November 10, 2013

Eagles roll into regional finals

CLINTONVILLE — Justin Stevens watches SportsCenter everyday. 

After the final one minute and 15 seconds of Saturday’s second quarter, the Beekmantown junior might be featured on the show’s Top 10 plays.

Stevens picked off a pass, grabbed a miraculous one-handed catch for a 79-yard touchdown and scored on a 60-yard interception return, helping the Eagles (6-4) to a 51-14 drubbing of Franklin Academy.

With the win, Beekmantown will face Section II’s Schalmont in the NYSPHSAA Class B quarterfinals at AuSable Valley for 1 p.m. Saturday.

Stevens helped spark a 32-point second quarter.

“I just think our whole team started to grow confidence,” Stevens said. “Going into halftime with a big lead like that, that’s a huge morale booster.”

After falling behind 6-0, Beekmantown’s Jacob Remchuk tossed three touchdown passes, while Devin Fessette and Stevens also made an end zone appearance.

Remchuk completed 9-of-11 passes for 203 yards and four touchdowns. Cameron Garceau snagged two touchdown catches for 59 yards.

“It’s all confidence with Jake,” Stevens said. “He’s got the skill to do it, he knows it. It’s just all a mental game with him. He came out ready and prepared. He threw the ball well.”

The Eagles’ defense held the Huskies (5-5) to 108 yards of offense, forcing three punts and two turnovers in the first half.

“They started marching the ball on us,” Fessette said. “We made some adjustments because we knew what was coming. We picked up on some keys that they were doing all game long. Last week, we really focused on the off-tackle because we were killed with it (by) Peru. We just wanted to improve the defense because we know defense wins championships.”

Beekmantown coach Jamie Lozier said the team has made a tremendous focus on its defense.

“Knowing when we had Peru and stuff like that, our defense was a big problem,” Lozier said. “So we have really focused on the defensive line. The game’s there. That has been our number one focus for the second half of the year.”

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