Moriah used its tried-and-true formula - a rugged ground game and a bruising defense - to beat Bellows Falls, Vt., 27-12, in the 2010 high school football season opener Sept. 4.
Nick Gilbo ran for 107 yards and three touchdowns, while Wally Edwards rushed for 137 yards and a TD to key the Viking attack.
Moriah ran for 289 yards, accounting for all its offense. It completed just one pass for no gain.
The contest was close until the closing minutes.
Hurt by fumbles and other first-game mistakes, Moriah struggled early.
Bellows Falls got on the board in the opening quarter on a 25-yard TD pass.
Moriah took the lead in the second quarter on a 1-yard TD run by Gilbo. Ryan Mascarenas booted the extra point for a 7-6 Viking edge.
After Bellows Falls took a 12-7 lead on a short scoring run, Moriah answered with a5-yard touchdown run by Gilbo for a 13-12 advantage at the intermission.
It stayed that way most of the second half.
Edwards then broke free for a 34-yard TD run with three minutes remaining in the game. Mascarenas kicked the PAT and the Vikings were up 20-12.
On the next series Moriah's Zack DeSimone intercepted a Bellows Falls pass to set up another Gilbo TD run, this one from 3 yards out. Mascarenas added the PAT.
Bellows Falls had some early success against the Viking defense, running for 83 yards and passing for 86, but Moriah settled down in the second half to blank its Vermont foe.
Saranac Lake 30, Ticonderoga 0
Ticonderoga entered the 2010 football season thin at quarterback. With Luke Bartlett, the only signal caller on the roster, injured the Sentinels were in trouble.
Fullback Ryan Borho moved to the QB slot for Ti, but the Sentinel offensive struggled. The Sentinels managed just 105 yards offense, all on the ground. Ti attempted just one pass - a halfback option - that was intercepted.
The lone Ti highlight came in the opening quarter. Dan Morrison broke free for a 49-yard run to the Saranac Lake 1 yard line. The play accounted for nearly half of Ti's offensive production for the day and set up the Sentinels for an easy score. It wasn't to be as Saranac Lake's defense held on downs from a yard away.
Morrison ran for 83 yards and Borho 16 to lead the Sentinels.