Peru, Beekmantown, Saranac Lake Win; AuSable Valley Wins First

2013 Section VII Football Season Standings


Saranac Lake Red Storm
Peru Indians
Beekmantown Eagles
Ticonderoga Sentinels
Moriah Vikings
AuSable Valley Patriots
Plattsburgh Hornets
Saranac Central Chiefs
Div.     NLg  Overall   PF    PA
4-0      0-0       4-0    125       4
4-0      0-0       4-0    144     43
3-1      0-0       3-1    173     54
2-2      0-0       2-2      77     27
2-2      0-0       2-2      81   108
1-3      0-0       1-3      45   160
0-4      0-0       0-4      34   151
0-4      0-0       0-4      24   156


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Red Storm defensive lineman Nicholas Sweeney (64) tears the ball free from Chiefs' quarterback Mason Utzler (10). The loose ball was recovered by Saranac Lake's Killian Ryan (center). Through the first three games of this season, the smothering Storm defense has yet to yield any points to an opposing offense.  (Ferguson photo)  Game Gallery

 

Games of Week 4: September 26-27, 2014

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

Saranac Lake 7. Ticonderoga 0

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

Peru 49, Moriah 13
AuSable Valley 21, Plattsburgh 14
Beekmantown 53, Saranac Central 0

WEEK 4 SCORING RECAPS

BEEKMANTOWN 53, SARANAC CENTRAL 0
Beekmantown presented a balanced scoresheet with two scores in each quarter, but it was running back Justin Stevens who continued to pile up big yardage in Beekmantown’s 53-0 shellacking of Saranac Central. With another 245 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Stevens has racked up 929 yards in just four games this season. The Section VII record of 1,869 has been unbroken for 21 yards. Stevens, who also snared 94 yards catching, put the Eagles on the scoreboard with a 38-yard reception from Mickey Pepper. Zach Bingel added a 31-yard field goal with 59 seconds left in the first quarter for a 10-0 lead. Tyler Newman was the feature back in the second quarter with TD runs of two and 19 yards. Stevens scored both Eagle touchdowns (14 and 67 yards) in the third frame. Dylan Peryea’s 87-yard pickoff return extended the Beekmantown lead to 45-0 early in the fourth quarter, before Nate Handy closed out the scoring with a 41-yard run with 2:02 left.

PERU 49, MORIAH 13
Big yardage scores were the order of the day at the Apple Bowl. Nine touchdowns between two teams – and not a single TD less than 23 yards. Peru scored in every quarter and dominated the first three quarters for a 42-0 lead, before cruising to a 49-13 triumph. The running back firm of Lawyer and Sawyer helped get the Indians rolling with TD scores. Brandon Sawyer’s 45-yard scamper opened the scoring at the 2:39 mark. He also had a 28-yard score in the third quarter. Troy Lawyer reeled in a 55-yard TD pass from Peru quarterback Blake Altizer. Altizer, who completed 17 passes for 327 yards, also tossed TD strikes of 44 yards to Anthony Gallo, 23 yards to Rivelino Hendricks and 26 yards to Cameron Rock, before Rock took over at quarterback and wired an 87-yard catch-and-run bomb to Ryan Lovely. Cory Rock would have had another 83-yard touchdown, but it was called back on penalty. As a team, the Indians amassed 538 total yards on the day. Moriah put points on the board when Kyle Stockwell dashed 25 yards to paydirt and Taylor Slattery hauled in 53-yard touchdown catch.

RED STORM DEFENSE BIG IN
7-0 WIN OVER TICONDEROGA

SARANAC LAKE 7, TICONDEROGA 0
Saranac Lake was held to just 148 yards of offense. But when you have a defense that can also hold the line on an opponent, seven points could be all that you need. After three quarters of hard-hitting defense and no scores. Red Storm quarterback Tristan Fitzgerald found Ty Marmion on a 39-yard touchdown reception with 44 seconds elapsed in the fourth quarter to lift Saranac Lake (4-0) to a 7-0 lead – and a 7-0 final. The Red Storm defense produced its fourth shutout of the year. So far in four games this season, the offense has relinquished two safeties, for the only four points that have been scored on the Storm this season.

AUSABLE VALLEY 21, PLATTSBURGH 14
Fourteen first-half points and an insurance score off a fumble in the fourth quarter were enough for the AuSable Valley Patriots to notch a thrilling 21-14 win over the Plattsburgh Hornets. The Patriots broke the scoreless deadlock in the second quarter with two touchdowns – an 11-yard pass from Will Coats to Tyler Champine in the back-corner of the end zone and a one-yard quarterback sneak after a Hornets’ fumble – to open a 14-0 lead at the half. Plattsburgh made it a one-score game after recovering a turnover of their own, when quarterback D’Andre Lemieux hit paydirt on a 39-yard dash to close the margin to 14-7. Just 14 seconds into the fourth quarter, Coats took the ball to the house on a three-yard run; 21-7 Patriots. Plattsburgh kept the game close by scoring on the ensuing drive on Logan Harvey’s eight-yard run, leaving plenty of time on the clock with 7:41 remaining. With the clock under a minute left, Plattsburgh drove to the six-yard line for a possible shot at a tie or win. On first-and-goal, Lemieux was unable to find the grip on a bad snap in the shotgun. AuSable Valley recovered with 38.8 seconds left to secure their first win of the season. In the heart-breaker, Plattsburgh fell to 0-4.

 

Games of Week 3: September 19-20, 2014

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

Peru 55, AuSable Valley 2
Ticonderoga 31, Moriah 0

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

Beekmantown 62, Plattsburgh 12
Saranac Lake 30, Saranac Central 2

WEEK 3 SCORING RECAPS

PERU 55, AUSABLE VALLEY 2
Peru amassed 48 points in the first half, then cruised to a 55-2 victory over the AuSable Valley Patriots on Friday evening. Brandon Sawyer led the Indians, racking up four rushing touchdowns, while piling up 254 yards of rushing offense. The Indians improved to 3-0, while the Patriots dropped to 0-3 in Section VII play.

BEEKMANTOWN 63, PLATTSBURGH 12
After an exchange of touchdowns and a 7-6 score in the opening seven minutes, Beekmantown got a 78-yard punt return from Justin Stevens that changed the tide. The Eagles followed with 14 more points in each of the four quarters to rumble past the Hornets 62-12. Stevens, who rolled up 234 yards rushing, scored three other touchdowns of 76, 38 and 26 yards. Nate Handy added a 21-yard scamper and delivered a 35-yard “Pick Six,” as the Eagles erupted to a 35-0 intermission advantage. Also for Beekmantown, Myers added a two-yard touchdown run, while Freshette scored on an 80-yard kickoff return. D’Andre Lemieux tossed two touchdown passes to lead Plattsburgh.

TICONDEROGA 31, MORIAH 0
The Ticonderoga Sentinels held the Moriah Vikings to just 128 total yards, including just four yards rushing in the first half, in a defensively-dominating 31-0 win in Week 3. Moriah, seemingly out of rhythm all night, fumbled the football at its own four-yard line. Ryan Trudeau pounded the ball into the end zone on three-yard run to give Ticonderoga a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Konner Bruce struck on a five-yard run to open up a 13-0 lead to open the second period. Garrison Hughes added a three-yard bootleg run to lift the Sentinels to a 21-0 halftime advantage. Through the first 24 minutes, Moriah had logged just four yards rushing. Ticonderoga settled for a 30-yard, Domanic Banish field goal to open the second half. Bruce added a 49-yard scoring scamper late in the third quarter to close out the 31-0 win.

RED STORM QUIETS SARANAC CENTRAL IN 30-2 HOME WIN


Saranac Lake Red Storm captain defensive back Jack Martin (3) leaps to intercept a Caiden Goodman pass intended for Chiefs' wide receiver Josh Emerson in front of a raucous homecoming crowd.  (Ferguson photo)  Game Gallery
 

SARANAC LAKE 30, SARANAC CENTRAL 2
While the Saranac Lake offense needed time to get rolling, the defense meticulously continued a nearly spotless job. But when the offense kicked in gear, it took just three short drives in the final 2:35 of the first half to blow open a 21-0 halftime lead. The Red Storm went on to silence the Saranac Central Chiefs 30-2 at Ken Wilson Field. It was the third straight game that Saranac Lake had not allowed the opposition’s offense to score, but the second time in those three games that the offense was tagged with a safety for the lone points preventing a shutout. SL took command when Jason Stack reeled in a short-range spiral, then beat feet 56 yards along the left sideline to put Saranac Lake ahead 7-2, after Drew Sturgeon’s extra-point kick. A quick three-and-out on defense, followed by Matt Willette’s punt block, presented the Red Storm with its second scoring opportunity just 1:24 later. Fitzgerald’s 19-yard keeper and another Sturgeon point-after kick opened a 14-0 margin. When the Chiefs lost the next possession on a fumble, Fitzgerald wasted no time in tossing a floater over the SC double coverage and into the arms of Ty Marmion in the corner of the end zone after the first-half horn sounded. Saranac Lake opened the second half right where they left off. Marmion carried the mail along the right sideline from one yard shy of midfield, just 26 seconds into the third quarter, then got the ball back 45 seconds later when they pounced on punt snap that flew over the kicker and into the end zone. Fitzgerald ended the day 13-of-18 for 181 yards. Stack made four catches for 101 yards. Marmion notched 84 rushing yards on just two carries, along with two receptions. Mason Martin led the Chiefs with 60 yards rushing, while quarterback Caiden Goodman tossed four completions for 49 yards.

 

Games of Week 2: September 12-13, 2014

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Beekmantown 43, AuSable Valley 22
Saranac Lake 40, Plattsburgh 2

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Peru 20, Ticonderoga 14
Moriah 40, Saranac Central 22

WEEK 2 SCORING RECAPS

PERU 20, TICONDEROGA 14
The Peru Indians rallied with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to turn back the Ticonderoga Sentinels 20-14. Peru’s Anthony Gallo reeled in a 24-yard TD pass from Blake Altizer just 5:44 into the contest. The Sentinels (1-1) answered on the ensuing drive with a Garrison Hughes-to-Ryan Trudeau 51-yard bomb to tie the game at 6-6. Ticonderoga scored the only touchdown of the second quarter when Hughes plunged in from the one-yard line. After a scoreless third quarter, the door was left open for the Indians (2-0) to come back, with Altizer’s one-yard keepers at 1:18 and 8:32 of the fourth quarter for the win.

MORIAH 40, SARANAC CENTRAL 22
The Moriah Vikings racked up 20 points in the first 12:03, built a 33-0 halftime lead, then coasted to a 40-22 victory over the Saranac Central Chiefs. Quarterback Adam Jaquish tossed four touchdown passes, while completing 9-of-12 spirals for 199 yards. Troy Welch rushed for two touchdowns, one of two yards, the other for eight yards. Jarred MacDougal hauled in a 42-yard catch-and run touchdown, while Kyle Stockwell reeled in a 28-yard TD reception to account for first-half scores. Tyler Slattery also pulled in a 22-yard TD reception. Dylan Clay, Rafael River and Caiden Goodman scored the touchdowns for Saranac Central, their first scores of the season. Moriah improved to 2-0 and faces Ticonderoga next week, while Saranac dropped to 0-2 and heads to Saranac Lake next week.

BEEKMANTOWN 43, AUSABLE VALLEY 22
After a scoreless first quarter, Beekmantown poured it on for 23 unanswered points in the second quarter and built a 29-0 lead before romping to a 43-22 victory over the AuSable Valley Patriots. The Eagles scored four times within a span of 7:11 in the second quarter to take command. Zach Bingel nailed a 23-yard field goal to get the Eagles rolling. Less than five minutes later, Dylan Peryea had scored on a two-yard dive, Justin Stevens (213 total yards) added a 32-yard run and Tyler Newman scampered for an eight-yard score to open a 23-0 lead in lightning fashion. Stevens opened the third quarter with a 48-yard TD dash. Stevens and Alex Archer scored second-half touchdowns. Lucas Perez, Nate Manning and Sultan Sikandar scored touchdowns for AuSable Valley.

SARANAC LAKE STORMS PAST PLATTSBURGH IN 40-2 VICTORY


Plattsburgh running back Quran Carroll (33) stretches for tough yardage as he is swarmed by Red Storm defenders. A stingy Storm defense posted it's second victory in as many games as the Hornet offense was held out of the end zone through four quarters. Saranac Lake went on for a 40-2 victory.  (Greg Ferguson photo)  Game Gallery

Red Storm senior running back Ty Marmion (20) slips past Hornet defensive back Jacob Rohrig (85) and hauls in a Tristin Fitzgerald TD pass for the opening score in the first quarter of play at Plattsburgh High School Friday night.  Saranac Lake quarterback Tristin Fitzgerald fired off 195 yards and three touchdowns, guiding the Red Storm to a 40-2 win over the Plattsburgh Hornets. After struggling to a 7-2 lead through the first quarter after a five-yard TD strike to Alex Donaldson, the Storm racked up 20 unanswered points in the second quarter to put the game away. Fitzgerald pumped a 12-yard touchdown pass to Ty Marmion, then dashed 10 yards to score just 4:35 later to give Saranac Lake breathing room on the scoreboard. Donaldson hauled in another 21-yard pass with 31 seconds left in the half. Killian Ryan and Hunter Moon added TD runs in the second half. Mackenzie McKethan safety at 9:12 of the first quarter accounted for Plattsburgh only score of the contest.(Greg Ferguson photo)  Game Gallery

 

Games of Week 1: September 5-6, 2014

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

Ticonderoga 33, Saranac Central 0
Moriah 28, Plattsburgh 6

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2014

Saranac Lake 48, AuSable Valley 0
Peru 20, Beekmantown 15

WEEK 1 SCORING RECAPS

PERU 20, BEEKMANTOWN 15
Peru’s Brandon Sawyer and Beekmantown’s Justin Stevens provided plenty of rushing and scoring power, especially early in each half. But it was the defenses who needed to answer in the second half to determine who would prevails in the Indians-Eagles season opener. Sawyer scored on a 12-yard run just 4:36 into the game. On the ensuing drive, Stevens answered with a 55-yard ramble just 1:22 later for tie knot the game at 8-8. Beekmantown gained the upper hand with just 29 seconds left in the half to post a 14-8 lead at intermission. Peru opened the second half as it did in the first, with Sawyer taking the handoff from the four-yard line and barreling into the end zone. However, the two-point attempt failed, leaving the Indians down 15-14 with 9:37 still remaining in the third quarter. Indians quarterback Blake Altizer would toss the game-winning TD bomb from 38 yards out, finding Troy Lawyer for the final score of the game with 7:34 left in the third.

MORIAH 28, PLATTSBURGH 6

Moriah's Jordan Cheney snared a tipped pass and ran home a few yards for a "pick six" in capping Moriah's 28-6 win over Plattsburgh.  The Hornets kept the game close, trailing just 14-6 at the end of the third quarter.  Adam Jaquiish scored two first-half touchdowns -- one rushing and the other passing.  McKenzie McKathan scored from four yards out after Riley Monahan intercepted for Plattsburgh with 5:26 left in the third.  Jaquish's 64-yard TD pass to Cody Stockwell less than a minute into the third quarter was the key blow for the Vikings.

TICONDEROGA 33, SARANAC CENTRAL 0
All of the scoring came before halftime, as Ticonderoga cruised to a 33-0 win.  Konnor Bruce scored on a four-yard run, then Ryan Trudeau plunged in from the two-yard line just four minutes later to open a 14-0 lead.  Garrison Hughes caped the explosive first half with rushing scores of 23 and 21 yards.  Dom Banish nailed a 38-yard field goal.  The Sentinels also scored on a safety in the second quarter.

Saranac Lake Storms past AuSable in Opener 48-0


After scampering into the Patriot secondary on an end-around play, Red Storm wide receiver Dondi Duffy loses the football when hit from behind by an Ausable defender. A steady rain and slippery conditions led to numerous turnovers for both teams. The Red Storm dominated both sides of the line in a 48-0 win.  (Greg Ferguson photo)   Game Gallery

 Saranac Lake Red Storm defensive back Torin Smith secures an errant pass from Patriot quarterback William Coats before returning the interception for a touchdown. Smith's pick-six would stake the Storm to a insurmountable 35-0 lead midway through the second quarter at Ken Wilson Field.
 

SARANAC LAKE 48, AUSABLE VALLEY 0
Saranac Lake drove, passed and recovered two fumbles in the end zone to put up touchdowns in their season-opening 48-0 blitz of AuSable Valley. Ty Marmion’s 15-yard run at 2:47 of the first quarter launched the offense. On the next drive, quarterback Tristan Fitzgerald hooked up with Alex Donaldson who broke tackles and jetted to the end zone. Following Drew Sturgeon’s extra-point kick, the Storm had opened a 14-0 lead with just 5:16 played in the first frame. The Storm added 28 unanswered points in the second quarter, starting with Dylan Kilner’s three-yard TD plunge. A minute later, Marmion took a punt return 54 yards to score. Torin Smith snared an interception for a 65-yard “pick six.” Hunter Moon and Jesse Lahart both pounced on end-zone fumbles to account for the other scores.