Moriah holds off Beekmantown 26-14

MINEVILLE — Maddox Blaise rushed for 253 yards and three touchdowns, and Moriah held off Beekmantown for a 26-14 win in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football Friday at Linney Field.

Blaise's 15-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter helped the Vikings (4-3) regain their two-score lead.

The junior tailback ran the ball on 18 of Moriah's first 20 plays of the second half, including 10 consecutive carries on the aforementioned scoring drive.

“The line was blocking great like we practiced, and I just hit the hole and did what I had to do,” Blaise said. “That (fourth-quarter touchdown) was huge, and then momentum carried on to defense, and we just stepped up.”

The Vikings accumulated 295 yards on the ground, and they outgained the Eagles (5-2) by a 360-184 margin.

“I think we played as physical of a team that we will play anywhere else down the stretch,” Moriah coach Don Tesar said. “This offensive line has done things that I didn't think at the beginning — without (Mike) Rollins — that we'd be able to roll like we have on the ground. They've worked hard, and they've done that. Played extremely well.”

Moriah, which held a 20-14 lead at the break, held Beekmantown scoreless in the second half.

Rowan Swan, Blaise and Braden Swan each grabbed interceptions one week after the Eagles piled up five touchdown passes against Saranac Lake.

The Vikings held Beekmantown to 3 of 18 passing.

“That's our main focus in practice, really, (is) pass coverage,” Blaise said. “Came out here and played perfect.”

The Eagles pulled within 20-14 with 2:09 left in the second quarter, when Kaden Myers reached the end zone on a 46-yard touchdown reception.

Moriah rallied from a 7-6 deficit with two unanswered scores, including Braden Swan's 34-yard touchdown catch from Todd Malbon.

Myers was a bright spot for Beekmantown, finishing with 144 yards from scrimmage and two scores.

The Vikings will have a crossover game next week against an opponent to be determined.

Blaise, who upped his season total to 1,364 yards, is closing in on Jim Carlson's school record of 1,630.

“Main focus is, really, winning the games and try to go make a run in the postseason,” Blaise said.

Moriah 26, Beekmantown 14

Beekmantown 7 7 0 0 — 14

Moriah 6 14 0 6 — 26

First quarter

M- Blaise 69 run (pass failed), 5:25.

B- Myers 36 run (LaMora kick), 5:12.

Second quarter

M- Blaise 22 run (run failed), 7:14.

M- B. Swan 34 pass from Malbon (B. Swan pass from Malbon), 3:21.

B- Myers 46 pass from Finley (LaMora kick), 2:09.

Fourth quarter

M- Blaise 15 run (run failed), 11:50.

Individual statistics

Rushing

B- Myers 8-52, TD; B. McGinnis 3-14; Stevens 5-7; Finley 2-6; C. McGinnis 1-1. Totals: 19-80, TD.

M- Blaise 35-253, 3TD; Harris 6-32; Diehl 2-6; B. Swan 6-5; Malbon 3-0; Team 2-(-1). Totals: 54-295, 3TD.

Passing

B- Finley 3-18-3-104, TD.

M- Malbon 2-5-2-39, TD; Spring 1-4-1-26. Totals: 3-9-3-65, TD.

Receiving

B- Myers 2-92, TD; C. McGinnis 1-12.

M- B. Swan 2-60, TD; Harris 1-5.

Interceptions

B- VanNatten 2, Finley.

M- R. Swan, Blaise, B. Swan.

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