The Vikings almost made one with five minutes left.
Facing fourth-and-12 from Ticonderoga’s 20, Gaddor put the ball up in the right corner of the end zone. Receiver C.J. Raymond and defensive back Jarryn Granger battled for it. Raymond came down juggling the ball, and it popped out as he hit the ground.
The Sentinels converted on two third-down plays during their drive and were able to eat up the clock.
Graney went 6-for-18 for 160 yards, and Denno caught four of those passes for 119 yards. Granger had two catches and ran for 66 yards and a score.
Cameron Wright rushed for a game-high 139 yards on 20 attempts while playing against his former team. The senior transferred from Moriah to archrival Ticonderoga this year. He said he was excited to see his old friends, but he admitted that lining up against them at the start of the game was strange.
“That was a little weird, but I just prepared myself for it,” Wright said. “And I have a great team, and I’m happy.”
Penalty flags flew left and right in the first half, mostly against Ticonderoga. The Sentinels had several good drives hampered by infractions.
“The penalties, I think, really marred it, and I think we did commit a lot of those penalties,” Sutphen said. “It’s a good win, and I’m happy for the win, but obviously we have a lot of work to do.”
Ticonderoga took a 13-0 lead after Graney snuck in from the 1 in the first quarter and Granger broke free for a 24-yard touchdown run in the second. Then Raymond put Moriah on the board with a 7-yard run that was set up by Garnica’s 32-yard catch earlier in the drive.
On the Sentinels’ last possession of the first half, they had first-and-goal from Moriah’s 10 but were stopped short of the end zone three times. Denno kicked a 24-yard field goal for a 16-6 lead.