Sunday, August 26, 2007
EFL Post Game Press Coverage August 26th
A stout defense got just enough help from the offense to lift the
Rob Wehner scored on a three-yard run with three minutes left as the Eagles rallied for a 10-7 win over the Ottawa Deacon Demons in an Empire Football League game.
The defense, which held
The Eagles offense moved the ball early in the game, driving deep into Deacon Demons territory before stalling. Scott Perry, whose first run with the Eagles began in 1989, salvaged three points from the drive by booting a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter.
Defensively, George Romiti and Nick Parlanti started racking up tackles, as Romiti finished with 12, two more than Parlanti. Parlanti, a Mid Valley product, delivered one of the Eagles' three interceptions, as did Wehner.
But the Deacon Demons finally got on the scoreboard in the third quarter as Sean Harkes scored from the 1 six minutes into the second half. Dave Walters tacked on the extra point to give
The Eagles turned to the pass on their game-winning drive, as quarterback Ted Wallingford connected on a 23-yard pass to Cory Champi to the Deacon Demons 1 to set up Wehner's game-winning touchdown.
Former Valley View standout Phil Ross led the running game with 65 yards on 17 carries for the Eagles, who return to action on Sept. 8 to play division-leading Vermont at Memorial Stadium.
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Red & Black rollicks on road
EMPIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE: St. Lawrence Valley fails to put up much fight
By MAX DELSIGNORE
Sunday, August 26, 2007
The longtime head coach of the Watertown Red and Black hopes his squad won't have to leave their football field at the Watertown Fairgrounds for the remainder of the Empire Football League season. The Red Black capped off a monthlong stint of away games with a convincing victory on Saturday night.
Behind four touchdowns from its defense and special teams, Watertown steamrolled St. Lawrence Valley, 47-0, in an EFL matchup at Sandstoner Park. It was Red and Black's third straight road win and the team's final regular-season game away from home.
The Red and Black wasted little time disposing of the Trailblazers (0-7) on the way to punctuating the road trip with a win. Just a minute after the opening kickoff, Keith Jones ran back a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown to get
Following Anthony Noel's first of two rushing touchdowns to begin the second quarter, Mike Dumaw tiptoed into the end zone with a 60-yard punt return for a score.
"We haven't been rushing (the punter) lately because we've been returning so well," Dumaw said. "We've returned a bunch back (for touchdowns) this year, but most of them get called back. This game, it didn't seem to go that way. Everyone blocked the right way."
Defensive back Brian Harris supplied the R&B with a pair of interception returns for touchdowns. The defense totaled three turnovers and three sacks, and Ron Troxler and Rob Hughes also added six tackles apiece.
"We've had that go on in nearly every game this year," Ashcraft said. "Even when we lost up in
The Trailblazers staggered through most of the game hoping to come out unscathed. Quarterback Christopher Tom was shaken up on a blind-side hit in the second quarter and didn't return. The lone highlight was Joe Hutchinson's interception in the first half.
"People weren't where they're suppose to be," Trailblazers defensive coach Jim Compeau said. "People are playing out of position and playing in places they haven't been before. We had to make some game-time decisions."
The Red and Black also started backup quarterback Gary Pelletier on Saturday. Ashcraft said Pelletier shook off some early rust and became more comfortable as the game progressed. Noel also finished with a game-best 99 yards on the ground on 12 carries.
"It shows, that by no means, we are immortal," Jones said. "On any given day, any team can be beaten. We want to make sure no one sneaks up on us, and we're our biggest opponent."
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Zephyrs let another one
get away vs. Ice Storm
For the second time this season, the Amsterdam Zephyrs had the first-place Vermont Ice Storm right where they wanted them.
And for the second time this season, they let
"We had them beat, we just couldn't close the door," Zephyrs coach Dominic Ruggeri said.
The Zephyrs fell to
The Zephyrs took control of the game early on a pair of Elijah White touchdown runs, giving him five in the last two weeks since his move to tailback.
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