Red Storm grounds Eagles to finish at 2-0
BEEKMANTOWN — The Saranac Lake football team wrapped up its short two-game season the same way it started things off.
On Friday in Beekmantown, the Red Storm put on an offensive show for the second week in a row as they rolled to a 44-14 victory over the Eagles.
In two contests played Saranac Lake racked up 82 points on the way to finishing what turned out to be essentially a three-week season including practices.
For the second straight week, seniors Rhett Darrah and David Warner led the Red Storm’s offensive barrage while competing in their final high school football game. Darrah, a three-year starter at quarterback, ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more scores with Warner on the receiving end of both passes. Sam Donaldson, one of five seniors on the roster, scored the Red Storm’s sixth and final touchdown on a 16-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Saranac Lake owned a 20-0 advantage at halftime and pushed the lead to 28-0 early in the third quarter before the Eagles answered with a pair of touchdowns in a span of just over two minutes to cut their deficit to 28-14. The Red Storm then rebounded with one more touchdown late in the third and another in the fourth to round out the scoring.
Sophomore Carter Hewitt also had another impressive outing running the football for Saranac Lake, piling up 133 rushing yards on 15 attempts.
The Red Storm scored touchdowns on their first three possessions, starting with a 4-yard dash into the end zone by Darrah that capped off a seven-play march, which all came on runs by Hewitt and Darrah. Hewitt got things going by chalking up 30 yards on four straight carries, and Darrah finished the drive with three runs in a row good for 38 yards. Darrah then tacked on two-points on the conversion run for an 8-0 Red Storm edge with 7:33 left in the opening period.
Warner scored Saranac Lake’s next touchdown on a 77-yard reception from Darrah with 2:45 left in the period.
Darrah picked up the Red Storm’s next two scores on an 8-yard run in the second quarter and on a 62-yard scamper just three plays into the second half.
The Eagles then came to life, getting their first touchdown on a 36-yard run by Andrew VanNatten, and a second score on a 12-yard, pick-six interception return by defensive end Ben Welch.
After giving up two quick scores, Saranac Lake went on to seal the deal on a 19-yard touchdown catch by Warner with 1:17 left in the third, followed by Donaldson’s 16-yard ramble across the goal line with 7:40 left in the game.
The Red Storm offense churned out 250 rushing yards on 34 attempts. Darrah finished with 94 rushing yards on 14 carries. Saranac Lake’s defense limited Beekmantown runners to 73 yards on 23 carries. Playing with a cast on his right wrist, Donaldson was a standout performer on defense with his three sack effort.
VanNatten, a junior, led the Eagles ground game with 65 yards on 15 carries.
The Eagles finished their short season with an 0-2 record, which also included a loss to Moriah in their first game. Saranac Lake’s other victory was a 38-22 triumph over Tupper Lake.