Sunday, August 21, 2005

RB on roll with road win Watertown prevails

Times Staff Reports
First published: Sunday, August 21, 2005

BINGHAMTON - Earnest Wash was on the receiving end of three touchdown passes as the Watertown Red and Black earned its second consecutive Empire Football League victory, 31-20 over the Broome County Dragons on Saturday night at Alumni Stadium.

The Red and Black improved its overall record to 4-4, and 4-2 in the EFL, but the victory proved costly for the defense as starting linebacker John Check suffered a broken leg. Head coach George Ashcraft said Check was being treated at a Binghamton hospital.

Quarterback Doug Black continued to post impressive statistics. Ranked second in the league in total passing yards before Saturday's game, the veteran quarterback completed 20-of-30 pass attempts for 269 yards and four touchdowns.

In addition to his three scores, Wash registered 10 receptions for 136 yards.

The Red and Black also enjoyed a solid defensive effort, recording seven sacks. Wayne Dupree led the charge with three sacks, while Graig Hodge added two. Former Carthage standout Mike Dumaw contributed eight tackles, and Dylan Kirker had seven tackles.

"Defensively, we were really swarming," Ashcraft said.

Anthony Noel reeled in a scoring strike from Black and kicker Leo Grant added a second quarter field goal.

Jerry Parker scored two touchdowns for the Dragons (4-3, 3-3) and Ty Fish added another.

The Red and Black will receive a forfeit victory next week due to Green Mountain's exodus from the league and will remain idle until a Sept. 10 showdown with the St. Lawrence Valley Trailblazers in Potsdam.

Watertown closes out the EFL regular season with home games against the Lake City Stars and Scranton Eagles on Sept. 17 and Sept. 24, respectively.

NOTES: Brian Podvin added a sack and four tackles for the Red and Black. ... Ben Pritchard had three tackles and a sack. ... Grant converted all four extra-point attempts. ... Al Countryman led the rushing attack with 44 yards and Brian Beltz caught four passes. ... Rod Gleisner made three receptions for 45 yards.

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