Saturday, July 26, 2008
EFL Pre-Game Press Coverage July 25
Red and Black to hold weekend festivities
SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2008
The Watertown Red and Black is hosting a family fun day at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds at 1 p.m. today.
The event includes rides, face painting for kids and a punt, pass and kick competition. Entry fee is $5, and concessions will be provided.
The team will also host a chicken barbecue at 11 a.m. Sunday at Jean's Beans on
Zephyrs play host to Ottawa
BY TONY PASTORE
Recorder Sports Staff
Football season has finally arrived in the
The Zephyrs are coming off a 25-24 loss on the road to the Plattsburgh North Stars. A 53-yard touchdown reception and a 80-yard kickoff return for
Quarterback Ken Schaefer threw four touchdown passes in that contest for
"Schaefer is one of the top quarterbacks in the league, if not the top quarterback in the league," Zephyrs head coach Tom Manny said. "He has great leadership qualities and can read defenses well."
Behind Schaefer, fullback Elijah White and running back Tarquan Pearman will be getting a lot of carries this season.
"We need to get Elijah going this week," Manny said. "It will be key this week and throughout the season. Jason Newborn can also run the tail so we have a lot of versatility."
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive tackle Ralphie Nicosia will be a key returner.
Defensive backs Eugene Maye and Jeremiah Newborn were also cited as key defensive players for the Zephyrs.
General numbers seem to be better for the Zephyrs this season. Over 40 players made the trip to
Tarquan Pearman and Cedrick Pearman are already banged up, but Manny expects them to play against
"They aren't debilitating injuries but we aren't going to push them in practice," Manny said. "It would be a disaster if we lost them to injury."
Manny, in his first year as Zephyrs head coach, expects a lot of the same from
"They will try to power us up the middle but they will stretch us in the secondary as well. Their quarterback can go deep," Manny said. "Our offense needs to get on track with the ground game. We've done well running but not well enough. Our passing attack is there."
Manny continued about the importance of the running game against
"If we get the running game going, I'll be happy. We'll eat up more clock and have less defensive time. We could walk out with a one or two point win."
Manny discussed the keys to the game.
"A major key will be stop shooting ourselves in the foot," Manny said. "We've gotten leads but made key mistakes with turnovers, long touchdowns and mental breakdowns. It's the mental aspect. They need to be mentally strong this week."
Published July 26, 2008 12:45 am -
North Stars host Massena
Following two tough games against
Massena has been less fortunate at 0-2, having been outscored by a margin of 124-6 in the team's first two games.
Getting a third win moving on to
The Stars offense, which collectively recorded six touchdowns in the two regular season games, has been efficient so far.
Quarterback Kellen Nolan is currently completing 67.7 percent of his passes, throwing for 3 touchdowns and almost 400 yards in the two games.
Wideout Matt St. Clair is certainly a big part of those statistics, recording over 200 yards receiving so far on just 8 catches.
He reached the end zone twice last week, and has without a doubt established himself as a deep-threat option for Nolan.
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