PLATTSBURGH — Week 8 of the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football schedule features two crossover games, highlighted by a Section VII Class C semifinal.
Beekmantown travels to Ticonderoga tonight, while Saranac Lake ventures to Linney Field in Mineville to take on Moriah.
Third-seeded AuSable Valley will challenge second-seeded Saranac in a Section VII Class C semifinal bout Saturday.
Peru received a bye as finishing at the top seed in league play.
Beekmantown (4-3) at No. 20 Ticonderoga (5-2, 6-1), 7:30 p.m.
Ticonderoga dropped three spots in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class D poll after its 18-14 nonleague loss to Fonda-Fultonville of Section II.
The Sentinels, who were credited with a CVAC win over now defunct Plattsburgh High, managed a lead for the first 32:19 of play.
The Braves’ no-huddle, up-tempo offense, though, was too much for Ticonderoga to handle.
Cameron Wright was a bright spot for the Sentinels. The 5-foot-11-inch, 185-pound running back finished with 113 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries.
In Week 7, Beekmantown totaled 341 yards of offense in its 55-6 homecoming defeat of AuSable Valley. Senior quarterback Jacob Remchuk passed for 174 yards, and junior running back Justin Stevens rushed for 103 yards to lead the Eagles.
Beekmantown made a statement early when Stevens scored on a four-yard plunge just two minutes into the game, capping a 53-yard, six-play drive from the opening kickoff.
Remchuk, Kyle Dupigny, Quenton Barber and Devin Fessette also added scores in the 49-point win.
Ticonderoga defeated the Eagles in a Week 1 matchup at home 32-21.
Saranac Lake (4-3) at Moriah (3-4), 7:30 p.m.
Moriah is coming off a 49-42 shootout loss to Peru at the Apple Bowl, which saw it surrender 476 yards on defense.
The Vikings were able to record 42 points on six touchdowns, tying for the most points scored by an opposing team at the Apple Bowl since Nov. 15, 2003. It was also the third consecutive game Moriah amassed 42 points.
Since being given the majority of the carries in the backfield, Troy Welch has accumulated 490 yards and 10 touchdowns in three games.
Senior signal-caller Cole Gaddor is third in league passing with 964 yards, which includes nine touchdowns on one interception.
Saranac Lake is coming off what is believed to be its first loss to Saranac in program history.
Lance Ackerson ran for 150 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries, but the Red Storm defense surrendered 374 of offense in the 34-13 loss.
The setback was Saranac Lake’s third loss, the most it has incurred since 2007. The Red Storm were 45-8 during a five-year span.
Saranac Lake, though, secured the No. 1 seed in the Section VII Class C playoffs and a playoff bye earlier in the season.
The Red Storm won their Week 2 contest with the Vikings on the road 20-14.
AuSable Valley (1-6) at Saranac (3-4), 1:30 p.m.
After knocking off Saranac Lake, Saranac is looking for its second postseason win in program history.
The Chiefs defeated Beekmantown 34-21 in the Section VII Class B semifinals Oct. 30, 2010.
Saranac owns the section’s most prolific rusher in John Maye. The senior back has accounted for 859 yards and 12 touchdowns on 159 carries this fall.
Ethan Goslin is the catalyst for the Chiefs through the air. The senior quarterback returned from an injury last week, throwing for 168 yards in the victory.
AuSable Valley faced a 35-6 halftime deficit before falling to Beekmantown on the road 55-6.
Senior quarterback John Goodnough accounted for 248 yards of total offense for the Patriots, including 153 yards through the air. Shane Douglas had 111 receiving yards on five receptions.
Saranac won the Week 1 bout against AuSable Valley at home 42-28.
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