November 2, 2013

Section VII football titles up for grabs today

PLATTSBURGH — It’s championship weekend for area football teams.

For the first time, AuSable Valley will play host to three Section VII title games.

Beekmantown and Peru will square off to open the day’s contests in the Class B championship at 11 a.m. The last time the two Champlain Valley foes met, a sideline altercation broke out at the Eagle’s Nest Sept. 28.

Saranac seeks its first championship in its program’s 47-year history when it takes on Saranac Lake in a Class C bout at 3 p.m. The Chiefs downed the Red Storm at Ken Wilson Field Oct. 29, 34-13.

Moriah and Ticonderoga, a rivalry that potentially rivals the Hatfield-McCoy feud, will cap the day’s gridiron action in the Class D title game at 7 p.m. The Vikings have won five of the last nine games against its archrival since 2009.

Class B

Beekmantown (4-4) versus Peru (6-1, 7-0), 11 a.m.

With Plattsburgh High disbanding after Week 3, Peru benefited from a bye during crossover week. The Indians last played Oct. 19, a 49-42 shootout defeat of Moriah at the Apple Bowl.

Peru was the lone unbeaten in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play, outscoring its opponents 266-83 in the process. Ranked No. 17 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class B poll, the Indians’ lone setback was a 42-6 nonleague loss to No. 8 Hackley at the University at Albany.

Blake Altizer, a junior signal-caller, has been the catalyst for Peru on offense. Altizer is 71-for-114 with 1,113 yards and 19 touchdowns on just four interceptions.

Altizer’s primary target is senior Zane Bazzano. The four-year player has recorded 19 catches for 495 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Indians, though, will likely be without junior wide receiver Anthony Gallo, who suffered a severe forearm injury Oct. 19.

Coach Nick Damiani has received contributions from a number of different players on the ground. Rivelino Hendricks, Mackenzie LaRocque and Bazzano have combined for 752 yards and five touchdowns.

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