RICKY ST. CLAIR
PLATTSBURGH — For the second consecutive weekend, Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football is highlighted by a notable nonleague game.
Ticonderoga, which was slated to host now defunct Plattsburgh High, will welcome Fonda-Fultonville tonight.
The Braves, a Class C school in Section II, are 5-1 and ranked No. 17 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class C poll.
The last weekend of the regular season features three games Saturday. Moriah travels to Peru, while AuSable Valley will challenge Beekmantown. Saranac goes to Ken Wilson Field, where it will face Saranac Lake in a pivotal Class C matchup.
No. 17 Fonda-Fultonville (5-1) at No. 17 Ticonderoga (5-1), 7:30 p.m.
The nonleague bout features two teams ranked No. 17 in their respective classification.
Ticonderoga, who will be credited with a forfeit win in conference play, is 5-1 and has outscored its opponents 122-43 since Week 3. The game will not count toward CVAC standings or statistics.
“The no-stats, no-standings ordeal is nonsense,” Ticonderoga coach Bob Sutphen said. “This is a game to us, and we’re going to count it as a game. The situation at Plattsburgh High is really unfortunate, but each game is valuable. We want to play all these games whenever possible.”
The Sentinels own a number of playmakers on offense, including quarterback Michael Graney, running backs Cameron Wright and Jarryn Granger and wide receiver Ty Denno.
Wright and Granger have combined for 1,113 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground, while Graney has thrown for 451 yards and seven scores. Denno has hauled in 12 of Graney’s 24 completions for 262 yards and five touchdowns.
Fonda-Fultonville has outscored its Class C counterparts, 204-83. The Braves have run the ball 63 percent of the time, amassing 1,006 rushing yards.
Pat Hart ranks 18th in Section II rushing, which includes more than 60 participating football schools. Hart, a 5-foot, 10-inch, 160-pound junior, has 620 yards and seven touchdowns on 75 carries.
Russ Williams, a senior signal-caller, is 36-for-71 with 573 passing yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Braves have defeated Voorheesville 49-12, Taconic Hills 33-6, Cairo-Durham 40-14, Watervliet 27-7 and Coxsackie-Athens 41-0.
The team’s lone setback came against No. 7 Chatham Oct. 4, 44-14.
“They operate out of multiple offensive fronts,” Sutphen said. “Sometimes they have split backs and then hit you with three and four wide receivers. They’re pretty decisive with their pass selection and ability to run the ball as well. On film, they look well-coached.
“It’s going to be a fun, interesting game. We’ve never been in this position. We’re appreciative of them coming to us and putting this together on such short notice.”
Moriah (3-3) at No. 20 Peru (5-1, 6-0)
After its 42-6 loss to No. 9 Hackley, the New York State Sportswriters Association recognized Peru’s nonleague game as a setback, dropping the Indians from No. 8 to No. 20 in the Class B poll Sunday.
The game’s outcome, however, had no influence on statistics or standings in CVAC play. Peru was credited with a forfeit win in the conference standings.
The Indians’ last league game was a 48-6 defeat of Saranac Oct. 5.
Offensively, the team is led by quarterback Blake Altizer. The junior signal-caller has completed 58-of-93 passes on the year for 904 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Altizer’s primary target is Zane Bazzano, who currently leads the CVAC in scoring with 66 points. Bazzano has reeled in 15 catches for 406 yards and eight touchdowns.
Moriah has split its last two games, and Troy Welch has emerged as a bright spot in the backfield.
A junior, Welch has scampered for 385 yards and eight touchdowns during a two-game span.
Quarterback Cole Gaddor ranks behind Altizer in league passing. Gaddor has thrown for 784 yards and seven touchdowns, good for a 151.09 quarterback rating.
AuSable Valley (1-5) at Beekmantown (3-3), 1:30 p.m.
Beekmantown hopes to bounce back from its 28-21 loss to Saranac Lake.
Justin Stevens and Devin Fessette rank sixth and seventh in league rushing, respectively.
The two backs have combined for 775 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns this fall.
The Eagles rank third in the CVAC in team rushing with 1,120 yards.
At wide receiver, Cameron Garceau has registered 19 receptions for 403 yards and five touchdowns.
AuSable Valley suffered a 47-19 defeat to Moriah at Linney Field last Friday.
The Patriots, though, were able to get productivity from quarterback John Goodnough.
Goodnough was 10-for-19 with 128 passing yards, while rushing for 102 yards on the ground.
Dillon Savage has carried a majority of the workload on offense, rushing 79 times for 339 yards and four touchdowns.
Saranac (2-4) at Saranac Lake (4-2)
The Saranac-Saranac Lake winner will capture the No. 1 seed in the Section VII Class C playoffs.
The Red Storm currently ride a three-game winning streak.
In their last outing, sophomore quarterback Tristan Fitzgerald was 20-for-35 with 176 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 107 yards and one score.
Saranac has dropped its last four games played but was credited with a forfeit win over Plattsburgh High in Week 4.
The Chiefs, however, own the league’s most productive running back in John Maye. The senior has carried the pigskin 118 times for 684 yards and eight touchdowns.
In its 28-12 loss to Ticonderoga, the Chiefs were without starting quarterback Ethan Goslin. Saranac used three players to throw the ball.
Coach Mark Burrell said he was unsure if Goslin will be cleared to play Saturday.
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