Greenjackets play for Empire Football League title on Saturday | Sports

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Somehow, against all odds, the Glens Falls Greenjackets will play for the Empire Football League Championship on Saturday night.

The Jackets (3-4) travel to Watertown to face the Red & Black (5-1) at 7 p.m. at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

Scoring just 24 points in the last five games has been a major concern for the Jackets. Two of those games were shutout losses to Watertown, by scores of 9-0 and 24-0, most recently on September 11.

“It’s been tough,” said first-year head coach Steve Johnson, who played for the Jackets’ last EFL championship team in 2017. “We have good practices, but we shot each other in the foot with penalties at the wrong time. – false starts and waiting. “

Last week, however, the Jackets picked up college quarterback Bryant Ward. Ward, who Johnson said was in town for his birthday, led Glens Falls’s first two wins.

In the EFL semifinals, Ward ran and hit touchdowns and the Jackets defense took a 12-0 victory over Plattsburgh.

When asked if Ward would be available for Saturday’s title game, Johnson said it was “in the air, but we’re getting ready for the next man. Jon Hammond and Mike Lewis will be our quarterback monster. – two-headed rear “.

Hammond is a veteran athlete who can scramble and throw while running, while Lewis is the top passer. They will have race leader Quentin Austin in the backfield, and John Styczynski and ageless Jeff Dorvee as the main threats.

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