Football

Braves keep Sentinels off scoreboard in second half

By: RICKY ST. CLAIR

TICONDEROGA — Down four points with over 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Ticonderoga drove down to Fonda-Fultonville’s 6-yard line.

There, the Braves’ defense executed a four-play goal-line stand, which included two plays from the 1-yard line.

After stopping the Sentinels on back-to-back possessions, Fonda-Fultonville held on for an 18-14 win in nonleague football Friday.

“That hurt,” Ticonderoga coach Bob Sutphen said. “They executed, and we had a couple chances late in the fourth quarter with 50-, 60-yard fields and we didn’t execute. Bottom line, it comes down to that.”

Fonda-Fultonville is ranked 17th in Class C, and Ticondoerga is 17th in Class D.

The Sentinels (5-1, 6-0), who were credited with a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference win over now defunct Plattsburgh High, managed a lead for the first 32:19 of play.

Cameron Wright and Ty Denno each helped Ticonderoga to a 14-12 advantage at halftime.

The Braves’ (6-1, 6-1) no-huddle, up-tempo offense, though, was too much for the Sentinels to handle.

Senior quarterback Russ Williams hit 6-foot-7-inch Will Turner on a 12-yard pass with 3:41 to go in the third quarter, helping Fonda-Fultonville to its first lead.

Williams was the catalyst for the Braves on offense. The senior signal-caller finished 15-for-30 through the air with 211 yards and two touchdowns.

“I thought they were predictable by formation, and we allowed them to have too much of that zone read stuff with the running back being able to pick up good yardage on it,” Sutphen said. “That’s a little bit of our defensive ends. We’ve got to do a better job executing out of that right there.”

The Braves finished with 366 yards of offense, converting on numerous third-and-long situations in the second half.

“They’re good athletes,” Sutphen said. “(Wide receiver) Brandon Baker is a great kid. They had good timing routes to pick up first downs. On their last scoring drive, they executed two third-and-longs to be able to put themselves in good field position to score.”

Wright was a bright spot for Ticonderoga on offense. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound back finished with 113 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries.

“You’re not going to get him with one-quarter of your body to get him to the ground,” Sutphen said. “You better get a square shot on him. He’s a strong kid, and he carries guys down the field. That’s why we gave him the ball a lot (Friday). He was effective.”

Anthony Sinicropi paced the Braves’ ground attack, rushing for 75 yards and one touchdown. Pat Hart added 71 yards on 12 attempts.

Baker hauled in six of Williams’ 15 completions for 105 yards.

Michael Graney was 7-of-18 with 103 yards for the Sentinels, tossing a 41-yard touchdown pass to Denno in the second quarter.

“This was a great football game (Friday) for anybody that was fortunate enough to watch it,” Sutphen said. “Our kids are going to rise to the occasion. They’re a little irritated. They’re going to show up Monday ready to work.

“I think it’s a good attitude that we possess. It stinks to lose, but we’ll go back and we’ll just — it makes us a little hungrier, I guess.”

Fonda-Fultonville 18, Ticonderoga 14

Fonda-Fultonville 0 12 6 0 — 18

Ticonderoga 7 7 0 0 — 14

First quarter

T- Wright 6 run (Denno kick), 7:43.

Second quarter

F- Sinicropi 15 run (kick failed), 2:03.

T- Denno 41 pass from Graney (Denno kick), 8:58.

F- Turner 27 pass from Williams (run failed), 10:55.

Third quarter

F- Turner 12 pass from Williams (pass failed), 8:19.

Individual statistics

Rushing

F- Sinicropi 15-75, TD; Hart 12-71; Peterson 1-5; Williams 3-4. Totals: 40-155, TD.

T- Wright 27-113, TD; Granger 10-39; Trudeau 2-21; Hughes 2-14; Graney 1-0. Totals: 42-187, TD.

Passing

F- Williams 15-30-0-211, 2TD.

T- Graney 7-18-0-103, TD; Hughes 0-1-0-0; Granger 0-1-0-0. Totals: 7-20-0-103, TD.

Receiving

F- Baker 6-105; Turner 5-57, 2TD; Hart 2-30; Ives 2-19.

T- Denno 4-67, TD; DuShane 2-35; Hughes 1-1.

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