Peru, Saranac Lake, Ticonderoga Falls in States After Early Battle

Final 2014 Section VII Football Standings

x-Peru Indians
Saranac Lake Red Storm
Beekmantown Eagles
Ticonderoga Sentinels
Moriah Vikings
Saranac Central Chiefs
AuSable Valley Patriots
Plattsburgh Hornets
Div.     NLg  Overall   PF    PA
7-0      0-0       7-0    268     56
6-1      0-0       6-1    181     67
5-2      0-0       5-2    237   115
4-3      0-0       4-3    180     53
3-4      0-0       3-4    153   162
2-5      0-0       2-5      87   226
1-6      0-0       1-6      58   291
0-7      0-0       0-7      52   255

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Saranac Lake Red Storm quarterback Tristin Fitzgerald (14) slips by a diving Connor McCart (40) of Hoosick Falls for positive yardage during first quarter action of the New York State Class C quarterfinal. The Panthers built a 17-0 halftime lead, en route to a 24-6 victory over the Red Storm (9-2 overall).  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast


Games of Week 10-11: November 8-15, 2014

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N.Y.S. Class C Quarterfinal
Hoosick Falls (II) 24, Saranac Lake (VII) 6
N.Y.S. Class D Quarterfinal
Cambridge-Salem (II) 56, Ticonderoga (VII) 35



N.Y.S. Class B Quarterfinal
Schalmont (II) 60, Peru (VII) 20



N.Y.S. Class B Opening Round
Peru (VII) 59, Malone (X) 6
N.Y.S. Class C Opening Round
Saranac Lake (VII) 34, Ogdensburg (X) 26
N.Y.S. Class D Opening Round
Ticonderoga (VII) 41, Tupper Lake (X) 13

ticonderoga advances with 41-13 win over tupper lake

 Tupper Lake’s Noah Santana (7) attempts to get to the pylon for a touchdown, but is slowed down by Ticonderoga’s Brody Rocque (10). The Sentinels jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the first quarter, then scored 21 points in the second frame to close out the first half. Ticonderoga defeated the Lumberjacks 41-13 in the NYS Class D Playoffs. (Gearsbeck photo) Game Gallery

Ticonderoga’s Konner Bruce (29) stiff arms his way past Tupper Lake’s Wyatt Skelling (29) for a touchdown.

Ogdensburg carried a 26-21 lead into the fourth quarter, but Saranac Lake bounced back with a pair of fourth quarter scores and two turnovers to score a 34-26 win in the New York State Class C opening round playoff at AuSable Valley. The Blue Devils set the tone early, scoring on the opening drive when Taylor Richardson broke loose along the left sideline and stunned Saranac Lake with a 38-yard TD scamper with just 1:55 gone. The Red Storm offense sputtered and failed to score on the subsequent drive, but got new life when the Blue Devils fumbled away the ball in the red zone on their second drive. To start the second quarter, Tristin Fitzgerald found Alex Donaldson on a two-yard TD strike, tying the game 7-7. Ogdensburg immediately answered when Richardson raced 49 yards to paydirt only 34 seconds later to restore the one-possession lead 14-7. Donaldson got behind the defense and hauled in a 41-yard touchdown bomb to tie the game 14-14 four minutes later. Fitzgerald’s one-yard keeper on the next drive lifted Saranac Lake to its first lead, 21-14 with 3:12 to go in the half. Ogdensburg came back quickly with aerial fireworks of their own. Quarterback Adam Rickett, in his first start for the injured Joe Dalton, fired off a 31-yard TD strike to Nick Sweeney, but the extra-point kick was tipped leaving Saranac Lake on top 21-20 at the half. After stopping the Red Storm’s opening drive of the second half, Rickett thrust O.F.A. back into the lead with a slant pass to Cody Rolfe who then raced 53 yards to the end zone and restore the Blue Devils’ lead 26-21. The Storm opened the fourth quarter with a touchdown drive that culminated with Fitzgerald muscling into the end zone on a four-yard keeper, 27-26. Torin Smith recovered a fumble on a promising Ogdensburg drive, setting up another scoring drive for Saranac Lake. From the OFA 15, Fitzgerald sent Ty Marmion deep into the back of the end zone for an insurance score 34-26 with 1:28 remaining. Ogdensburg got the ball back on their own 29, but had non timeouts remaining. Again, Torin Smith came up big with the turnover, picking off a deep pass. Two kneel downs later, the game was over. Ogdensburg suffered its first loss of the season and closed at 9-1. Saranac Lake improved to 9-1 and advances to face Section II’s Hoosic Valley.  Game Gallery


 Hoosick Falls running back Colby Davendonis twists away from Red Storm defensive lineman Nickolas Sweeney and stretches for the goal line to pylon for a touchdown.  The Panthers led 14-0 midway through the second quarter.  (Greg Ferguson photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

A 17-0 halftime deficit was too much to overcome for the #10-ranked Saranac Lake Red Storm against the #4-ranked Hoosick Falls Panthers. But missed tackles allowed Austin Pitts and Colby Davendonis to break loose for 318 rushing yards and two touchdowns in leading the Panthers to a 24-6 win in the New York State Class C semifinals. The Storm held the Panthers to just one early touchdown, before relinquishing a TD and holding the Panthers to a field goal on a strong defensive stand late in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Garrett Wright scampered 13 yards on a keeper in the first quarter. Davendonis added a 13-yard run in the second and Damon Dubois connected on a 27-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining in the half to cap a 17-0 halftime lead, including a 284-54 advantage in yardage. Saranac Lake mounted their only scoring drive late in the third quarter when Joe Viscardo went deep into a pocket on the left side and snared a 22-yard TD pass from quarterback Tristin Fitzgerald (19 passes for 115 yards) to trim the lead to 17-6. The extra-point kick nicked the outside of left upright. Pitts closed out the scoring with the final touchdown 26 seconds into the fourth quarter. Saranac Lake closed out its 2014 campaign with an improved 9-2 mark and its fifth straight Section VII Class C crown.


Ticonderoga fell behind by two touchdowns at the half. Four times in the second half, they shaved the lead to just seven points by trading touchdowns with Cambridge-Salem, including a TD score by Brody Roque on an 18-yard run with 7:47 left. But the Indians scored two unanswered touchdowns in the final 4:10 to beat the state-ranked #11 Sentinels 56-35 in a wild, high-powered offensive game in the New York State Class D quarterfinals. The Indians reached the end zone on all eight of their possessions, while Ticonderoga was unable to keep up in a 21-7 first half, then a gain in the final seven minutes. Down 14-0 in the second frame, Konner Bruce produced Ticonderoga’s only score in the first half on a 13-yard run. Chris Warnke, who scored six touchdowns in all, scored twice on one-yard plunges in the first half. However, the Sentinels lost containment on him in the second half. Warnke scored on runs of 60 and 71 yards, a one-yard run and a 28-yard pass from Ethan English to put the game away. Bruce countered with TD scores of 64 yards and five yards, while Roque and Garrison Hughes also scored for the Sentinels, who closed out their season at 7-4 overall.

Peru held in early 14-14, but Schalmont scored 26 unanswered points in the final 14 minutes of the first half to roll to a 60-20 win over the Indians in the New York State Class B quarterfinal. Peru answered each of Schalmont’s first two touchdowns in the first ten minutes. After the Sabres scored on the opening kickoff, Peru answered with a 49-yard touchdown run from Brandon Sawyer to tie the game 7-7. Anthony Gallo countered Schalmont’s second score with a two-yard TD dive to again tie 14-14. Then the Sabres reeled off four straight scores before halftime with Nick Gallo punching in two of the runs for a 40-14 lead. Peru got one final score in the third quarter when Altizer hit Anthony Gallo on a four-yard strike. Peru closed out its season at 10-1.


Playoff Games of Week 9: Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2014

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Section VII Class D Championship
(#1) Ticonderoga 30, (#2) Moriah 6



Section VII Class C Championship
(#1) Saranac Lake 43, (#3) AuSable Valley 23
Section VII Class B Championship
(#1) Peru 28, (#2) Beekmantown 21






Playoffs & Crossovers of Week 8: October 24-25, 2014

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Non-League Crossover Game
Peru 43, Massena 14



Class B Semifinal
(#2) Beekmantown 46, (#3) Plattsburgh 0
Class C Semifinal
(#3) AuSable Valley 14, (#2) Saranac Central 8
Non-League Crossover Games
Ticonderoga 20, Malone 13
Moriah 40, St. Lawrence Central 13
Saranac Lake 40, Tupper Lake 14


In a non-league crossover, the undefeated Section VII Peru Indians scored on the first drive when Blake Altizer spiraled a 32-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Gallo to produce a 7-0 lead. Brandon Sawyer added a 22-yard TD run and Gallo returned a Raider punt 65 yards to paydirt to generate a 21-0 halftime lead. Massena opened the second half with a productive scoring drive that culminated with Jason Zembeck’s one-yard carry into the end zone to trim the lead to 21-8. But Massena’s second half was plagued by two key fumbles that allowed Peru to score three straight touchdowns to seize the win. Zembeck then scored Massena’s final touchdown in a 43-14 final. Altizer tossed three touchdown passes and racked up 255 yards through the air. Rivelino Hendricks made five catches for 116 yards and Gallo closed out with 88 yards receiving. The Red Raiders were led by Isaiah Dillabough with 112 yards carried, followed by Zembeck’s 107 yards rushing. Peru improved to 8-0, while Massena’s record is 4-4.

Section X and Section VII used league crossover matchups to provide new opponents, rather than rematches in Week 8. The best of the intersectional games brought Ticonderoga to Malone where the Sentinels outlasted the Huskies 20-13 in a seesaw battle. Malone quarterback Camron Gallagher fired off a 19-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Woods late in the first quarter to put the Huskies in front 6-0. Sentinel quarterback Garrison Hughes plowed into the end zone from the one-yard line for a 7-6 lead early in the second frame. Ticonderoga tacked on six more points on Konnor Bruce’s four-yard rush to gain a 13-6 advantage. Warding off multiple tackles from the eight-yard line, Gallagher crossed the goal line to pull Malone even at 13-13 early in the fourth quarter. With the outcome hanging in the balance, Ticonderoga relied heavily on their senior running back to carry the load in the game-winning drive. Bruce took 7-of-11 handoffs, before reserve quarterback Brody Rocque dashed in with the touchdown. Malone will face Massena on Thursday in another crossover matchup. Both teams have no opponents in the respective classes and draw automatic berths to the state playoffs. Ticonderoga will host Moriah for the Section VII championship on Friday.


Saranac Lake's Torin Smith (5) gets a hand on the football to prevent a catch by Tupper Lake.  In a revival of the Mayor's Cup tradition between the two neighboring rivals, Saranac Lake beat Tupper 40-14.  (Ferguson photo)  Game Gallery

 Saranac Lake Red Storm players hoist the coveted Mayor's Cup trophy in celebration following the victory.

In a revival of the Adirondack Mayors Cup game thanks to crossover games that this year crossed over between Section X and Section VII, Saranac Lake defeated neighboring Tupper Lake 40-14 on the strength of a dominating first half. The Red Storm built a 27-0 lead in the second frame. Quarterback Tristan Fitzgerald wrapped up three drives with touchdown passes. Joe Viscardo caught an 18-yard touchdown pass, while receiving five throws for 77 yards. Joe Stack reeled in a 24 yard TD strike and Alex Donaldson added an eight-yard touchdown catch. Fitzgerald completed 13-of-17 passes for 129 yards. Dylan Kilner rushed for touchdowns of four and 24 yards, while Ty Marmion delivered a 32-yard touchdown as part of his five-carry, 92-yards performance. Tupper Lake quarterback Noah Santana completed 12 passes for 127 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns. Next week, the Lumberjacks face St. Lawrence Central in the Section X Class D championship. Saranac Lake faces AuSable Valley for the Section VII Class C title.

In an intersectional crossover between two second-place teams in Class D, Section VII’s Moriah Vikings dominated the first half 40-6, then cruised to a 40-13 win over Section X’s St. Lawrence Central Larries at Randy Riggs Field in Brasher. Moriah’s Troy Welch scored five touchdowns, including a 59-yard untouched scamper on the opening play from scrimmage. Welch carried 15 times for 168 yards. Moriah also received scores from cornerback Ryan Jaquish who scored from the 30-yard line on a Pick Six. St. Lawrence put up points in the second quarter when sophomore Mike Plante found an inside seam and outran the Viking defense for 80 yards to paydirt at 6:06 of the second quarter. The Larries produced the lone score of the second half on their first possession when Hunter Storrin crashed into the end zone from the Moriah 6. St. Lawrence Central will provide Tupper Lake with its first opponent in a Section X Class D championship game next weekend. Moriah (4-4) will face Ticonderoga for the Section VII Class D championship next weekend. The winners will meet in the opening round of the state playoffs the following weekend.


Games of Week 7: October 17-18, 2014

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Moriah 42, AuSable Valley 6
Ticonderoga 43, Plattsburgh 6



Saranac Lake 27, Beekmantown 21
Peru 51, Saranac Central 0


The Peru Indians put the finishing touches on an undefeated 7-0 regular season with a 51-0 shutout of Saranac Central. Alternating touchdowns from Brandon Sawyer and Anthony Gallo in the first half anchored the Indians 29-0 halftime lead. Sawyer, who eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season with a 205-yard day, scored on a 23-yard run in the first quarter and a 43-yard pass from Blake Altizer in the second period. Gallo added a 43-yard “pick six” late in the first quarter and tacked on a 37-yard scoring reception in the second quarter. Peru added two more touchdowns in the third quarter – a 17-yard TD pass to Jeff Smith and another 63-yard run by Sawyer. Altizer tossed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Luke Carpenter in the fourth quarter to cap the day’s scoring.

The Ticonderoga Sentinels got an early gift and quickly took it to the bank to launch a 43-6 victory over the Plattsburgh Hornets. After a Plattsburgh fumble on the first play from scrimmage, the Sentinels went airborne on their first play. Ryan Trudeau hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass that put Ticonderoga ahead 7-0 before some fans had a chance to get seated. Dom Banish added a 25-yard field goal before the end of the first quarter for a 10-0 Sentinels advantage. Garrison Hughes added a 26-yard TD run and Brody Rocque reeled in a 19-yard scoring catch to bump the lead to 22-0 by intermission. In the third quarter, Konner Bruce broke containment for an 18-yard score and Hughes ran for his second touchdown to pile up a 35-0 advantage. Plattsburgh got its lone score when quarterback D'Andre Lemieux connected with Riley Monahan for 26-yard TD reception early in the fourth quarter. Cody Heustis’ 11-yard touchdown closed out the scoring in a 43-6 Sentinel victory. Ti closed the regular season at 4-3, while Plattsburgh finished at 0-7.

After stopping AuSable Valley on the opening drive, Moriah went to work on its opening score. Quarterback Jarred MacDougal tossed a flare to the near sideline and Troy Welch scored from four yards out to post Moriah to a 6-0 advantage. The Patriots marched right back to tie the game 6-6 when William Coats snuck in from the four-yard line. But the Pats were given no time to savor the success of the drive. The Moriah’s very next play from scrimmage, Troy Welch rumbled for 61 yards to paydirt and the Vikings were back on top for good, 14-6. Still in the long first quarter, the Vikes capitalized on a nine-yard Patriot punt, handing the ball to Welch for a 20-yard score. In the second quarter, MacDougal aerialed Brandon Hammond for a 40-yard touchdown, then spiraled to Taylor Slattery on a 22-yard TD connection. Moriah owned a 36-6 lead and a 328-22 advantage in yardage by halftime. The Vikings added just one score in the second half when Nick Gilbo plowed over a defender to produce a 42-6 final.

Saranac Lake Outlasts Beekmantown in Thriller

Saranac Lake Red Storm running back Joe Viscardo turns to snare a deep pass from quarterback Tristin Fitzgerald, despite pass interference by Eagles' defensive back Loudon Frechette (10). Viscardo's 41-yard TD reception proved to the game-winning score with 53 seconds remaining in a 27-21 Storm victory.  (Ferguson photo)  Game Gallery

After a Red Storm turnover, Beekmantown running back Justin Stevens (22) plows into the end zone behind the block of offensive lineman Chris Rowell (78), capping an Eagles' comeback to tie the game at 21-21 with 3:13 left to play.

It was a gutsy, but calculated gamble. After scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 54.2 seconds left and clinging to a 27-21 lead on the road at Beekmantown, Saranac Lake football coach Eric Bennett decided to bank on the training of his kickoff team and keep the ball out of the hands of Beekmantown’s prolific runner Justin Stevens. With the onside kick, the ball bounced Saranac Lake’s way. The Red Storm pounced on the loose football, then knelt on the ensuing snaps and protected a 27-21 win at the Eagles Nest. Saranac Lake built a 14-0 lead by the half on the strength of two Tristan Fitzgerald touchdown passes to Jason Stack: a nine-yarder later in the first quarter and a seven-yarder late in the second frame. The Eagles cut the lead in half with the only score in the third quarter. Justin Stevens reeled in a 42-yard touchdown pass to trim the Red Storm lead to 14-7. Ty Marmion gave the Storm some temporary breathing room when he scampered into the end zone on an eight-yard rush. However, Justin Stevens would ride to the rescue again for the Eagles. Midway through the fourth quarter, Stevens pulled in another 42-yard TD pass, then 2:30 later, barged into the end zone from the Storm one-yard line to tie the contest 21-21. Saranac Lake began its next possession on its own 41-yard line. Four plays later, Fitzgerald floated a pass over a defender to sophomore Joe Viscardo who fended off would-be defensive interference and raced 40 yards to the house with 54.2 seconds to go. The missed extra-point kick left the door open for Beekmantown, if they scored, to pull out victory with the points-after play. In the final game of the regular season, with second place in the Champlain Valley League standings on the line, the onside kick recovery by the Storm finished off the Eagles. The Red Storm finished the regular season at 6-1, while Beekmantown flipped to 5-2.


Games of Week 6: October 10-11, 2014

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Beekmantown 33, Moriah 20
Ticonderoga 46, AuSable Valley 0



Saranac Central 20, Plattsburgh 12
Peru 32, Saranac Lake 14


They are calling it the inaugural “Saranac River Bowl,” the annual meeting between Saranac Central and Plattsburgh for bragging rights and incentive. Round one goes to the Chiefs, but not before a strong and spirited start by the Hornets. Plattsburgh scored midway through the first quarter on a two-yard keeper by D’Andre Lemieux. The Plattsburgh defense pitched a first-half shutout and carried a 6-0 lead into the half. However, the Hornets missed two other chances inside the 25-yard line to score. Lemieux added to the Hornets’ lead with a 44-yard sprint to paydirt at 5:07 in the third quarter, before the Chiefs’ offense found legs. With only 1:16 left in the third, Saranac ‘s Hunter Church (18 carries for 135 yards) scored from the three-yard line to change the tide. On the next drive, the Chiefs prevailed despite a lofty, 19-yard pass tipped by several Hornets, but reeled in by Saranac’s Caiden Goodman for the touchdown, tying the game 12-12 with 2:52 left in the game. It capped a 12-play drive that started from the Chiefs’ 30. With luck and momentum on their side, the Chiefs’ defense forced the Hornets into three-and-out on the next drive with less than a minute to go. Saranac got another break: a four-yard punt that set them in prime field position at the Hornets’ 15. Just two plays later, George Miller – back from injury two weeks earlier – covered the 15 yards to spring the Chiefs to their first lead with 47 seconds left and what proved to be the game winner.

Battle of Unbeatens: Peru Pulls Away To Beat Storm

With Peru leading the visiting Saranac Lake Red Storm 19-14 in the 4th quarter, Indians' cornerback Luke Carpenter (15) leaps and reaches around to deflect a possible go-ahead touchdown pass from Storm QB Tristin Fitzgerald to wide receiver Alex Donaldson.  Peru went on to beat Saranac Lake 32-14.  (Greg Ferguson photo)  Game Gallery

 After the Peru defense thwarted a possible comeback score by the Red Storm, Indians' wide receiver Anthony Gallo (10) ensured his team remained undefeated as he carved through the Saranac Lake defense and dashed 77 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

Saranac Lake got the early rhythm, but Peru got the late stops in pulling out a 32-14 win over the Red Storm in a battle of the last two undefeated teams in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference/Section VII. The Red Storm struck like lightning just 3:05 into the first quarter on a Tristan Fitzgerald pass to Jason Stack who juked a defender and went 51 yards for a touchdown. Peru was held off the scoreboard until 2:00 remaining in the half when Anthony Gallo picked up a Red Storm fumble and jetted 65 yards to draw the Indians within a point, 7-6. Saranac Lake regained the lead when Fitzgerald hooked up with Ty Marmion on a 39-yard touchdown strike to build the lead to 14-7. Not a big lead, considering the Indians had fumbled twice on first-and-goal, dropped snaps and had no real rhythm to the game. But still in the game, the Indians dug in, settled down and closed the game on a 26-0 run to keep their season unblemished at 6-0. Brandon Sawyer scored on a one-yard run, then less than three minutes later. Troy Lawyer snared a 16-yard TD pass from Blake Altizer to generate their first lead, 19-14 by the end of the third quarter. The turning point in a close game came when the Red storm took a long drive deep into the Peru red zone in the fourth quarter. With the ball on the Peru 7, Saranac Lake was flagged 10 yards for a block-in-the-back penalty. On the fourth-down play, the Peru defense jarred the ball from Fitzgerald. Peru then took over and scored on Gallo’s 77-yard TD run with just 5:48 left. Momentum changed. Just 1:44 later, Sawyer added a an insurance touchdown on a 27-yard scamper and completed his day with a game-best 158 yards rushing. Gallo added 150 all-purpose yards. Altizer closed out 13-for-21 passing for 136 yards. For Saranac Lake, Fitzgerald amassed 297 yards passing with 99 yards of receptions by Stack.


Games of Week 5: October 3-4, 2014

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Peru 41, Plattsburgh 0
Saranac Central 43, AuSable Valley 7



Beekmantown 20, Ticonderoga 14 (OT)
Saranac Lake 15, Moriah 10


Beekmantown was unable to score until the late in the third quarter, but the defense came up big and the Eagles rallied from a 14-0 deficit to beat Ticonderoga 20-14 in overtime. The Sentinels did all of their scoring in the first quarter on a Garrison Hughes one-yard touchdown carry, followed by a Kaleb Wiktorko fumble recovery in the first 9:30 of play. The Eagles defense shut down Ticonderoga the rest of the way, affording the offense the opportunity to rally. Alex Archer’s five-yard run trimmed the lead to 14-6, but the ensuing extra-point kick was blocked. With time running down in the fourth quarter, Archer hit Matt Villa with a six-yard TD strike. Then Justin Stevens converted for two points to tie the game with 1:27 remaining and ultimately force overtime. Stevens’ five-yard run in the extra frame gave the Eagles the 20-14 comeback win. Stevens finished the day with 152 yards rushing, surpassing the 1,000-yard mark.

Saranac Central picked up its first win of the season in a big way – a 43-7 romp over the AuSable Valley Patriots. The Chiefs scored twice within a span of 1:40 in the opening quarter for a 14-0 lead. Dillon Clay blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for a 7-0 lead. Mason Martin’s four-yard carry opened a 14-0 lead at 8:47. Martin plowed in from the one-yard line to score the only touchdown of the second quarter. In the second half, Hunter Church collected touchdown runs of three and 14 yards. Caiden Goodman caught a 15-yard pass from senior quarterback Mason Utzler who made the best of his first start. Goodman was moved to wide receiver. AuSable’s Sultan Sikander caught a six-yard pass from William Coats for the lone Patriots’ score early in the fourth quarter. Both teams are now 1-4 on the season.

Peru scored in each quarter on the strength of three touchdown passes from Blake Altizer to Anthony Gallo to beat the Plattsburgh Hornets 41-0. Gallo snared receptions of 15, 46 and 54 yards, while Altizer added a one-yard keeper to lead the Indians who improved to 5-0. Altizer finished the day with 239 yards passing. Troy Lawyer (166 all-purpose yards) also hauled in a 30-yard pass and scampered nine yards for a touchdown with just eight seconds left to round out the Peru offensive effort. Plattsburgh fell to 0-5.


Trailing 8-7 in the 4th quarter, Saranac Lake Red Storm quarterback Tristin Fitzgerald (14) scrambled free from a relentless Moriah pass rush and fired a laser into the end zone, finding an open Alex Donaldson (9) for the go-ahead score with 9:46 left in the game. The Storm defense provided a late-game goal line stand to preserve the 15-10 victory and an undefeated record at 5-0.  The Vikings fell to 2-3.  (Greg Ferguson photo)  Game Gallery

Moriah Vikings' tailback Troy Welch (42) is stripped of the football by Saranac Lake linebacker Kilian Ryan (left). The loose ball would be recovered by the Storm's Jack Martin.

Saranac Lake’s defense surrender just its first and only touchdown of the season. For the third time, they relinquished a safety. But the Red Storm still needed fourth-quarter heroics on both sides of the football to pull off a 15-10 victory over the upset-minded Moriah Vikings and remain undefeated. Quarterback Tristen Fitzgerald called his own number and found paydirt from the one-yard line at 10:06 of the first quarter to give the Red Storm a 7-0 lead. Moriah countered just 12 seconds into the second quarter when Colin Harris split through a seam in the middle and found daylight for a 58-yard touchdown. When Cody Stockwell reeled in the two-point conversion pass, Moriah had the lead 8-7. And so it stayed through the next 26 minutes of play. The Red Storm regained the lead, 15-7, when Fitzgerald aerialed Alex Donaldson on a 10-yard flare. Saranac Lake’s next offensive sequence ended with an interception and near disastrous consequences. Moriah’s Jarred MacDougal snared the apparent 40-yard “Pick Six” and Fitzgerald had gone down, holding his leg. However, the play was called back on a Viking penalty, returning the ball to the 33. The Red Storm defense protected the lead with a quarterback sack on fourth down and got the ball back. The Vikings got one final opportunity to pull out the win when they got the ball back in the final 30 seconds, but Saranac Lake’s defense again held the line to secure the win.


Games of Week 4: September 26-27, 2014

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Saranac Lake 7. Ticonderoga 0



Peru 49, Moriah 13
AuSable Valley 21, Plattsburgh 14
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.

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.


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.

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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Peru 55, AuSable Valley 2
Ticonderoga 31, Moriah 0



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

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.

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 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

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

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



Peru 20, Ticonderoga 14
Moriah 40, Saranac Central 22


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.

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.

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.


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

 NCSN Football Scoreboard


Ticonderoga 33, Saranac Central 0
Moriah 28, Plattsburgh 6



Saranac Lake 48, AuSable Valley 0
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'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.

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 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.