SARANAC LAKE — Coach Mark Burrell said Saranac running back John Maye doesn’t seem to get tired late in games when everyone else is wearing down.
Maye showed that Saturday, slipping through the defense for a 39-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to give the Chiefs some separation from Saranac Lake.
Saranac went on to beat the Red Storm 34-13 in a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football game. It was possibly the Chiefs’ first win against Saranac Lake.
“It’s been a long time. Long before my era, I think,” Burrell said. “I don’t even know if Saranac’s ever beat Saranac Lake.
“But it was a real great team win. I thought everybody contributed and just played some great football.”
Saranac Lake’s Lance Ackerson took off down the middle of the field for a 60-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to put his team within 14-13. On Saranac’s next drive, quarterback Ethan Goslin connected with Maye on a 32-yard passing play, and then Maye scampered into the end zone from the 5-yard line for a 21-13 lead.
After getting a defensive stop, the Chiefs (3-4) took a two-touchdown advantage when Maye sprinted for his fourth touchdown with 9:40 left in the game. Saranac’s Lance Hackett tacked on one more score with a 15-yard run.
Maye finished with 175 yards on a whopping 41 carries. The Chiefs moved the ball through the air as well, with Goslin frequently evading pass rushers as he completed 10-of-20 passes for 168 yards. The quarterback missed last week with an injury, and Burrell said he didn’t decide that Goslin would play until an hour before the game.
Ryan Kneussle caught four passes for 69 yards, and Maye had two catches for 49 yards.
Burrell said he tried to mix up the play calling.
“We’ve got a good offensive line, and Saranac Lake kind of plugged up some holes early, so I wanted to spread it out a little bit and be able to run and pass,” Burrell said. “Our O-line gave us a good amount of protection, and it was good to see. And John just ran so inspired today.”