MINEVILLE — There was hardly any defense to be found Friday night in a shootout between Moriah and Beekmantown.
But the Eagles came up with some at the right moment. Quenton Barber stopped Troy Welch just short of the goal line on a two-point conversion attempt, leaving the Vikings trailing by one with 2:43 left.
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“That was huge because they win (if they get in),” Beekmantown coach Jamie Lozier said. “We knew what the play was going to be, and we just made the play. (Barber) stepped up; he recognized it. He did a great job there.”
Moriah got a final shot at the end zone — a place both teams had frequented all night — but couldn’t get there, and Beekmantown held on for the 47-46 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football victory at Linney Field. Both teams had to use their benches. The Eagles (3-2) were missing running back Justin Stevens, who got ejected from last week’s game. Tyler Newman was slated to fill in, but after he got hurt, Dylan Peryea had to take over. Lozier said a number of players who don’t usually play much contributed.
“I think that was a big turning point for us,” Lozier said, noting that his team was coming off an emotional loss to Peru. “We came together as a team, and kids stepped up to help us out.”
With leading rusher C.J. Raymond out with an injury, the Vikings called upon Welch. He had 187 yards and four touchdowns. In the first half. The junior tailback, who had run for 170 yards and no scores coming into the game, finished with six touchdowns and 254 yards on 32 carries.
The game was played at a harried pace most of the night. There were six touchdowns in the first quarter and 699 yards of offense by halftime.