Sunday, August 24, 2008
EFL Post Game Press Coverage August 24
Quebec holds firm against Watertown
EFL MATCHUP: Red and Black makes progress, but Titans triumph at Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds
By MATT CORDOVA
SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2008
The Watertown Red and Black actually didn't have too bad a game Saturday night. The team limited the
Pretty much everything went according to plan. Except the final outcome.
The Titans took advantage of Denis Houle's 112 yards rushing, along with his pair of 5-yard scoring runs, to claim a 17-9 Empire Football League victory over the host Red and Black at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.
The result left
"The defense played a great game, and we held them down in scoring. We probably should have put more points on the board ourselves," head coach George Ashcraft said. "But that's part of the game. Good things are starting to come out of this. Even if we're not getting the wins yet."
A re-energized offense gave the Red and Black an opportunity to notch the much-needed upset. Quarterback Anthony Noel went 4-for-15, but his completions totaled 100 yards, and
Lester Cole hauled in his first regular-season touchdown — a 50-yard strike from Noel — midway through the first, and
Ben Pritchard intercepted Kevin Wyeth's attempt at a shovel pass on
"People have to understand there are a lot of rookies here," Cole said. "For us to stay in this game all the way through the fourth quarter is an outstanding job."
Wyeth, who in July tossed three touchdowns against the Red and Black, didn't find the end zone Saturday and was intercepted four times. He kept throwing the ball in Brian Williams's direction, and Williams picked it off three times, raising his league-best total to eight. He also broke up two passes, both intended for the Titans' No. 1 receiver Marvin Joseph, in the end zone.
Twice during the final quarter, powered by the running of Joe Brennan (18-99),
More importantly for
"We got into a bad habit a little of overpursuing the ball, especially at linebacker," Brady Nix said. "We were trying to cut back on their runs and make arm tackles instead of getting in close and wrapping up.
"That's been the story of our season. We'll stuff somebody again and again, and they'll break a big run or pass, and score off it."
Dustin Houppert registered six tackles, while Quatrell Walker and Adam Bossinger each turned in five to help lead the defense.
"We didn't play that well on offense, with the four interceptions. But George's teams are tough," Titans' head coach John Mouland said. "You're going to have ups and downs. I've been there. Believe me."
The Deacon Demons' Ryan Corbit scored on a 10-yard run in the first quarter, and that was all the scoring
Jason Hudson caught a touchdown pass for
Mike Weller recorded a safety for Massena (0-5).
Published August 24, 2008 12:15 am -
Stars fall to Ice Storm
By NICK ST. DENIS
COLCHESTER, Vt. -- The Plattsburgh North Stars and the Vermont Ice Storm did some things right, and some things wrong Saturday night.
Stars' quarterback Kellen Nolan threw two interceptions, while
The Stars lost a fumble, and so did the Ice Storm.
But only one team took advantage of its offensive possessions despite a few misses now and then, and that was the difference in
"It's not good," head coach Pat Keleher put it simply after the team's second loss in a row.
Like the Stars' last game against
"They are good at forcing teams into making mistakes," Keleher said.
A prime example was when
Down by 14 points on second and third down, the Stars went for the pass.
Nolan was forced to roll right on both plays, and on the second, he tried to force the ball into coverage and was intercepted.
Meanwhile, the Stars' signal-caller had a receiver wide open crossing to the left on both plays -- but
"I don't know how much of it is what
Maybe it was a little of both.
Ruderman recorded three touchdown passes in the first half to give his team a 21-7 lead at the break.
He then came out firing on the team's first drive of the second half, and connected with Mike Jabour for a 31-yard touchdown strike down the left sideline.
"I had guys tell me they knew what their assignments were," Keleher said. "But then ended up blowing those same assignments on the field."
Despite the team's shortcomings,
Matt St. Clair had a big night in his first game back from injury, catching Nolan's only touchdown pass and intercepting Ruderman twice.
Ken Ruwett gave his team a much-needed spark as well when he picked off a tipped Ruderman pass and ran it back for a touchdown, bringing the score to 28-14 midway in the third quarter.
But that was the last time the Stars would get a sniff of the end zone, and Ruderman made sure it wouldn't matter anyway when he hit Rob Joy for his third touchdown reception of the night to put the game out of reach.
"Sometimes you lose to good teams," Keleher said. "But in that case, I expect something like 28-21, not 35-14."
After dropping the last two games following a strong 6-0 (4-0 in EFL) start, the team feels that they are playing below their standards as of late.
"I'm just disappointed that we're not playing to the level we're capable of," Keleher said. "We did that in our first few games, but not these last two."
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