High School Sports

September 21, 2013

Eagles suffocate Hornets' offense in shutout

PLATTSBURGH — The Beekmantown football team scored early and often Friday.

The Eagles (2-1) utilized 10 players to rack up 342 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns in their 48-0 blanking of Plattsburgh High in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play.

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Jamie Lozier’s Beekmantown team scored 14 points in the first 4:57 of play and maintained a 27-0 lead at the halftime break.

“With any team, having a nice, quick start just lifts the confidence of the players, and it kind of just lifts the tempo of your sideline,” Lozier said. “Getting a good, quick start is important for any high school football (team). It’s just who’s going to get it. We got lucky (Friday), and we ended up getting a quick start.”

The Eagles received touchdown contributions from Cameron Garceau, Devin Fessette and Justin Stevens in the first half.

Stevens finished with seven carries for 51 yards and two touchdowns.

“We knew they were going to put up a fight,” Stevens said. “If you come out on any team flat, it doesn’t matter who they are, they’re going to come out and get you. So we just had to do what we do — we ran the ball.”

Beekmantown’s defense was able to hold the Hornets (0-3) to 27 yards of total offense in the first half. Plattsburgh High finished with 23 yards in the game.

Chris Rowell, a 6-foot-5-inch 275-pound defensive tackle, grabbed an interception and played a pivotal role on the defensive side of the football.

“We put in a lot of work in the offseason,” Rowell said. “We’ve just got to keep working. We capitalized on stuff on defense (Friday). We’ve just got to keep going.”

After a 32-21 Week 1 loss at Ticonderoga, Lozier said he and the coaching staff have paid more attention to the defensive unit.

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