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July 22, 2007

Lake City gets first victory

Bezio passes for 3 touchdowns; Keleher, St. Clair each score twice

PLATTSBURGH — The Lake City Stars showed just how good a team they can be during the first three quarters.

The fourth quarter, however, almost proved to be a nightmare.

Chateauguay scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, but Lake City was able to hold on for a 35-31 victory over the Titans at Melissa L. Penfield Park on Saturday.

“At the end of the game our youth really showed and we almost buckled under the pressure,” Stars head coach Pat Keleher said. “The mistakes we were making were not due to lack of skill, they were mental mistakes. We were blowing coverages and sometimes (we) didn’t know our assignments.

“The biggest thing at the end of the game was our mental mistakes.”

After Chateauguay kicked a 28-yard field goal to open scoring, Lake City marched down the field 59 yards to take a 7-3 lead on Brandon Keleher’s 1-yard touchdown.

The Titans took the lead back, however, at the end of the quarter when quarterback Zan Symonds got away from a couple of tacklers and found Treldon James open for a 46-yard touchdown pass.

It was all Stars in the second and third quarters.

Matt Bezio connected on a trio of touchdown passes — two coming in the third quarter — as the Stars took a 28-10 advantage.

Bezio first found Matt St. Clair on a 6-yard touchdown in the second quarter for a 14-10 lead.

The duo liked it so much that they decided to do it again to start the third quarter, this one of the 35-yard variety.

Bezio’s third touchdown pass was to Heath Geiser, who caught a pass on an out route, managed to keep himself in bounds and took it the distance.

“I am very happy that we won,” Pat Keleher said. “We played so much better as a team tonight then we did against Amsterdam last week.

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