SARANAC — Entering Week 1 of the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football season, Saranac coach Mark Burrell wasn’t expecting a high-scoring affair with AuSable Valley.
He got one Saturday.
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The Chiefs, behind senior John Maye’s 185 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, racked up 347 yards of total offense in a 42-28 win over the Patriots.
“I could tell you, I was expecting a good game,” Burrell said. “We actually saw AuSable in a scrimmage, and I know they’ve got a tough group of kids. Any Class C game this year is really going to be up for grabs. I knew it was going to be a dogfight, (but) not necessarily (with) so many points scored.”
Maye, who totaled 201 yards after missing two games with an injury a season ago, finished with 28 carries in the ballgame.
“We were definitely going with old-school power running, but I give most of the credit to our offensive line,” Maye said. “They did very well for me (Saturday). (Fullback) Hunter Church, he did an outstanding job (Saturday) blocking.”
Facing a 7-0 deficit, AuSable Valley senior quarterback John Goodnough scored from three yards out to cut Saranac’s lead to one point at 3:16 of the second quarter.
On the Chiefs’ ensuing possession, running back and linebacker Dillon Savage scooped up a loose football at Saranac’s 15-yard line and raced to the end zone.
The Chiefs, however, responded for 13 consecutive points.
“That’s what I was extremely impressed with,” Burrell said. “What I tell our kids is, ‘I get to see who you are when things aren’t going well.’ I wanted to see how our players would respond. They kept their heads up, and they knew it was a bad play. I was very pleased with our ability to bounce back.”