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.
“Cameron (Wright) actually had a great block for me right there, and I was able to see a seam cutting back up the middle,” the senior running back said. Granger totaled 203 yards on 19 carries.
Wright powered through the Saranac Lake defense for a 31-yard score on the first possession of the third quarter, and then Mike Graney found pay dirt on a quarterback keeper.
Wright racked up 136 rushing yards on 19 attempts, and the Sentinels totaled 381 yards on the ground.
Saranac Lake’s Dustin Fischer ran 10 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Fitzgerald threw for 87 yards on 10-of-21. His preferred target was Ty Marmion, who grabbed five receptions for 64 yards.
The Red Storm (1-2) were missing Trent Fitzgerald, who started the first two games at quarterback, and leading receiver Torin Smith because of injuries.
Ticonderoga, which plays in Class D, opened the season by hosting Class B’s Beekmantown and then visiting Peru (Class B) and Saranac Lake (Class C). The Sentinels played the same three teams at the start of last season and struggled.
“I feel a lot better (about being 2-1) than 0-3 like we were last year. And that’s a credit to the seniors,” Sutphen said. “Those guys went through it last year as underclassmen, and we’ve got a bigger senior class. I think those guys are mature; they come to practice ready to work every day. We don’t have to harp on them too much.”
Ticonderoga 35, Saranac Lake 13
Ticonderoga 14 7 14 0 — 35
Saranac Lake 0 6 0 7 — 13
Ti- J. Granger 6 run (Denno kick), 5:59.
Ti- J. Granger 12 run (Denno kick), 7:52.
SL- Bevilacqua 18 pass from Tri. Fitzgerald (run failed), 9:07.
Ti- J. Granger 50 run (Denno kick), 11:29.
Ti- Wright 31 run (Denno kick), 2:03.
Ti- Graney 1 run (Denno kick), 8:37.
SL- Fischer 10 run (Marmion kick), 0:14.
Ti- J. Granger 19-203, 3 TD; Wright 19-136, TD; Bevins 6-22; Lawrie 4-13; Trudeau 3-8; Bruce 1-0; Graney 3-(-1), TD. Totals: 55-381, 5 TD.
SL- Ackerson 13-33; Marmion 3-25; Ryan 2-20; Tri. Fitzgerald 4-12; Fischer 4-10, TD; Kilner 1-6; Stack 1-(-4). Totals: 28-102, TD.
Ti- Graney 2-6-0-28.
SL- Tri. Fitzgerald 10-21-0-87, TD.
Ti- Trudeau 1-14; Denno 1-14.
SL- Marmion 5-64; Stack 2-5; Bevilacqua 1-18, TD; Gunther 1-0; Ackerson 1-0.
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