Saturday, September 29, 2007
EFL Pre Game Press Coverage September 29th
Eagles get kick out of Perry
BY MARK COONS
Scott Perry is bringing two things to the Scranton Eagles as they prepare for the Empire Football League playoffs, plenty of big game experience and a steady foot for an inconsistent kicking game.
Perry will look to pay some dividends as the local team travels to
"Believe it or not, I ran into him in the supermarket," Arcure said. "I just asked him if he would like to play." It took a little coaxing, but Perry agreed to return.
After getting a tryout with the Philadelphia Eagles, Perry originally joined the local squad in 1989. In his first two seasons, he helped the team garner a pair of national championships. Perry still holds the team record with a 54-yard field goal against the Newburgh Raiders in 1996. Leaving the Eagles in 2000, Perry returned to help the Northern Tier Bruins to a national title in 2004.
"Scott can still make kicks and is able to kick it deep on kickoffs," Arcure said. "He also brings a lot of character and leadership to this team."
During the first six games this season, Eagles' kickers accounted for just four points. At one point, the team was living and dying by the two-point conversion.
In the last four games, Perry scored 12 points on three extra points and three-for-five in field goals.
In his first game back, Perry converted an extra point and a field goal in a 10-7 victory over the Deacon Demons. "When I came back, only Mike and my girlfriend, Ellen, felt I could do it," Perry said. "Everybody said that I was too old and couldn't play anymore."
The Eagles (3-7) finished the regular season in third place in the EFL Western Division, one-half game behind
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By The Leader-Herald
Published on Saturday, September 29, 2007
"We finished in a tie for second place in our division," Zephyrs coach Dom Ruggeri said. "Chat-eauguay won the home field advantage on scoring differential."
The Zephyrs entered the game against the Red and Black shorthanded, then lost running back Elijah White on the first series with an ankle injury. Early-game errors hurt the Zephyrs in their attempt to bring an opening round home game to
"We made two mistakes early in the game where they only had to go a total of 25 yards for two scores, " Ruggeri said. "We are going to be shorthanded again this week, which will be a huge disadvantage against
BY TONY PASTORE
Recorder Sports Staff
The Amsterdam Zephyrs' worst fear came true last Saturday. The only way the Zephyrs could have lost the right to play a home game in first round of the Empire Football League playoffs was their own loss to the Watertown Red and Black combined with a Chateauguay Titans win over the Ottawa Deacon Demons and a Lake City Stars win over the Scranton Eagles and it happened.
The reason this is
"My guys are saying they will be there for
Some of Ruggeri's key players he will be missing include starting running back Jorge Rodriguez and wide receiver/backup quarterback Eric Johnson. On defense the team will be missing their top star Rick Hulett as well as starters Rick Fish, Greg Woodard and Penta Thomas.
Starting tailback, and the EFL's leading rusher, Elijah White will also be out of action but not because of the border situation. White hurt his ankle on the first play from scrimmage in last week's loss to
"We're missing quite a few starters and will be undermanned," said Ruggeri.
Ruggeri will have Ken Shaefer returning to the lineup after a one week absence. Shaefer missed last week's game due to a family commitment. At one point Shaefer led the EFL in passing. Shaefer's favorite target, the EFL's leading receiver, Cedrick Pearman will be available as well.
Ruggeri also has his full defensive secondary available which could become the biggest factor in the game. Ruggeri suspects that
"Their quarterback has had a great year and we handled their running game well this season," said Ruggeri.
Ruggeir will also attack
"We are going to put the game in Kenny's (Shaefer's) hands. He is more than capable of carrying the offense on his shoulders and has done it before," said Ruggeri.
"I'm very proud of this team. Our first goal was to make the playoffs, second was to advance and third to win the championship. It's amazing what we've done with this team in two years," said Ruggeri.