Sunday, August 20, 2006
EFL Post Game Press Coverage August 20th
Sunday August 20, 2006 SPORTS
Turnovers key Dragons' win
By Robert Bonaparte
Press & Sun-Bulletin
Fish threw a season-high three touchdowns and the defense did not allow a point for the second straight game as
The Dragons (4-2) are in second place in the Southern Division with their next two games on the road against the division leaders. They play the Southern Division-leading Albany Metro Mallers next week and the Northern Division-leading Watertown Red & Black the week after.
Ahead 7-0 late in the first half, the Dragons took over at the Eagles' 10-yard line after Jamie Hoover blocked a punt with 1:08 remaining in the second quarter.
On fourth-and-2, Fish followed with the first of his two touchdowns to tight end Jonathon Bechy giving the Dragons a 13-0 lead. Steve Tammariello's PAT gave B.C. a 14-0 lead at halftime.
With 3:55 left in the third quarter,
"Defense once again set the tone, defense gave us great field position to score, and the defense scored," Dragons coach Thomas Manny said. "The defense did everything it possibly could do to win this ballgame."
John Kennedy, a 42-year-old quarterback, struggled for the Eagles (1-4-1). He completed two of seven passes for 1 yard and was intercepted once.
The defense will be tested against
"Our guys definitely believe we can beat
A week off did not help the
Turnovers and special teams mishaps combined the ruin the Eagles’ trip to
Ty Fish threw three touchdown passes for the Dragons (4-2), who are second in the Empire Football League standings.
The Eagles (1-4-1) had a chance to open the scoring, as Andre Chollette had three runs covering 33 yards on an opening drive that rolled to the Dragons 12. But quarterback John Kennedy was intercepted, and their best chance at scoring went by the way side.
Four minutes into the second quarter, Fish connected with Sam Ragsdale for a 45-yard touchdown pass to start the scoring.
A turnover gave the Eagles a chance to score in the second quarter after
But on a field goal attempt, the snap was bobbled, and with it the Eagles last good scoring opportunity.
The Eagles nearly got to halftime trailing by just seven, but a blocked punt gave the Dragons the ball at the Eagles 2. A stout defense led by George Romiti, Jason Sandly and Jim Schaffer denied the Dragons on three running plays, but Fish dumped a short pass to Jonathon Bechy for a one-yard scoring play as the half ended.
In the second half, the Eagles started going for broke, faking a punt in their own territory, but when it fell short, Fish hit Bechy for a 27-yard touchdown on the next play for a 21-0 lead.
It got worse on the next play from scrimmage as the Eagles fumbled and the Dragons’ Jason Hoover picked up the ball and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown. Duane Short hit Bechy with a pass on the conversion try for a 29-0 lead.
A fumbled punt snap left the Dragons with the ball at the Eagles 11, and three plays later, Jemal Johnson scooted in on a 10-yard run to close the scoring.
The Eagles return to action next Saturday at Scranton Memorial Stadium to play the Tri-State Bulldogs, who beat the Eagles 70-0 earlier this season.
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Vermont deflates, defeats St. Lawrence Valley
Sunday, August 20, 2006
High expectations at the first practice in May left the St. Lawrence Valley Trailblazers spirited, hoping to finally work their way to the Empire Football League's apex. Once the Vermont Ice Storm scored on their first possession Saturday night, shoulders sunk, legs became heavy and stares turned cold.
Backup quarterback Matt Paul tossed three touchdown passes as
"We were a little concerned seeing as how Brad Ruderman has 10 years of experience, post high school," Ice Storm head coach Doug Perez said. "Matt only has one."
Paul fit in perfectly, however, completing eight of 11 passes for 143 yards in the first half. Austin Partain caught three balls for 93 yards, including a 40-yard score.
St. Lawrence Valley's quarterback situation, however, is the polar opposite. Joe Hutchinson started for the Trailblazers (0-7) after receiving limited reps in practice last week and was battling flu-like symptoms. Head coach Mike Britton said two-year starter Dave Currier attended practice, but was a no-show for Saturday's game, leaving his future in doubt.
"Obviously (Joe) doesn't know the plays as well as Dave did," said Dustin Burley, offensive tackle and captain. "He struggled a little bit, but he's getting the plays down."
The unfortunate result? The Ice Storm caught more of
"These guys aren't quitters," Burley said. "We came out and gave them everything we had. It doesn't matter who it is."
The climax came in the third quarter when the Trailblazers received 60 yards worth of unsportsmanlike penalties and an ejection for defensive end Norm Martel.
Compeau was certainly one of the bright spots on the field for St. Lawrence Valley. In a gritty performance, the second-year back totaled 53 yards on 15 carries.
"Our passing game earlier in this year has opened our running game, and our blockers are doing a great job," Compeau said.
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"It definitely wears you down," Compeau said. "But as far as toughness goes, it's pure adrenaline. I love being out there, and I'll play every down if they need me to."
RED AND BLACK 29, METRO MALLERS 22
The Watertown Red and Black saw its four-game win streak come to an end with an EFL loss to the Albany Metro Mallers at Bleecker Stadium.
Red and Black QB Doug Black didn't fare quite as well. He finished 4-for-17 with 38 yards, in addition to two interceptions.
After falling behind 14-2,
Noel added a three-yard touchdown run, and Kiechle scampered four yards for a score as the teams traded touchdowns in the second half. The Red and Black attempted, but failed, to complete a successful onside kick following Kiechle's score with 2:53 remaining.
"If we do a couple things differently, this game could be attainable,"
On defense, Mike Dumaw recorded 11 tackles, while Jamar Cherry contributed six. Jeremy Podilla and Duane Woodall each notched a sack for
With its win over St. Lawrence Valley, the Vermont Ice Storm regained a half-game lead over