Sunday, August 10, 2008
EFL Press Coverage August 10
By BILL CAIN, The Leader-Herald
POSTED: August 9, 2008
"Ruderman is one of the top quarterbacks in the league," Manny said. "He's very efficient and they're the type of team that can spread you out quickly. Our front four have to step up, like last week, and put a bunch of pressure on Ruderman."
The Zephyrs recorded four sacks last week against
"They have bonded together more than I could imagine," he said. "We took one of the top offenses and shut them down. The defense did the job and hasn't given up a touchdown in four quarters, now."
Raphael Nicosia registered 10 solo tackles, while Jim Sweeney had six solos, an assist and a pass deflection. The defense will get linebacker/defensive back Jorge Rodriquez back this week after he missed the game in
Schaefer was 10-for-31 through the air for 128 yards and gained 30 on the ground. He connected with Cedric Pearman for touchdowns of 20 and 18 yards.
The offense will return Bob Loffredo, an offensive tackle who was out with an injury last week. Manny said the return of both Rodriquez and Loffredo should improve the Zephyrs' chances this week.
The Zephyrs are 0-2, but led against
"This year, everybody knows every week is a street fight," he said.
He said the Zephyrs are anxious to get their first win, but the players are not consumed by the early winless streak.
"They're human, so of course they're frustrated," he said. "I'm frustrated. But we're not letting it take root. We're knocking on the door and, soon, we're going to knock it down.
"This is a big test. If we can pull it off, then we have four home games in a row. It would be a big turnaround."
Zephyrs searching for first win
BY TONY PASTORE
Recorder Sports Staff
The Amsterdam Zephyrs are still looking for their first victory in the Empire Football League season and today it won't get any easier for the team as they face Vermont Ice Storm.
Zephyrs head coach Tom Manny expects a lot of the same from
"From the tapes I saw of them this year and what I saw last year, they have not changed anything. They run a west coast offense. We have a defense to stop it. It will be interesting. They are disciplined and don't make mistakes."
One aspect of the game Manny is happy with is
"We haven't given up touchdown in four quarters," Manny said. "We had a lot of sacks. The linebackers executed. The secondary played great. Everything was there. We played the way we can on defense."
Offensively, the Zephyrs will throw the ball more then in their previous two games. Last week at
"Missing Elijah didn't help our running attack but we have to execute. We did not run the ball well," Manny said "It looks like the run game is going to be used to keep em honest."
Manny is happy with the air attack.
"The whole passing game has been effective. Cedrick Pearman is our top guy. Jason Newborn is going to be a weapon they (
A big factor in
"Our line is not doing their job up front and I'm pulling my hair out over it," Manny said "It's not a problem with snaps, holds or kicker. We are not blocking properly. I almost lost a gasket over it. We know what the mistakes are but we have to stop making them."
With the two losses, Manny acknowledges there is some level of frustration.
"We're frustrated. We're so close yet so far. We're not letting our frustration dictate our performance. We are going over game plans and we just need to execute. We have to hit on all cylinders. We have to play mistake free football without any turnovers."
Published August 10, 2008 12:30 am - Injuries, turnovers catch up with
By NICK ST. DENIS
PLATTSBURGH -- Unlike last week, the Plattsburgh North Stars felt the effects of their missing pieces on offense Saturday night.
The team again missed the likes of receivers Matt St. Clair and Kelly Gordon in the team's matchup against
The visiting Titans handed the Stars their first loss of the season, 23-8, in Empire Football League action at
"Kelly and Matt have the speed to stretch the defense," Keleher said. "So does Verkey. But not having those two, without question, allowed (
Despite entering the Titans' side of the field half a dozen times -- including a third down on the Titans two-yard line --
After a short Kyle Nolan score late in the fourth quarter, the fullback caught a two-point conversion to bring the score within eight.
But an onside kick gone bad put the ball in the hands of
"They knew we were going onside, and the ball popped up and he caught it in stride," Keleher said.
Quarterback Kellen Nolan, who has been more than efficient in taking advantage of Stars' offensive possessions all season, turned the ball over four times in the air in Titans' territory and saw (Kyle) Nolan fumble the ball during a handoff.
The Stars' signal-caller never looked completely confident behind an offensive line that put starting center Nick Moore at the tackle position and backup Josh Pray in
However, Keleher insisted that the position moves weren't an issue, and that it didn't have an effect on Nolan's passing game.
"I don't really think that had a big effect; we practiced all week that way," Keleher said. "(Kellen) has had six pretty good nights, and he had one rocky night tonight."
Nolan finished the game going 15 for 25 with 144 yards, with four interceptions and no touchdowns, while running back Heath Geiser led the team on the ground with 44 yards.
But with St. Clair out of the lineup at safety and Joe Conway only playing half of the game,
I don't think we played poorly defensively," Keleher said. "But we blew the coverage on the long touchdown."
Wyeth finished 14 for 25 with 226 yards in the air.
"Our front four has gotten to just about every quarterback," Keleher said. "I think tonight was the first night we didn't put a lot of pressure on him."
"We got beat tonight."
Zephyrs fall short at
Elijah White carried the ball 17 times for the Zephyrs (0-4) for 204 yards and scored two touchdowns, the second of which came on a 69-yard run in the third quarter. Kenny Schaefer completed seven passes for 111 yards and connected for two touchdown passes, one to Cedrick Pearman and the other to Ishmael Green.
Pearman caught two passes for 54 yards and Green caught three for 48.
Defensively, Kip Stewart had 10 tackles, five solo, and one sack and George Rodriquez made seven tackles, five solo. Mark Nellis made four solo tackles out of his seven.
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