Nine Red Storm football players named All-Stars
The future for the Saranac Lake football team looks bright.
After winning the Class C Sectional title in an exciting overtime thriller over Saranac Central, the Red Storm is likely excited for its potential next season. Six juniors out of nine players were named to the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference all-star team.
Carter Hewitt and Mitchell Ellsworth were named to first-team CVAC all-stars, while Austin Barry, Finnley Law, Sawyer Trudeau, Logan Hathaway and Landon Faubert were each named to the second team. Ben Clark and Brady Roberts got honorable mentions.
Hewitt, a junior, was the focal point on offense for the Red Storm. Hewitt amassed more than 1,000 rushing yards on the season.
To go along with his 1,000 yard milestone, Hewitt had a triumphant 19 total touchdowns. He also converted on all four of his two-point conversion attempts and even led the team in receiving yards.
A big reason for Hewitt’s success on the football field is likely due to the play of the team’s offensive line. The line included, Ellsworth, Barry and Clark.
The offensive line produced at an extremely high rate. Behind the line, the offense averaged around 270 yards per game and around 20 points per game.
Roberts, a junior, was Saranac Lake’s fifth offensive player named as an all-star, earning that spot at the quarterback position. Roberts was the only Saranac Lake player to throw a pass all season. He totaled well over 800 passing yards on the season while throwing for five touchdowns.
Roberts was a key factor for the Red Storm all season. With the game on the line late in regulation of the Sectional title game, he threw one of the most crucial passes on a fourth-and-14 play late that helped lead to his team’s tying up the game, before heading to overtime. The pass was for 35-yards to none other than Hewitt.
Hathaway, Law and Trudeau took charge on the defensive side. Law and Trudeau, who are both seniors, earned all-star selections playing on the defensive line while Hathaway, a junior, earned his at the inside linebacker position.
All three played a pivotal role in the four Red Storm’s wins this season. The defense faced multiple challenges including being tasked with stopping Saranac Central’s first-team running back Hunter Devins in the sectional title game. Even though Devins ran for a hefty amount of yards the Red Storm held their ground to win the game.
The ninth all-star for the Red Storm was its kicker, Faubert. Although Faubert predominantly played on offense, his best attribute was kicking.
Faubert, a junior, is what many would call reliable. He made 22 out his 23 extra-point kicks on the season — his one miss came in the team’s second game. He also made one field goal from 28 yards.