Football

PPR SPORTS Saranac Ausable football 0915
Beekmantown's Devin Fessette (middle) makes a big gain as he races down the sideline before being pushed out-of-bounds by a Saranac defender during Saturday's Champlain Valley Athletic Conference varsity football game at Beekmantown Central High School. (P-R Photo/Gabe Dickens)

Eagles take to the Wing

By: RICKY ST. CLAIR

BEEKMANTOWN — After falling to Ticonderoga on the road in Week 1, Beekmantown football coach Jamie Lozier was skeptical of his decision to implement a new offense. 

The third-year coach, though, had no reason to second-guess himself or the Delaware Wing T Saturday.

Jacob Remchuk tossed for 131 passing yards and three touchdowns, while Devin Fessette ran for 132 rushing yards and one score as the Eagles (1-1) rolled past Saranac in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play, 41-8.

“That’s kind of the big thing — we knew that it would just take a little bit of time,” Lozier said. “A lot of this is timing. We just trusted the system we have. The system has been in place here for 30 years; however, we’re just taking the system and just kind of modernizing it a little bit.

“The Week 1 loss was the best thing that could’ve happened to us. It woke up the kids just enough, and it woke me up, too.”

Remchuk hit Quenton Barber, Cameron Garceau and Kyle Dupigny for three touchdown strikes in the first half.

Remchuk threw three interceptions Sept. 7.

“Coach worked with me and told me to roll out and set my feet a little bit more,” Remchuk said. “I give it up to my receivers. They worked really hard this week in practice. We’ve got a lot of talent out there. Pretty much any receiver is dependable. I trust them, and they give me that trust back.”

Beekmantown managed a 28-0 lead on the Chiefs (1-1) heading into the locker room for halftime.

Justin Stevens, who was held to 34 yards on six carries in the game, made his presence felt on special teams with a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown at 2:36 of the third quarter.

After Saranac’s John Maye cut the differential to 27 points with a two-yard touchdown run, Fessette put the icing on the cake on a five-yard score with seven seconds gone in the final stanza.

Fessette averaged 9.4 yards per carry in the ballgame.

“The whole offensive line — all of them just did a phenomenal job,” Fessette said. “All 132 yards goes to them. Without them, we don’t go anywhere. They gave Jacob plenty of time to pass the ball, and they did everything perfectly (Saturday).”

Maye entered Week 2 of the season leading the CVAC in rushing yards (185) and total touchdowns (four). The Eagles, however, slowed the senior back to 75 yards on 19 carries.

“Because we’re trying to do some new things on offense the first couple weeks, we’ve neglected the defense,” Lozier said. “The loss to Ticonderoga woke the coaching staff up. We said, ‘We’ve got to do things the right way.’ We focused this week, came up with a game plan and just put more effort in those areas that we needed to.”

Like Fessette and Remchuk, Garceau also surpassed the 100-yard mark, catching four passes for 117 yards and one touchdown.

Ethan Goslin paced the Chiefs, going 10-for-19 through the air with 185 passing yards. Lance Hackett and Dylan Christopherson combined for six catches and 118 yards.

“I thought Saranac played real tough,” Lozier said. “They’re well-coached. It’s just everybody’s got their day. (Saturday), things just seemed to go well for us.”

Beekmantown travels to Plattsburgh High Friday.

Beekmantown 41Saranac 8

Saranac 0 0 8 0 — 8

Beekmantown 7 21 7 6 — 41

First quarter

B- Barber 7 pass from Remchuk (Remchuk kick), 9:54.

Second quarter

B- Stevens 12 run (Remchuk kick), 1:56.

B- Garceau 13 pass from Remchuk (Remchuk kick), 5:01.

B- Dupigny 7 pass from Remchuk (11:20).

Third quarter

B- Stevens 68 punt return (Remchuk kick), 2:46.

S- Maye 2 run (Maye run), 9:52.

Fourth quarter

B- Fessette 5 run (kick failed), 0:07.

Individual statistics

Rushing

B- Stevens 6-34, TD; Dupigny 3-(-3); Fessette 14-132, TD; Remchuk 1-3; Myers 4-12; Peryea 2-6. Totals: 30-184, 2TD.

S- Maye 19-75, TD; Goslin 11-2; Bernardi 4-46. Totals: 34-123, TD.

Passing

B- Remchuk 6-8-0-131, 3TD.

S- Goslin 10-19-1-185.

Receiving

B- Garceau 4-117, TD; Barber 1-7, TD; Dupigny 1-7, TD.

S- Rascoe 1-20; Hackett 3-65; Goodman 1-43; Christopherson 3-53; O’Neill 2-4.

Interceptions

B- Fessette.

Published: