Red Storm hope to avoid 0-2 start

By: RICKY ST. CLAIR Press-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — Week 2 of the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football season opens with Plattsburgh High at AuSable Valley and Saranac Lake at Moriah tonight.

The Hornets and Red Storm hope to avoid a 0-2 start, while the Patriots look to end a losing streak that dates back to October 2011.

Fresh off a 38-6 win at Plattsburgh High, the Vikings return to Linney Field in Mineville.

Peru hosts Ticonderoga at the Apple Bowl, while Saranac travels to Beekmantown Saturday.

The Indians and Sentinels, each 1-0 on the young season, hope to keep their records unblemished.

The Chiefs outgunned AuSable Valley in a Class C matchup at home in Week 1. After falling to Ticonderoga, the Eagles hope to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2004.


Plattsburgh High (0-1) at AuSable Valley (0-1), 7:30 p.m.

One week removed from a 14-point setback to Saranac, AuSable Valley will look to snap its 11-game losing streak that dates back to October 28, 2011.

Led by senior quarterback John Goodnough, the Patriots registered 290 yards of offense Saturday. Goodnough tossed 113 yards through the air while picking up 40 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

AuSable Valley will likely utilize Dillon Savage in the backfield tonight. Savage, also a senior, accumulated 81 yards and one touchdown in the first half versus the Chiefs but was slowed to seven yards on four carries in the final 24 minutes of play.

After giving up 347 yards of offense to Saranac six days ago, Patriots coach Heith Ford will be relying on his defensive unit to make big plays.

Plattsburgh High opened its season with a 38-6 loss to Moriah on opening night.

The Hornets finished the contest with -11 yards, gaining positive yardage on only six plays.

Plattsburgh High, though, scored with 7:47 remaining in the ballgame to put its first points of the season on the board.

During a Vikings sweep play toward the Hornets’ sideline, the football was jarred loose. Quran Carroll, a sophomore running back and linebacker, recovered the loose ball in Moriah’s end zone for the score.

The last time AuSable Valley and Plattsburgh High played a year ago, the Hornets picked up a 34-19 win.


Saranac Lake (0-1) at Moriah (1-0), 7:30 p.m.

Saranac Lake looks to avoid its first 0-2 start since 2005 when it travels to Linney Field in Mineville tonight.

The Red Storm were held under 100 yards of offense, while surrendering 346 yards at Ken Wilson Field Saturday.

Saranac Lake coach Eric Bennett alternated sibling quarterbacks under center in his team’s 33-7 loss to the Indians.

Tristan Fitzgerald, a sophomore, was 5-for-9 with 63 yards and one touchdown pass, besting his senior brother Trent Fitzgerald, who finished 4-for-14 with two yards and two interceptions after starting.

The Red Storm’s rushing attack was held to 34 yards on 24 attempts.

Their lone touchdown of the game came with 53 seconds remaining in the second quarter when Torin Smith went up for a ball in the corner of the end zone and took it away from a Peru defender.

Moriah opened its season with a 32-point win at Plattsburgh High. As a team, the Vikings racked up 276 yards and four touchdowns on 39 rushing attempts.

Moriah coach Don Tesar used nine running backs in the gamem led by Ticonderoga transfer C.J. Raymond. Raymond (87), Troy Welch (67) and Arto Nadeau (52) combined for 206 yards and three touchdowns.

Senior quarterback Cole Gaddor attempted one pass, but it was good for a 35-yard touchdown to Tyler Pratt.


Ticonderoga (1-0) at Peru (1-0), 1:30 p.m.

Peru coach Nick Damiani knows that shutting down Ticonderoga’s offensive weapons like Cameron Wright, Jarryn Granger and Michael Graney won’t be any easy task.

“With that many weapons, it’s going to be hard to contain,” Damiani said. “We’ve talked all week about them being physical. We’ve just been talking about eliminating big plays to the best of our ability and forcing some three-and-out drives.”

The Indians totaled 346 yards of offense in their 26-point win over Saranac Lake Saturday.

Damiani and offensive coordinator Ryon O’Connell look to maintain a balance.

“Coach O’Connell does a nice job keeping everything spread out,” Damiani said. “It’s going to be difficult for teams to key on just one player. Offensively, we huddled last week. We had one series where we went no-huddle. As the season goes on, we’ll be more up-tempo.

“Every week, we look to get better. We want to improve. Ticonderoga is a quality opponent. They do what they do very well. We look forward to the challenge, and we expect a great game.”

Junior Blake Altizer leads the section in completion percentage (70.8 percent) and passing yards (205) heading into the second week of the season.

The Sentinels are coming off a monumental win against Class B foe Beekmantown.

Wright, a Moriah transfer, racked up 136 yards and two touchdowns on 33 attempts.

Granger ran for 92 yards and one touchdown while totaling 21 receiving yards.

Ticonderoga surrendered 49 passing yards to the Eagles last Friday.


Saranac (1-0) at Beekmantown (0-1)

Saranac and Beekmantown each kicked off their 2013 campaigns with contrasting starts.

The Chiefs picked up a critical 42-28 victory over Class C foe AuSable Valley at home, while the Eagles fell on the road to Ticonderoga 32-21.

Saranac will look for contributions from senior running back John Maye, who leads the CVAC in rushing yards (185) and touchdowns (four). Maye averaged 6.6 points yards per carry on 28 attempts Saturday.

Quarterback Ethan Goslin was 6-for-10 for 123 yards while tossing one touchdown pass to fellow senior Lance Hackett.

After surrendering 20 points to the Patriots in the first half, the Chiefs suffocated the AuSable Valley offense, allowing eight points in the final 24 minutes of play.

Beekmantown found itself in a shootout at Sentinel Field one week ago.

Down 20-14 at halftime, the Eagles could only muster one end zone appearance in the second half when Justin Stevens scored his third and final touchdown of the game.

Stevens showed the way on the ground, rushing for 132 yards and two touchdowns on nine attempts, good for an eye-popping 14.7 yards per carry average.

The junior also picked off Ticonderoga quarterback Michael Graney and raced 79 yards for an interception return.



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