RICKY ST. CLAIR
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.
After Goodnough scored his fourth and final touchdown on a 29-yard scamper at 4:36 of the third quarter, Mike Bombard was credited with making the tackle on a two-point safety.
Racking up 318 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, AuSable Valley coach Heith Ford was pleased with his offensive line.
“I’m just thrilled with the blocking of our offensive line,” Ford said. “They were fantastic (Friday).”
D’Andre Lemieux paced the Hornets (0-2) with 53 passing yards, going 3-for-8 through the air. Sophomore Quran Carroll registered 30 rushing yards on nine carries.
The Patriots play host to Peru Friday.
“In order to play with Peru, you need to play mistake-free football,” Ford said. “That’s what we’re going to hope to do next week.”
AuSable Valley 42, Plattsburgh High 6
Plattsburgh High 6 0 0 0 — 6
AuSable Valley 6 28 6 2 — 42
A- Goodnough 15 fumble return (kick failed), 0:15.
P- Durocher 78 kickoff return (kick failed), 0:31.
A- Ashline 15 run (Friedrich kick), 0:10.
A- Goodnough 3 run (kick failed), 4:27.
A- Goodnough 27 run (Goodnough run), 7:58.
A- Savage 16 run (Friedrich kick), 8:43.
A- Goodnough 29 run (kick failed), 4:36.
A- Bombard safety, 4:47.
A- Savage 17-138, TD; Goodnough 8-101, 3TD; Pray 3-31; Ashline 8-52, TD; Sikandar 2-(-2); Mary 1-2; Nichols 1-(-4). Totals: 40-318, 4TD.
P- Carroll 9-30; Lemieux 8-(-7); Barrier 3-9; Monahan 2-11; Durocher 1-(-2). Totals: 23-41.
A- Goodnough 2-3-0-84.
P- Lemieux 3-8-0-53.
A- Ashline 1-66; Kennedy 1-18.
P- Carroll 1-26; Durocher 1-14; Racette 1-13.
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