Saranac Lake remains the only unbeaten football squad in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference heading into Week 6, and the Red Storm host Beekmantown Saturday in a contest that features opposing philosophies.
Peru looks to extend its winning streak to five with a win under the lights at Plattsburgh High, while injury-plagued Saranac hopes to get its season pointed in the right direction against Ticonderoga at home.
AuSable Valley searches for its first victory of the year against Moriah, who is coming off a 9-point loss on the road one week ago.
Peru (4-1, 2-0) at Plattsburgh High (1-4, 0-2)
Following its 51-0 victory over Saranac at the Apple Bowl, Peru is now on a four-game winning streak and has outscored opponents 148-19 during that span.
The Indians are led by Blake Altizer. The sophomore quarterback has completed morethan 52 percent of his passes, good for 599 yards and 11 touchdowns through the air.
Altizer’s primary target is Bret Boyer. The senior tight end has hauled in seven receptions for 140 yards and four touchdowns on the year.
Peru’s defense has suffocated its opponents with 46 total points allowed and has surrendered 7 or fewer points in four game.
On the other hand, the Hornets are looking to regroup following a 50-6 defeat against Saranac Lake at Ken Wilson Field.
Shawn Shea, who leads the team in rushing with 342 yards on 7.1 yards per carry, will be looked upon for production against a big defensive front.
After quarterback Shawn Courson suffered a hand injury in Week 3, D’Andre Lemieux has taken over responsibilities under center. The sophomore is 12-for-19 and has accumulated 126 yards and one touchdown in two starts.
Moriah (2-3, 0-1) at AuSable Valley (0-5, 0-1)
The Vikings look to end a two-game skid as they visit the Patriots.
The Patriots have given up 207 points on defense and have yet to register a win.
AuSable Valley is led on the ground by Dillion Savage. The junior back has carried over 50 percent of the team’s workload with 320 yards and three scores.
Moriah’s backfield includes the league’s leading rusher in Cameron Wright, who eclipsed the 600-yard mark in last week’s 29-20 loss to Beekmantown.
Beekmantown (4-1, 2-1) at Saranac Lake (5-0, 1-0)
Saranac Lake hosts Beekmantown for a highly-anticipated matchup.
The Red Storm spread the field with their up-tempo offense that has registered a league-leading 40.8 points per game.
Quarterback Matt Phelan has recorded an outstanding 226.25 passer rating to go along with his 721 yards and eight touchdowns through the air. The senior standout has also proved versatile with 332 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.
Phelan’s primary targets include Kevin Morgan (17 receptions, 380 yards, seven touchdowns) and Mike Burpoe (18 receptions, 267 yards, one touchdown).
Senior all-purpose player Seth Pickreign is the team’s defensive specialist with four interceptions, and he has kicked 18 extra points this season.
On the other side of the spectrum, Beekmantown utilizes a smash-mouth philosophy by distributing the ball to fullback Dustin Pickering (58 rushing attempts, 308 yards, two touchdowns) and power back Michael Guerin (37 carries, 233 yards, one touchdown).
Running back/defensive back Devin Fessette returned from an injury one week ago, and he could play a big role in the secondary.
Despite allowing a total of 403 yards through the air in five games, the Eagles’ defense will likely face its toughest test of the season.
Ticonderoga (2-3, 1-0) at Saranac (2-3, 1-2)
Saranac is injury-ridden and looks to regroup following a defeat in a pivotal Class B game with Peru.
With leading rusher Matt McCasland sidelined with an injury, the Chiefs could only muster 109 yards rushing last week to go along with 14 yards passing.
Paul Herrera has been called up from the JV to fulfill responsibilities in the backfield for McCasland, while junior John Maye (47 rushing attempts, 198 yards, one touchdown) will likely see significant touches.
The Sentinels picked up their second victory of the 2012 campaign with a 42-6 drubbing of AuSable Valley in a rare Saturday night game under the lights in Week 5.
Ticonderoga is led by Miles Austin (77 rushing attempts, 508 yards, five touchdowns) on the ground and Michael Graney (28 completions, 64 attempts, 360 yards, four touchdowns) through the air.
Section VII will determine playoff seeding by overall record, and the Sentinels are tied with arch-rival Moriah in Class D at 2-3 in the standings (Ticonderoga holds the tiebreaker) so each game down the stretch is critical.