Sunday, July 24, 2005

Albany Metro Mallers Press Release July 23rd

For the third week in a row, the Albany Metro Mallers extended their dominance over their Empire Football League Opponents with their third consecutive shutout victory, this time over the Deacon Demons of Ottawa, Ontario.

The Metro Mallers swarming defense led by veteran linebackers Greg Woodward and Brian Domingo overwhelmed the Canadian squad at every juncture,  keeping the Demons out of the endzone at all costs. The Albany Defense did breathe a sigh of relief in the second quarter when Ottawa placekicker David McDonald went wide left on a 28 yard field goal attempt after Maller penalties did what the Demon offense couldn't do, put the Canadians in striking distance with a 1st & goal from the 6 yard line.

Offensively the Metro Mallers were led by Quarterback Scott Lawson, who was 12 for 19 for 137 yards and 3 touchdowns. Scoring strikes went to John Mulino from 24 yards out, Sylvester Cooperwood on a two yarder, and Culture Branch took one in from 13 yards out. Lawson did end his perfect streak giving up his first interception of the season in the fourth
quarter to Ottawa Cornerback Conroy Russell. On the ground Jadel Whitfield led the backs with 9 carries for 101 yards.

Rounding out the scoring, was a 7 yard return by Linebacker Brian Domingo, who following a bad snap from center, managed to strip Demon Punter  John Ducharme of the ball and scamper into the endzone.

Albany at 3-0 is atop of the standings for the Empire Football League and will be on the road next Saturday as the Metro Mallers take the bus to Watertown to take on the arch rival Red & Black. Game time 7:30 PM. Then following a bye week the Metro Mallers will return to Bleecker Stadium for a non-league game on Saturday, August 13th, against the defending national champion of semi-pro football, the Central New York Express from Syracuse. Game time will be 8:00pm.

                    1      2      3      4      Total
Ottawa          0      0      0      0          0
Albany         21      9      0      7         37

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