Saturday, July 16, 2005

Dragons set for EFL home opener

 Dragons set for EFL home opener

It wasn't all gloom and doom for coach Tommy Manny, whose B.C. Dragons opened its Empire Football League season with a loss.

Manny said there were some positives in the 21-0 loss to Orange County last Saturday.

The score would likely have been much closer if not for a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown with less than 10 minutes left. It gave Orange County a 14-0 lead.

"They learned a valuable lesson," said Manny, referring to the importance of making plays late in the game. "That's the way we're looking at it."

The Dragons' first chance to put those lessons into action is at 7:30 tonight in the team's home opener against the Montreal Condors at Binghamton's Alumni Stadium.

Many said he plans to expand the offense with additional formations, but stressed that play selection would revolve around the running game.

Matt Davis, who Manny feels has a good combination of speed and power, is expected to get the brunt of the team's carries.

"The guys have worked hard," Manny said. "We have a good product and we're ready to show the people in Binghamton what we're all about."

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