Saturday, August 18, 2007
EFL Pre Game Press Coverage August 18th
looking up in EFL race Lake City
By KEITH KANE
— PLATTSBURGH "" As the second half of the Empire Football League season gets under way, the Lake City Stars find themselves at the bottom looking up in the East standings.
The Stars (1-3-1) face an uphill climb that begins tonight as they face the undefeated Vermont Ice Storm (5-0) for the second time this season. The contest gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at
The Ice Storm had the upper hand the first go around in
Brad Ruderman was 13-of-21 for 168 yards while tossing two touchdowns and an interception. Jason Young hauled in two passes for 62 yards and a touchdown while Austin Partain also added a score through the air.
Jason Young paced the rushing attack with 73 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown.
Matt Bezio completed 8-of-19 passes for a net of 47 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Matt St. Clair caught four passes for 41 yards and a touchdown.
With just five games remaining, the Lake City Stars are on the outside looking in at the playoffs.
The Stars could get some help tonight as
Family Fun Day
The Lake City Stars are holding a Family Fun Day today from 3-6 p.m. at
The day will include games, food, raffles, autographs, a bounce house, photos and DJ service provided by A&J DJ Services.
Empire Football League
Vermont Ice Storm at
Chateauguay Titans at
Watertown Red & Black at Ottawa Deacon Demons
Scranton Eagles at St. Lawrence Valley Trailblazers
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All Ice Storm home games, and this week's game at Plattsburgh can be heard on ESPN 1390 WCAT in Burlington, and on the web at www.wcat1390.com.
Eagles' Klimek delivers game-saving play
BY MARK COONS
In today's sports world, things happen in the heat of battle that may come off to the casual fan as unsportsmanlike or disrespectful.
The taunting after a defensive back makes a highlight-reel hit on a wide receiver. A batter "styling" down the first-base line after hitting a home run.
For most purists and traditionalists, these things leave a bitter taste, knowing how sports used to be. Athletes would go about their job in a business-like fashion, without a lot of flash or style, but still getting the job done.
Then, there is a moment like this.
It happened Aug. 11 in an Empire Football League game between the visiting Scranton Eagles and the Amsterdam Zephyrs.
With 13:42 left in the fourth quarter,
Then, out of nowhere, Nathan Klimek, a 23-year old rookie linebacker with the Eagles, jumped into action to help out.
"It was a bad hit, the two players just collided," Klimek said. I told coach (Mike Arcure) that I think I should go out there."
Klimek, a graduate of Pittston Area and
"I told them I was a paramedic," Klimek said. "Together, we were able to get him immobilized and on a backboard for transport. (Rodriguez) was conscious and was able to move."
Twenty minutes after the play had ended, Rodriguez was taken to a local hospital.
"Thank God that Nathan was there," Arcure said. "He just went in there and took charge. He just did a great job."
For Klimek, a gut reaction turned into something that some people will remember for years to come.
"I just ran on instincts. That's why I became a paramedic," Klimek said. "It just felt really good to have helped out."
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PREVIEW: EMPIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Saturday, August 18, 2007
When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Nepean Sportsplex,
NOTES: The Red and Black battered the Deacon Demons defense three weeks ago, mounting two second half drives of over 13 minutes each. ...
When, where: 7:30 p.m. today,
NOTES: The Trailblazers were dealt their most humiliating loss of the season last week, a 52-0 pounding by
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Consistent kicking bonus for Red-Black
By MATT CORDOVA
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Enough good things have happened this season that Watertown Red and Black head coach George Ashcraft has been able to overlook kicking woes that have plagued the team during the first half of the season.
But that doesn't mean the coaching staff hasn't noticed.
Kicker Leo Grant has been effective, connecting on 5-of-7 field goal attempts. But the two misses were consecutive, and would have helped
Because one try was from beyond 50 yards, and the other beyond 40,
Instead, the team is concerned that it doesn't seem to take every point it can get.
Grant, who is consistently one of the league's best kickers, is just 12-of-17 on extra-point attempts. That total includes a miss against the Ice Storm, and he also missed two last week.
Grant might not be completely at fault, however. He was also affected by the retirement of quarterback Doug Black, Grant's holder. In Black's absence,
That's why the veteran head coach isn't stressing. Not yet, anyway.
"Missing (extra points) sometimes costs you a game, and other times it doesn't matter as much," he said. "I'm not going to get all hysterical about it."
At 4-1 and atop the EFL's West Division,
But as the trip to
Ashcraft said last week's victory over
"We're working with Leo now, and I think he has confidence back. He missed an extra-point, and got down on himself, but then kicked a 37-yarder," Ashcraft said. "He's fine now. He came out feeling a lot better about things."
Despite owning the league's best offense and defense,
After being away Aug. 4 and Aug. 11, the Red and Black again play on the road this week (
The team doesn't view its unusual schedule as a hurdle.
"We're just rolling with it, like I said we would," Ashcraft said. "The only thing we can do is keep playing, keep winning, and hope that if anything happens, it happens to
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Zephyrs ready for rematch with Titans
By MIKE ZUMMO, The Leader-Herald
Published on Saturday, August 18, 2007
The Leader-Herald/Bill Cain
Ever since Zephyrs coach Dominic Ruggeri and defensive coordinator Rod Schur had to suit up to fill out the team roster.
Overall, the Zephyrs were without 23 players and suffered a 34-18 loss to the Chateauguay Titans.
"I've got about 23 guys that didn't make the trip that are chomping at the bit to get them," Ruggeri said.
This time, the Zephyrs expect to have their full squad and Ruggeri said he's looking for his defense to shut out the Titans (3-2).
"We want to shut them out," Ruggeri said. "We don't want them to score. We want them to know that if we had our full team, they wouldn't have won. They're a class organization, but that was a hard one to swallow and the guys have not forgotten it."
The Titans' win over the Zephyrs (3-2) started a three-game winning streak and
"We're going to go right at them and attack them," Ruggeri said. "We're not going to sit back and wait. We're going to throw the ball and run the ball."
The Week 3 loss to
"This is a must-win not only for the standings," Ruggeri said. "We want to keep the momentum going when we head to
The Zephyrs played last week's game without starting quarterback Ken Shaffer, who found himself lying on a locker room bench with a migraine headache.
"That was a big blow," Ruggeri said. "You've got the top quarterback in the league and he can't go. That throws a monkey wrench into our plans. That's hard to adjust from."
Eric Johnson — normally a wide receiver — was forced into the starting quarterback slot on a moment's notice. He went 7-for-16 through the air for 72 yards with one interception in the Zephyrs' 15-6 victory over the Scranton Eagles last week as the offense did just enough to win the game.
"That was the object of what we were trying to do," Ruggeri said. "We asked Eric Johnson to step in. His timing was off and he hadn't run the offense. He did a great job managing the game. He did just what he had to do just to let the defense win it for us."
Ruggeri said he spoke to Shaffer Wednesday and he expects his quarterback to be ready to for tonight's game.
He'll have a new target tonight as well.
Ruggeri learned Thursday that the Zephyrs have added Bo Gaudreau, most recently of the Albany Metro Mallers, last season's Empire Football League champions. The Metro Mallers left the EFL after last season and now play in the North American Football League's Empire Division.
"He's been one of the premier slot receivers for the last five or six years," Ruggeri said. "He's decided to leave
Defensively, the Zephyrs will need to stop Kevin Wyeth, who has thrown eight touchdown passes this season against two interceptions, and leading rusher Denis House.
"I had eight defensive starters that didn't make that trip," Ruggeri said. "It's going to be an emotional game for us because that was an easy win for us that was taken away."
Zephyrs looking for some revenge
By PAUL ANTONELLI
Recorder Sports Staff
The Amsterdam Zephyrs and Chateauguay Titans will play each other for the second time tonight at
Both teams enter with identical 3-2 record and will be vying for sole possession of second place. in the Empire Football League East Division.
The Vermont Ice Storm own the top spot in the EFL East with a 5-0 record.
"We're in the hunt right now, but we need crowd support," said
The first meeting between the teams on July 28 was the low point of the Zephyrs season — a 34-18 loss that featured 24
"It was a very emotional game," Ruggeri said. "We had everybody out of position and no position players. It would have been a different story if we had all our guys there."
Ruggieri won't have that problem tonight. He'll have the services of 6-foot-7, 348-pound offensive tackle Aaron Robinson, who recently finished his fireman training. Another welcome addition is the arrival of Bo Goudrea, a wide receiver for the Albany Metro Mallers. Goudreau has been one of the top receivers in the EFL the last five years. He signed with
Ruggeri got more good news when quarterback Ken Schaefer put in a solid practice on Tuesday. He had been battling migraine headaches. Schaefer, one of the top quarterbacks in the EFL, is 64-for-129 with 894 yards this season. He has thrown for eight touchdowns and just own interception.
"He looks 100 percent," Ruggeri said of Schaefer. "He's definitely ready to go."
Gametime tonight at Lynch is set for 7:30 p.m.
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