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Carter Hewitt of Saranac Lake dives to recover the first down against Saranac Central on Saturday. (Business photo – Parker O’Brien)

PICKETTS CORNERS – After encountering little resistance in a 49-0 Matchday 1 win a week ago, the Saranac Lake football team found themselves in an intense back-and-forth battle. comes Saturday the second weekend of the season.

With running back Carter Hewitt in the lead, the Red Storm rallied to claim a 29-28 victory over Saranac Central to move up to 2-0 in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference.

For the second week in a row, Hewitt had an outstanding afternoon leading the Red Storm to victory, and the junior capped the effort by carrying the football into the end zone on a 2-point conversion run with 1: 38 remaining in the fourth quarter to put Saranac Lake on top to stay. By the time the final buzzer sounded, Hewitt had scored all but one from the Red Storm on three touchdown passes, one touchdown hold and two conversion runs. He finished with 140 rushing yards on 28 attempts.

In a game that saw the lead change hands six times, Saranac Lake managed to seal the victory as the clock ticked as his defense forced the Chiefs to three wins in the game’s last possession.

“It was amazing” Saranac Lake head coach Eric Bennett said. “We just played against a very tough Saranac team, and they were missing guys. First of all, I think it took us a little while to get up to speed after last weekend, and I think they gave us some issues up front that we need to sort out.

Brady Roberts of Saranac Lake passes into the field in Saturday’s game against Saranac Central. (Business photo – Parker O’Brien)

“It’s a bit surreal” Bennett continued. “As coaches you start to think about where this game is going and you feel really calm. We knew it wouldn’t be over until it was over, and we just made big plays when we needed to. “

Things couldn’t have started better for Saranac Lake when defensive lineman Sawyer Trudeau recovered a fumble in the Chiefs’ first offensive play of the game. Starting with Saranac’s 35, Saranac Lake reached the end zone in straight play from Hewitt, with a six-yard sprint across the goal line to cap the ride.

Air combat then began. The Chiefs took the lead on a 21-yard touchdown run and a successful Nathan Hamel kick on the last play of the first quarter.

Saranac Lake then took a 14-8 lead on his next possession when Hewitt scored on a seven-yard rush and added two runs on a 1:02 conversion in the second quarter. Saranac responded late when Justin Bedard hit a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Landen Smith on the final play of the half. Hamel sent the conversion kick through the uprights to send the teams at halftime to a 14-14 stalemate.

The Chiefs took their first lead of the game with only points scored in the third quarter, with Smith sprinting into the end zone with 58 seconds left to put his team in the top 20-14. The point after the kick was blocked, and the Red Storm then rebounded to regain the lead early in the fourth quarter. Trailing by six points, Hewitt shot Saranac Lake even at 20-20 on a five-yard rush at 1:07 in the fourth period, and Landon Faubert connected on the conversion kick to give the Red Storm a one point advantage.

The Saranac Lake senior running back carries the ball during a game in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s football game at Saranac Central. Also pictured are Chiefs defenseman Gabe Spaulding (34) and Red Storm’s Ben Cope looking to block play. (Business photo – Photo by Lou Reuter)

Saranac then responded, with Smith scoring on a 28-yard rush with 3:52 left in the fourth. He then found Bedard open in the end zone on a successful conversion assist to give the Chiefs a 28-21 advantage.

With the possibility of seeing their first loss looming, the Red Storm didn’t make it easy in the final few minutes, although they found room to throw the ball deep into Chiefs territory. But after dropping the ball twice inside Saranac’s 10-yard line on back-to-back possessions, the Red Storm got a much-needed break when the Chiefs were in punt formation with Smith ready to kick in. of foot to the ball. But as he lined up a low snap, Smith brought his knee to the ground, which gave the ball to Saranac Lake 19 yards from the goal line. In the next play, Roberts passed Hewitt through the end zone through two defenders to set up the spectacular and winning conversion play.

Instead of attempting a conversion kick to equalize, Bennett and the Red Storm turned to what had worked for their team for most of the game, which was giving the ball to Hewitt. After two timeouts called up by Saranac Lake and another called up by the Chiefs, Hewitt took a direct transfer and ran down the left side of the line into the end zone with the winning points.

“Running in that two-point conversion for the win was one of the best times I’ve ever had,” Hewitt said. “I can’t thank my line enough for blocking and opening these gaps for me. There were about three deviations that I could have taken. I saw my first and I was in it.

“Getting that trial and error in the first part of the game, it set the tone and we just wanted to keep that momentum going throughout the game,” he said. Hewitt added. “We had a few hollows but we recovered straight away. We know Saranac are a good team, but we knew if we did everything right we would win. We ended up making a few mistakes which made things closer than we thought. We came here, we gave it our all and that’s why we won.

Carter Hewitt of Saranac Lake collides in the end zone on a 2-point conversion to take the lead against Saranac Central on Saturday. (Business photo – Parker O’Brien)

For the second week in a row, Saranac Central was left with a narrow loss, but despite falling to 0-2, Chiefs head coach Dylan Everleth saw bright spots with his team refusing to give up.

“We’ve done a great job improving from last week, but there’s still a lot we can improve – a lot of cleaning up the easy stuff.” said Everleth. “Our guys have heart, they played hard and they played the whole game. It’s not fun to lose, but there are a lot of good things we can take away from it.

“I said at the start of the year that it could be anyone’s league. “ Everleth continued. “Today, hats off to them for winning a great victory. It was a fun game and a good game to learn. We stayed in there. One of the great things is to have longer workouts, to take care of the ball. They had the ball for about 19 minutes of the second half. Anytime they have the ball like that and we don’t, it’s not good.

With the win, Saranac Lake is now heading for a 2-0 pair-up showdown when Moriah visits Wilson Raymond Field on Saturday with kick-off set at 1:30 p.m.

Saranac Lake 29, Saranac Central 28

SL 6 8 0 15 – 29

CS 7 7 6 8 – 28

Rating

First shift

SL – Hewitt 6 run (missed kick), 1:41

SC – H. Devins 21 run (Hamel kick), 12h00

Second quarter

SL – Hewitt 7 run (Hewitt run), 10:58

SC РB̩dard 12 pass from Smith (Hamel kick), 12:00 p.m.

Third quarter

SC – Smith 21 run (blocked kick), 11:02

Fourth trimester

SL – Hewitt 5 run (Faubert kick), 1:07

SC – Smith 28 run (Hamel pass from Smith), 3:52

SL – Hewitt 19 assist from Roberts (Hewitt run), 10:22

Individual statistics

TO REMEMBER

SL – Hewitt 28-140 3TDs, Roberts 3-3, Kratz 3-5, Santiago 5-62, Cope 1-0. Totals: 40-210 3TDs

SC – Smith 10-59 2TDs, H. Devins 23-135 TD. Totals: 33-184 3 DT

WHO PASSED

SL – Roberts 12-17-0-102 TD

SC – Smith 7-15-0-95 TD

RECEPTION

SL – Santiago 1-16, Ni. Munn 4-3, Hewitt 4-56 TD, Cope 1-8, Faubert 2-19

SC – Fleury 1-6, Spaulding 1-11, Bedard 3-40 TD, Claussen 1-26, H. Devins 1-12

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