Saranac Lake quarterback Matt Phelan, right, checks down with receivers Devin Darrah, 10, TJ Mornoe, 20, and running back Kyle Dora before the snap of the ball against Tupper Lake. The Red Storm won 33-12, as Phelan had a combined 361 yards, while Darrah caught an 84-yards scoring strike.
Tupper Lake After a tight first half, the Saranac Lake Red Storm football team jumped out for 21 points in the third quarter as they retained the Mayor’s Cup trophy with a 33-12 victory against the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks Sept. 16.
“Once this offense starts rolling, it’s tough to stop,” Red Storm head coach Eric Bennett said after the game. “In the first half, we should have had more, but I told the team that we needed to be patient.”
The Red Storm took a 6-0 lead in the opening quarter when quarterback Matt Phelan connected with Devin Darrah on an 84-yard pass play, their response to Tupper Lake’s opening 17 play, 54-yard drive that stalled on the Red Storm’s 17 yard line.
“It was a huge lift,” Bennett said. “It’s good when our defense takes a team and their strength on and is able to stop it. Then we hit Darrah on the slant play and that was big.”
“We wanted to keep the ball out of their hands,” Tupper Lake head coach Dennis Klossner said. “We were doing a lot of good things and the something would happen that would set us back.”
“Devin made a great catch,” Phelan said. “On the screen passes, out slots made a lot of great blocks to open things up for our ends.”
Phelan scored all three touchdowns the Red Storm scored in the third quarter on runs of 16, 64 and three yards. Phelan finished the game 9-for-17 passing for 217 yards and one touchdown, while running the ball 10 times for 144 yards and three scores.
“He is an outstanding athlete,” Bennett said about the junior quarterback. “There is still some things that he needs to work on, but he works very hard.”
“I’m just honored to be a part of this team,” Phelan said. “Our defense stepped up tonight and played well. It’s like a storybook where it just keeps getting better with each chapter.”