BEEKMANTOWN — The Beekmantown offense came out strong against Saranac Saturday.
But it was even overshadowed by the Eagles’ overpowering defense, which held the Chiefs to a combined 12 yards in a 42-6 victory in the Section VII Class B football semifinal.
With the win, Beekmantown will travel to Peru, a 70-0 winner over Plattsburgh, next Saturday for the Class B championship.
“I think the most we have given up on defense all year is 280 yards in a game,” Eagles head coach Jamie Lozier said. “Our defense has been solid, but when our offense runs the ball and holds it the way it did (Saturday), this is the turnout we can have.
“Hopefully we can build off of this great momentum.”
The Beekmantown rushing attack was difficult to stop Saturday, as it rushed for 345 yards and four touchdowns on 47 carries.
Devin Fessette, who missed a good chunk of the season due to injury, rushed 19 times for 154 yards and a pair of scores to lead the charge.
Fessette’s second touchdown of the game proved to be the game-winner, breaking up a 6-6 tie with 1:44 left in the first quarter.
“The holes were definitely opened up,” Fessette said. “A lot of guys stepped up on the offensive line and did a great job. All of the credit goes to the line; they did a phenomenal job.”
Despite only completing three passes all game long, Eagles quarterback Zachary Myers made the most of them. He connected with Haydin Fountain with all three passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
Fountain had the first score of the game, a 6-yard touchdown pass from Myers. He closed out the scoring in the first half with a 37-yard reception.
The second half belonged to the rushing attack offensively for Beekmantown. Fessette scored his second touchdown of the game on a 10-yard run, Justin Stevens ran for a 61-yard touchdown and Michael Guerin found the end zone from 18 yards out to finish the scoring on the afternoon.
“We’re a physical team and we played physical today,” Lozier said. “We are coming together and playing as a team. With the power we have up front we now have speed in our backfield (with Fessette and Stevens).”
Stevens added 96 yards on the ground for the Eagles, while Guerin totaled 62 yards on nine carries.
The Chiefs had a welcome surprise in their backfield Saturday in leading rusher Matt McCasland, who missed the last three games with an injury.
Beekmantown’s defense, however, held McCasland to 25 yards rushing on the day. Saranac finished with 14 yards on the ground, while quarterback Zach LaReau completed just one pass for negative yardage.
“I give Saranac a lot of credit.” Lozier said. “They have been banged up and were missing some players, but they never gave up. I have a lot of respect for that program and what Coach (Mark) Burrell has done with them.”
Up next for the Eagles is the high-powered offense of Peru, which Beekmantown fell to 21-6 in Week 4 of the season, and is a rematch of last season’s Class B title game, which also went in the Indians’ favor.
“It’s a big rivalry (Beekmantown and Peru),” Fessette said. “We have to have a good week of practice and keep our heads together. If we play the way we played (Saturday) we have a good chance.”
“We’re pretty excited to play them again,” Lozier said. “We always played tough football games with Peru. We know each other very well. No matter the outcome, Beekmantown and Peru always play tough games.”
Beekmantown 42, Saranac 6
Saranac 6 0 0 0 — 6
Beekmantown 14 7 21 0 — 42
B- Fountain 6 pass from Myers (run failed), 6:35.
S- LaReau 60 interception return (kick failed), 8:39.
B- Fessette 24 run (Stevens from Myers), 13:16.
B- Fountain 37 pass from Myers (Remchuk kick), 12:54.
B- Stevens 61 run (Remchuk kick), 4:59.
B- Fessette 10 run (Remchuk kick), 9:03.
B- Guerin 18 run (Remchuk kick), 14:06.
S- McCasland, 12-25; Maye, 3-3; LaReau, 7-(-14). Totals: 22-14.
B- Fessette, 19-154, 2 TD; Stevens, 4-96, TD; M. Guerin, 9-62, TD; Pickering, 9-31; Myers, 3-8; Dupigny, 1-2; R. Guerin, 1-0; Barber, 1-(-8). Totals: 47-345, 4 TD.
S- LaReau, 1-9-2-(-2).
B- Myers, 3-9-1-63, TD.
S- Hackett, 1-(-2).
B- Fountain, 3-63, 2 TD.
B- Fountain, Myers.