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September 14, 2013

AuSable snaps losing streak in big way

CLINTONVILLE — Six-hundred and eighty-seven days separated the AuSable Valley football team from its last win. 

But John Goodnough and Dillon Savage weren’t going to let any Friday the 13th superstitions prolong the streak.

Goodnough and Savage combined for 239 rushing yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots rolled to a 42-6 defeat of Plattsburgh High in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football Friday.

“I’m just so proud for our school,” Goodnough said. “I’m on top of the world right now. This means a lot to the fans and stuff — like, just to watch an AuSable Valley football game and see a win.”

Goodnough helped AuSable Valley (1-1) put up its first points of the ballgame on the defensive side of the football.

On the Hornets’ first play from scrimmage, Savage forced a fumble in the Plattsburgh High backfield. Goodnough picked up the loose ball and ran 15 yards to the end zone.

“We sent a statement,” Goodnough said. “It was 15 seconds into the game, and we already had six points on the board. I wasn’t expecting that on the first play.”

However, the Patriots’ lead was short-lived.

On the ensuing kickoff, Plattsburgh High’s Ryan Durocher raced down the sideline for a 78-yard return for a score.

Savage said the team was devastated, but regrouped after a huddle on the AuSable Valley sideline.

“We said, ‘If we’re going to do this, we’re going to do this right,’” Savage said. “Years prior, everybody would get back in the huddle blaming each other. This year, no one really blames each other. We’re doing everything for the team, and we’re coming around as a team.”

The Patriots responded for 36 unanswered points, including a 28-point performance in the second quarter.

Jacob Ashline, who finished with 118 all-purpose yards, Goodnough and Savage all scored on the ground to take a 34-6 lead into the locker room.

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