Moriah scored a stirring victory over Saranac, while Ticonderoga fell to Saranac Lake in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football play Sept. 14.
Moriah 15, Saranac 8
A huge fourth down play in the closing seconds lifted Moriah past Saranac, 15-8.
With the scored knotted, 8-8, and about two minutes to play Moriah had the ball with a fourth down at the Saranac 46. Needing two yards to retain possession, the Vikings handed off to Cameron Wright, who broke free for a 46-yard touchdown scramper.
The score and extra point gave Moriah the lead, 15-8, and victory was assured when Tyler Pratt intercepted a Saranac pass on the next possession.
The contest was a defensive struggle. Neither team managed to score in the first half.
Saranac grabbed an 8-0 lead in the third period when Matt McCasland scored on a 6-yard run.
Moriah managed to tie the game in the foruth period as Wright reached pay dirt from 6 yards away. Pratt scored the two-point conversion on a pass from Cole Gaddor. That set the stage for the game-ending heroics.
The Vikings defense was stout throughout the tilt, hold Saranac to 175 yards in total offense.
Wright led the Moriah offense, running for 142 yards. Arto Nadeau added 70 yards for the winners, who are 2-1 on the season.
Saranac Lake 30, Ticonderoga 6
Saranac Lake dominated from the start in its 30-6 win against Ticonderoga.
The Red Storm scored 23 points in the game’s first 10 minutes and cruised to victory. Saranac Lake is 3-0 on the campaign. The Storm rolled up 398 yards in total offense.
A 22-yard field goal by Seth Pickreign gave Saranac Lake a 3-0 lead. Matt Phelan then scored on an 8-yard run before pasing to Kevin Morgan for a 15-yard TD and running for another score, this time from 48 yards out.