BEEKMANTOWN — The Beekmantown Eagles were running — and passing — on all cylinders in Eagle Country Saturday afternoon.
Senior quarterback Jacob Remchuk passed for 174 yards and junior running back Justin Stevens rushed for 103 yards to lead the Eagles to a 55-6 victory over Ausable Valley in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football.
“I think we played well as a team,” Remchuk said of Beekmantown’s total effort. “This was a statement game for us as we look toward Ti and Peru (in upcoming playoff action).”
The Eagles accented that statement early when Stevens scored on a four-yard plunge off right tackle just two minutes into the game, capping a 53-yard, six-play drive from the opening kickoff.
The teams traded punts on their next offensive possessions, but Stevens added to the Beekmantown statement late in the quarter when he ran untouched on a 37-yard punt return.
The Patriots, whose rushing game had stalled during their first two possessions, turned to the air late in the opening stanza as senior quarterback John Goodnough connected on four of five passes, culminating with a 14-yard strike to Shane Douglas.
Prior to the score, the Ausable Valley coaching staff yelled to Goodnough from the sidelines to look outside because the Beekmantown defense was pinching in. Goodnough found an open Douglas on the right side, and Douglas ran to the end zone untouched.
Stevens re-established the Eagles’ two-score cushion four minutes later with a 21-yard run on a delay up the middle.
The Beekmantown offense continued to impress on its next possession, featuring two spectacular catches of 17 and 22 yards on successive plays by senior tight end Quentin Barber. The first catch was a one-handed grab of a ball well over his head, and the second was a diving grab with hands stretched out.
“I’ve been practicing one-hand catches,” Barber said of the initial grab. “They were perfect throws. He (Remchuk) put them right where I could catch them.”
The Eagles put the game out of reach by halftime with two more scores, a Remchuk pass to Kyle Dupigny and an eight-yard keeper on a sweep around right end.
Barber scored early in the third quarter on a 53-yard punt return.
“Coach (Jamie Lozier) asked if I wanted to return punts (during the second half),” Barber said of his first ever punt return. “It was fun; everyone did a good job blocking for me.”
Devin Fessette and Dupigny added second-half rushing TDs.
“Our guys came to play,” Lozier said of the Eagles’ effort. “There were a couple of things we worked to improve on, and we did what we set out to do.
“I have all the respect for Ausable Valley,” he added. “They’ve had a lot if injuries, but they fought to the end. They never gave up.”
Lozier said he was especially proud of his special teams. Besides the punt returns, Beekmantown’s punting and kickoff teams often pinned the Patriots deep in their zone, and Remchuk hit on seven of eight extra points.
Ausable Valley’s feature running back Dillon Savage was injured on the first play of the second half and did not return to action. The Eagles’ defense held the senior to nine yards rushing and no catches.
Goodnough accounted for 248 yards of total offense for the Patriots, including 153 yards through the air. Douglas had 111 receiving yards on five receptions.
Beekmantown 55, Ausable Valley 6
Ausable Valley 0 6 0 0 – 6
Beekmantown 14 21 13 7 – 55
Beek- Stevens 4 run (Remchuk kick), 2:41.
Beek- Stevens 37 punt return (Remchuk kick), 8:54.
AV- Douglas 3 pass from Goodnough (kick failed), 1:29.
Beek- Stevens 21 run (Remchuk kick), 5:31.
Beek- Dupigny 35 pass from Remchuk (Remchuk kick), 10:55.
Beek- Remchuk 10 run (Remchuk kick), 11.50
Beek- Barber 57 punt return (Remchuk kick), 1:47.
Beek- Fessette 8 run (kick failed), 6:16.
Beek- Dupigny 5 run (Remchuk kick), :53.
AV- Goodnough 13-95; Savage, 11-9; Coolidge, 3-11. Totals: 27-115.
Beek- Stevens 10-103, 2 TDs; Fessette 6-27, TD; Dupigny, 2-8, TD; Remchuk, 4-15, TD; Trombley, 1-0; Peryea, 2-8; Pepper, 3-6. Totals: 28-167, 5 TDs.
AV- Goodnough 8-16-2-153, TD. Sacked: 1 (-4).
Beek-Remchuk 7-11-0-174, TD.
AV- Sikandar 3-42; Douglass 5-111.
Beek- Fessette, 2-65; Barber, 2-39; Dupigny, 1-35, TD.
Beek- Fessette, 2.