burrell. "Overall, our defense didn't play well tonight. For us to give up 20 points and make the mistakes we did and come away with the victory, we're very fortunate."

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