Plattsburgh Complete with a new, unified soccer conference and several other changes, the Section VII high school athletic season is just a week away.
The 2011 fall season will begin on the gridiron, as the Northern Football Conference, a joint venture of Section VII and Section X football schools, will have a full slate of games to welcome in the new school year on Labor day weekend.
Three-time defending Class D champion Moriah will open the season with a trip to face Plattsburgh High on the opening night, Friday, Sept. 2. The Vikings were 9-2 last season, the first time in three years that the team did not advance to the Class D championship game in Syracuse. The Hornets come off a 1-6 season and are looking to make an opening night statement.
The team that lost to the Vikings in the 2011 Class D championship game, the Ticonderoga Sentinels will host their season opener under the lights Sept. 2 as Saranac will travel to oppose them. The Sentinels and Chiefs finished the season at 6-4, with the Chiefs dropping the Class B title game against Ogdensburg.
Seton Catholic will play host to St. Lawrence Sept. 2 in a home opener, as the Knights look to rebound from an 0-8 season in 2010. St. Lawrence went 1-7 in Class A play.
All three Sept. 2 games are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.
On Saturday, Sept. 3, Defending Class C champion Saranac Lake will start its title defense at home with a game against former state champion Peru. The Red Storm went 10-1 in 2010, reaching the state semifinals, while the Indians were 2-6 last season.
AuSable Valley, who fell to the Red Storm in the Class C title game last season, will start the year on the road Sept. 3 against Malone. The Patriots were 4-6 last season, while Malone went 5-4 in Class A.