Sunday, July 20, 2008
EFL Post Game Coverage July 20, 2008
Only 20 players suited up for the Silver and Black's trip to face Empire Football League foe
The fatigue and lack of usable athletes were factors in the loss to the Deacon Demons.
It was the second straight week in which Massena gave up 62 points. The lone score for the Raiders came on a 62-yard passing play from Mark Wiltshire to Rob James. Wiltshire added 68 rushing yards on six attempts.
Massena dropped to 0-2, while
The Titans handed the Red and Black its second loss of the Empire Football League season in
PLATTSBURGH -- For the second week in a row, the Plattsburgh North Stars kept fans on their feet until the final seconds in yet another game that had head coach Pat Keleher doing anything but sitting still.
And like last week, the game ended with quarterback Kellen Nolan taking a knee, and
But this time, the Stars did it at home.
"It was similar to last week in some ways," Keleher said. "We were getting beat at times, but we kind of settled down at the end and held on."
The Stars were able to walk away with a 25-24 victory, with a Âspecial teams' thanks to a 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Kelly Gordon midway through the third quarter, putting the team up by one.
Gordon had been picking up momentum on his returns throughout the game, typically getting tied up just before breaking open on his own.
However, a perfect wedge from his blockers which allowed Gordon to run in what was practically a straight line was just what the Stars needed in a seesaw of scoring up until that point.
"That was a great kick return," Keleher said. "Special teams are getting better."
Amsterdam came out firing early and often, led by quarterback Ken Schaeffer, who threw the ball 27 times in the game and connected with receiver Cedrick Pearman in the end zone twice, and again with Josh Newborn.
"That guy can just stay back there and make things happen," Keleher said. "He's a good quarterback."
Nolan put the ball in the air just eleven times, connecting on eight.
Half of those completions went to Matt St. Clair, who shared two touchdowns with Nolan, and tallied 135 of Nolan's 194 yards.
Brandon Keleher's 32 yards on the ground led the team in rushing in the game.
Three of those yards went for a touchdown near the end of the second half, following one of the two times Nolan and St. Clair connected for passes of 50+ yards.
"They were great throws," Keleher said. "Good timing; Matt ran a good route and Kellen put the ball out there. Those were huge."
Keleher said that though the win wasn't pretty, it was a good way to end a tough two-game opener against a couple of the top Empire football league teams.
"Whenever you can win a game like this against a quality opponent, just like last week, it's big," he said. "Now we own the tiebreaker against those two teams, and that's very big."
Zephyrs lose opener on the road
"It was a real good game," Zephyrs Vice President Rick Sager said. "It was back and forth with both teams having opportunities."
Two big plays from
Things started right for
In the second quarter, the North Stars scored on a 13-yard touchdown pass. The PAT kick was the only successful attempt of the night for either team.
Ken Schaefer then connected with Cedrick Pearman for a three-yard touchdown pass.
In the third quarter, Matt Stover had a 53-yard touchdown reception for
Schaefer then responded with a two-yard touchdown pass to Josh Newborn to put
A rain storm came in during the fourth quarter forcing both teams to the running game. Neither team could score under the conditions.
"We only had eight penalties for 40 yards so that was a decent performance," Sager said. "We've only had one preseason game and then a bye in week one. We're getting rid of the rust. We'll learn and move on."
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North Stars nip Zephyrs, 25-24
The two teams traded touchdowns throughout the game.
The Zephyrs got two touchdown receptions from Cedric Pearman from Ken Schaefer, one for three yards and another for 13 yards. Schaefer also connected with Josh Newborn for a 2-yard score.
Newborn's reception gave
Jeremiah Newborn had a 35-yard interception return for the Zephyrs, while Jorge Rodriguez added four solo tackles and two assists.
The Zephyrs will play their home opener Saturday against
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