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.