Sunday, July 27, 2008
EFL Post Game Press Coverage July 27
Kellan Nolan completed four touchdown passes as the North Stars hammered the Silver and Black Raiders in an Empire Football League matchup in
Nolan tossed three of his touchdown passes to Matt St. Clair in the first half. St. Clair hauled in scores of 48, 36 and 29 yards. Brandon Keleher recorded three touchdowns for
By BILL CAIN, The Leader-Herald
POSTED: July 27, 2008
There will be a report on the game sent to the office of the league commissioner, who will decide whether the game should count, be resumed or reserved for a tiebreaker.
With 9:29 left in the third,
"We're talking about staying strong, as in the mental aspect of the game," Manny said. "The guys have to learn to play four quarters, not play one and then step back. Teams in the league will come back on you in a heartbeat."
Quarterback Ken Schaefer ran for 32 yards on five carries and threw for 117 yards and two touchdowns on an 8-for-12 night. Schaefer carried for 20 yards on
On a 1st-and-10 play, Schaefer faked the screen to wide receiver Cedrick Pearman, then handed off to White, who was stood up in the backfield. White pitched the ball back to Schaefer and he toted it upfield for 20 yards.
"I put that play in right before the game," Manny said a few minutes later. "And if you believe that, I've got a bridge to sell you."
Schaefer said he and White both had the same idea at the same time.
"That's all instinct," he said. "I was yelling for Elijah to throw it to me and he said he didn't even hear me. He just used his instincts, saw me and pitched it to me. The play went in our favor, but sometimes those plays don't work out that way."
In the first half,
Manny said the offense has been dependable and is eating clock the way he wants, but the defense has to learn from this game.
"The offense is not a worry or concern of mine," Manny said. "On defense, we have moments of brilliance followed by moments of shut-down. The defense has to step forward for us to be successful."
One of those moments of brilliance was Eugene Maye's interception of a Davin Corbett pass, which he returned 45 yards for a touchdown with 14:03 left in the first half. With 3:33 left in the second quarter,
Corbett was 3-for-8 with two picks for 32 yards. He was replaced by Francois Azzi in the second half.
The Zephyrs (0-1) will travel to
"It's getting interesting," Manny said. "Everyone's squaring off pretty early."
A - White 20 run (kick blocked), 7:11
O - Wakeman 24 run (Farah kick), 3:08
A - C. Pearman 42 pass from Schaefer (kick blocked), 0:25.0
A - Maye 45 interception return (Barrett kick), 14:03
O - Harkes 10 run (run failed), 9:33
A - Green 30 pass from Schaefer (Barrett kick), 1:51
O - Harkes 2 run (kick blocked), 9:29
Zephyrs, Deacon Demons suspended
By TONY PASTORE
Recorder Sports Staff
The Amsterdam Zephyrs may have earned their first win of the Empire Football League season over the Ottawa Deacon Demons.
The game was delayed due to constant lightning with
After about 90 minutes and an ominous weather report, the game was suspended.
"Offensively we picked it up a notch," Zephyrs Vice President Rick Sager said. "We got Elijah White back which helps the running game. Defensively, we started kind of slow but came on in the second half."
Two long touchdown passes from quarterback Ken Schaefer, combined with two key interceptions helped
Fullback Elijah White got
With 25 seconds remaining in the opening quarter, Schaefer hit Cedrick Pearman with a 42-yard touchdown. Brian Barrett's extra point attempt failed and
"Those two interceptions are huge," Sager said. "It's the first time we've had a performance like that in our existence over four years."
Tim Sweeney picked off Corbett on
But head coach Pat Keleher was never aware of the feat until after the fact -- nor was it much of a concern.
"That was never in my mind," he said. "I didn't score for that reason, and I didn't even know until they announced it."
Record or no record, all that seemed to matter to
"I wanted to get out of the gate early," Keleher said. "Play hard and play focused."
Once Kellen Nolan and Trevor St. Clair connected on a 48-yard touchdown pass on the Stars' very first offensive play Saturday night, it became pretty clear fans would be in for a one-sided affair.
The avalanche began one play before, when Ken Ruwett picked off Massena quarterback
"You can't let a team like that into the game early," Keleher said. "Because if you do, they gain confidence and start believing in themselves, and then you're in trouble."
Keleher knew at that time that his players had the ability to get an extra step on Massena players on both sides of the ball.
"It showed that we had a lot more team speed than they did," he said. "So I kind of knew from there we would be able to go deep on them and do some things with the passing game, which we did."
Nolan reached the end zone three more times, hitting Matt St. Clair twice again for the second week in a row, and another to Brandon Keleher.
Keleher was no stranger to the end zone either, reaching it twice more on the ground.
"I thought we executed well," (Pat) Keleher said. "There were some mistakes, but overall we controlled the line of scrimmage and threw the ball well."
Nolan finished the game with 184 yards passing, going nine for 13 while hitting six different receivers.
Babbie added to his sack total again for the third week in a row.
The only breakdowns in the defense seemed to be the same issue that plagued the Stars against
"I thought we did well defensively," Keleher said. "The only thing that concerns me is that we let an athletic quarterback get away at times. That's something we've got to get better at with our middle linebackers and inside tackles. But overall, we played well."
The excess in scoring allowed backup running backs Cody Tromblee and James Currier to take some handoffs, and both showed the ability to break open decent gains.
The two combined for 80 yards in the second half.
"Tromblee and Currier are great athletes," Keleher said. "They've been working hard on both sides of the ball, and got their chance to perform."
Currier scored the team's last touchdown of the game, and Jordan Keleher connected with Emmett Drollette on the two point conversion after an interception by Matt Cooney.
Kyle Nolan also added a touchdown run, and kicker Thomas Monanaro made four extra points on seven attempts.
The Stars travel to
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