Brody Hooper controls the ball for Elizabethtown-Lewis. The Lions scored a 1-0 overtime win against Willsboro in the Section VII/Class D quarterfinal round and were scheduled to play Minerva/Newcomb Oct. 30.
The Section VII football champions were each crowned over the weekend, with Peru and Saranac Lake cruising to the Class B and C titles, respectively, while Moriah pulled off an upset over top-seeded Ticonderoga in Class D.
Thirteen more sectional titles will be on the line this weekend, with footballs starting their regional rounds with familiar foes from the former Northern Football Conference Days.
The Peru Indians scored 21 points in the opening quarter and capped a statement-making sectional run with a 48-0 win against the Beekmantown Eagles at the Apple Bowl Oct. 27. In their previous meeting, the Indians scored only 21 points in beating the Eagles.
Tim Remillard scored four times for the Indians, twice on the ground with runs of 58 yards (on the first play from scrimmage) and 13 yards for the final score of the game in the fourth quarter. Remillard also caught two touchdown passes, one for 24 yards out just before the end of the first quarter and the other from 58 yards out three minutes into the second. Overall, Remillard combined for 197 yards of total offense and the four scores.
Indian quarterback Blake Altizer added a third touchdown pass to Bret Boyer for 29 yards, finishing 9-of-13 passing for 208 yards. Boyer had 58 receiving yards.
Mackenzie LaRocque added scoring runs from 21 and 15 yards in each of the first two quarters, totaling 73 yards on the ground. Hunter Bruno added 74 yards rushing on nine carries.
Dustin Pickering ran for 42 yards for the Eagles, who were held to 54 rushing yards and 54 passing yards on a 4-for-13 performance from Zachary Myers.
The Indians, who enter regional play at 8-1, will play their against former Northern Football Conference foe Franklin Academy, who also enters the game with an 8-1 record. The game will be played at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.
In the Class C championship game, the Saranac Lake Red Storm also jumped out to an early lead in defeating the AuSable Valley Patriots, 40-6, to capture their third straight title.
Senior quarterback Matt Phelan, usually a dual threat at the quarterback, stayed in the pocket to the tune of a 10-for-12 passing game, throwing for 181 yards and six touchdown passes. He connected three times with top target Kevin Morgan for 40, 36 and 47 yards, with Morgan finishing with 138 receiving yards.
Jonathan McCabe hauled in a pair of Phelan touchdown throws and finished with 34 yards receiving, while T.J. Monroe’s lone catch from 13 yards out also resulted in a score.
While Phelan remained quiet on the ground, Seth Pickreign ran for 163 yards while Lance Ackerson added 35.
For the Patriots, Kodie Simpson threw for 100 yards and a scoring pass of 28 yards to Jonathan Luxon. Michael Thompson, filling in at the number one running back spot for the injured Dillon Savage, had 122 yards from scrimmage.
For winning, the Red Storm earn a trip to the field of the team they defeated, playing Ogdensburg Saturday, Nov. 3, at AuSable Valley with a 1 p.m. scheduled kickoff.
In Class D, the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks will host the Moriah Vikings in the regional round at Massena High School at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2.
The Lumberjacks are 2-6 on the season, dropping their tier II Section X game against Massena, 18-9.
Mitch Keniston led the offensive attack for the Lumberjacks, throwing for 135 yards and one scoring pass to Brock Tarbox (who finished with 80 receiving yards) while running for 148 yards.
Jeremy Roussel added 44 yards of rushing to the Lumberjack attack.
Soccer - Class D
Hurricane Sandy played spoiler to the Section VII/Class D playoff schedule, postponing both the girls and boys semifinal games to a date to be determined as of press time.
In those semifinals, the top-seeded Chazy Eagles received a bye and will host Moriah in the top half of the bracket.
In the bottom half, seventh-seeded Willsboro scored a 1-0 win over second seed Indian Lake/Long Lake, as Alyson Arnold netted the lone goal of the game and Renee Marcotte stopped 24 shots from the Lady Orange. They will face third seed Elizabethtown-Lewis, who got two goals each from Kylee Cassavaugh and Shonna Brooks in beating sixth seed Keene 5-1. Jasmine Barnes tallied for the Lions, while Emily Morris had three assists. Hannah Whitney scored the lone goal for the Beavers, while Tucker Geiger made 13 saves.
In the boys Class D playoffs, Chazy will host Schroon Lake in the semifinals after defeating Keene 5-0 in the quarterfinal round, with Josh Barriere and Brandon Laurin each scoring two goals and David Poitras netting the fifth. Brett Giroux, Nathan Reynolds and Cole Chaskey recorded assists. Keene advanced to face Chazy after a 4-1 win against Johnsburg in the preliminary round, as Brandon Dumas recorded a hat trick and Jack VanWie added a goal.
In the bottom half of the draw, the Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions took advantage of a deflected Joel Morris goal to score a 1-0 golden goal win against the Willsboro Warriors, advancing to the semifinal round where they will face Minerva/Newcomb, coming off a 6-0 win against Westport. The Eagles reached the quarterfinal round and ended a two-year winless drought in soccer with a 2-1 preliminary round win against Wells. Jack Newberry scored one goal and assisted on John Doyle’s score, while Ryan Davis also had an assist and Sam Napper made 12 saves to pick up his first varsity win.
Winners in the semifinal rounds are scheduled to play for the Class D titles Saturday, Nov. 3, at Plattsburgh High School with the girls game at 5 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m.
Soccer - Class C
The Class C girls championship game may be one of the most controversial ones in recent memory, as a team that lost their first round game will play for the title after beating the top seed.
In the lone quarterfinal, the Seton Catholic Lady Knights scored a 4-3 win against Northern Adirondack, with Paige Spittler scoring three goals, including the game winner. Rachael Venne scored twice for the Bobcats. After the game, however, it was deemed by Section VII that the Knights had used two ineligible players, eighth-graders who were called up after mid-season, and had to forfeit their win.
Instead of vacating the bracket, the section re-inserted Northern Adirondack into the tournament, who then scored a 1-0 upset win over top seed Lake Placid, with Kourtnee Smith scoring on a Elle Warick assist in the second half for the game-winner.
The Bobcats advanced to the scheduled Nov. 1 final to face the AuSable Valley Patriots, who scored a 6-0 win over Ticonderoga in the semifinal round as Rachel Knapp scored a pair of goals with scoring also coming from Hailey Taylor, Deanna Dashnaw, Meghan Strong and Taylor Saluts. This game also saw mild controversy, as Ticonderoga had petitioned to have the game moved off of the turf field at Plattsburgh High, saying it gave AVCS an unfair advantage.
In the Class C boys finals, top seed Lake Placid will face third seed Seton Catholic at Plattsburgh High Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. The Blue Bombers advanced with a 1-0 win against fourth seed AuSable Valley while the Knights scored a 3-0 against Northern Adirondack.
Soccer - Class B
The Class B soccer brackets now feature a 1, 2, 3 and 4 seed as the favorites advanced in the boys draw while they were sent home on the girls side.
In the boys brackets, top-seeded Northeastern Clinton cruised to the sectional championship game (scheduled for Friday, Nov. 2 at Chazy) with a 3-0 win against Plattsburgh High, as Kyle McCarthy, Dustin Poupore and Colby Provost scored for the Cougars.
The second seed Peru Indians trailed 3-1 three quarters of the way through their semifinal game against third seed Beekmantown when Ian Spear connected on three straight goals to give the Indians a 4-3 win. Jonathan Plessis-Blair added a goal, while Adam Goldfarb scored two and Alex Price added the third for the Eagles.
In the girls semifinals, Kallie Villemaire scored twice for the top seeded Beekmantown Lady Eagles in the first 15 minutes of play, but the fourth seed Plattsburgh High Hornets owned the final 65 minutes, getting two goals from Madison Trombley and a third from Marle Curle to rally for a 4-3 victory and a trip to the sectional finals (schedule for Friday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m. in Chazy).
In the second semifinal, Amy LoTemplio scored the lone goal for the third seed Saranac Chiefs in the final 15 seconds of play in the first half in scoring a upset against second seed Northeastern Clinton. Jamie Favreau made 10 saves in the shutout win.
Runners from across the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference will make their way to the Cobble Hill Golf Course in Elizabethtown for the annual running of the Section VII Championships Friday, Nov. 2, with a 1:15 p.m. starting time.
In the CVAC championship meet Oct. 27, The Peru girls and Saranac boys teams took the titles, with Plattsburgh High’s Jeriqho Gadway winning the boys race and Seton Catholic’s Margaret Champagne winning the girls event.
The Section VII volleyball championships will take place Saturday, Nov. 3, at Plattsburgh State. The sectional swimming championships will also take place at 1 p.m. at AuSable Valley Middle/High School.