RICKY ST. CLAIR
TICONDEROGA — Anthony DuShane and Michael Graney won’t ever forget the finish of their last game at Sentinel Field.
Down six points in overtime, DuShane hauled in a miraculous pass from Graney in the corner of the end zone on a 20-yard strike. Ty Denno’s ensuing point after touchdown helped Ticonderoga to a 28-27 overtime defeat of Beekmantown in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football Friday.
“Earlier in the game, we connected on the same play,” Graney said. “We saw Anthony had a mismatch, and we were going to use his size.
“I threw it up to the corner of the end zone. I told him to get right to the pylon. All the credit goes to him on staying focused through it. That was the best catch I’ve ever seen.”
The touchdown reception was DuShane’s second of the game.
“The line gave Graney enough time to get the pass off,” DuShane said. “I just went up and got it, I guess. I tried selling it hard (to the) inside and was able to get to the corner.”
After Justin Stevens helped the Eagles (4-4) to a 27-21 lead on a one-yard run in overtime’s opening possession, Beekmantown elected to go for a two-point conversion on the following play.
Rolling out of the pocket, Jacob Remchuk’s pass fell incomplete.
“I think the biggest play of the night was our defensive stop on the (two-point conversion),” Graney said. “It shows a lot of character for Beekmantown going for two. All the credit goes to our defense for making that play. That was huge.”
The Eagles got off to the start they were looking for, maintaining a 14-0 lead after the first quarter’s conclusion. Kyle Dupigny and Cameron Garceau opened the game’s scoring.
The Sentinels (6-2, 7-1), however, registered 14 unanswered points in the second quarter to tie the game at 14-all heading into halftime.
“That’s what I’m proud of them for,” Ticonderoga coach Bob Sutphen said. “We were fortunate to crawl back from that deficit.”
Devin Fessette recorded his lone score of the game with nine minutes to go in regulation, extending Beekmantown’s lead to 21-14.
With senior running back Cameron Wright helped off the field with a lower-body injury late in the third quarter, Jarryn Granger helped the Sentinels tie it at 27-all with 2:44 remaining.
“Cameron just brings a spark to our offense no matter what — with leadership and with his running ability,” Graney said. “But the one great thing about this team is somebody can go out or have a bad day, and we can always look to our next guy.”
Remchuk paced the Eagles in total offense, going 12-for-31 with 151 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Fessette added 145 yards and one score on 17 carries.
Graney was the catalyst for Ticonderoga. The senior signal-caller was 6-of-15 for 111 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Before leaving the game, Wright totaled 57 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries.
The Sentinels will play Moriah in the Section VII Class D championship at AuSable Valley Saturday. Ticonderoga pulled off a victory over its archival at home in Week 3, 24-12.
The Sentinels look to avenge their title-game loss a season ago.
“We’ve got to beat Moriah,” Graney said. “We look forward to it every year. There’s nothing better than Ti-Moriah. Sectional finals — there’s nothing better.”
Ticonderoga 28, Beekmantown 27 (OT)
Beekmantown 14 0 0 7 6 — 27
Ticonderoga 0 14 0 7 7 — 28
B- Dupigny 18 pass from Remchuk (Remchuk kick), 3:28.
B- Garceau 50 fumble return (Remchuk kick), 7:58.
T- DuShane 12 pass from Graney (Denno kick), 1:26.
T- Wright 3 run (Denno kick), 10:11.
B- Fessette 3 run (Remchuk kick), 3:00.
T- Granger 1 run (Denno kick), 9:16.
B- Stevens 1 run (pass failed).
T- DuShane 20 pass from Graney (Denno kick).
B- Fessette 17-145, TD; Stevens 11-20, TD; Remchuk 3-13. Totals: 31-178, 2TD.
T- Wright 14-57, TD; Granger 17-30, TD; Bruce 5-9; Hughes 1-7; Graney 1-5. Totals: 38-108, 2TD.
B- Remchuk 12-31-4-151, TD.
T- Graney 6-15-1-111, 2TD. Granger 0-1-0-0. Totals: 6-16-1-111, 2TD.
B- Stevens 1-37; Myers 3-37; Fessette 2-32; Dupigny 1-18, TD; Barber 4-17; Garceau 1-10.
T- DuShane 4-81, 2TD; Denno 1-24; Granger 1-6.
T- Hughes; Denno; Granger; Trudeau.