Saturday, September 30, 2006
EFL Pre Game Press Coverage September 30th
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ESPN 1390, WCAT in
Larry Richards will have the call of the game. Richards, along with Sports Director Chris Fells have broadcast six of the team's games this season. Richards is also the play-by-play voice of WCAT's Friday night high school football coverage.
Sports Director Chris Fells will be joining the game in progress. Fells will be returning from
Chris Fells--Sports Director--802-318-1012
Sports Director--ESPN 1240 WSKI, ESPN 1390 WCAT, ESPN 1420 WRSA, and
ESPN 1490 WFAD
Stars, Ice Storm meet again in Empire Football League playoffs
By: KEITH KANE
September 30, 2006
In two meetings this season, the Stars and the Vermont Ice Storm have been virtually equal on the football field. The end results, however, tell a different story. The Ice Storm took a 37-31 victory in overtime in
In both games, the usually stout Stars' defense yielded big yardage — 497 and 439, respectively. Wide receiver Austin Partain, in particular, proved to be a thorn with eight catches for 175 yards in the first meeting and seven catches for 176 yards in the second.
"Somehow we have to figure out a way to slow him (Partain) down,"
"They are one of the most explosive offensive teams in the league and we have to figure out a way to slow them down."
Brad Ruderman's passing attack has been able to pick apart the young Stars' secondary in both games with a combined 588 yards and six touchdowns.
As expected, the Ice Storm rushing attack didn't get a lot of work, but the ground game can be quite effective. It has amassed 348 yards in two games.
"We are going to need to handle their runs," McCallister said. "They don't run the ball very often, but they have excellent runners."
The good news for
Back at Penfield, the Stars dug themsevles a 27-3 hole before the offense finally got track. In his first game back from injury, Nolan hooked up with Chris Verkey on an 11-yard touchdown and Brandon Keleher scored on a 4-yard run — with Trevor St. Clair hauling in two 2-point conversion — to pull
However, a late touchdown by the Ice Storm and a failed 2-point conversion attempt on their next touchdown sealed the Stars' fate.
If nothing else, the Stars showed they could play with
"Kellen is 100 percent healthy," McCallister said.
"He should be rid of a little bit of rust and hopefully in a better groove. We have to take care of shutting them down early in the game; we can't let them go down and score at will.
"They finished 8-2 and their only losses were against
"I think it will be a very good game and when the dust settles we hope to be in
By Andrew J. Westley
Free Press Staff Writer
September 30, 2006
The Vermont Ice Storm head into their first Empire Football League playoff game facing a very familiar foe.
The Ice Storm, who moved up from the AA New England League to the higher level AAA Empire League this year, take on the cross-lake rival Lake City Stars in the first round of the playoffs at 7 tonight at Colchester High School.
Head coach Doug "Doc" Perez offered a little insight into his unique recipe for success: "You have to go into battle a little audacious and a little frightened."
That mix, Perez said, will keep a team from becoming complacent, a condition he worries his team will fall into after having defeated
"There are a lot of examples of teams in the NFL that beat a team two times, but then can't finish them off," Perez said.
Perez has looked to quarterback Brad Ruderman for leadership. Ruderman has passed for 1,787 yards and 20 touchdowns in nine games.
His favorite target has been former
"Most of us have been together for the last three years," he said. "The thing that helps us is that we play well together as a team."
The offense has played well against
The Ice Storm rushed for 348 yards in their first two matchups with
As tough as it is to beat a team for a third time and then face perennial power
"I think they're very good."