Sunday, August 21, 2005

Short-handed Eaglesfall below .500 mark

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — When the Scranton Eagles assembled before driving to their road game Saturday with the Lake City Stars, Eagles coach Mike Woodard knew his team’s challenge had grown.

With just 24 players, the coach worried the Eagles would get tired late in their Empire Football League game.

He was right, as Lake City pulled away for a 27-6 victory that dropped the Eagles to 3-4 on the season.

“We were outmanned against a good team,’’ Woodard said. “They just wore us down.

“Guys were playing special teams, offense and defense, the whole game.’’

The Eagles climbed within a 12-6 deficit at halftime with the help of their special teams as Jim DeJoseph blocked a punt to set up a short scoring drive. When former Riverside player Bill Sandly scored on an 11-yard run midway through the second quarter, the Eagles were within six.

However, they did not score again while Lake City added a touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters.

Sandly finished with 80 yards on 16 carries while quarterback Mike Arcure was 5-for-14 for 100 yards and two interceptions.

“John (Kennedy) called a great game, but we still need to execute,’’ Woodard said. “We moved the ball, we just made mistakes.’’

George Romiti made 15 tackles and Lati Woodruff nine for the Eagles, who host the Broome County Dragon next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Scranton Memorial Stadium.

©The Times-Tribune 2005

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