Saturday, July 02, 2005

Dragons open season today against Scranton

Press & Sun-Bulletin

The Broome County Dragons will take the field for their inaugural game on Saturday.


The Dragons, a new team in the Empire Football League, are scheduled to take on the Scranton Eagles at 5:30 today at Sidney Central School's Alumni Stadium.

The Dragons took the spot in the EFL left by the Southern Tier Green Machine, which now plays in the North American Football League.

"I think our guys are ready," team owner Karol Cronin said, as she watched her team's practice Thursday at MacArthur Park in Binghamton. "They definitely have become team players. We don't have a lot of egos, they're all team-first guys. They're excited, and they're ready to start."

The Dragons are coached by Tommy Manny, a longtime EFL veteran who has spent the past several seasons with the Albany franchise.

The Dragons are scheduled to open their season at Orange County on Saturday July 9, and their home opener is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16 against Montreal at Binghamton Alumni Stadium.

"(Our) practices have been getting better," Cronin said. "The guys are looking good. They're learning the new plays, the new verbiage. They're hitting their marks. It's going well."

The Scranton Eagles, who have been to the EFL playoffs each of the past two seasons, are led by first-year coach Mike Woodward. Last year, Scranton was coached by Dan LaMagna, who now coaches the Southern Tier Green Machine.

Tickets are $5, and youths 10-and-under are free.

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