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Sentinels hope for momentum

Ticonderoga coach excited entering season

Ryan Borho returns to the Ticonderoga line-up this season as the Sentinels look to improve on last year’s 6-4 record.

Ryan Borho returns to the Ticonderoga line-up this season as the Sentinels look to improve on last year’s 6-4 record.

Sentinel football schedule

Sept. 2...Saranac

Sept. 9...at Moriah

Sept. 16..Malone

Sept. 23..at Plattsburgh

Sept. 30..at AuSable

Oct. 7.....Tupper Lake

Oct. 15...at Peru

Oct. 22...Chester

— The Ticonderoga High School football teams started last season in rather unimpressive fashion. Struggling with injuries at quarterback, the Sentinels got off to a terrible start.

That all changed, though, with the emergence of Miles Austin as the signal caller. When the sophomore came up from the junior varsity, he provided a needed spark that propelled Ti to a 6-4 season. The Sentinels reached the Section VII Class D championship game before losing a hard-fought battle with archrival Moriah.

The Sentinels hope to build on that momentum this fall.

“We’re excited about a strong nucleus of returning players and are very excited about some of our rising juniors,” Coach Bob Sutphen said. “We’re a bit worried about our size and hope some of our experience can even that deficit out.”

Austin and Nate Lenhart return at quarterback for Ti. They’ll be joined in the backfield by Ryan Borho, Anthony Costello, Jay Hebert, EJ Kearns and Tanner Wright.

Borho brings experience to the backfield and Hebert potential. Hebert, a rookie on the squad, is the Section VII 110-meter hurdle champion in track. He will be one of the fastest players in the Northern Football Conference.

The receivers include Joe Gonyeau, Karsen Granger, Troy Holmberg, Will Lawrie, Sean Smith and Doug Wilson.

The offensive line will be under-sized, but is a veteran crew. The “big uglies” include Hayden Bazan, Steve Bussey, Jacob Crowe, Jacob Demarais, Adam Geiser, Cody Henthorn, Cory King, Troy LaBounty, Daryl McKeown, Josh Ross and Dennis Towne.

Ticonderoga has a tradition of playing rugged defense, particularly against the run. This season should be no different.

The defensive front will line up Bazan, Bussey, DeMarais, Geiser, Henthorn, King, LaBounty, McKeown, Ross and Wilson.

The linebacking corps consists of Borho, Costello, Crowe, Hebert, Kearns, Towne and Wright.

Manning the secondary will be Austin, Gonyeau, Granger, Holmberg, Lawrie, Lenhart and Smith.

Assisting Sutphen on the sidelines will be coaches Scott Nephew, Jim Decker, Bill Barnhart, Todd Mitchell and Kyle Lang.

Ticonderoga opens the season Sept. 2 with a home game against Saranac. It means archrival Moriah Sept. 9 at Linney Field in Mineville.

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