After giving up a long touchdown run to the Hornets, Tupper Lake's defense stole momentum back with a fourth-down stop.
The Lumberjacks offense then rumbled 37 yards down to Plattsburgh High's 3-yard line. On fourth down, Morgan Stevens rolled out and hit Kyle Keniston in the back of the end zone with 17 seconds left in the half.
Colin Gillis kicked the extra point and Tupper Lake never looked back, putting together a dominant second half for its second straight win, a 26-12 decision against Plattsburgh High Friday at Frank Tice Field.
Jordan Garrow rushed for a team-high 102 yards, Stone Keniston added 53 yards and a score and Gillis kicked two field goals for the Lumberjacks (3-3, 0-1), who have won two straight and three of four heading into a Class D showdown with Ticonderoga.
The winner will host the Class D semifinal against the loser when the playoffs begin.
"It's great, and we're hoping to keep it alive," Tupper Lake coach Dennis Klossner said of his team's first winning streak of 2010.
Tupper Lake's momentum swing came right after its defense stuffed the Hornets on a fourth-and-one at Plattsburgh High's own 40-yard line in the second quarter.
"That was big," Klossner said. "It was a big stop, it gave us that momentum and that 'We can do this.' It was a big stop and we were very excited about the play of the whole team, and as it went on it got better and better."
Frank Hoang led Plattsburgh High, which outgained Tupper Lake 237-220 yards, with 115 yards on 10 carries. Hoang gave the Hornets a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when he cut outside to the left and raced down the sideline for 60 yards.
Klossner said his defense was caught off guard early in the game by the Hornets' bunched offensive formation. After Plattsburgh High's scoring drive, the Lumberjacks stopped blitzing and went into a base defensive set.
The Hornets didn't reach Lumberjack territory again until a final scoring drive with a minute left in the game. Outside of that drive, Plattsburgh High's offense netted negative 16 yards in the second half.
Stevens gave Tupper Lake some breathing room with 46 seconds left in the third quarter on his first rushing touchdown of the season, a 3-yarder to go up 14-6.
For the second straight week, the Hornets (1-5, 0-4) started strong but couldn't hold an early lead. Plattsburgh High held a 12-0 advantage against Saranac in the second quarter last weekend until the Chiefs reeled off 25 unanswered points.
"It seems like our method of operating," Plattsburgh High coach Pat Goodell said.
Gillis, playing his first year of high school football, converted two extra point kicks and hit field goals of 22 and 34 yards in the Lumberjacks' 12-point fourth quarter.
Thomas Sorrell capped a four-play, 63-yard drive with a 19-yard scoring run as time expired for Plattsburgh High's second touchdown. Sorrell finished with 76 yards on seven carries.
Tupper Lake 26, Plattsburgh High 12
Plattsburgh 6 0 0 6 - 12
Tupper Lake 0 7 7 12 - 26
PHS- Hoang 60 run (kick missed), 7:04.
TL- K. Keniston 3 pass from Stevens (Gillis kick), 11:43.
TL- Stevens 3 run (Gillis kick), 11:24.
TL- Gillis 22 field goal, 3:31.
TL- S. Keniston 5 run (kick missed), 8:15.
TL- Gillis 34 field goal, 11:05.
TL- Garrow 28-102; S. Keniston 12-58, TD; Stevens 6-20, TD; Kerst 4-12. Totals: 50-192, TD.
PHS- Hoang 9-115, TD; Sorrell 7-76, TD; Brown 13-44; Harrington 2-11; Stiger 3-5; Team 2-(-14). Totals: 36-237, TD.
TL- Stevens 4-8-0-28, TD.
PHS- Sherman 0-6-1-0.
TL- K. Keniston 2-14, TD; Garrow 1-9; S. Keniston 1-5. Totals: 4-28, TD.
PHS- Sorrell 19 run (fun failed), 12:00.
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