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.
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.
“The last two weeks, we’ve been focusing on the things we need to get done on defense,” Lozier said. “Everybody did a great job. We had a bunch of people coming in at different times.”
Stevens opened second-half scoring with his second and final end zone appearance of the game at 5:59. Tyler Myers extended the differential to 41 with his first touchdown of the young season, a six-yard score.
Tyler Newman also registered his first touchdown of the year on an eight-yard scamper at 3:25 of the fourth quarter.
Fessette, who ran for 132 yards and one touchdown against Saranac in Week 2, finished with 62 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns Friday.
D’Andre Lemieux paced Plattsburgh High on offense, going 2-for-9 with 26 yards through the air. Ryan Desrocher caught each of Lemieux’s completed passes.
The Eagles play host to Peru in a rematch of last year’s Section VII Class B championship at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28.
“(The) Peru-Beekmantown rivalry is huge,” Lozier said. “The fact that they’ve beaten us the past few years in a row, we’re hungry and we’re due. We match up with Peru.
“We have speed just like they do, we have a big line just like they do, we have good running backs like they do and we have a good quarterback like they do. So it’s going to be who plays the better game.”
Beekmantown had its season end with a 48-0 loss at the Apple Bowl last October.
“That 48-0 loss last year, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth,” Stevens said. “We’ll be ready.”
Beekmantown 48, Plattsburgh High 0
Plattsburgh High 0 0 0 0 — 0
Beekmantown 14 13 14 7 — 48
B- Garceau 18 pass from Remchuk (Remchuk kick), 2:53.
B- Fessette 1 run (Remchuk kick), 4:57.
B- Stevens 15 run (kick failed), 5:10.
B- Fessette 21 run (Remchuk kick), 9:07.
B- Stevens 4 run (Remchuk kick), 5:59.
B- Myers 6 run (Remchuk kick), 8:46.
B- Newman 8 run (Remchuk kick), 3:25.
B- Fessette 10-62, 2TD; Stevens 7-51, 2TD; Dupigny 4-39; Remchuk 3-20; Myers 4-27, TD; Newman 4-26, TD; Trombley 3-25; Peryea 1-2. Totals: 36-252, 6TD.
P- Carroll 10-(-7); Lemieux 8-2; Monahan 2-2. Totals: 20-(-3).
B- Remchuk 8-14-2-90, TD.
P- Lemieux 2-9-2-26.
B- Dupigny 1-9; Garceau 4-42; Fessette 1-19; Barber 2-20.
P- Desrocher 2-26.
B- Rowell, Fessette.
P- Carroll, Monahan.