Saturday, September 27, 2008
EFL Pre Game Press Coverage 9/27
Zephyrs to play on the road
By ADAM SHINDER
Recorder Sports Staff
Time is running out for the Amsterdam Zephyrs to turn a disappointing season around. That doesn't mean there still isn't enough time left to make plenty of noise.
Sitting at 3-5 overall and in fourth place in the Empire Football League, the Zephyrs have just two regular season games remaining to nail down a playoff berth. The home stretch begins tonight, when the Zephyrs travel across the state to take on the 1-7 Watertown Red & Black.
"The regular season has not actually gone the way we thought in the beginning," said team vice president Rick Sager. "We lost a couple of close games right off the bat with the 25-24 loss to
A week ago, however, star running back Elijah White helped the Zephyrs close out their home schedule in style, rushing for 192 yards and three touchdowns in
"Elijah is just a tremendous asset to this team," Sager said. "His running ability is just tremendous."
Although he missed both the
"If he doesn't miss those two games, that easily puts him at the top of the league in rushing," Sager said. "Right now, he's only four yards behind the league leader, and that's with missing two games."
Complimenting White throughout the entire season have been receivers Issmal Green and Cedrick Pearman, who have combined to haul in 70 passes and 14 touchdowns from quarterback Ken Schaefer as the Zephyrs have come on late in the season under first-year coach Tom Manny.
With the top four teams qualifying for postseason play, the Zephyrs are in a close battle with 3-6
"We got down to the nine minute mark when lightning and thunder and rain opened up and we had to stop the game," Sager said. "We waited approximately and hour or so and had various resources -- phone, Internet, the National Weather Service -- they didn't expect it to stop for several hours, so the game was suspended."
Despite having to hit the road for the final two games of the season, the Zephyrs' chances of pulling to .500 for the season and reaching the playoffs look healthy, as their last two opponents own a combined 1-15 record. After taking on
However, Sager said that the Zephyrs need to make sure they stay focused and put out a maximum effort against the league's cellar dwellers.
Stars wrap up regular season
The North Stars will travel to
But the team won't hold anything back during tonight's Fan Appreciation Night.
Since it is the final game of the season, the Stars will have giveaways and raffles throughout the evening for fans.
"We've had good crowds throughout the year," Keleher said. "So we want to do a little something to say thank you."
A win over the Empire Football League powerhouse Ice Storm, however, would be a great way to say thank you.
"We're going to approach Saturday's game like any game," Head Coach Pat Keleher said. "We're preparing to win and are not going to hold anyone out. I don't think we can do that."
Coming off last week's road-loss against
"The biggest thing we didn't do in our first game against them was adjust on the field," Keleher said. "When you get to this level there are just certain adjustments you have to make throughout the game. You have to recognize what the other team is doing offensively and defensively, and adjust to that."
Plattsburgh quarterback Kellen Nolan and his offense recorded just 132 yards in the teams' last meeting, so the Stars will have to do a lot more offensively while keeping the Ice Storm's offense somewhat contained to stick with Vermont.
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