Saturday, May 21, 2005

Titans attract 30 players to spring camp

Geoff Brown holds ball for field-goal kicker Andrew Blevings (35) in last game the Titans played, a 61-26 romp over the Crystal City Dragons last September.(Photo archives)

Titans attract 30 players to spring camp

Dan Rosenburg

The Montreal Titans drew 30 players to their annual spring semi-pro football camp at their new home at Billings last weekend, and head coach John Mouland was encouraged by the turnout. A total of 42 ball players have signed on for the coming season.

The Titans, who are now part of the Empire Football League which entails shorter road trips, start their 10-game schedule at home July 9 against Plattsburgh's Lake City Stars.

The Titans were previously forced to play in the New York Amateur Football League because the Montreal Condors (now the Ottawa Deacon Demons) had squatters' rights. The Ottawa team, coached by Wilbert Scott, travels here for a date with the Titans on Aug. 6. All home games are set for Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. under the brand new lights at Billings.

Several familiar names will be returning to the Titans, following two winning campaigns in the NYAFL circuit. Wide receiver Tyrel Hoas is back after a one-year hiatus and quarterback Kevin Wyeth returns after a season in which he was beset by injuries. Fullback Andrew Blevings, running mate J. P. Davilmar, wide receivers Steve Crompton, Marvin Joseph and Zawdie Parahoo, lineman Darryl Snow, safeties Jean Lerouge and Stuart Wolfe, and defensive backs Corvell and Lorne Isaacs are also no strangers.

Other returnees include Marc-André Guay and Max Labossiere. Listed on the team's website as being on the roster but still unsigned are rookies Michael Coles and Andrew MacDonald, and veterans Scott Cowick, Treldon James and Dave Spence., Several high-profile newcomers from such varied clubs as the Sudbury Spartans, Valleyfield Phalanges, North Shore Broncos, Joliette Blitz, Greenfield Park and the Metro Seniors were at the spring camp.

Quarterback Sean Hoas, who is also the offensive co-ordinator, was attending a wedding in Gatineau and was forced to miss the camp. So too did receivers coach and wide receiver Geoff Brown, who had business commitments in Texas.

Other teams in the Empire League are the Broome County Dragons, Scranton Eagles (here July 23), St. Lawrence Trailblazers, Watertown Red & Black, Amsterdam Zephyrs (here Aug. 20), Albany Metro Maullers; Orange County Bulldogs, and Green Mountain Gladiators (here Sept. 24).

Playoffs begin Oct. 1 with the championship game slated for Oct. 15.

The last game the Titans ever played in the NYAFL was a 61-26 winning effort over the Crystal City Dragons last September. The Titans defaulted their semi-final playoff game against the Monroe County Sting because of a referee shortage.

The Titans raised $2,200 for the Montreal Children's Hospital at a fund-raising karaoke event in Montreal the night before spring camp began.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

EFL Participates In Commercial With Donovan McNabb

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Empire Football League News May 18, 2005

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EFL Participates In Filming Of Commercial With Donovan McNabb (click for photos)
On Monday May 9th, a group of players, coaches and officials from the Empire Football League had the privilege of participating in the filming of a commercial at the Meadowlands Stadium with NFL star Donovan McNabb. This project started as a result of a phone call to EFL Commissioner, Dave Burch 2 weeks ago from a casting agency looking for semi pro football players and officials to participate in a commercial with NFL football players.

Selected to participate by the casting agency were 31 ball players from Empire Football League teams the Scranton Eagles, Broome County Dragons, Watertown Red & Black and 6 players form NYC and NJ teams. By the way, our Watertown Head Coach, George Ashcraft was signed on as technical advisor.

Visit the Empire Football League�s weblog or Blog at for photos and journal entries and testimonials from the players describing this once in a lifetime experience.

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2005 Home games to be played at SCRANTON MEMORIAL STADIUM (Special thanks to the Scranton School Board)
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To purchase tickets, you may send e-mail to The drawing will be at halftime of the Lake City Stars football game on July 2nd this year. The game will be at Melissa Penfield Park, Plattsburgh, New York. There will be a maximum of 4,000 tickets printed! Don�t wait, tickets are selling fast! YOU NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN.
No-Tap Bowling Tournament
Event: No-Tap Bowling Tournament
Benefit for the St. Lawrence Valley Trailblazer Football Team
Where: Ogdensburg Bowl
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When: Friday, May 20, 2005
Time: 8:00 PM Start
5-Person Teams. Entry Fee: $75 / team.
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Sign-up/Registration by calling Ogdensburg Bowl at 315-393-9704. If busy, call 315-393-9739.
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In their first two years, the Montreal Titans Football Organization has had a close relationship with the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation. In that time, they have worked on many events with the Children's, on their own and with friends in the community, all looking to raise money for such a worthy cause.

This year, looking to raise the bar, the Montreal Titans are coming together with some of their friends with the intent on focusing all their efforts for the Pedal For Kids Drive that happens every year in June. The Children's Hospital has been doing this for over 13 years and the Titans have been involved for the last three. Each year 35 companies or groups participate and last year the event raised $715 000.00 for the kids.

This year, the 14th edition, the event runs from June 6-10, 2005. The Titans are very excited about their new alliance and have officially named the group; "The Montreal Titans & Friends".
For more information on this event please contact

Coaching Positions Open
The Montreal Titans would like to announce John Mouland as the new Head Coach and defensive coordinator of the Titans for the year 2005. He is succeeding Ken Davis who has announced his retirement do to personnel reasons.
Coach Mouland would like to announce that on Defence Lennox Walcott will be back as Linebacker Coach, and Maleck Volcy will be Defensive Backfield Coach. Coach Mouland would like to announce the signing of Sean Hoas as offensive Coordinator and Geoff Brown as Receiver Coach.
Coach Mouland is in the process of filling other positions such as Offensive Line Coach and Defensive Line Coach and Speciality Coach. If anyone is interested in these position contact John at .

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Congrats To AFA Hall of Fame Honorees From EFL: Bernard Bun Cronin*, Mike Lentz, Pat Nulty (click for full article)
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American Football Association Semi-Pro Football Hall Of Fame Announces The Names Of Those �Going In� As The Class Of 2005

The American Football Association announced today the names of those former semi-pro football players, coaches, executives and officials that will be honored with enshrinement into the national associations Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 4th in Chicago.
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Friday, May 13, 2005

McNabb keeps focus on wins


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The Eagles' Donovan McNabb (left) makes a commercial with teammates L.J. Smith (right) and Greg Lewis.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Courier-Post Staff

The subjects were soup, image and family values.

But then Donovan McNabb took it upon himself to change the subject.

"I know you want to ask me some questions about football," the Eagles quarterback told reporters who were attending a media availability session in between shots of making his latest series of Campbell's Chunky Soup commercials. "Don't try to sugarcoat it. Bring it on."

McNabb avoids stirring the soup

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CRITICISM, EVEN from inside the locker room, goes with the territory when you get to the Super Bowl and don't win it, Sam McNabb said yesterday.

Donovan McNabb's measured, careful response to that criticism reflects the values Sam and Wilma McNabb instilled in the Eagles quarterback, his parents said.

Sam, Wilma and Donovan McNabb all spoke separately to reporters during the filming of a Campbell's Chunky Soup commercial yesterday at Lincoln Financial Field. The reporters dutifully posed an appropriate number of questions about the commercial, before getting to the topic that brought so many of them to a football stadium in May - the Eagles' tumultuous offseason, and the controversy that has followed their QB ever since the late scoring drive that took too long and helped seal their Super Bowl fate. - NFL - Another McNabb joins cast - Tuesday May 10, 2005 5:49PM  
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Donovan McNabb, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, will get a new co-star in commercials for Campbell's Chunky Soup to go along with his mother: his father, Sam.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2005



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Coach George Ashcraft says it's the biggest thing to happen to the Red and Black since the team went undefeated during the 1950's. On Monday, Ashcraft and 17 Red and Black players will tape a nationally televised commercial with NFL star Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles.

In the past, McNabb has appeared in commercials for a soup company. But Ashcraft said he is not at liberty to say who the commercial is for. I'm gonna play it safe and not get myself in trouble," he told NewsWatch50. Ashcraft said he got a call two weeks ago from a New York City advertising agency asking if he would be interested in sending players to be in the commercial. That led to an audition tape being made in Watertown by a local production company. The ad agency liked the tape and signed the Red and Black to the deal.

The team and coach will be leaving Sunday afternoon for the Meadowlands in New Jersey. The taping will involve McNabb, several other Philadelphia Eagles players and a total of 41 semi-pro players, Ashcraft said. There is a stipend attached to the appearance but Ashcraft said that would basically cover travel and lodging expenses. He said the primary benefit is the national exposure for his team. "It's a heck of a recruiting tool," he said.

The Watertown Red and Black was formed as a professional football team in 1896 and once played in a championship game at Madison Square Garden. Then-Watertown Mayor J.B. Wise, the teams manager lost an $8,000 bet on the game.
The team has had semi-pro status since 1904

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

EFL Participates In Commercial With Donovan McNabb

May 06, 2005 5:26 PM
Well, It's A Wrap
The filming of a commercial with Donovan McNabb and 5 other Philadelphia Eagles is scheduled to start 5:30am Monday, May 9th at the Meadowlands Stadium. This project is the result of a phone call I received 2 weeks ago from a casting agency looking for 43 football players to participate in a commercial with NFL football players. Their preference was semi-pro football players for obvious reasons; costs, residuals, availability, etc. As a result, I contacted our teams in the Empire Football League and invited them to participate as a team fundraiser. We are even providing some of our game officials!

As it stands right now, the script is the Cleveland Browns vs the Philadelphia Eagles. The NFL players will be Donovan McNabb, Fraley (his center), Douglas, Devon Curtis, Dawkins and Westbrook. They are flying in Jamil Burke, an ex Falcons QB, as a McNabb look a like since there will be live action hitting, tackling, etc. There will be 31 ball players from the Empire Football League teams of Scranton, Binghamton, and Watertown and 6 players form NYC and NJ teams. By the way, our Watertown Head Coach was signed on as technical advisor.

Needless to say, everyone in the Empire Football League is on cloud nine at this point!

Stay tuned for an update from Monday's filming and photos.

Dave Burch
EFL Commissioner

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