Saturday, August 12, 2006

Stars regroup for Chateauguay Titans' visit tonight

Stars regroup for Chateauguay Titans' visit tonight

PLATTSBURGH — The Lake City Stars suffered a devastating

37-31 overtime loss to their Lake Champlain rivals, the Vermont Ice Storm, in Colchester, Vt. last week, but look to rebound tonight against the Chateauguay Titans. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Melissa L. Penfield Park.

Ice Storm quarterback Brad Ruderman, who tossed for

322 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, was able to pick apart Lake City's usually reliable defense. Ruderman also ran for a pair of touchdowns in the game.

The Stars were able to move pretty well on offense, racking up 279 yards on the ground led by Brandon Keleher's 97 yards and two touchdowns. Kyle Nolan and Jedadiah Randall also crossed the goal line for Lake City.

Lake City's passing game managed 82 yards from Kellen Nolan, despite a rib injury, which occurred during the second quarter. Nolan gutted out the rest of the contest.

The Titans have compiled a 2-2 record on the season and find themselves in fourth place in the Northern Division behind Vermont, Watertown and Lake City.

Chateauguay is coming off its bye week, but two weeks ago picked up its second victory of the season with a

41-3 shellacking of the St. Lawrence Valley Trailblazers.

Zan Symonds led an aerial attack with 103 yards and a touchdown, on 11-of-18 passing. Kevin Wyeth, in relief, tacked on 51 yards and a touchdown, on 3-of-5.

The Titans took to the ground just 18 times, but picked up 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Andrew Blevings led the way with 57 yards on five carries, while scoring both touchdowns. Symonds added 48 yards on four carries.

Chateauguay's defense held the Trailblazers to just 89 yards passing and 72 yards rushing in the game.

A season ago, the Stars and Titans, then known as Montreal, hooked up in the Empire Football League season opener for Lake City in Montreal.

The Stars trailed 13-6 at the half, but scored 16 points in the third quarter on their way to a 22-13 victory.

Heath Geiser picked up 172 yards rushing on 16 carries and Kyle Nolan's 19-yard touchdown run help put the game away.

Tonight's game means plenty in the football standings as the top three teams make it to the EFL playoffs from each division. Currently the Stars stand third in the Northern Division, but are within striking distance of both Watertown, whom they already defeated, and Vermont, who they know they can play with.

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