MINEVILLE — Moriah football coach Don Tesar said Friday was the first time this season his team played a complete game.
The result was a 47-19 defeat of AuSable Valley in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play at Linney Field.
“We finally played offensively and defensively,” Tesar said. “We didn’t give up big plays, and (the Patriots) worked for the scores that they had against the first group. Offensively, again, I thought that we blocked well. We had numerous backs that had yardage. And it was, I think, just a good, strong game on both sides of the ball.”
Running back Troy Welch picked up where he left off after last week’s six-touchdown performance.
The junior ran in two scores in the first 2:46 Friday. On the first, he found a big hole, got past a coupe of tacklers and cut outside for a 38-yard score on Moriah’s first drive.
AuSable Valley attempted to punt on its next possession, but the snap slipped over the kicker’s head and the ball was downed at the Patriots’ 9-yard line. After a penalty, Welch powered in from the 14, and the Vikings (3-3) got the two-point conversion to make it 14-0.
Welch finished with 131 yards on 14 carries. The first-year varsity player was behind C.J. Raymond on the depth chart but has been the go-to guy the last two weeks because Raymond has a sprained knee.
“C.J. got hurt, and we needed a replacement; I kind of filled that spot,” Welch said. “And I guess I’m doing a good job. Trying to.
“I’ve been working hard every day since the first day of practice. And I guess he was working harder than me at first, so that’s why he started over me. But he’s a great tailback. And both of us — when he comes back (full time) —we’re going to do good work.”