Saturday, July 23, 2005

Preview: Empire Football League

Times Staff Reports
First published: Saturday, July 23, 2005

St. Lawrence Valley Trailblazers vs. Orange County Bulldogs

When, where: 7:30 p.m., today, Smith-Clove Park, Monroe.

2005 records: St. Lawrence Valley 2-1; Orange County 3-0.

Last meeting: Orange County won 56-6, Aug. 16, 2003.

Notes: The Bulldogs were the EFL champions in 2002. ... Orange County defeated Broome County 21-0 in its EFL opener last Saturday. Wide receiver Ricky McVay made six catches for 96 yards and a touchdown in the victory. ... Look for the Trailblazers running game to rebound after being held to 23 yards on 12 carries against Albany. ... Trailblazers linebacker Cheyenne Dashnaw, the EFL's leading tackler last season, recorded 11 tackles last week.

Watertown Red and Black vs. Lake City Stars

When, where: 7:30 p.m., today, Melissa Penfield Park, Plattsburgh.

Records: Watertown 1-1 overall, 1-0 EFL; Plattsburgh 1-0.

Last meeting: Watertown won 10-0, Sept. 11, 2004, EFL playoffs.

Notes: Tonight's game will not count in the EFL standings as both teams were left with an open date when Amsterdam and the Green Mountain Gladiators withdrew from the league. ... Plattsburgh was one of two teams to defeat Watertown in 2004. ... The Red and Black host the Albany Metro Mallers next Saturday in the home opener.

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