PLATTSBURGH — Moriah ran its way to the Section VII Class D football championship Monday.

Maddox Blaise piled up 259 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns as the Vikings (6-3) rolled to a 34-0 win against Ticonderoga (1-8).

The victory marked Moriah's third consecutive sectional championship.

Braden Swan chipped in on the rushing attack with nine carries for 83 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Malbon also found the end zone once.

The Vikings totaled 389 yards on the ground as a team.

"Ball control is the name of the game," Moriah coach Don Tesar said. "When you can keep their offense off the field, that's key.

"They got a great passing game. We were a little nervous about that. (Monday), we were just able to keep moving the ball on the ground, eat up clock and put the ball in the end zone.

"That's what we wanted to do."

Blaise had recorded two separate 2-yard touchdowns by the early stages of the second quarter and had helped give the Vikings a 14-0 lead with 11:53 remaining in the first half.

The junior running back's efforts set the tone for the remainder of the game.

"We have a lot of weapons and can just exploit every weakness an opposing team has," Blaise said.

"We have worked in practice all season to get to this point, and we delivered. It's a crazy feeling to come out here and win."

Swan found the end zone on a 14-yard burst with 8:19 to go in the second quarter and helped send Moriah into halftime with a 22-0 advantage.

Swan picked up right where he left off in the third, scoring on a 6-yard run with 6:26 to go.

The senior said Blaise and himself feed off each other.

"The sky is the limit," Swan said. "We both complement each other very well. We work off each other and just find a way to exploit things.

"When they put me back there, I am always trying to score, and when Maddox scores, I am always happy for him."

Malbon finished off the Vikings' offensive showcase with a 5-yard run as 56.6 seconds remained in the third quarter.

While Moriah's offense excelled, its defense did as well.

The Vikings limited Ticonderoga quarterback Terrence Benedict to 161 passing yards, and the Sentinels finished with -3 rushing yards as a team.

Swan recorded two interceptions in the game, and Matt Diehl had one pick.

"We knew we had to stop the pass," Swan said. "We knew their quarterback is a great passer. We found a way.

"On those interceptions, it's almost just like you are a wide receiver. You see the ball up there, and you just want to catch it. It's a 1-on-1 game, and it's just a matter of who can get to it and make the right play on it."

Moriah advanced to play a Section II representative in a NYSPHSAA regional at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Beekmantown.

Tesar and the Vikings know a challenging opponent awaits.

"It will be a tough Section II opponent," Tesar said. "The key will be continuing to move the ball on the ground when we can and throw when we have to. I have a lot of faith in our guys."

Moriah made it to the state championship last season and fell one game short of its ultimate goal.

This season, the Vikings are excited to have another sectional championship under their belts and an opportunity to make a run in the state playoffs.

"This season has been great," Swan said. "Since Day 1, we have been working in the blistering heat.

"We are finally here, and all that hard work is paying off."

Moriah 34, Ticonderoga 0

Ticonderoga      0      0      0      0      —      0

Moriah      8      14      12      0      —      34

First quarter

MCS- Blaise 2 run (B. Swan run), 8:32.

Second quarter

MCS- Blaise 2 run (pass fails), 11:53.

MCS- B. Swan 14 run (B. Swan), 8:19.

Third quarter

MCS- B. Swan 6 run (pass fails), 6:26.

MCS- Malbon 5 run (kick missed), 56.6.

Individual statistics

Rushing

TCS- Dedrick 1-2; Benedict 5-1; Stonitsch 1-(-6). Totals: 7-(-3).

MCS- Blaise 28-259, 2TD; B. Swan 9-83, 2TD; Malbon 4-35, TD; Spring 3-7; Maye 2-4; Bacon 2-3; Demarais 1-0; Diehl 1-(-1); Wright 5-(-1). Totals: 55-389, 5TD.

Passing

TCS- T. Benedict 14-23-2-161; Porter 0-2-1-0. Totals: 14-25-3-161.

MCS- Spring 1-1-0-27.

Receiving

TCS- Schlogl 6-71; Yaw 4-39; Porter 1-28; Stonitsch 3-23.

MCS- B. Swan 1-27.

Interceptions

MCS- B. Swan 2, Diehl.

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Joey LaFranca is the sports editor at the Press-Republican. He is also a paginator and photographer. He graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2017 with bachelor's degrees in multimedia journalism and newspaper journalism.

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