September 6, 2013

Wright gives Ticonderoga's offense a boost

With Miles Austin and Tanner Wright lost to graduation, there was some uncertainly as to what Ticonderoga’s backfield was going to look like in 2013.

Then, one of the biggest offseason transfers in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football transpired.

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Cameron Wright, who rushed for 1,325 yards and 12 touchdowns at cross-town rival Moriah a season ago, will dress in purple and white this fall.

“It’s significant, that’s for sure,” Sentinels coach Bob Sutphen said. “He’s certainly going to help us out on the offensive end and the defensive side of the ball. He’s not one that I was upset to see transfer into the district, you could say that.”

Ticonderoga plays host to Beekmantown at Sentinel Field under the lights tonight.

Austin rushed for 1,749 yards during his three-year career, while Tanner Wright accumulated 645 yards and four touchdowns in the past two seasons.

Sutphen said Cameron Wright will help fill a role at running back.

“We have good, quality kids back there that can still do the job,” Sutphen said. “Cameron’s going to be one of those kids, but he’s not going to be just the only one. I think you probably won’t see as many carries, though. We try to distribute the ball a little bit more. We feel that we have some other skilled players that we can take advantage of, too.”

Ticonderoga returns senior quarterback Michael Graney. The signal-caller completed 46-of-102 pass attempts for 701 yards and eight touchdowns for a 5-4 squad that finished runner-up in Class D a season ago.

“Michael’s pretty well respected amongst his peers,” Sutphen said. “He’s a tough kid, and he’ll give everything he has back there, I think. Guys who are tough … when they get to their senior year, they tend to have a good season. We’re hoping for that from Michael and a bunch of others, too.”

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