Vikings charge through Red Storm
MINEVILLE — The Moriah football team ran through, around and over Saranac Lake on Friday on the way to handing the Red Storm one of their most lopsided losses in decades.
Moriah piled up 384 yards on the ground and six rushing touchdowns in a 51-7 victory over Saranac Lake at Linney Field. The Vikings also returned a kickoff for their seventh touchdown and added a trio of two-point conversions and two more points on conversion kicks to round out their scoring.
Senior Ward Walton picked up Saranac Lake’s lone touchdown on a scoring throw from quarterback DJ Morgan in the third quarter.
In addition to their unstoppable running game, the Vikings were equally tough on defense. They allowed just 68 rushing yards, with Morgan picking up the majority of that with 45 yards on 13 carries. The Vikings gave up just one big play, Walton’s 59-yard scoring catch, and the rest of the way, they limited the Red Storm to gains of 16 yards or less.
Senior Connor Anderson had a big game for the winners, carrying the ball 15 times for 174 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Nine players all gained positive yardage in Moriah’s ground attack.
The Vikings started the game with the ball and took just five plays to reach the end zone, with Anderson capping off the march with a 39-yard run across the goal line. He followed with a successful conversion run for an 8-0 Moriah lead with 2:11 gone in the opening quarter.
Moriah then took control in the second quarter, scoring touchdown on all three of its possessions in the period. Anderson scored two straight on runs of 4 and 3 yards, and Dewey Snyder followed with a 6-yard touchdown run with 40 seconds remaining in the first half. While the Vikings ran wild in the second quarter, Saranac Lake went three-and-out on its first two possessions and coughed the ball up on its third when Braden Swan intercepted a Morgan pass in the closing seconds of the half.
Saranac Lake trailed 30-0 at intermission, but got off to a great start in the third quarter. The Red Storm had the first possession of the period and scored in three plays when Walton broke past the Vikings secondary and hauled in a touchdown pass along Morgan along the Saranac Lake side line. Matt Kratts followed with a successful conversion kick to pull the Red Storm within 30-7 with just a minute gone in the second half.
But just like a week ago, Saranac Lake’s special teams sputtered following a big play as sophomore Braden Swan took the ensuing kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown to push Moriah’s lead back to 37-7. It marked the second time in as many games that the Red Storm gave up a touchdown on a kickoff return.
Moriah went on to score two more touchdowns, with fullback Matt Pelkey barreling into the end zone on a 2-yard run in the third quarter and backup running back Luis Medina-Flores running two yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Vikings didn’t have to throw the ball much, but senior quarterback Dylan Trombley had a good outing on limited attempts, completing 4-of-5 passes for 69 yards. Morgan completed 6-of-15 attempts for 95 yards. Freshman backup quarterback Rhett Darrah connected on 4-of-5 attempts for 26 yards. He also ran the ball four times for 27 yards in the closing minutes of the game.
The Vikings headed into the matchup ranked 13th in the state Class D poll and improved to 5-1 with the win. Saranac Lake fell to 1-5 and has lost its last two games by a combined score of 95-21.
The Red Storm played without senior Jarrett Ashton, who is sidelined with a knee injury.
Saranac Lake wraps up the regular season at home Saturday, Oct. 14 against Plattsburgh, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Moriah 51, Saranac Lake 7
Vikings 8 22 15 6 — 51
Red Storm 0 0 7 0 — 7
M — Anderson 39 run (Anderson run), 2:11.
M — Anderson 4 run (Sargent pass from Trombley), 4:37.
M — Anderson 3 run (Pass failed), 7:53.
M — Snyder 6 run (Snyder run), 11:20.
SL — Walton 59 pass from Morgan (Kratts kick), 1:00.
M — Swan 65 kick return (Trombley run), 1:13.
M — Pelkey 2 run (Sargent kick), 7:17.
M — Medina-Flores 2 run (Kick blocked), 5:39.
Saranac Lake — Morgan 13–45, LaHart 2-(-4), Darrah 4-27, White 1-0. Totals: 20-68.
Moriah — Anderson 15-174 3TDs, Flack 5-20, Snyder 6-51 TD, Trombley 3-12, Pelkey 7-46 TD, Swan 2-8, Medina-Flores 8-37 TD, Cypher 3-24, Gangi 2-12. Totals: 51-384 6TDs.
Saranac Lake — Morgan 6-15-1-95 TD, Darrah 4-5-0-26. Totals: 10-20-1-121.
Moriah — Trombley 4-5-0-69.
Saranac Lake — Meyer 1-4, Swanson 3-24, LaHart 1-6, Walton 1-59 TD, Munn 1-2, White 1-13, Lewis 1-5, Foley 1-6.
Moriah — Flack 1-6, Sargent 1-8, Anderson 2-55.
Moriah — Swan.