The Saranac Lake Red Storm had a strong Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football season, running the table for a perfect year in the conference.
Saranac Lake was rewarded for its efforts with 15 First-Team All-Star selections, including the Offensive Player of the Year, the Defensive Player of the Year and the Coach of the Year.
The Red Storm were also selected as the Ray Holmes Sporstmanship Award recipient for the 2012 season.
Peru, which won the Section VII Class B title, had five players selected to the First Team. Beekmantown, the Class B runner up, and AuSable Valley each had two players selected to the First Team. Ticonderoga and Moriah each had one representative.
The All-Stars are selected by the CVAC coaches.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Matt Phelan (Saranac Lake)- The dual-threat quarterback beat opposing defenses with his arm and legs. Phelan was also picked as the First-Team quarterback. The senior signal-caller completed 118-of-158 passes for 1,841 yards and 24 touchdowns with just two interceptions. Phelan also ran the ball 72 times for 627 yards and 15 touchdowns.
In the Red Storm’s sectional championship game, he threw six touchdown passes on 10 attempts for 181 yards. The following week, Phelan tossed three scores and a season-high 256 yards as the Red Storm rolled past Ogdensburg Free Academy 42-12 in regional play. Phelan ended his varsity career with 44 touchdown passes and 3,282 passing yards.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Michael Burpoe (Saranac Lake)- Burpoe was also selected as a First-Team outside linebacker for his play on the edges. “Michael’s a selfless player who came in and played one of our toughest defensive positions,” Saranac Lake coach Eric Bennett said. “He took on pull after pull and kick-out after kick-out and made plays on the outside.”
Burpoe also made an offensive impact and was chosen as a First-Team receiver. The senior had 41 receptions for 506 yards and four touchdowns this season. Against Saranac in Week 7, Burpoe hauled in three touchdown catches and 76 yards. Against Hoosick Falls in the state quarterfinals, he accounted for 11 receptions and 100 yards. Burpoe finished his two-year career with 14 touchdown grabs and 1,008 yards