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Ticonderoga gridders roll in rain and mud

Moriah defeated

The Ticonderoga football runs to its bench during its 26-14 victory against AuSable Valley Oct. 19. The game was played in driving rain and mud.

The Ticonderoga football runs to its bench during its 26-14 victory against AuSable Valley Oct. 19. The game was played in driving rain and mud. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

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Ticonderoga will host Moriah Oct. 27 with the Section VII Class D football championship on the line.

The winner advances to the state tournament. Earlier this season the Sentinels topped Moriah.

Last weekend Ticonderoga set the stage for the playoff game with a win against AuSable Valley, while Moriah fell to Saranac Lake.

Ticonderoga 26, AVCS 14

Ticonderoga won its fifth game in a row, beating AuSable Valley, 26-14, in the rain and mud Oct. 19. Ti is 5-3 on the season.

After AuSable had taken an 8-0 lead, Ti answered when Mike Graney hit Jacob Crowe from 13 yards away for a touchdown. Still trailing, 8-6, the Sentinels took the lead when Miles broke free on a 51-yard touchdown run and a 14-8 halftime lead.

Tanner Wright scored on a 23-yard run the first time Ti got the ball in the second half and the Sentinels were on top 20-8.

After AVCS scored to make it 20-14, Austin iced the contest with a 13-yard scoring run.

Austin finished with 114 yards rshing and a pair of TDs.

Both teams were plagued by turnovers and dropped passes in the rain and mud.

Saranac Lake 41, Moriah 16

Moriah lost to Saranac Lake, 41-16, on the road Oct. 20.

The Red Storm dominated the game after falling behind early. Saranac Lake out-gained Moriah, 415 yards to 171.

Trailing 7-0, Moriah took the lead in the first quarter when Cole Gaddor passed nine yards to Bill Petro for a touchdown. They pair connected again for the conversion and the Vikings were on top, 8-7.

Saranac Lake scored the next two times it had the ball for a 20-8 lead, but Moriah made it game with a 22-yard TD pass from Gaddor to Rainier Garnica just before halftime. The pair connected again for the conversion to make it a 20-16 game.

The second half belonged to Saranac Lake. The Red Storm scored 21 unanswered points as Moriah struggled offensively. The Vikings, who rely on the rushing attack, were held to 133 yards on 44 attempts.

Cameron Wright led the way for the Vikings, running for 105 yards on 21 carries.

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