Sunday, September 25, 2005

Albany Metro Mallers Press Release

The Albany Metro Mallers completed a perfect regular season of play in the Empire Football League with a 45 - 3 win over the Lake City Stars of Plattsburgh, tonight at Albany's historic Bleecker Stadium. The Maller Defense set the tone from the opening kick off as Tony DeChairo, Greg Woodward and Company came out hitting and shutting down Lake City's
offense from the outset, providing Scott Lawson's Offense great field possession from which to work. With their first possession Lawson, hit Maceo Clinton with a 23 yard pass then followed it up with a 28 strike Endzone Strike to Collis Martin who scored on a diving catch to get the Mallers on the board.

The Defense came back after the kickoff and Middle Linebacker Woodward notched his second interception of the year off a pass deflection by Farid Baaklini on a Kellen Nolan pass to give the offense another shot. Now it was Sylvester Cooperwood's time to shine. First
with a 3 yard off tackle warm-up followed by a 20 yard power sweep into the endzone for the second Albany touchdown of the night. The Mallers then followed it up with a 39 yard Vinnie Cirincione field goal and yet another scoring strike by Scott Lawson again to Collis Martin again from 28 yards out.
As the first half wound down, Albany conceded a 17 yard field goal to Lake City kicker Ryan DeCamp. But then as the second half opened, Lawson again marched the Mallers down field engineering a drive which included a pair of first down runs by Cooperwood, and then with 12:38 in the third, Tight End Bo Goudreau got open and capitalized on the Stars with a 57 yard touchdown off a pass from Lawson.
The tone was set and it played out for the rest of the night. The Albany defense would bend  as it pressured Nolan all evening. Despite great rushing by Lake City's Heath Geiser, the Metro Maller defense would not break. Maller Brian Domingo racked up a team high 5 solo
tackles from his outside linebacker spot, along with Brian Northern, Damon Walker, and Brian Northern all having stellar defensive performances.
The Offensive figures included Lawson going 7 for 10 for 191 yards and 3 touchdowns, while his backups, Ken Schaeffer and JP Howard both saw actions and had perfect passing performances combining for 80 yards on 5 for 5  with Schaeffer connecting with Culture Branch on an 11 yard touchdown in the 3rd period.  Sylvester Cooperwood ended the evening
with 8 carries for 66 yards and Jadel Whitfield added 7 carries for 50 yards with each scoring touchdowns.

Vinnie Cirincione was 6 for 6 on point after kicks to add with his field goal to chip in 9 total points. Collis Martin lead all receivers with 4 catches for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Metro Mallers complete the Empire Football League's regular season a perfect 10-0 and will receive a bye in the first round of the playoffs next weekend. They will return to action in the Semi-Final game of the playoffs on October 8, 2005. This game will be played at Union
College in Schenectady, Due to scheduling conflicts at Bleecker Stadium.

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