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Sectionals set to begin in football, soccer

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Willsboro's Dakota Latford clears a Chazy opportunity.

Willsboro's Dakota Latford clears a Chazy opportunity. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The second season is here.

Local high school football and soccer teams will start their quests for a Section VII title and state glory this week with a full slate of sectional football and soccer games.

Class B Football

In the Class B playoffs, the Peru Indians enter the playoffs after finishing the regular season 8-0, and will host fourth-seeded Gouverneur (1-6) on Saturday, Oct. 29.

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The Indians are led by quarterback Jordan Rock, who threw for 1,026 yards and 15 touchdowns in the regular season. Alex Cederstrom has rushed for 531 yards and eight touchdowns on the season, while Shawn Hendrix nearly doubled his rushing total in the final regular season game against AuSable Valley, finishing with 395 yards. Zane Bazzano hauled in 403 yards receiving.

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Beekmantown quarterback Carter Frechette.

The second-seeded Beekmantown Eagles (6-2) will match up against the third seed Saranac Chiefs (6-2) in the other semifinal.

The Eagles are led by quarterback Carter Frechette, who has passed for 1,280 yards and 19 touchdowns while running for 685 yards and nine touchdowns. Luke Weaver was on the receiving end of 745 yards of passes and 13 touchdowns.

The Chiefs are also led by a dual-threat quarterback, as Ben Weightman passed for 1,342 yards and 20 touchdowns while running for 445 yards and seven touchdowns. Running back Matt McCasland has come on in the past few weeks, rushing for 580 yards and six touchdowns. Receiver Ryan St. Clair finished with 564 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

The winners of the two Class B games will play at the site of the higher seed next week for the Class B championship.

Class C Football

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Quarterback Matt Phelan.

In Class C, top-seeded Saranac Lake (6-1) will host fourth seed Canton (0-8) on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Red Storm is led by junior quarterback Matt Phelan, who threw for 1,029 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 664 yards and 10 touchdowns. Receiver Michael Burpoe had 390 yards and six touchdowns.

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