The Saranac Lake Red Storm have certainly opened some eyes with their play during the first two weeks of the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football season.
The Red Storm are a perfect 2-0 with 68 points scored on the season and just 13 points allowed, including a punt return by Moriah.
Beekmantown has also maintained an undefeated record through two games. The Eagles’ defense has been just as strong as the Red Storm’s, allowing 14 points in two contests.
Saranac Lake is back at it tonight with a trip to Ticonderoga (0-2). Saranac (1-1) will travel to Moriah (1-1) in tonight’s other contest.
Beekmantown hosts Plattsburgh (1-1) Saturday, while AuSable Valley (0-2) will head to Peru.
SARANAC AT MORIAH
The Chiefs and the Vikings each got off to a great start to start to the season with victories on opening night.
Both, however, ran into the two undefeated teams last weekend.
Saranac dropped a 28-6 decision to Beekmantown at home last Saturday and was held to just 80 yards rushing and 89 yards passing.
The Chiefs’ lone score came on a 63-yard touchdown pass from Ethan Goslin to Tanner Rascoe late in the third quarter.
After a large victory against Plattsburgh on opening night, Moriah traveled to Saranac Lake last Saturday and fell 41-6.
The Vikings’ offense was held in check for most of the game, gaining just 50 yards on the ground and another 41 through the air.
Jessup Calkins was one of the lone bright spots for Moriah with a 56-yard punt return for a touchdown. It was Calkins’ second touchdown return in as many games.
SARANAC LAKE AT TICONDEROGA
The Red Storm and Sentinels couldn’t have a more opposite start to the season. Saranac Lake is flourishing on both sides of the ball, while Ticonderoga has struggled to get started.
The Red Storm are coming off a dismantling of Moriah that included 236 yards on the ground and five rushing touchdowns — three coming from Lance Ackerson. Quarterback Matt Phelan also tossed for 213 yards and a touchdown through the air.
The Sentinels hosted Peru last Friday night and fell 35-7.
Ticonderoga was able to move the ball in some capacity but had a difficult time finishing its opportunities and converting them into points.
Miles Austin got the running game going, finishing with a game-high 94 yards rushing. Tanner Wright added 63 yards on the ground and also supplied the Sentinels’ lone score with a 10-yard punt return touchdown.
AUSABLE VALLEY AT PERU
The Indians, after a difficult opening-day loss, were able to bounce back last weekend, while the Patriots continued to have difficulty stopping the run.
Peru broke things open against Ticonderoga with 21 points in the third quarter on its way to a 35-7 victory.
Sophomore quarterback Blake Altizer overcame his opening-game jitters to toss for 135 yards and three touchdowns. The Indians’ rushing attack also came up strong, adding 221 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
AuSable Valley, after allowing 277 yards rushing to Saranac on opening night, gave up 274 yards rushing to Plattsburgh in a 34-19 loss.
The Patriots had some success gaining yardage, however, as Kodie Simpson tossed for 212 yards and a touchdown, and the rushing attack provided 99 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
PLATTSBURGH AT BEEKMANTOWN
The Eagles continue to shine both offensively and defensively in the early part of the season, while the Hornets overcame a difficult first week with a big bounce-back win.
Beekmantown held a powerful Saranac rushing attack to just 80 yards and no scores last Saturday.
Zachary Myers continued to be steady at quarterback for Beekmantown, completing four passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Dustin Pickering balanced the offense with 111 yards rushing and a score.
Plattsburgh had a pair of running backs step up last Friday as Jonas Miller rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns, and former lineman Sean Shea tallied 182 yards rushing and a score.
Shea was also able to break free for a 78-yard touchdown reception from Shawn Courson.