September 27, 2013

Football rivals square off this weekend


PLATTSBURGH — It’s rivalry weekend in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football.

Ticonderoga plays host to archrival Moriah at Sentinel Field at 7 p.m. tonight.

Peru will travel up the Adirondack Northway to the Eagle’s Nest where it will face Beekmantown, while AuSable Valley will challenge Saranac Lake at Ken Wilson Field Saturday.


Moriah (2-1) at Ticonderoga (2-1), 7 p.m.

Each of the two Class D schools are coming off monumental Week 3 wins.

Ticonderoga is believed to have knocked off Saranac Lake at Ken Wilson Field for the first time since 1987, while Moriah defeated Saranac in come-from-behind fashion Saturday.

The Sentinels are looking to avenge their 16-6 loss to the Vikings in last year’s Section VII Class D championship game.

Bob Sutphen’s Ticonderoga team owns a dynamic one-two punch in the backfield with Cameron Wright (74 carries, 333 yards and three touchdowns) and Jarryn Granger (47 carries, 330 yards and five touchdowns).

The two seniors rank second and third in league rushing, respectively.

Down 14-0 in the second quarter, Moriah outscored the Chiefs 28-8 in the final 33 minutes of play to win 28-22.

Cole Gaddor, a senior signal-caller, ranks third in CVAC passing yards with 353, while running back C.J. Raymond sits fourth behind Granger and Wright with 311 yards on the ground.

The Vikings average 26.6 points per game on offense in comparison to the Sentinels’ 24.6 mark.

Saranac at Plattsburgh High

With Plattsburgh High forfeiting its remaining games due to a low number of athletes, Saranac will register a forfeit win.

The Hornets’ JV and modified football programs will remain intact with full participating, according to a Plattsburgh High press release.

Saranac attempted to fill the hole in its schedule with a nonconference game but was unable to do so on short notice, coach Mark Burrell said.


Peru (3-0) at Beekmantown (2-1), 1:30 p.m.

The two Class B foes will square off in a Section VII Class B championship game preview.

Beekmantown reeled off its second straight win with a victory over now defunct Plattsburgh High 48-0 last Friday.

Jacob Remchuk, in his first full year under center, is 18-for-33 with 270 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Remchuk has handed the ball off to seven different backs through the first three weeks, with Devin Fessette and Justin Stevens showing the way.

The two have combined for 444 yards and eight touchdowns on the year.

Cameron Garceau ranks fourth in the CVAC in receiving yards with 159 yards, including two touchdowns.

Peru’s high-powered offense is averaging 409 yards per game through three weeks.

Junior quarterback Blake Altizer has directed the aerial assault, tossing 586 yards and nine touchdowns to two interceptions. Altizer also leads the league in completion percentage at 69.09.

His primary target has been Zane Bazzano, who has hauled in 242 yards and five touchdowns.

Jozua Côté, the Indians’ leading rusher at 250 yards, will not play after getting ejected at AuSable Valley last Friday.

AuSable Valley (1-2) at Saranac Lake (1-2), 1:30 p.m.

Saranac Lake hosts AuSable Valley with playoff implications on the line.

Sophomore Tristan Fitzgerald made his first start at quarterback in last week’s loss to Ticonderoga.

Fitzgerald has completed 48.65 percent of his passes with 153 yards and two touchdowns.

Lance Ackerson, who is averaging 58 yards per game, ranks tenth in CVAC rushing at 174 yards.

The Patriots will be playing without star running back Dillon Savage, who was ejected after an altercation with Côté last Friday.

Quarterback John Goodnough has accumulated 586 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns on the year.

AuSable Valley is averaging 315.6 yards per game on offense, while surrendering 275.3 on defense.


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