SARANAC LAKE — Logan Brown rushed for two first-quarter touchdowns, and Saranac Lake’s defense surrendered only 65 yards and posted its first shutout since 2015 in a 12-0 victory over Plattsburgh High on Saturday.
The Red Storm allowed the Hornets to cross midfield only twice, which occurred on Plattsburgh’s final drives of the second and fourth quarters.
Saranac Lake is off to a winning start after a 3-14 stretch over the last two years.
“We paid our dues the last year or so, and I’m happy for our kids,” Saranac Lake coach Eric Bennett said. “We’re not anywhere where we need to be. I think we have a lot of potential.
“But I’m happy for our defense. We’re not very big, but we have kids that are tough and athletic. It’s been a long time in Saranac Lake since we’ve had a shutout.”
The Red Storm forced the Hornets’ offense to three-and-out on their first two series, and Saranac Lake responded with touchdowns each time.
Brown capped a 10-play, 54-yard drive with a 1-yard score with 5:40 left in the first quarter.
On Saranac Lake’s second possession, David Warner’s 40-yard reception set up Brown’s 2-yard touchdown run on the final play of the opening stanza.
Rhett Darrah anchored the Red Storm’s offense by completing five passes for 119 yards.
Ben Munn, Brown and Darrah combined to run the ball 29 times for 102 yards.
“Yeah, it was a great start,” Darrah said. “We just wanted to come out and run the ball and establish the run game, and that’s what we did. It’s great to have so many guys that can run the ball.”
Saranac Lake advanced to Plattsburgh’s 30, 33 and 39 in the second half but had drives fizzle out.
After starting 5 of 8 passing, Darrah’s last six throws resulted in incompletions, as both teams dealt with wet conditions.
“I think that part of it was we had a couple procedure penalties,” Bennett said. “Once you get behind the sticks, it’s tough in any capacity to get first downs. I’ll give credit where it’s due. Plattsburgh had a good scheme, and they made plays.”
A majority of the Hornets’ offense came on the ground, and they were led by Corbyn Burch’s 22 yards.
Six of Plattsburgh’s eight drives ended with a punt or turnover.
“They came out ready to play, and we need to get better offensive drives together,” Hornets coach Mike Bordeau said. “We didn’t run enough plays. We didn’t get any continuity, and that’s in large part because their defensive line played really well.”
The Red Storm will host Saranac at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Wilson-Raymond Field.
AuSable Valley will travel to Plattsburgh at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.