Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Red & Black falls game short of final

Sunday, October 16, 2005
HILLBURN -- Al Countryman recorded nine carries for 25 yards and scored Watertown's only touchdown in a 25-7 loss to Orange County in an Empire Football League semifinal on Saturday night.

Countryman scored early in the game, but the Red and Black trailed 12-7 after the first quarter.

The Bulldogs denied Watertown any more points, while Orange County tallied two more touchdowns to secure the victory and eliminate the Red and Black for the second straight season.

Doug Black registered 16 completed passes out of 37 attempts, and threw for 186 yards, with one interception. Earnest Wash, Brian Beltz and Todd Kiechle each caught five passes for a combined 175 yards.

Kyle Roshia led the defense with 11 tackles, while Mike Dumaw recorded 8.

A disheartened Red and Black coach George Ashcraft expressed pride in his team's effort.

"This is not the same team we started with," said Ashcraft, noting the team's improvement during the season. "(Orange County) had some great ball players, but so do we."

Ashcraft said the team may not be done for the season as they are considering playing in the Harvest Bowl on Nov. 5.

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