Sunday, September 23, 2007
EFL Post Game Press Coverage September 23rd
Late score dooms Eagles
Kellen Nolan scored his second touchdown of the game, a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 4:13 to go, to lift the Lake City Stars over the Scranton Eagles, 14-10, Saturday night at Scranton Memorial Stadium.
The Stars (4-5-1) took the lead with 6:08 to go in the first half when Nolan scored on a 16-yard bootleg to give
The Eagles regained the lead late in the third quarter when, after Andy Minnick recovered a
The Eagles had a chance to capitalize on another Stars' miscue with 1:37 left in the game when Victor Rivero intercepted a pass, which he returned to his 35-yard line. After
Despite the loss, the Eagles (3-7) qualified for the Empire Football League playoffs and will travel to
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pulls off stunner Lake City
The Stars, who improved to 4-5-1 with their third straight victory, needed
"No matter what happens, I'm happy with the way the season ended, if it did end tonight," Stars Coach Pat Keleher said.
"The young guys have figured it out and are coming on. Hopefully, next year we can get a little more depth."
The hosts took a 3-0 lead, but Kellen Nolan rambled 37 yards to score in the second and Elijah Parks added the point after to give the Stars a 7-3 lead at halftime.
But a 60-yard interception return by Jordon Keleher in the fourth set up the game-winning score by
Parks, who had never kicked before, was pressed into service this week when regular placekicker Ryan DeCamp was unable to make the trip.
"It was a Tuesday night decision," Pat Keleher explained. "
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Watertown defense slows Amsterdam
EMPIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Red and Black ends regular season with triumph vs. visiting Zephyrs
By MATT CORDOVA
Sunday, September 23, 2007
In case it didn't know the feeling, the Watertown Red and Black defense found out Saturday night that it's nice to be needed.
The unit, which has now allowed just 10 points in four games, cleared the way for yet another Empire Football League victory — this time a 14-3 result over the Amsterdam Zephyrs at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.
The offense wasn't accomplishing much. In tallying its lowest point total of the season, the Red and Black turned the ball over four times and gained just 106 yards of total offense.
The group only loosely resembled the one that had averaged 31.9 points in the first nine games of the regular season. Still, the guys on the other side of the ball came to the rescue to ensure that Anthony Noel's two first half touchdowns would be enough.
"We wanted to send a message, and we played better tonight than all season," linebacker Kyle Roshia said. "Even without the shutout."
The Zephyrs, likely now, clearly understand what Roshia meant.
"Finally the defense got some good pressure up the middle,"
Roberson stopped short of ingesting the Zephyrs signal-caller, but he did sack him twice. While
"They started getting predictable, and then our defense just started getting after it," Roberson said. "Once we started working a lot of stunts and things, we got some guys free."
Despite his game-high 66 rushing yards, Noel and the rest of the offense could have endured a much more frustrating end to the night. He fumbled two third-quarter handoffs, and Todd Kiechle also tossed an interception just before the final quarter. But
Twenty total penalties made for a sloppily played regular season finale.
"We've preached all season that you got to just let the mistakes go," Noel said. "Our offense struggled tonight, but the defense played hard. And, they say, defense wins games."
Noel, though, held on when it mattered most. He converted a 1-yard dive in the first quarter and scored on an option from 5 yards out in the second. On
Garrett Kline had two sacks, while Keith Jones, Brian Williams and Bryan Harris each intercepted a pass for
Brad Ruderman threw for three touchdowns as the Ice Storm clinched home field in the EFL playoffs with a league win over the Trailblazers in
Austin Partain, Jason Griner, and Troy
Joe Hutchinson went 10-for-30 for 159 yards and a touchdown for St. Lawrence Valley (0-10). R.J. DuBois scored on a 7-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, and Cheyenne Dashnaw scored on a 6-yard interception return in the fourth.
James Compeau also had seven catches for 126 yards for the Trailblazers.
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Zephyrs fall short against Watertown
By The Leader-Herald
Published on Sunday, September 23, 2007
After the Zephyrs fumbled on their own 5-yard line in the fourth quarter, the Zephyrs' defense held tough for three downs. However, Anthony Noel converted on fourth down with a 5-yard touchdown run gave the Red and Black a 7-0 lead.
Noel capitalized on another
The Zephyrs got their only score in the third quarter, a 41-yard field goal by Alvaro Montes.
"I'm proud of these guys,"
The Zephyrs (5-5) will move on to the Empire Football League playoffs and Saturday night were waiting for the outcome of the game between the Ottawa Deacon Demons and the Chateauguay Titans to find out whether they will host a playoff game.
W — Noel 5 run (Grant kick)
W — Noel 8 run (Grant kick)
A — Montes 41 field goal
Marc-André Guay (44) was one of the Titans' defensive players praised by head coach John Mouland in tough loss to Vermont.(Photo Andrew Clark)
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Titans lose overtime heart-breaker
The Chateauguay Titans came within a hair's breadth of handing Vermont Ice Storm their first loss of the Empire Football League season last Saturday, holding their powerful opponents to a 3-3 tie heading into overtime. But in the end they succumbed 10-3 and their playoff hopes remain in jeopardy.
"The only team that can beat the Titans is the Titans," head coach John Mouland observed afterwards. But he also took exception with what he termed were "two bad calls" by
One of the questionable calls came in overtime when the Titans were penalized 15 yards for having 12 men on the field. "It was fourth down and 14 yards to go for
The Titans' last chance to nail down a playoff berth will come this Saturday in
He did laud the vaunted Titans defence, however. "We made four interceptions," he noted. Singled out for praise were Wesley Joseph, Jean-Marc Michel, Marc-André Guay, Sébastien Archambault, Corvell Isaacs, Steve Crompton, Mike Coles, Jean Lerouge, Kevin Lloyd and the aforementioned Blevings.