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Patriots enter matchup against Indians on winning note

Jacob Ashline runs for the endzone against Plattsburgh High.

Jacob Ashline runs for the endzone against Plattsburgh High. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The AuSable Valley Patriots varsity football team will host the team many believe to be the top in Section VII Friday night, as the Peru Indians come to town on Hall of Fame night.

The Patriots put an end to an 11-game skid and gave the team a shot of momentum heading into a pair of very tough match-ups in the next two weeks against Plattsburgh High Sept. 13.

AVCS used a 28-0 second quarter to pull away from the Hornets, scoring a 42-6 victory under their home lights.

“We were on a slide with no wins and now that is put to bed,” head coach Heith Ford said.

“This is awesome,” said quarterback John Goodnough.

“It has been a while since we got one so this is a good experience for the whole team,” receiver Jacob Ashline said.

“It’s very good for us,” running back Dillon Savage added. “It’s the first win in 12 games, so that does a lot to help our mindset to know that we can win.”

Early in the opening quarter, the game had an appearance of a back-and-forth battle, with Dillon Savage causing a fumble that was returned by Goodnough for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in the game, giving the Patriots a 6-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, PHS returned the kick for a touchdown, tying the game 6-6 only 31 seconds in.

On the first play of the second quarter, Ashline took a handoff and went 15 yards to give the Patriots a 13-6 lead. On their next offensive play, Ashline was on the receiving end of a Goodnough pass, beating his defender and scampering 66 yards to the PHS three. Goodnough then scored on the next play for a 19-6 lead.

“I looked over and saw that they were playing him tight,” Goodnough said. “I gave him the audible and he made a great catch.”

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