PLATTSBURGH — Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football supremacy will be at stake this weekend, when Saranac Lake hosts Beekmantown at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Wilson-Raymond Field.
The winner will improve to 5-1 and take sole possession of first place in the standings with only one week left on the conference schedule.
Moriah (2-3) at AuSable Valley (3-2), 7:30 p.m.
The Vikings' Maddox Blaise, a junior tailback, has nearly twice as many rushing yards (940) than any player in the conference, and he's already surpassed his sophomore total (875) after only five games.
The Patriots have plenty of young talent, including sophomores Nate Doner and Eli Douglas, who rank second in CVAC rushing and receiving, respectively.
Saranac (3-2) at Peru (2-3), 7:30 p.m.
The Chiefs' roller coaster season continued with a last-minute win over Ticonderoga last week.
Saranac sophomore Hunter Devins has rushed for 299 yards and four touchdowns over the last three weeks.
The Indians are looking to snap a two-game skid after winning two straight.
Peru's Austin Carpenter leads the conference in receiving with 386 yards, and freshman Zach O'Connell stands second in CVAC passing at 770 yards.
Beekmantown (4-1) at Saranac Lake (4-1), 1:30 p.m.
The Eagles' defense, which is allowing 10.8 points per game, has a shutout streak of 97 minutes, 56 seconds.
Beekmantown's piled up 899 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground, and the Eagles are led by running backs Connor McGinnis (29-321, 4TD) and Kaden Myers (60-379, 2TD).
Red Storm junior Rhett Darrah has thrown only one interception on 67 pass attempts, and his quarterback rating sits at 170.45.
Saranac Lake's Logan Brown and Ben Munn each have five touchdowns and rank fourth and fifth in CVAC scoring, respectively.
Ticonderoga (1-4) at Plattsburgh High (1-4), 2 p.m.
Terrence Benedict has been a bright spot for the Sentinels, who are in the midst of a four-game losing streak.
Benedict has completed 55% of his passes for 817 yards and five touchdowns.
Between rushing and receiving, the Hornets' Ian DeTulleo has 69 touches for 468 yards and two touchdowns.