MINEVILLE — With Plattsburgh High trailing by just one touchdown in the third quarter and the Hornets’ offense improving, Moriah quarterback Adam Jaquish unleashed a bomb down the right sideline.
It landed perfectly in the hands of Cody Stockwell, who ran in into the end zone to put the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football game away.
Jaquish threw for two scores and ran for one as the Vikings beat the Hornets 28-6 Friday at Linney Field. The junior was making his first varsity start.
“In the first quarter I was still nervous, coming out here for the first time. And I just settled down and set up my game,” Jaquish said after completing 3-of-7 passes for 80 yards. “After the first touchdown, I started relaxing and just going with the flow.”
The Vikings’ offense got off to a jittery start, but their defense bought them some time by forcing Plattsburgh to punt on every first-half possession.
“I thought defensivley we played really well,” Moriah coach Don Tesar said. “We didn’t know what to expect, and I knew that they would spread it out a little bit. And we guarded that a little better than I thought we would.
“Offensively, I think we could’ve put up a few more points. We had penalties in key situations that took scoring drives away; we gotta cut those down.”
Troy Welch had a touchdown run called back in the middle of the first quarter, so the Vikings didn’t officially get on the board until early in the second, when Jaquish floated a pass to Taylor Slattery in the left corner of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown.
Jaquish scored on a 1-yard sneak in the second quarter, and Moriah took a 14-0 lead into the half.
The Hornets were held to -5 yards of offense in the first half, but they started the second half with a couple of runs for positive yardage. Then a big defensive play got them back in the game.
Riley Monahan intercepted a Jaquish pass and returned it to the Moriah 4-yard line. McKenzie McKethan ran it in from there, making it a 14-6 game midway through the third quarter.
The Vikings turned it over again on their next drive, but the Hornets couldn’t take advantage.
Then Jaquish’s long touchdown throw gave Moriah some breathing room 51 seconds into the fourth, and Jordan Cheney picked off a pass that had been tipped and took it in for the score.
Welch, Moriah’s senior tailback, ran 47 yards on seven carries before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Colin Harris, a junior, stepped in and ran for 108 yards on 20 attempts. Kyle Stockwell added 34 yards, and fullback Noah Gilbo had 37.
“I thought that running the ball, we did a good job,” Tesar said. “Colin ran well. He ran hard. I knew we had three decent tailbacks coming in and they would get their share of carries ... and they all stepped up.”
McKethan paced the Plattsburgh offense with 34 rushing yards as well as one catch. Noach Racette made two grabs for nine yards.
“The biggest thing I was pleased at is that we came out in the second half and still battled,” Plattsburgh coach Pat Keleher said. “We didn’t quit, we didn’t get discouraged and we kept fighting.
“Our inexperience showed. The second half, we started doing some better things, started moving the ball a little bit.”
Moriah 28, Plattsburgh 6
Plattsburgh 0 0 6 0 — 6
Moriah 0 14 0 14 — 28
Mor- Slattery 8 pass from A. Jaquish (C. Stockwell pass from A. Jaquish), 3:14.
Mor- A. Jaquish 1 run (run failed), 8:15.
PHS- McKethan 4 run (pass failed), 6:34.
Mor- C. Stockwell 64 pass from A. Jaquish (run failed), 0:51.
Mor- Cheney 4 interception return (R. Jaquish pass from A. Jaquish), 6:58.
PHS- McKethan 8-34, TD; Harvey 3-4; Carroll 1-0; Lemieux 1-(-9). Totals: 13-29, TD.
Mor- Harris 20-108; Welch 7-47; Gilbo 8-37; K. Stockwell 8-34; C. Stockwell 2-16; Hammond 2-13; A. Jaquish 7-9, TD. Totals: 54-237, TD.
PHS- Lemieux 4-19-2-16.
Mor- A. Jaquish 3-7-1-80, 2 TD.
PHS- Racette 2-9; McKethan 1-4; Rohrig 1-3.
Mor- C. Stockwell 1-64, TD; Slattery 2-16, TD.
Mor- Harris; Cheney.
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