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NEPA Miners versus Watertown Red & Black II
Wednesday August 21, 2013

The undefeated and first place NEPA Miners (5-0 EFL 6-1 overall) rematch the red hot and most historic team in semi-pro football history, the Watertown Red & Black (established 1896, 1-2 EFL 2-2 overall) 7PM Saturday at Scranton Memorial Stadium. Watertown will be looking for revenge after losing to the Miners 15-12 in their July thriller! The July matchup was a wild one with Miners Quarterback J.P. Antosh throwing the go ahead touchdown to Brandon Decker with under two minutes remaining, only to have Watertown return the following kickoff into Miners territory. Miners safety Jimmy Robertson would ice a Watertown comeback with an interception to seal the victory. Watertown last week upset the undefeated Plattsburgh North Stars who were favorites to win the Empire Football League (EFL).

Since the last matchup both organizations have beaten every opponent they have faced setting up Saturdays showdown at Scranton Memorial Stadium. Watertown is playing itself back into a playoff contender after a slow start and while the Miners can clinch the division with a win and a Syracuse loss to Plattsburgh. The division title would also mean a first round playoff bye and home field advantage in the Semi-Finals. Key players for the game will be Miners Quarterback J.P. Antosh who is second in the EFL with 520 yards in limited action while throwing 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Watertown’s Tyler Michaelwicz is fourth in the EFL with 305 yards passing and is improving each week along with a strong ground game led by Joe Brennan who is chasing the Watertown Red & Blacks all-time rushing record. The Miners will counter with Ahmad Shuler on the ground; Shuler is second in the league with 403 rushing yards in five games. NEPA will also put pressure on Watertown with EFL sacks leader Donovan Palmer who has recorded 8 sacks this season.

Fans can meet the Miners and get autographs Thursday night at PNC Field for Football Night with the SWB Railriders and purchase tickets for Saturday’s game at Sports Fever inside the Mall at Steamtown or online at www.nepaminers.com.
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