Saturday, July 30, 2005

Albany Metro Mallers Press Release 7/31/2005

The Albany Metro Mallers took to the road on Saturday Night for their fourth Empire Football League contest of the 2005 season traveling to the banks of the St. Lawrence to take on the oldest non-collegiate football team in the country, The Red & Black of Watertown.

The Albany squad, ranked #1 in the country by the American Football Association, the expert source in the world of semi-pro football, hit the bus undefeated and unscored upon through their first three games of the young season. Albany met their EFL rival on their turf and kept the streak alive, coming away with a 39-0 victory over the Red & Black

Scott Lawson the EFL's #1 rated passer once again had a stellar performance, leading the aerial assault going 13 for 21 for 315 yards, & connecting with receivers for 3 scores.

The Mallers got on the board early as Lawson hit Culture Branch from 15 yards out, just under the 9 minute mark in the opening period.It was a defensive struggle from there as Albany went into the locker room with a 6 - 0 lead.

The hard pounding between the teams continued into the third quarter. Albany linebacker Greg Woodward led the Maller charge finishing 15 stops including 5 solo tackles.

But with 2:27 left in the third, the floodgates opened and it was all - Albany from then on.
Tailback Jadel Whitfield broke free for a 26 yard scoring scamper, followed by Lawson hitting Colics Martin from 43 yards out. Just over 5 minutes later with 7:55 left Lawson hooked up with John Mulino from the 18 yard line, and a short 4 minutes later Albany's #2 signal caller Kenny Schaeffer connected with Culture Branch for the wide-out's second score of the evening from 3 yards away.

Albany's defense put the icing on the cake when Carson Johnson came away with his first interception of the year and ran it 39 yards for the final score.

The Albany entry in the Empire Football league is now 4-0 on the season and have outscored their opponents 171 - 0.

The Metro Mallers have a bye week next weekend. They return to action in a non league contest on August 13, 2005 at Albany's historic Bleecker Stadium, in a non-league
contest as they face semi-pro football's defending national champion Central New York Express from Syracuse, at 8PM.

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