MINEVILLE — Lance Ackerson had rushed for just 19 yards in Friday’s first half, getting tackled for a loss twice.
So it almost looked like a different running back was wearing No. 2 for Saranac Lake in the second half.
The senior broke loose for two long touchdowns and finished the game with 146 yards, leading the Red Storm to a 20-14 win over Moriah in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football at Linney Field.
“We have a whole new front, and it was just (a matter of) getting into the groove of things,” Ackerson said. “Last year, I knew all the stuff. We changed it up a bit, and now I just had to get into a rhythm. And I found it in the second half.”
Saranac Lake (1-1) went into halftime trailing 8-6 and had a pass picked off on the first play of the third quarter. But late in the quarter, Ackerson put the Red Storm ahead by finding a hole in the middle of the field and charging 68 yards to the end zone.
Moriah (1-1) responded with a 15-play, 83-yard drive that chewed up more than five minutes. C.J. Raymond made a key catch on third-and-8 to spark the drive and finished it off with a three-yard scoring run. The Vikings’ two-point conversion attempt failed, and they led 14-12.
Saranac Lake didn’t take long to pull back in front, courtesy of a long kickoff return by Ty Marmion and another big run by Ackerson. The running back got free for a 32-yard touchdown this time, and Tristan Fitzgerald hit Marmion for the two-point conversion and a 20-14 lead with 8:17 left.
Ackerson said with the play called on both of his touchdowns, the defense doesn’t have any good options and the Saranac Lake offensive line was able to create holes.
“As soon as I get five yards past the line of scrimmage, I’m gone,” Ackerson said.