Saranac While the AuSable Valley varsity football team was able to make a furious comeback in the second quarter to tie their Sept. 7 game against Saranac, the Chiefs used a strong second half to score a 42-28 victory in the opening week of Section VII football.
“We had a good mix of plays and we were clicking on all cylinders in the second quarter,” head coach Heith Ford said about the second 12 minutes of play where his team scored 20 points to enter halftime tied with the Chiefs at 20-20.
“We lost that toward the end.”
After Saranac scored the first seven points of the game, the Patriots responded with a 12 play, 60 yard drive that culminated with a John Goodnough bootleg score off a play fake to back Dillon Savage. After trouble on the ensuing snap, the Patriots were behind 7-6.
On the Chiefs next possession, Savage broke through the offensive line on the first play from scrimmage, scooped up a fumbled snap and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown to give the Patriots a 12-7 lead.
The Chief responded with the next two scores before Savage scored on a two yard touchdown run, following it up with a two-point conversion run to tie the game at 20-20.
The Chiefs then outscored the Patriots 22-8 in the final 24 minutes, with AuSable’s lone score coming on another Goodnough bootleg run of six yards.
“We had some key penalties and we did not have an answer for John Maye in the second half,” Ford said. “That was the difference.”
Goodnough in his varsity debut was 3-10 passing for 112 yards while throwing a pair of interceptions, He also ran the ball 15 times for 45 yards and two scores.
Savage ran the ball 20 times for 100 yards and the one score while adding a defensive touchdown. Jacob Ashline combined for 29 yards rushing and 44 yards receiving, while Chasm Perkett caught one ball for 54 yards. Connor Kennedy added one reception for 14 yards.