Clintonville The Ticonderoga Sentinels and Tupper Lake Lumberjacks will meet with the Class D regular season title on the line, as both teams come off convincing wins coming into their Oct. 7 meeting in Ti.
The Sentinels spoiled the homecoming game of the AuSable Valley Patriots by scoring a 34-0 win Sept. 30, while the Lumberjacks scored a 36-6 victory against the three-time defending Class D champs Moriah to open the month of October.
In Clintonville, the Sentinels only threw the ball once (one other pass attempt resulted in a penalty) relying on a running game that rushed for 338 yards and a defense that tallied 12 tackles for a loss, a pair of sacks and two turnovers.
“That’s the way that we prefer to play,“ Sentinels head coach Bob Sutphen said. “We were pretty efficient in the first half and we established that early. Our outside guys did a great job on defense and we were able to keep Austin House contained.”
“They did a wonderful job swarming to our key players,” Patriots head coach Heith Ford said. “They out-physical-ed us on the line defensively, and our timing was off on the offensive side of the ball.”
The Sentinels had two long drives, one that went 10 plays in 4:13, and the second going 67 yards in 13 plays and taking 7:35 off the clock to start the second half.
Ryan Borho carried the ball 12 times for 73 yards and three touchdowns, while Jay Hebert carried the ball 10 times for 97 yards and Miles Austin took a handoff 11 times and tallied 132 yards and one score on a 58-yard scamper.
“Miles is a great downhill runner,” Sutphen said. “We had a good night from our backs, and Nate Lenhart played a smart game at quarterback.”
Lenhart had one touchdown and six yards rushing on a pair of carries.