Moriah’s defense came up big as the Vikings beat Tupper Lake, 12-7, in the opening round of the New York Satte Public High School Athletic Association Class D football tournament. Nov. 2.
Moriah advances to the quarterfinal round against the Section II champion next weekend.
In a defensive struggle, Moriah got the best of Tupper Lake. The Vikings held Tupper to just 171 yards in total offense.
It looked like it might be an easy night for the locals. Moriah scored on its opening possession, driving 55 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead. Cameron Wright got the TD, crashing into the end zone from three yards away.
That’s when things got tough.
The Tupper Lake defense stiffened, forcing three Moriah fumbles, and the Lumberjacks took a 7-6 lead in the second quarter on a 72-yard drive that as capped by a 29-yard touchdownpass from Mitch Keniston to Brock Tarbox. Ian Gillis kicked the extra point.
Moriah scored what proved to be the game-winning points on the final play of the third period as Wright ran to pay dirt from 12 yards out.
Wright finished with 32 carries and 156 of Moriah’s 194 rushing yards.
From that point on it was up to the Moriah defense, which did its job and held Tupper Lake at bay.