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Beekmantown's Justin Stevens (right) makes a spectacular one-handed grab while being tailed by Franklin Academy's Jarret Lamica (82) during Saturday's NYSPHSAA Class B regional semifinal football game at AuSable Valley Central School. The Eagles defeated the Huskies, 51-14. (P-R Photo/Gabe Dickens)

Eagles roll into regional finals

By: RICKY ST. CLAIR

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.”

Fessette, who saw significant time on both sides of the ball, finished with 115 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.

“It’s (that) big offensive line again,” Fessette said. “They’re just making holes, going downfield making blocks and getting to the second level. That’s just opening everything up for us and letting us run and do what we do best.”

Schalmont, the fifth-ranked team in Class B, defeated No. 11 Broadalbin-Perth 54-7 to win the Section II Class B Super Bowl at Shenendehowa Saturday.

The Sabres are 10-0 and have outscored their opponents 429-31. Schalmont has scored 50 or more points in a game on five occasions.

“We are (comfortable with flying under the radar),” Lozier said. “This team understands that when we work together, it’s good. Anybody can be beat anybody on any given day. That’s why we play the game.

“This team believes this. If we take care of the ball, we do a good job on special teams and we take advantage of what their giving us offensively, good things will happen to us.”

Beekmantown 51, Franklin Academy 14

Franklin Academy 6 0 8 0 — 14

Beekmantown 0 32 12 7 —51

First quarter

FA- Lamica 6 pass from Gallagher (kick failed), 9:12.

Second quarter

B- Fessette 1 run (pass failed), 0:40.

B- Garceau 30 pass from Remchuk (pass failed), 7:04.

B- Garceau 29 pass from Remchuk (Remchuk kick), 8:02.

B- Stevens 79 pass from Remchuk (Remchuk kick), 10:52.

B- Stevens 60 interception return (kick failed), 11:56.

Third quarter

B- Fessette 9 run (kick failed), 1:07.

B- Dupigny 32 pass from Remchuk (kick failed), 1:22.

FA- Noreaul 2 run (Perry from Hennin), 3:45.

B- Peryea 11 run (Remchuk kick), 7:56.

Individual statistics

Rushing

FA- Noreaul 5-27, TD; Raymond 6-19; Smith 6-12; Hooper 4-11; Gallagher 3-6; Perry 8-2; Prue 1-(-3); Hennin 1-(-7). Totals: 34-67, TD.

B- Fessette 9-115, 2TD; Stevens 9-63; Peryea 6-43, TD; Remchuk 1-11; Dupigny 1-2; No. 32 2-2; Pepper 2-(-2). Totals: 30-234, 3TD.

Passing

FA- Gallagher 6-14-1-87, TD; Hennin 3-9-1-36. Totals: 9-17-2-123, TD.

B- Remchuk 9-11-0-203, 4TD.

Receiving

FA- Raymond 3-60; Lamica 5-51, TD; Perry 1-12.

B- Stevens 1-79, TD; Garceau 2-59, 2TD; Dupigny 2-38, TD; Barber 2-26; Fessette 2-1.

Interceptions

B- Stevens, 2.

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