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October 12, 2013

Graney, Denno help Ti rally past Saranac

TICONDEROGA — Ticonderoga’s Michael Graney finished the first half of play 0-for-3 through the air with no yards to show for. 

But the senior signal-caller made sure to make his throws count in the second half, if nothing else.

Graney hit Ty Denno for two touchdown strikes, helping the Sentinels (5-1) to a 28-12 come-from-behind defeat of Saranac in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football Friday.

“In the first half, we didn’t want to move away from our running game,” Graney said. “Jarryn (Granger), Cameron (Wright) and Konner (Bruce) — they run the ball really well. In the second half, it was just consistency with the line. They made huge blocks. Ty got open quite a few times and reeled in some big passes for me.”

Ticonderoga, who entered Week 6 ranked No. 19 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class D poll, didn’t get off to the start it was hoping for, though.

The Chiefs (2-4) got on the board first when John Maye scored on a two-yard run with 10:51 remaining in the second quarter.

Sentinels coach Bob Sutphen said Senior Night festivities, which included player introductions, put Ticonderoga at a disadvantage from the get-go.

“As I said on my headset, it was just like Twilight Zone here (Friday),” Sutphen said. “We had three possessions in the first half. We had two crucial special teams errors early. The window breaks in the press box. It was just a Twilight Zone — weird stuff happening (Friday).

“But the big thing was our kids kind of regrouped, focused, put points up on the board, did what they had to do to execute and won the game.”

Wright helped the Sentinels take their first lead of the contest with 4:15 remaining in the second quarter.

After Saranac’s Lance Hackett took an end-around 44 yards to the end zone to open second-half scoring, Denno helped Ticonderoga regain its lead with a 17-yard reception. The Sentinels maintained a 14-12 advantage with 5:31 remaining in the third quarter.

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