BEEKMANTOWN — The Beekmantown Eagles finally had an opportunity to play a home game Friday night, and they escaped with a 13-0 win over a very-determined Plattsburgh High School Hornets squad.
Beekmantown (4-1) christened its new athletic complex in front of a packed homecoming crowd and had to rely on its defense to stop the pesky Hornets numerous times throughout the contest in the red zone.
"We certainly had to dodge some bullets that Plattsburgh fired our way," Eagles coach Jamie Lozier said. "We came out flat for some reason, and if it wasn't for PHS taking some penalties, we probably would not have been ahead 6-0 at the half. But you have to give PHS a lot of credit."
The Eagles struck first late in the first quarter as Nate Finley ran for a 9-yard touchdown run around the left end with 1:09 left in the stanza.
The score was set up by a 69-yard strike from Finley to Kaden Myers the play before. The remainder of the first half, however, was all Plattsburgh as it continued to control the ball with a mixture of short passes and running plays.
Liam Perkins completed 14 passes in the first half alone on mostly screen plays to Dylan Garrant and Ian Detulleo.
DeTulleo and Jayvon Carpenter also found some running room for the Hornets, as PHS kept the Eagles offense off the field in the first half.
Plattsburgh could not break into the scoring column, however, as the Beekmantown defense pitched its second shutout in as many weeks.
"We played with a lot more emotion in the second half for sure," Lozier said. "We made some adjustments against their short passing game, and our boys were flying around a lot more."
Beekmantown increased the score to 13-0 in the third quarter as Connor McGinnis sacked Perkins and forced a fumble at the Eagles 35. From there, Matthew Dion scooped up the loose ball and scampered 65 yards to produce the final margin of victory with 3:51 remaining in the third quarter.
PHS had a 40-yard touchdown pass called back in the fourth quarter due to a penalty, and the Eagles controlled the game clock from there. "Our kids played hard, and we were well prepared, but we made some mistakes in some key spots," Plattsburgh coach Mike Bordeau said. "We just have to play a complete game, and we just need to learn from these games."
Beekmantown 13, Plattsburgh High 0
Plattsburgh High 0 0 0 0 — 0
Beekmantown 6 0 7 0 — 13
B- Finley 9 run (kick missed) 1:09
B- Dion 65 fumble return (Lamora kick) 3:51
PHS- DeTulleo 11-39; Carpenter 10-36; Perkins 7-24; Team 4- (-20). Totals: 32- 79.
BCS- Myers 14-38; C. McGinnis 7-34; Stevens 2-13; B. McGinnis 2- (-1); VanNatten 1-3; Finley 7-25, TD. Totals: 33-112, TD.
PHS- Perkins 19-29-1-189; DeTulleo 0-1-0-0; Totals: 19-30-1-189-0.
BCS- Finley 4-13-0-149.
PHS- Garrant 8-79; DeTulleo 5-60; Carpenter 2-5; LaValley 3-43; B. Bordeau 1-2. Totals: 19-189.
BCS- VanNatten 1-46; Dion 2-34; Myers 1-69.
BCS- N. Bordeau.