Sunday, October 05, 2008
EFL Post Game Press Coverage October 5
Red and Black finishes EFL season with win
OFFENSE COMES THROUGH:
By MATT CORDOVA
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2008
The Watertown Red and Black's offensive opportunities were limited during the second half of Saturday's Empire Football League game.
But when it was needed most, the team put together a key offensive series that sealed a 33-26 victory over the Ottawa Deacon Demons at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.
The Red and Black (3-7) took over at the 50 with 9 minutes, 12 seconds left in regulation, clinging to a seven-point lead. It needed to find a way to quell the momentum Ottawa (3-6) had seized after consecutive 12- and 11-play touchdown drives that consumed most of the second-half clock.
The Red and Black, powered by running back Anthony Noel (15 carries, 131 yards), orchestrated a 7:15 march that culminated with Noel's second touchdown and a 33-20 edge.
The Deacon Demons returned the ensuing kickoff to
"It's been a rough season with some ups and downs," said veteran receiver
The Red and Black's slim playoff hopes faded when
"This was a rebuilding year," head coach George Ashcraft said. "And what we have to build from is good. I'm very, very pleased."
Antonio Alexander's 55- and 53-yard interception returns for touchdowns in the first half proved to vital for
Deacon Demons quarterback Francois Azzi attempted just four passes in the game while leading his run-oriented offense. Alexander's third pick was negated by a pass-interference penalty in the final quarter.
"It was all just good jumps," the first-year cornerback said. "They were good throws, I just beat the receiver to the ball each time.
"I was thinking 'Get it to the end zone,' so I had to throw the boosters on."
Brian Williams completed his first three pass attempts, including a 19-yard connection to Anthony Tyrkala to convert a fourth down on
Ben Pritchard also turned a strong, all-around performance for
"Last week's win was great, because it at least gave us a chance to get in the playoffs," Alexander said. "We should have been winning games all year like this. But we'll take it now."
The Silver and Black (0-10) came close to winning in the final game of its inaugural season, but was defeated in overtime when Ken Schaefer hit Issmal Green with a 50-yard pass to give the Zephyrs (3-6) a win in an Empire Football League game in Massena.
POSTED: October 5, 2008
MASSENA - The Amsterdam Zephyrs eked out a 24-18 overtime victory over the Massena Raiders to close out their regular season on a positive note.
The Zephyrs will find out their postseason plans today after a meeting of the league commissioners.
The Zephyrs secured the victory with 7:30 left in overtime when Ken Schaefer hit Issmal Green with a 50-yard touchdown pass.
Schaefer and Green hooked up earlier in the game for a 4-yard touchdown and Joe Newborn punched in a 1-yard third-quarter touchdown. Tucker Gifford rounded out
Schaefer finished the night with a 15-for-39 passing performance for 252 yards. Green contributed 10 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns.