PLATTSBURGH — With the three Section VII football champions already determined, NYSPHSAA regional play will kick off this weekend.
Saranac Lake challenges No. 10 Ogdensburg Free Academy in Massena, while No. 20 Moriah and Tupper Lake with tangle in Class D at AuSable Valley.
Section VII will host the Class B regional semifinal with Beekmantown facing Franklin Academy at AuSable Valley Saturday.
Moriah (5-4) vs. Tupper Lake (4-5), AuSable Valley, 7 p.m.
Moriah reached the NYSPHSAA regional semifinals after claiming its second consecutive Section VII Class D championship.
Despite a 24-12 loss on the road during the regular season, the Vikings upended archrival Ticonderoga for the title at AuSable Valley 6-0.
Troy Welch ran for 113 yards on 21 caries, while Moriah’s rugged defense held the Sentinels to just 188 yards of offense.
Cole Gaddor leads the team on offense. A senior signal-caller, Gaddor has completed 68 of 128 pass attempts for 1,172 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Gaddor’s primary targets have been seniors Tyler Pratt and Rainier Garnica. Pratt has hauled in 20 catches for 473 yards and four touchdowns, while Garnica has added 22 receptions for 351 yards and six touchdowns.
Pratt has also been a force on the defensive side of the football as well, recording four interceptions.
The lone Class D representative from Section X, Tupper Lake has won two of its last three games, outscoring its opponents 224-223 in nine games.
The Lumberjacks dropped their regional semifinal game to the Vikings last year 12-7.
Senior quarterback Morgan Stevens has thrown the ball well, tossing 98 completions on 192 pass attempts for 1,326 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Stevens has frequently connected with senior Mitch Keniston (37-622), senior Cody LaPierre (21-203) and junior Roger Delair (21-197).
Senior Jeremy Roussel has led the ground attack, totaling 208 carries for 985 yards.
Saranac Lake (5-4) vs. Ogdensburg Free Academy (8-1), Massena High School, 7 p.m.
After losing to Saranac at Ken Wilson Field for the first time in program history, Saranac Lake defeated the Chiefs 30-28 for the Class C title last week.