Sunday, August 19, 2007
EFL Post Game Press Coverage August 19th
Out of time: Trailblazers come up short
CLOSE, BUT NOT QUITE: St. Lawrence Valley moves to 3-yard line, but Eagles prevent TD for win
By MAX DELSIGNORE
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Quarterback Christopher Tom threw an incomplete pass as time expired, and the Trailblazers were six points away from forcing overtime on Saturday night.
"I hope that we gained a little bit of respect," said Trailblazers linebacker Cheyenne Dashnaw. "There have been some games this year where we've been wiped off the field. We just haven't quit as a unit."
As a seasoned veteran, Dashnaw did all he could to keep aspirations for victory alive for St. Lawrence Valley (0-6). But the Eagles struck first, however, on a pair of Ted Wallingford touchdown passes to Louis Verdetto to build an early 12-point cushion in the first half.
"We just wanted to come out and score points quick(ly),"
While the Trailblazers' offense continued with its weekly struggles, Dashnaw ignited the squad with an unexpected scamper. The veteran linebacker intercepted
"It was unbelievable," Dashnaw said. "I knew it was going to (the receiver) because they were switching sides on their plays. I kind of baited him and cut off the out pattern. It was pretty much open field from there."
But the third quarter resembled a scene similar to a football nightmare to which St. Lawrence Valley has been too familiar. The Trailblazers lost two fumbles, and Tom tossed his second interception, allowing the Eagles to add 13 more points. St. Lawrence Valley finished with five turnovers.
"As a defense, we kept telling ourselves that we were handling them," Dashnaw said. "At the goal lines, we were stuffing them. For a while, it looked like it was going to be another one of those games. But every guy just kept right in it."
Inspiring play from St. Lawrence Valley's defense motivated a bruised and beaten Joe Hutchinson, as well as the rest of the offense. The six-year starting wide receiver snagged nearly every ball thrown his way. He hauled in a 15-yard touchdown reception to trim into the deficit midway through the fourth quarter.
"Throughout the rest of the game, I was only getting short passes," said Hutchinson, who finished with seven receptions and 146 yards. "They weren't really testing me out on long (routes) because my ribs have been sore. I told the quarterback I wanted to go deep, throw it up, and I didn't care where it was. I told him I'd do the rest."
Danny Staton hauled in a 25-yard scoring pass from Tom to get the Trailblazers within a touchdown. Then, Dashnaw's 15th tackle of the game forced
"This meant a lot to us, especially with
Todd Kiechle completed six passes for 135 yards, including one touchdown, to help fuel the Red and Black to a victory over the Deacon Demons at Nepean Sportsplex in
Kiechle also rushed 13 times for 114 yards, including a 55-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Anthony Noel started the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and
Lane finished with two receptions for 63 yards, while Noel caught two passes for 33. Ernie Miller rushed 12 times for 53 yards.
Mike Dumaw, Kyle Roshia, Brian Harris and Greg Roberson led the defense for
The Deacon Demons (2-3-1) scored on a 7-yard run in the second quarter and a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter.
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Ted Wallingford hooked up with Louis Verdetto on a pair of touchdown passes and the Scranton Eagles defense made a goal-line stand in the final minute to preserve a 25-19 victory over the St. Lawrence Valley Trailblazers in a Empire Football League game at Sandstoner Park in Potsdam, N.Y.
Five minutes into the game,
With three minutes to go in the second quarter,
St. Lawrence Valley struck back with 23 seconds to go in the first half when Cheyenne Dashnaw scored on a 81-yard interception return. With the extra point, the Trailblazers pulled to within 12-7 at the half.
The Eagles scored on their first two possessions of the third quarter when Phil Ross scored on a 17-yard scoring run and Gary Visnofsky bolted in from the one-yard line. The extra point gave the Eagles a 25-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
With 9:29 left in the game, Chris Tom found Joe Hutchinson with a 15-yard touchdown reception. With a missed extra point, the Eagles held a 25-12 advantage.
Danny Staton pull the Trailblazers to within six points with a 10-yard touchdown catch from Tom with 1:47 to go.
With less than a minute left, the Trailblazers got the ball back and moved to the Eagles 1. However, the Eagles defense was able to stop St. Lawrence Valley on downs to preserve the win.
Defensively, the Eagles were led by veteran George Romiti. Playing in his 146th consecutive game, Romiti had 10 tackles while Nick Parlanti and Jim Shaffer had eight tackles each. Chris Clancey had a key sack and fumble recovery late in the third quarter to stop a Trailblazers drive.
The Eagles (2-4) return home Aug. 25 when they battle the Ottawa Deacon Demons at Scranton Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
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By MIKE ZUMMO, The Leader-Herald
Published on Sunday, August 19, 2007
The Leader-Herald/Bill Cain
The Amster-dam Zephyrs had just tied Saturday night's Empire Football League game against the Chateauguay Titans and Jared Brown recovered a fumble on a kickoff return, giving the Zephyrs with a short field.
White gained 30 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown with 22 seconds left in the game, giving the Zephyrs a 35-28 victory.
"The line opened up some good holes for me," White said. "All I had to do is pursue it and take it to the house."
White was filling in at tailback for the injured Jorge Rodriguez, who suffered a concussion during last week's win over the Scranton Eagles and ran through and over the Titans, gaining 162 yards and scoring three touchdowns.
"He's just turning into one heck of a running back,"
The Zephyrs' special teams weren't so special early in the game as the kick return unit let two balls turn over to the Titans.
"One minute they're playing great, another minute, they can't do anything right," Ruggeri said. "I had to put faith in the offense the way we were running the ball. Kenny was playing a great game on offense and it was just a matter of whether we were going to turn the ball over."
However, it was the Cheateauguay kickoff return squad that opened the door for the Zephyrs' victory.
Phillippe Leduc fumbled the kickoff after
"That's what really brought us the win. We just had to get that ball back, pick it up and take it to the house," White said.
White gained six yards on the first play and gave the Zephyrs' a first-and-goal on the Titans' 6-yard line. After Ken Shaffer lost six yards on a sack, White plunged 13 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
"I just kept going hard," White said.
The game, however, wasn't over just yet. The Titans recovered the onside kick and after two incompletions, the Zephyrs had the victory.
"Now we're rolling," Ruggeri said. "We knew we made some mistakes. We'll just have to make some adjustments. These guys are ready for
The Zephyrs (4-2) took sole possession of second place and head to
"This was real big," White said. "We have to get ready for them in practice this week and take it to them."
Elliot Swint, who returned to
"He was our return man last year and he finally moved back to the area," Ruggeri said.
A 22-yard pass from Shaffer to Pearman on the Zephyrs' next drive helped set up White's first touchdown of the game, a 1-yard plunge to give Amsterdam a 14-0 lead.
Then, the Titans started chipping back.
"Once again, special teams hurt us," Ruggeri said. "We gave them two easy scores when they only had to go 10 yards or 30 yards. You can't do that."
The Zephyrs' special teams, however, preserved the lead as Raphael Nicosia blocked Kevin Lloyd's extra point attempt and Amsterdam clung to a 14-13 with 14:24 to go in the second quarter.
White widened the lead with 2:54 left in the second quarter as he broke through the offensive line and sprinted 40 yards for his second touchdown, giving Amsterdam a 21-13 lead at the half.
The Titans opened the second half with a 10-play, 67-yard drive that culminated in Wyeth's 6-yard touchdown pass to Sean Kennedy. Wyeth injured his wrist on the play and Zan Symonds entered the game to hit
"We knew their quarterback was good and we knew that he could throw the ball and had to make some changes when we had to, but the defense just played great when it had to," Ruggeri said. "We had some missed tackles and blew some assignments."
The Titans took the lead with 8:34 left in the game when Symonds hit James Treldon with a 31-yard touchdown pass, but the Zephyrs tied the game with 2:10 left on White's 23-yard touchdown run.
Amsterdam 35, Chateauguay 28
Chateauguay 7 6 8 7 — 28
Amsterdam 14 7 0 14 — 35
A — Shaffer 14 pass to Pearman (Montes kick), 12:40
A — White 1 run (Montes kick), 3:54
C — Wyeth 6 pass to Moore (Lloyd kick)
C — Wyeth 13 pass to Moore (kick blocked), 14:24
A — White 40 run (Montes kick), 2:54
C — Wyeth 6 pass Kennedy (Symonds pass to Moore), 8:31
C — Symonds 31 pass to Treldon (Lloyd kick), 8:34
A — White 23 run (Montes kick), 2:02
A — White 13 run (Montes kick), :22
Zephyrs take over second place
Elijah White rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Amsterdam Zephyrs to a 35-28 victory over the Chateauguay Titans in an Empire Football League game, Saturday night at
White scored on runs of 42, 32 and 23 yards to help the Zephyrs improve to 4-2 and more important, take over sole possession of second place in the EFL East behind first-place Vermont.
"We did what we had to do," said
"It shouldn't have been this close," Ruggeri said. "We were inside their 20 four times and we shot ourselves in the foot."
Gametime next Saturday night is 7:30 p.m.
Lake City falls to Vermont
By KEITH KANE
The Stars' defense held tough against the Ice Storm, surrendering only 10 points. But it was enough for
"I thought we played pretty well in certain aspects,"
"We are still coming along nicely."
The Stars' offense learned early in the week that quarterback Matt Bezio would no longer be with the team due to a job offer out of state.
Cornerback Kellen Nolan was thrust into the offensive huddle for just three practices before Saturday's game, but fared pretty well under the circumstances.
"We had three nights to get Kellen ready," Keleher said. "Those are tough circumstances he faced. He has been mostly with the defense all season long and was thrown into it.
"There were some nerves and uncertainty on his part, but with a few more practices he will be fine."
The game would stay that way until midway through the second quarter when Brad Ruderman found Matt Bombardier in the right side of the end-zone for a 7-yard touchdown, and a 10-0 lead.
The Stars offense struggled during the first half, as they would only record one first down on Kellen Nolan's 14-yard scramble on their third possession of the game.
In the second half, however, the offense began to move the ball as they got into
On their final possession of the game,
A pair of incompletions set the Stars up with a 4th-and-goal from the 27.
Needing two scores for the tie,
"Our offensive line played the best that they have played all year long," Keleher said. "Kellen had time to throw and I thought we ran the ball well at times.
"The defense continues to play well. I think the four up front and our linebackers are playing very well; we do well against the run. Our defensive backs aren't bad and they don't get beat that often, it's just that we lose the height battle and receivers out-jump us."
Ruderman finished with 242 yards through the air on 19-of-40 passing with a touchdown and was intercepted by the Stars' Evan Murphy.
Rob Joy pulled in six passes for 67 yards while Bombardier added 61 yards on two catches and a score.
Jason Young paced the rushing attack with 39 yards on 13 carries. The Stars' defense held the Ice Storm to just 46 yards rushing.
Nolan completed six passes for a net of 65 yards. Matt St. Clair hauled in five catches for 70 yards.
"I think that our defense is going to keep us in about every game that we play," Keleher said. "If our offense can get clicking we can be OK.
"I can see that our offensive line is really starting to gel and is coming together. We're getting better and once Kellen gets a few more practices in him our passing game will start to gel too."
V- Hicks 24 FG, 4:21.
V- M. Bombardier 7 pass from Ruderman (Hicks kick), 7:23.
V- Young 13-39; Fahey 1-4; Randall 1-5; Ruderman 2-(-2). Totals: 17-46.
LC- Ke. Nolan 4-12; B. Keleher 15-52; Ky. Nolan 3-10; Geiser 5-28. Totals: 27-102.
V- Ruderman 19-40-1-242, TD; K. Bombardier 0-1-0-0. Totals: 19-41-1-242, TD.
LC- Ke. Nolan 6-22-1-72. Sack: 1-(-7). Totals: 6-22-1-65.
V- Joy 6-67; Partain 2-22; M. Bombardier 2-61, TD; Howe 3-40; Canada 3-38; Jabour 2-6; Young 1-8.
LC- M. St. Clair 5-70; T. St. Clair 1-2.
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The Lake City Stars' Ryan DeCamp (3) and Evan Murphy (24) attempt to tackle the Vermont Ice Storm's Austin Partain (20) on the opening kickoff of Saturday's Empire Football League game at
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