Myers runs wild in Beekmantown's defeat of PHS

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Beekmantown's Kaden Myers, right, looks to evade a tackle from Plattsburgh High's Hayden Dandrow during the Section VII Class B football championship Saturday in Plattsburgh.

PLATTSBURGH — Kaden Myers was a man on a mission Saturday.

The senior running back piled up 283 rushing yards and four touchdowns in Beekmantown's (6-2) 34-19 win against Plattsburgh High (4-5) in the Section VII Class B football championship.

The top-seeded Eagles' ground game proved to be a powerful weapon as it registered 452 yards on 60 attempts.

"My offensive line just did a great job opening up the holes and leading the way for me," Myers said.

"We came out a little flat, but we got motivated. We perfected our craft. We practiced all week, and we showed it in this game."

The two teams were deadlocked at 7-all at halftime before Beekmantown started to take control.

"(Plattsburgh is) bigger than us and knew our number," Eagles coach Jamie Lozier said. "We were were hoping our numbers would start to wear them down. They're running a lot of their guys two ways."

Lozier said Beekmantown likes to have its players fresh and utilize its depth.

"That's when we get people. We said at half to the guys to relax (and that a) good team is going to stay with us."

Plattsburgh jumped out to an early lead when Ian DeTulleo punched in a 4-yard run 3:18 into the first quarter.

The Eagles responded in the second quarter when Myers scored his first touchdown of the day with a 9-yard run with 10 minutes to go.

"It's the best feeling," Myers said. "It never gets old when you get into the end zone.

"What was even more important, though, was we came together as a family. That really helped us, and that's just as good of a feeling as scoring a touchdown."

Myers' 49-yard scamper to the end zone with 9:37 left in the third quarter helped Beekmantown take the lead for good.

DeTulleo caught a short pass from Liam Perkins and took it to the house for a 59-yard touchdown just over three minutes later, but the the extra point was blocked, and the Hornets never got any closer.

Myers punched in a 6-yard rush later in the third quarter to extend the Eagles' advantage, but Plattsburgh continued to stay in the game thanks to a 9-yard run from DeTulleo with 1:09 remaining in the third.

"(Kaden) is motivated," Lozier said. "He's a senior. He has been a starter for three years at the varsity level, and he has worked just as hard as anybody.

"Being the youngest of three other older brothers, he knows how quickly this is going to be gone. He showed you that he runs as hard as he can every time, and we need him to."

Beekmantown iced matters with a 2-yard score from Matthew Dion and a 3-yard run from Myers in the final quarter.

"(This year has) been tough," Lozier said. "It's been a struggle. We had 20 seniors graduate last year. We had 20 spots we had to fill with other people. The guys did it.

"Right from August, they are always at practice. They don't miss practice a lot. They work hard. It feels good. We worked hard."

DeTulleo finished with a team-high 55 rushing yards and 69 receiving yards.

Perkins completed 10 passes for 152 yards.

The Eagles, now owners of two consecutive sectional titles, advanced to play Section X's Potsdam at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in a NYSPHSAA Class B sub-regional.

Beekmantown defeated the Sandstoners, 15-0, in a sub-regional last season.

"They are good. They are tough," Lozier said.

"Everybody (they) played last year were sophomores. They have their entire team back. (They have their) running back, quarterback (and) everyone. They go no splits, and they are big. If you jam everyone in the box, they are going to catch you with one, so we hope our defensive backs are up for the challenge."

Plattsburgh High      7      0      12      0      —      19

Beekmantown      0      7      14      13      —      34

First quarter

P- DeTulleo 4 run (Ovios kick) 8:42

Second quarter

B- Myers 9 run (LaMora kick) 10:00

Third quarter

B- Myers 49 run (LaMora kick) 9:37

P- DeTulleo 59 pass from Perkins (kick blocked) 6:22

B- Myers 6 run (LaMora kick) 3:08

P- DeTulleo 9 run (run fails) 1:09

Fourth quarter

B- Dion 2 run (kick short) 9:39

B- Myers 3 run (LaMora kick) 3:58

Individual statistics

Rushing

PHS- DeTulleo, 9-55, 2TD; Carpenter, 11-16; Garrant, 1-(-2); Perkins, 3-(-11). Totals: 24-58, 2TD.

BCS- Myers, 36-283, 4TD; C. McGinnis, 6-78; Stevens, 7-28; Dion, 5-25, TD; B. McGinnis, 2-20; Finley, 3-19; Parliament, 1-(-1). Totals: 60-452, 5TD.

Passing

PHS- Perkins, 10-15-1-152-TD; DeTulleo, 0-1. Totals: 10-16-1-152-TD.

BCS- Finley, 2-6-1-18.

Receiving

PHS- DeTulleo, 3-69, TD; Dandrow, 2-67; LaValley, 2-11; Garrant, 2-8; Carpenter, 1(-3).

BCS- Myers, 2-18.

Interceptions

PHS- DeTulleo.

BCS- McClatchie.

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Joey LaFranca is the sports editor at the Press-Republican. He is also a paginator and photographer. He graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2017 with bachelor's degrees in multimedia journalism and newspaper journalism.

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