October 12, 2012

Football teams head out of division this week


— Each of the four Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football games this weekend showcase non-divisional matchups. Beekmantown, Peru, Plattsburgh High, and Saranac have one final tune-up before the Class B semifinals get under way next Saturday afternoon.

Saranac Lake has already secured home field advantage but looks to keep its undefeated season alive at Saranac. Moriah and Ticonderoga continue to jockey for seeding in Class D with just two regular season games remaining. AuSable Valley continues its search for an elusive victory under the lights against Beekmantown.


Peru (5-1, 3-0) at Moriah (3-3, 0-1)

Peru travels to Linney Field in hopes of collecting its sixth consecutive victory since a Week 1 loss to Saranac Lake. During the last five games, the Indians have outscored their opponents 204-30.

The Indians are led by sophomore quarterback Blake Altizer, who is 42-for-73 on the season with 800 yards and 14 touchdowns through the air.

His primary targets include Bre Boyer (nine receptions, 203 yards, four touchdowns) and junior all-purpose player Zane Bazzano (12 receptions, 179 yards, seven touchdowns.

The Peru rushing attack has accumulated nearly 1,200 yards on the ground led by Tim Remillard, who has carried over one third of the workload at 402 yards and six touchdowns.

Moriah sports the league’s leading rusher in junior tailback Cameron Wright (123 rushing attempts, 865 yards, nine touchdowns). The Vikings are coming off a 32-21 win last week against AuSable Valley.


Beekmantown (4-2, 2-1) at AuSable Valley (0-6, 0-1)

Beekmantown hopes to regroup following a 40-6 road loss to Saranac Lake.

The Eagles have turned to the ground game over 73 percent of the time, and are led by Dustin Pickering (71 rushing attempts, 359 yards, two touchdowns) and Michael Guerin (37 rushing attempts, 233 yards, one touchdown) in the backfield.

After Zachary Myers started the first five games under center, the Eagles called upon versatile junior Jacob Remchuk to play the quarterback position while Myers was out with an injury. Remchuk went 7-for-14 for 93 yards and a score in last week’s 34-point loss.

The Patriots are automatically locked into a Class C championship date with Saranac Lake in two weeks/

AuSable Valley is led by back Dillion Savage, who picked up 155 yards and two touchdowns against Moriah one week ago. Savage also leads the team with five scores on the season.


Ticonderoga (3-3, 1-0) at Plattsburgh High (1-5, 0-3)

The Sentinels carry a substantial amount of momentum into Week 7 after their first defeat of Saranac since the 2007 season.

Senior fullback Tanner Wright accumulated 165 rushing yards on 13 carries and a score one week ago. However, Ticonderoga has been led all season long by Miles Austin, who eclipsed the 600-yard mark last week and has scored six touchdowns on the year.

Quarterback Michael Graney is in a two-way tie for third in the league with seven touchdowns strikes through the air.

Plattsburgh High currently rides a four-game losing streak and regardless of the outcome, will settle for the No. 4 seed in Class B.

The Hornets will look to bruiser Shawn Shea (60 rushing attempts, 385 yards, one touchdown) and big-play threat Jonas Miller (79 rushing attempts, 301 yards, two touchdowns) in the backfield.

Miller ranks third in CVAC receiving with 227 yards on 21 yards per reception.


Saranac Lake (6-0, 1-0) at Saranac (2-4, 1-2)

Saranac Lake remains the only undefeated squad and looks for its seventh consecutive victory with a margin of victory over 20 points.

The Red Storm are led by senior standout Matt Phelan at quarterback, who boasts a 219.59 passer rating and 77-percent completion mark to go along with a 10-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Phelan’s primary receivers are Kevin Morgan (20 receptions, 421 yards, nine touchdowns) and Mike Burpoe (19 receptions, 274 yards, one touchdown).

Saranac Lake has suffocated its opponents, allowing 8.5 points per contest.

Saranac is injury-plagued and was forced to call up multiple players from the JV level to fill the holes.

The Chiefs turned to Zach Lareau at quarterback when Ethan Goslin was sidelined after Week 5 with concussion symptoms.

Lareau went 8-for-19 with 131 yards and two touchdowns through the air in a 34-12 loss to Ticonderoga.

Lance Hackett caught 103 of those yards to go along with two touchdown scores.

Saranac gave converted lineman Tyler Humiston an opportunity to carry the ball one week ago.