The Empire Football League
The Empire Football League


WATERTOWN — A football field is a 100 yards long, but the Watertown Red and Black defense spent the majority of its win over Tri-City having to defend only half of that.

Six of the Spartans’ offensive series began between the 40-yard lines despite solid kicking from the Red and Black’s Eric Beyler. But the Watertown defense was up to the challenge of playing on a shortened field, particularly toward the end when it prevented Tri-City from scoring in the final minutes, despite starting on the Watertown 48-yard line.

The number of short-field situations was the result of special teams play, a facet of the Red and Black, which hosts Glens Falls (2-5) at 7 tonight, that defensive coordinator Jon Bannister agrees needs work.

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