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Ice Storm strike late to capture league title
October 14, 2007
COLCHESTER -- The Vermont Ice Storm won the Empire Football League championship Saturday night and did so in dramatic fashion.
Brad Ruderman hit Rob Joy for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 4 seconds left in regulation and the Colchester-based semiprofessional team snatched a 9-8 victory over the Watertown Red & Black in front of their home fans.
The touchdown came moments after
The Ice Storm marched down the field on its ensuing possession. On the pulsating drive, Ruderman converted a 9-yard pass to
Evan Hicks drilled a 30-yard field goal with 2:12 into the second quarter to provide the Ice Storm a 3-0 lead, which carried into the fourth quarter.
With 2:26 left in the first half Leo Grant's 29-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right for
Scott Dennis snared an interception for the Ice Storm with 2:15 left in the first quarter. Drew Gordon also had an interception for the
Red & Black denied once more
JACOB HANNAH /
By MATT CORDOVA
Sunday, October 14, 2007
It was blown out last year, and on Saturday its kicker completed a prayer of a pass for a two-point conversion.
The Vermont Ice Storm engineered a 14-play, 65-yard drive late in the fourth quarter to hand the Red and Black a disheartening defeat — 9-8 — for the team's second loss in the Empire Football League final in as many years. The team last won a title in 1980.
"We're not one to get scored on very often," linebacker Kyle Roshia said. "But 3-for-3 on fourth down? You can't have that and expect to win."
"This one took a lot of wind out of me," head coach George Ashcraft said. "Anytime you go 12-3, you can't cry too much. We had a great year. But this one hurts a lot right now."
Just minutes before Joy snagged the title-saving reception,
George Eason scored from seven yards out after the Red and Black's Rod Gleisner recovered a fumbled punt return at the
"We were down in the dumps then," said Ice Storm coach Doug Perez. "You're not exactly sure if you believe it or not, but we were trying to rally everybody, saying 'we're going to go right down the field and score.'"
The muddy field and steady rain didn't allow for very much consistent offensive play from either team.
But the Red and Black came up empty on the drive as Anthony Noel was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 from the
"We just didn't put points on the board when we had to," Ashcraft said. "We have to have more of a dimension on offense than to say we are going to run the ball 85 percent of the time."
Vermont kicker Evan Hicks opened the scoring with a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter, and Watertown responded by driving to the Ice Storm's 11-yard line. But Leo Grant's field goal attempt sailed wide left.
It marked the second time this season
"To watch them walk down the field like that tears your heart out. We expected to win," said Ernie Miller, who rushed for 57 yards in the opening half.
Kiechle finished with 72 yards on the ground, but it was the defense that could have used a few fresh sets of legs down the stretch.
"You can't really take anything away from them," defensive back Brian Williams said. "We were right there, but they made plays. That's what football's about. We should be upset about the outcome, but not the way we played."
MILLER SIDELINED IN SECOND HALF
A different result might have happened had the Red and Black stuck with what worked in the first half.
Miller, who carried the ball on the team's first six plays, didn't get at a touch after halftime. He averaged 4.07 yards, but was left out of the game plan for the rest of the night.
"I don't know what I did to deserve to not play in the second half," he said.
None of the 18 running plays called after the break involved the team's top rusher. No explanation was offered as to why.
"I didn't know he didn't play in the second half," Ashcraft said. "I don't think there were a lot of touches to get. We just passed the ball a lot more."
JACOB HANNAH /
Copyright 2007. Watertown Daily Times, Inc.,
Kevin Wyeth(Photo Dan Rosenburg)
Le Soleil du samedi - Édition du 13 octobre 2007
Wyeth-less Titans eliminated in
A six-yard pass from Wyeth's successor Zan Symonds to Sean Kennedy; a one-yard plunge by Andrew Blevings and a Symonds aerial to Treldon James accounted for the three
Wyeth, who left the team prior to the previous week's regular-season finale, told Le Soleil that he left because of "a beef with offensive co-ordinator Victor Oatis. He threw me off the field in practice once because I defended one of my teammates and I tried to give him (Oatis) advice. But he can't take advice or accept criticism. He also threw (long-time veteran) Geoff Brown off the field.
"From then on, Victor had a grudge against me, even though statistically I'm the No. 1 quarterback in the league. That's why he benched me for the most important game of the season (the season finale against Ottawa Deacon Demons). He only told me 10 minutes before the game that I wasn't starting."
Wyeth said he was shocked to see head coach John Mouland, after the Titans knocked off the Amsterdam Zephyrs in their playoff opener, call Oatis "the star of the game" because, in Wyeth's words, "Victor is the big problem on this team." Wyeth said he met with Mouland and co-owner Jeff Craig to discuss his case and marvelled later at how "their point of view had all changed in the space of one week."
Wyeth said he had nothing to do with the fact that a few other players also quit the team.
"In fact, (wide receivers) Zawdie Parahoo and Marvin Joseph left the team before I did, right after the
"In warm-ups, Victor stood beside me, throwing the ball with another player, and ignored me completely. He even refused to give me a ball. He acted like a child and I became a ghost. I didn't want to end the season on such a sour note."
Wyeth says he is "confused" because Oatis was brought back by one of the team owners "after he was fired at the beginning of the season. I had no problem with Jeff or John, but now it seems as if they are turning their backs on me and the whole story is being twisted around."
Wyeth also accused the club of breaking its own the rules when it came to their treatment of Symonds. "I have nothing against Zan, but he hadn't practised at quarterback all season. They threw him into an important game nonetheless. Before the
Wyeth, who is scheduled to marry Shelley Bevan next May 17, plans to become a full-time minor football coach next season. This season he has been lending a hand to head coach Tony Lalla of the peewee Raiders when time permits. The peewees ended their regular campaign with a 9-1 mark.
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