MASSENA - The Tupper Lake football team was plagued by two fumbles and a missed field goal during an 18-9 setback Friday against Massena on the Red Radiers field.
Massena's two touchdowns came after a pair of Lumberjacks fumbles and the third time the Red Raiders reached the end zone followed a missed field goal attempt by the 'Jacks.
Tupper Lake, which will be playing Moriah on the same field on Friday for the Section X-VII, Class D championship, fared much better against the Red Raiders then the first time the teams met. In that game, the season opener for both squads, Massena posted a 40-20 win and rushed for 576 yards.
This time, Massena took a 6-0 lead on a 2-yard run by JP Reagan in the second quarter, but Tupper Lake answered on an 18-yard field goal by Ian Gillis to send the contest into halftime with the hosts holding a 6-3 edge.
The Red Raiders scored the next two touchdowns, with Reagan hauling in a 34-yard pass from quarterback Justin Bestor in the third quarter and Reagan rambling 68 yards into the end zone in the fourth quarter. Trailing 18-3, Tupper Lake rounded out the scoring when Brock Tarbox caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Mitch Keniston.
Reagan had a big night running the football for Massena, gaining 179 yards on 18 attempts. Keniston was Tupper Lake's offensive lead with 283 combined yards. Keniston rushed for 148 yards on 16 attempts and completed eight of 17 pass attempts for 135 yards. Jeremy Roussel also chipped in 44 yards on the ground for the 'Jacks, who bring a 3-6 record into Friday's Class D championship game.
Moriah advanced to the title matchup with a 16-6 victory over Ticonderoga in the Section VII, Class D final also held on Friday.