Saturday, September 24, 2005

Eagles face formidable opponent

Eagles face formidable opponent

The Scranton Eagles face a tall order tonight when they try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive in a must-win road game against third-place Watertown, N.Y.

Coming off their two best games of an otherwise dismal season, the resurgent Eagles are mired in seventh place with a 4-5 record. The top six finishers are invited to the Empire Football League playoffs.

Mathematically, the Eagles would be next in line for an invitation should one of the top six teams decline.

“That’s why we have to keep playing hard until the end,” quarterback Mike Arcure said. “We have to finish with the best record possible in case an opening comes up.”

The league plans to announce its playoff pairings on Sunday.

Watertown (7-2) trails only Albany (9-0) and Orange County (8-1) in the standings, and is ahead of 6-3 teams Lake City and Montreal, and sixth-place Broome County (5-4).

Scranton and Broome County both could finish the regular season 5-5, but because the Dragons beat the Eagles, 30-25, on Aug. 27 at Memorial Stadium, the New York team has the tiebreaker edge.

That loss, and last week’s 37-14 win over St. Lawrence Valley, have the Eagles playing as well as they have all season.

Bill Sandly ran for 189 yards against St. Lawrence Valley to move into third place in the EFL in rushing with 400 yards in 68 carries. Andre Chollette is sixth with 330 yards on 73 carries.

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