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.
continued Mike Burpoe added 44 yards rushing for Saranac Lake, while Lance Akerson scored on an 18-yard run and Kyle Dora combined 17 rushing yards with 21 receiving yards. Darrah had 106 total yards receiving including the 84-yard scored, while Kevin Morgan caught four balls for 82 yards.
For the Lumberjacks, Tim Ropas, used mainly in the second half, ran the ball 10 times for 121 yards and both of the Tupper Lake scores. Morgan Stevens was 8-for-13 passing for 69 yards, but threw a pair of interceptions. The Saranac Lake defense limited Stevens and Jordan Garrow to 23 yards on a combined 28 carries.
“Ropas and Garrow do a great job, and they are two really good backs,” Klossner said. “We were happy with the pressure that we started to get on the quarterback, we were just a half-step shy.”
Hornets fall to Gouverneur
The Plattsburgh Hornets held a 22-6 lead heading into halftime, but were unable to make it stick as Gouverneur scored 30 unanswered points in the second half for a 36-22 win Sept. 16.
The scoring started early for the Hornets, as Will Love found Nate Leopard for a 65-yard touchdown pass 1:30 into the game. Andrew Brown then scored from 26 yards out and James Stiger scored on a two-point conversion to give PHS a 14-0 lead with 1:40 remaining in the opening quarter.
After a Gouverneur score, Nate Harrington scored on a 25-yard interception return.
Stiger finished the game with 110 yards rushing on 13 carries, while Brown was only able to add two more yards to his rushing total of 28. Love was three-for-six passing for 101 yards and a pair of interceptions, while Leopard had two receptions for 95 yards.
Patriots stun Ogdensburg
The AuSable Valley Patriots scored 21 points in the first half and capped the game with a score in the fourth quarter as they shocked Ogdensburg, 28-12, Sept. 16.