October 19, 2013

Braves keep Sentinels off scoreboard in second half

TICONDEROGA — Down four points with over 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Ticonderoga drove down to Fonda-Fultonville’s 6-yard line.

There, the Braves’ defense executed a four-play goal-line stand, which included two plays from the 1-yard line.

After stopping the Sentinels on back-to-back possessions, Fonda-Fultonville held on for an 18-14 win in nonleague football Friday.

“That hurt,” Ticonderoga coach Bob Sutphen said. “They executed, and we had a couple chances late in the fourth quarter with 50-, 60-yard fields and we didn’t execute. Bottom line, it comes down to that.”

Fonda-Fultonville is ranked 17th in Class C, and Ticondoerga is 17th in Class D.

The Sentinels (5-1, 6-0), who were credited with a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference win over now defunct Plattsburgh High, managed a lead for the first 32:19 of play.

Cameron Wright and Ty Denno each helped Ticonderoga to a 14-12 advantage at halftime.

The Braves’ (6-1, 6-1) no-huddle, up-tempo offense, though, was too much for the Sentinels to handle.

Senior quarterback Russ Williams hit 6-foot-7-inch Will Turner on a 12-yard pass with 3:41 to go in the third quarter, helping Fonda-Fultonville to its first lead.

Williams was the catalyst for the Braves on offense. The senior signal-caller finished 15-for-30 through the air with 211 yards and two touchdowns.

“I thought they were predictable by formation, and we allowed them to have too much of that zone read stuff with the running back being able to pick up good yardage on it,” Sutphen said. “That’s a little bit of our defensive ends. We’ve got to do a better job executing out of that right there.”

The Braves finished with 366 yards of offense, converting on numerous third-and-long situations in the second half.

“They’re good athletes,” Sutphen said. “(Wide receiver) Brandon Baker is a great kid. They had good timing routes to pick up first downs. On their last scoring drive, they executed two third-and-longs to be able to put themselves in good field position to score.”

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