RICKY ST. CLAIR
PLATTSBURGH — Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football resumes this week, and there’s also a notable nonconference game on the schedule.
No. 8 Peru will travel to Albany to challenge No. 12 Hackley. The Indians (5-0) have outscored their CVAC counterparts 217-41 but will face an unbeaten Hornets (4-0) squad.
League play includes AuSable Valley at Moriah and Saranac at Ticonderoga tonight.
While work is being done to the water system at Beekmantown Central School, the Eagles will square off against Saranac Lake at the Plattsburgh High School Athletic Complex on Saturday.
AuSable Valley (1-4) at Moriah (2-3), 7:30 p.m.
Moriah hopes to shake off its 47-46 shootout loss to Beekmantown, while AuSable Valley will attempt to snap its three-game losing streak.
The Vikings were without running back C.J. Raymond a week ago, but Troy Welch emerged with a bang. Welch unofficially tied the section record for touchdown runs in a game with six.
Welch accumulated 254 yards on 32 carries.
Quarterback Cole Gaddor was 11-for-24 through the air with 203 passing yards. Gaddor, a senior, has completed 51.2 percent of his passes this season, including six touchdowns and one interception.
Ticonderoga spoiled the Patriots’ homecoming last Friday. AuSable Valley surrendered 35 points as Ticonderoga operated 29 plays from scrimmage.
John Goodnough and Dillon Savage were suffocated at the point of attack, registering 57 rushing yards on a combined 40 carries.
Saranac (2-3) at No. 19 Ticonderoga (4-1), 7:30 p.m.
This Week 6 matchup features two of the section’s top running backs.
Saranac’s John Maye (564 yards) and Cameron Wright of Ticonderoga (526 yards) rank 1-2 in league rushing, respectively.
Since their lone setback to Peru on Sept. 14, the Sentinels have outscored their opponents 94-31 in three straight wins.
Ticonderoga jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead, while five different players finished with touchdowns in its 35-6 defeat of AuSable Valley last Friday.
With quarterback Ethan Goslin suffering an injury last week, the Chiefs will likely be without their starting signal-caller.
Saranac, though, has heavily relied on Maye since the get-go. The senior back has accounted for over 47 percent of the team’s offense this fall.
Saranac Lake (3-2) vs. Beekmantown (3-2) at PHS, 1:30 p.m.
Justin Stevens returns to Beekmantown’s lineup after a week off.
Stevens, who rushed for 335 yards and six touchdowns in four games played, is a part of a powerful rushing tandem.
Devin Fessette ran for 110 yards on 17 carries in the Eagles’ one-point defeat of Moriah last Friday.
Cameron Garceau ranks second behind Peru’s Zane Bazzano in receiving at 350 yards, which includes five touchdown receptions on 16 catches.
Saranac Lake has not played a game since its 34-21 Class C win over AuSable Valley Sept. 28. The Red Storm registered a forfeit win over now defunct Plattsburgh High in Week 5.
Saranac Lake has received contributions from a number of different players this fall.
Tristan Fitzgerald, Trent Fitzgerald, Ty Marmion and Jack Martin all rank inside the top 10 in the CVAC in four different statistical categories.
In its last outing, sophomore Tristan Fitzgerald was 10-of-15 with 228 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
Martin and Marmion each picked off two passes on the defensive side of the football.
No. 8 Peru (5-0) vs. No. 12 Hackley (4-0) at University at Albany, 3 p.m.
Regardless of the game’s outcome, Peru will be credited with a forfeit win over Plattsburgh High, according to Indians coach Nick Damiani.
“We’re going down there with the intent to win,” Damiani said. “It’s a good opportunity. It will count as a nonconference game, but the outcome and statistics will have no impact on Section VII.”
The Hornets, a private college preparatory school located in Tarrytown, operate out of the spread formation. The team features multiple Division I caliber athletes, according to Damiani.
“From what I’ve heard, one of their wide receivers is getting recruited by Temple and other Division I programs throughout the Northeast,” Damiani said. “Their quarterback is similar to that of Mitch Gallagher, who played at Franklin Academy. He’s got a big body, and he’s also a college-level recruit.
“They have two or three running backs that are lighting fast. The fullback is a big kid, too. Defensively, they have a lot of team speed. From what I’ve seen on tape, they’re a well-coached, talented, athletic and fast team.”
Peru and Hackley will play at Bob Ford Field where the University at Albany plays its homes games.
“Basically, that’s what we wanted — a good opportunity to play on a bigger stage somewhere,” Damiani said. “We have a chance to play a quality opponent who we don’t normally get to see.”
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