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.”