Tupper football in the win column
TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake football team is finally in the win column.
After dropping their first three eight-man games of the season, the Lumberjacks chalked up their first victory Friday, taking down Altmar-Parrish-Williamstown 32-14 on the road.
The ‘Jacks trailed 6-0 early in the game and then put 32 unanswered points on the board to hand the Rebels their second loss of the season. APW is now 2-2.
Tupper Lake scored a dozen points in the second quarter to carry a 12-6 edge into halftime and added 20 more points in the third period to pull away. The Rebels got the game’s final touchdown and two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.
Junior running back Noah Varden had a standout game for the ‘Jacks, piling up 191 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. Freshman quarterback Jayden Farnsworth also had his top performance of the season for Tupper Lake, completing 10-of-14 pass attempts for 103 yards.
Kodee Hill was the Lumberjacks’ top receiver, gaining 69 yards on six receptions. He had one touchdown catch in the contest.
Sophomore Beckett Savage paced Tupper Lake’s defense with a team-high seven tackles, and Varden and Grant Godin followed with six tackles each.
Tupper Lake head coach Dennis Klossner also credited his special teams with solid performances.
“We were moving the ball right off the bat but turned it over on our first possession, which led to their first score,” Klossner said. “After that, things just started clicking. On special teams, we only punted twice, and pinned them deep both times to set us up nicely on defense. We also had some great kickoffs that we almost recovered.
“We’re excited,” Klossner added. “That was a big win. It was just a great day all around.”
After competing in three straight away games, Tupper Lake will next play at home Friday at Frank Tice Field against Sherburne-Earlville, with the opening kickoff slated for 7 p.m.