Sunday, August 30, 2009
EFL Post Game Press Coverage August 30
R&B delivers crusher
ANOTHER ROUT: Watertown draws praise from Massena
By MATT CORDOVA
SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2009
POTSDAM — A season that was frustrating enough already for the Massena Silver and Black seemed to get even longer Saturday night, thanks to the Watertown Red and Black.
T.J. Williams carried 10 times for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns at Sandstoner Park as Watertown rolled past Massena 48-0 for an Empire Football League victory.
The Red and Black (7-1) reached the end zone on six of its seven offensive drives, racking up 312 rushing yards. Running back Anthony Noel caught touchdown passes of 16 and 27 yards and also ran for a one-yard score.
Massena (0-7), trailing 21-0, received the ball to start the second half, but, two plays later, as Watertown safety Adam Bossinger flipped into the end zone after a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown, the Silver and Black lost any hope of making it competitive.
"Every play of every game is a challenge," Watertown head coach George Ashcraft said. "It's just we're playing so well together right now."
Opponents are taking notice.
"They're definitely one of the premier teams," Massena coach Jim Compeau said of Watertown. "Especially after seeing what they did to Plattsburgh. Their defense is great, and they have a pretty balanced offense."
Dylan Kirker and Demetric White each paced the Red and Black's second consecutive shutout — and third of the year — with 11 tackles.
Ben Call recorded eight tackles, while Dan Robl added six stops and a fumble recovery to help Watertown remain the league's stingiest defense.
"It's going to take a really solid effort from some team and some kind of breakdown to beat us," Kirker said. "Hopefully it doesn't happen."
Buddy Compeau led the Silver and Black with 85 yards on the ground, but Massena's only significant trip into Watertown territory was on its final possession.
Compeau, the league's third leading rusher, provided the few bright spots for a Massena team that has dropped several close matchups heading into next week's league-wide bye for Labor Day.
Losses of one, two and six points have Massena's players believing their team is on the right track, yet they remain winless.
"We've been close this year and that's big," coach Compeau said. "We're building on things, and hopefully we'll get one this year. We're going into every game thinking we can win. As long as we keep that attitude we'll be good."
The impending two-week break leaves Watertown to prepare for what will likely be the most important game of the regular season. Quebec, which is responsible for the Red and Black's one loss, visits the Fairgrounds on Sept. 12.
Five turnovers during that Aug. 15 matchup foiled Watertown's efforts for a perfect season, and holding on to the ball will likely be the main focus during practice for the next 14 days.
"We know we have to do a better job than we did the first time," Ashcraft said.
Published August 30, 2009 12:22 am - Broome County pulls out 35-34 win in Empire Football League play.
Stars fall in fourth
BINGHAMTON — Following a dominating offensive performance and a 27-14 lead after three quarters, the Plattsburgh North Stars gave up 21 points in the final stanza in a 35-34 loss to Broome County Saturday night.
Plattsburgh had a chance to dodge the loss with a final drive with three minutes remaining, but a bobbled snap on a field goal attempt inside the 20-yard line prevented a chance for the game-winning kick.
The Stars converted on multiple fourth downs to keep the drive alive.
"The offense played pretty well all night, 34 points on the road is pretty good," Plattsburgh head coach Pat Keleher said. "We just fell apart on defense in the fourth quarter."
It was Plattsburgh second-straight loss as the team drops to 6-2 in Empire Football League play and 8-2 overall.
"We have a bye week next weekend and then play Vermont at home the following week," Keleher said. "We've got to right the ship."
Broome County 35, Plattsburgh 34
7 10 10 7 - 34
0 7 7 21 - 35
Saturday, August 29, 2009
For Noel, personal goals don't get in way; North Stars take long road
North Stars take long road
BINGHAMTON — After a tough road loss in Watertown which ended the Plattsburgh North Stars undefeated run, the team takes its longest road trip of the regular season tonight when it faces the Broome Country Dragons in Binghamton.
Plattsburgh (6-1 Empire Football League, 8-1 overall) got its first win and handed the Dragons their first loss of the season in July, as the Stars scored on a punt return, passing and rushing play.
Quarterback Ken Stay completed one touchdown and two interceptions in the game, going just 7-for-20 for 44 yards.
However, Stay has throw eight touchdowns and four picks since that game, and the rushing game has improved since week one with the addition of fullback Kyle Nolan and the development of halfback Zach Blocker, in addition to backs Brandon Keleher and Elija Parks.
"We did a good job running against (Broome County) earlier this year," Plattsburgh head coach Pat Keleher said. "We didn't throw the ball very well but Ken has come a long way since then."
Despite the fact that it faced a very tough defense in Watertown, Plattsburgh will need to be much better running the ball than it was last week.
The Stars totaled just 35 yards on the ground. Brandon Keleher got hurt early in the game and Blocker had to go from his usual change-of-pace position to the primary rusher.
Stay did pile u p 165 yards but Plattsburgh couldn't convert a field-goal attempt or two red zone passes that were overthrown.
Plattsburgh can solidify a home playoff game with a win in Binghamton and can, at worst, garauntee the No. 2 seed if it wins its final three games.
"As far as I'm concerned (Broome County) is a must-win," Keleher said.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Dragons beaten on late, long TD pass
Dragons fall to Titans
Tonight they're taking on the
In the 2nd, coach and QB Geoff Brown completes the throw to Thierry Fontin, who is not touched, and gets up to run some more. All together it's a 45-yard gain, and it would set up this.
The Brown and Fontin connection again, this time for six, it's 7-0
They're looking to make it three wins in a row, and with plays like this they might be on their way. Good finds Bill Smith for 68-yards, not a TD, he fell at the two.
Two plays later, good nails Dominque Henderson with the fade, sweet grab.
The final is 28-24,
EFL Post Game Press Release August 23, 2009
R&B deadly efficient
Despite snagging three interceptions, Massena couldn't overcome the Ice Storm's early scores from Rob Joy and Austin Partain, falling in an EFL game in
Sunday, August 16, 2009
North Stars crush Silver and Black
North Stars crush Silver and Black
By NICK ST. DENIS
PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh North Stars compiled 422 yards on offense in a 40-6 blowout victory over Massena Saturday night at
The win, along with last weekend's 40-0 road victory over the Silver and Black, improves the Stars to 6-0 in Empire Football League play and 8-0 overall.
"Well, I can say, it's the first time we've been 8-0 since I've been here,"
Stars quarterback Ken Stay completed 12 of 22 pass attempts for 211 yards in Saturday's game, including a 60-yard touchdown strike to Kelly Gordon. Stay and Gordon continued to show good chemistry, connecting for 105 yards through the air.
Stay also scored the game's first touchdown on a quarterback keeper.
Brandon Keleher had a big night for
Fellow halfback Zach Blocker gained 78 rushing yards and scored for
"We have a real good group of fullbacks between Kyle (Nolan), Elija (Parks) and James Blocker," Keleher said. "Elija made some textbook blocks tonight that set off some big gains."
Zach Blocker and Jordan Keleher brought back a handful of big kickoff and punt returns, as they've been doing all season long.
"Zach and Jordan do such a good job of setting up the offense and demoralizing the other team with field position," Keleher said.
Massena scored its only touchdown on a 49-yard fumble recovery return by Daniel Colbert.
Nolan recorded the game's final points on a 2-yard run and Brandon St. John made the last meaningful play with
The Stars travel to
"We're going to go into
Massena 0 6 0 0—6
P- Stay 3 run (Ryder kick), 5:44.
P- B. Keleher 55 run (PAT no good), 5:42.
P- Stay 60 pass to Gordon (Ryder kick), 10:49.
M- Colbert 49 fumble recovery (PAT no good), 14:02.
P- B. Keleher 3 run (PAT no good), 11:56.
P- Blocker 7 run (Ryder kick), 3:22.
P- Nolan 2 run (Ryder kick), 11:58.
Plattsburgh- B. Keleher 11-127 2 TDs, Z. Blocker 12-78 TD, Nolan 4-18 TD, Stay 2-7 TD, Parks 2-15.
Massena- Compeau 8-22, Lamb 2-2, Deon 7-37, Mason 3-(-14), Hirshey 1(-9).
Plattsburgh- Stay 12-22-211-1-2.
Massena- Mason 6-13-80-0-1.
Plattsburgh- B. Keleher 1-14, Parks 1-7, 2-31, Gordon 4-105 TD, Fish 2-39, J. Keleher 2-15.
Massena- Hirshey 2-17, James 2-14, Sinclair 1-8, Compeau 1-42.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
EFL Pre Game Press Coverage August 15, 2009
Defense does its part: Red and Black's unit creates havoc, forces turnovers
Stars look to stay unbeaten
By NICK ST. DENIS
And if last week's 40-0 victory over Massena was any indictation of what is to come tonight when the Stars host the winless Silver and Black at 7:30 at Plattsburgh High School, that number will likely be seven.
However, head coach Pat Keleher isn't about to let his team take the Empire Football League matchup lightly.
"We're approaching everything the same way — Massena is a better team than the score indicated," Keleher said. "We played very well in that game, but they have very good potential. I do not want our guys in any way thinking this game is in the bag. It could very well come down to a dog fight."
Quarterback Ken Stay fell into a groove last weekend, tossing three touchdown scores, no interceptions and connecting on 12-of-19 passes for 172 yards. The first-year signal caller had made a habit of starting off slow and getting better later in the in the team's first six games, but that was not the case last Saturday.
Keleher expects less early-game rust and better play out of the gate from Stay as he continues to get comfortable with the offense.
"He understands our offense now and (offensive coordinator) Scott (Aguglia) has done a great job bringing him along," Keleher said. "The other half of it is playing experience. The game is slowing down for him."
Kyle20Nolan's return to the team, along with Elija Parks, gives
Defensively, Kyle Babbie has played more of a linebacker role instead of his prior spot at defensive end. Babbie, however, still moves up to the line in four down linemen sets and is part of a linebacker group that can rush and play coverage.
The defensive blend Keleher has put together demands chemistry and selflessness, both of which the Stars have seemed to have in its front seven and eight.
"The D-line is doing a good job stalling up front," Keleher said. "They're very unselfish, not worrying about sacks." He added that quarterback pressure has still been a good as ever despite fewer sacks than a majority of EFL teams.
The Stars' success has gained them gained national attention — they're in the top 25 in all three major semi-pro football national polls. This week
A win tonight would garauntee
"My message to the team is still one game at a time," Keleher said. "But I'm very pleased about where we're at right now."
Sunday, August 09, 2009
EFL Post Game Coverage August 8, 2009
Red & Black follows formula to home rout
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Stay leads unbeaten Stars
MASSENA — The Plattsburgh North Stars focused on the passing game during their bye week, and it showed when they returned to action Saturday.
Quarterback Ken Stay tossed three touchdown passes — including a 62-yard score — to help the Stars shut out the Massena Silver and Black 40-0 in an Empire Football League game.
The Stars improved to 4-0 in league play.
Stay finished 10-for-18 for 151 yards and no interceptions.
"One of the things we did during the bye week was work hard on the passing game, letting Ken see the field,"=2 0Stars coach Pat Keleher said. "He's really had two good (games) in a row now. He's starting to understand the offense. The game's slowing down for him; he's starting to see the field. He played very well tonight."
The Stars' offense was kickstarted by the special teams, specifically Zach Blocker's kick returns.
"He set us in their territory a couple times," Keleher said. "He had a 50-yard opening return to start the game. That put us inside their 30, and bam, three plays and we're up 7-0."
Blocker totaled 137 return yards and added 22 rushing yards.
Stay connected with Matt St. Clair for a 62-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 and found Kelly Gordon for a 6-yard score before the end of the first quarter.
The Stars went into halftime ahead 27-0.
St. Clair finished with a team-high 75 receiving yards, and Gordon totaled three catches for 27 yards. Chris Fish had a 9-yard touchdown reception.
Brandon Keleher led
The Silver and Black's best chance to get on the board came late in the game.
"They had a first-and-goal from the six, and we held," Pat Keleher said. "They didn't gain any yards. They went 0-for-4 from the six. That was really the only time they threatened.
"I think we're very solid up front defensively, and that allows what I believe is a very talented group of linebackers to run free, make plays. The secondary was solid (Saturday). They didn't give up any home-run balls."
Massena, which visits
Massena 0 0 0 0—0
P- B. Keleher 5 run (Fish kick).
P- Stay 62 pass to St. Clair (Fish kick).
P- Stay 6 pass to Gordon (kick failed).
P- Stay 9 pass to Fish (Fish kick).
P- Nolan 23 run (Fish kick).
P- Parks 6 run (kick failed).
P- B. Keleher 12-101, TD; Nolan 3-24, TD; Z. Blocker 5-22; Parks 3-19, TD; J. Blocker 1-4. Totals: 24-170, 3 TDs.
P- St. Clair 2-75, TD; Gordon 3-27, TD; B. Keleher 1-16; Fish 1-9, TD; Talley 1-9; J. Keleher 1-8; Z. Blocker 1-7. Totals: 10-151, 3 TDs.
P- Stay 10-18-151-3-0.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
North Stars face win-starved Massena
North Stars face win-starved Massena
MASSENA — After a 3-0 start to the Empire Football Leauge season (5-0 overall) and a bye week to work out whatever kinks they still have, the Plattsburgh North Stars return to the field Saturday in Massena to take on the Silver and Black.
Massena dropped close games to
The Silver and Black lost to
The Stars look to first-year quarterback Ken Stay to continue directing an offense that has produced 73 points in three league games, second in the EFL behind
Stay's main target through the air has been Kelly Gordon. The two have connected for 132 yards and four touchdowns.
Good penetration from the inside of the defensive line and steady pressure outside has made
BJ Godfrey leads the team in tackles with 21, and Jamil McCray already has an interception for a touchdown.
The secondary has combined for seven interceptions in league play as Joey Painter, Matt St. Clair and Brandon St. John have two apiece.
Sunday, August 02, 2009
'Poor Man's Joe Namath' Reigned in Minor League Football (AFA Hall of Fame Class of 1982)
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