Moriah will have to get by without the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference’s leading rusher from 2012 — and figure out how to stop him when it faces its archrival.
But the Vikings have also added some new running backs and expect their ground game to keep rolling.
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“I think that we should be able to run the ball like we have done in the past,” coach Don Tesar said. “We’ve got the left side of the line back; that’s where we ran a lot last year. So that’s a big plus.”
Cameron Wright, who ran 1,325 yards for the Vikings last year, has transferred to Ticonderoga. But Moriah picked up a running back from the Sentinels, C.J. Raymond, and also gained a promising junior, Troy Welch. Moriah begins the 2013 football season tonight at Plattsburgh High. The defending Section VII Class D champion is coming off a 5-6 season.
Raymond, a senior, rushed for 103 yards on 21 attempts at Ticonderoga last season, while Welch had a strong season on Moriah’s JV team.
“Troy was a very good runner down there,” Tesar said. “He had a good number of carries. He was a tough runner down in JV.”
Arto Nadeau took a few handoffs for the Vikings last season while dealing with an injury, and he is back and healthy this season. Newcomer Kyle Stockwell will also help shoulder the load.
An experienced offensive line will try to open holes for them. Center Tom Rancour, guard Austin McKiernan and tackle Hayden Fernandez are all returning starters.
Tesar said the whole group of linemen should be formidable.
“I think it will be, if everything meshes together,” the coach said.
Quarterback Cole Gaddor will try to take advantage of that line in front of him, and he should also benefit from being in his third season on varsity. The senior was the starter last year and also played a few games behind center in 2011. He was 39-for-94 last season while throwing for 368 yards, five touchdowns and 12 interceptions.