SARANAC LAKE — After jumping out to an early 14-0 lead, Ticonderoga looked like it would go into halftime with just a one-touchdown edge.
Then Jarryn Granger took off for a 50 yard score with just 31 seconds left in the second quarter.
Granger’s third touchdown of the day propelled the Sentinels to a 35-13 victory over Saranac Lake in a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference game Saturday at Ken Wilson Field.
“They were able to claw back in it, and we were going to go into the half with a one-score game there. But I thought Jarryn’s touchdown … right before the half was big,” Ticonderoga coach Bob Sutphen said. “That was big to kind of separate us a little bit. And then we came out in the third quarter on that first drive and were able to put it away and establish momentum and kind of put ourselves back in the driver’s seat right off the bat.”
The win is believed to be Ticonderoga’s first in Saranac Lake since 1987.
“We came here for one reason,” Granger said. “It’s been 26 years since the Sentinels won here. Finally, we did it.”
Granger broke free for a 28-yard run to spark Ticonderoga’s first drive and finished it off with a 6-yard scamper to the end zone. He scored from 7 yards out the next time the Sentinels (2-1) got the ball.
Ticonderoga threatened to add to its lead early in the second quarter, reaching Saranac Lake’s 13, before Granger coughed up the ball. The Red Storm went three-and-out on four of their first five possessions, but late in the second they put together a 75-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard touchdown from Tristan Fitzgerald to Carl Bevilacqua, making it 13-6.
But Granger found a gap, beat a defender in the secondary and raced to the end zone, sending the Sentinels into the half with a 21-6 advantage.