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Moriah quarterback Tyler Blaise keeps the ball and outruns two Ticonderoga defenders to the end zone for the decisive two-point conversion in Friday-s Class D championship game at Linney Field. The Vikings edged the Sentinels 15-14.

MINEVILLE -- Friday night's Class D Championship game between Moriah and Ticonderoga wasn't over as the more 2,000 fans started filing out of Linney Field after the Sentinels missed a field goal with 1:34 seconds remaining.

And it wasn't quite finished when Moriah kneeled the ball three times to run the clock down.

But a blocked Ticonderoga kick as time expired finally put an end to a high-energy 15-14 Vikings' victory, sending them on to a regional match-up against a Section II opponent next week.

"We knew it was going to be a tight game and come down to something at the end, one way or another," Ticonderoga Head Coach Robert Sutphen.

Both teams spent most of their offensive possessions running the ball.

Moriah's Jim Carlson rushed for 102 yards, while Steven Lenhart and Josh Huestis totaled 125 on the ground for Ticonderoga.

Vikings Head Coach Don Tesar said his team approached the game a little differently than the last time it faced Ticonderoga.

"They are very physical defensively," he said. "We made some adjustments to make our offense a little more successful because on the ground they really shut us down (last time)."

The game started out with multiple possession exchanges because of fumbles and three-and-outs, but the second half was filled with drawn-out drives.

Ticonderoga made key stops on defense after the half to get on the board.

Huestis burst through the line for a 7-yard touchdown in the third quarter to counter Tyler Blaise's 1-yard second-quarter score, and the Sentinel running back gave his team an 8-7 lead on a two-point conversion run.

"Our defense did a good job in the second half adjusting to them," Sutphen said.

However, Carlson finally found his way into the end zone at the end of the third quarter, and Blaise carried a fake point-after attempt in for two points, putting the Vikings up 15-8.

Again, Ticonderoga responded when Bryant Austin brought an athletic 30-yard run down the left sideline and into the end zone to score the team's final points of the game.

The Sentinels had a potential game-winning field goal sail just left of the uprights with less than two minutes to play, and had another blocked just over a minute later when they got the ball back on the punt.

"Sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the windshield," Sutphen said. "They're not undefeated by mistake."

Tesar said that despite the big win, they'll be back to the grind after the weekend.

"We've got some work to do," he said. "(Ticonderoga) made it down to the (Carrier) Dome last season, and we'd like to do that too, but we're going to have a hard-fought game against a team from Section II."

Moriah (10-0) will meet the winner of today's Rensselaer-Fort Edward game scheduled for 1 p.m. at Glens Falls High School.

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Moriah 15, Ticonderoga 14

Ticonderoga 0 0 8 6 -- 14

Moriah 0 7 8 0 -- 15

Scoring summary

First quarter

Mor- Blaise 1 run (Fernandez kick), 5:07.

Third quarter

Ti- Huestis 7 run (Huestis run), 7:22.

Fourth quarter

Mor- Carlson 11 run (Blaise run), 11:53.

Ti- Austin 30 run (conv. no good) 0:48.

Individual statistics

Rushing

Mor- Carlson 29-102 TD, Gilbo 4-16 Blaise 2-4 TD, Fernandez 1-2. Totals: 36-124 2 TDS.

Ti- Lenhart 15-69, Huestis 7-56 TD, Austin 5-35 TD, Barnao 2-4.

Passing

Mor- Blaise 4-6-0-72. Totals: 4-6-72-0.

Ti- Barnao 2-6-0-11. Totals: 2-6-0-11.

Receiving

Mor- Schofield 2-62, Carlson 1-10, Totals: 3-72.

Ti- Taylor 1-2, Glading 1-9. Totals 2-11.

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