PLATTSBURGH — Ticonderoga head coach Bob Sutphen could not have been any more pleased with his defense in the first half.
The Sentinels (4-3, 1-0) suffocated the Plattsburgh High offense to -13 rushing yards in the first half, while jumping out to a 27-0 lead in a 34-6 victory in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football Saturday.
“We were able to establish pressure early and it was key,” Sutphen said. “Our players did a good job preparing and making sure they knew their assignments throughout the week of practice. They were quick to recognize various formations and that allowed us to take away a lot of angles.”
Running back Miles Austin opened the game’s scoring at 5:36 of the first quarter with a 1-yard score to put the Sentinels on top 7-0.
The senior, who entered the day with 617 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the year, finished the contest with 38 yards on nine carries and a score.
“We got off the bus and played with intensity,” Austin said. “(Michael Graney) was throwing the ball downfield, which gave us good field position. It’s a credit to my teammates and our coaching staff for the performance in the first quarter.”
Jarryn Granger extended the differential to 14 when a 3-yard score following an Austin interception on the defensive ball.
Then, Graney wrapped up first quarter scoring on 1-yard plunge and showed versatility with his arm, completing 3-of-3 passes for 87 yards in the first quarter.
“When (Plattsburgh High’s) defense was sniffing out the run, we were able to take advantage of some of those mismatches in the secondary,” Sutphen said. “They made us earn it, though. We got inside their 5-yard line and it took a good four or five plays before we could get into the end zone.”
With the halfway mark in the second quarter quickly approaching, Ticonderoga elected to go with a wildcat formation that resulted in a 28-yard touchdown strike from Granger to Garrison Hughes.