Moriah claimed the Section VII Class D football crown and a berth in the state tournament by beating archrival Ticonderoga, 16-6, Oct. 26.
The Vikings, now 4-5 on the season, will face Section X champion Tupper Lake in the opening round of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D tournament. The game will be played in Massena.
Cameron Wright and a stout defense led Moriah past Ticonderoga.
Wright ran for 262 yards on 42 carries — all but 53 yards the entire Moriah offense. The defense held Ti to a season low 51 yards rushing.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Vikings took command in the second period.
Wright crashed into the end zone from four yards away for a 6-0 lead. Cole Gaddor then hit Jessup Calkins for the conversion and an 8-0 advantage.
Moriah extended its lead with a 74-yard drive that was capped by an eight-yard TD pass from Gaddor to Rainier Garnica with just 18 seconds remaining in the half. The pair connected again for the conversion and a 16-0 lead.
Ticonderoga got on the board in the third period when Mike Graney plunged to pay dirt from a yard out to make the score 16-6.
The Sentinels threatened again in the final quarter, but were denied by a Viking goal line stand.
Ti only reached the Moriah red zone twice in the entire contest.
Graney had a nice game for Ticonderoga, hitting on 10-of-19 passes for 120 yards. Ti’s ground game was led by Miles Austin, who was held to 36 yards on 16 carries.
Ticonderoga, which had won five straight games, finishes the season with a 5-4 mark.
Schroon 4, Crown Point 2
Schroon Lake topped Crown Point, 4-2, in the opening round of the Section VII Class D boys soccer tournament Oct. 26.