Sunday, September 11, 2005


Unbeaten Streak Stays Intact

BINGHAMTON, NY:  The Albany Metro Mallers took a  bus trip  through the New York Southern Tier on Saturday, complete with a stop at the legendary Brooks Barbecue in Oneonta; and then, ended the day with a tail gate party at the University of Binghamton's Alumnae Stadium following a 35 - 10 Empire Football League win over the Broome County Dragons.

The Albany team took the lead in the first quarter and never looked back, scoring in all 4 quarters.

Running back Matty Holmes picked up 65 yards in total offense, handling the ball just 6 times with 4 rushes and 2 receptions, but he also scored 3 touchdowns on the night. Quarterback Scott Lawson threw for 2 touchdowns while completing 13 passes on 16 attempts for 178 yards. Wide receiver John Mulino caught one of those scoring strikes along with Holmes. Metro Maller Fullback Sylvester Cooperwood picked up 49 yard on the ground along with his sixth league touchdown on the season.

Broome County, coached by former Metro Maller player and team owner Tom Maney, got on the board with first quarter field goal,  but the Dragons found themselves under the intense heat of the Metro Maller defense all evening as Albany grilled up 10 sacks, lead by Linebacker Jarris "Train" Jones with 4 1/2. Defensive End Athan Schindler stepped up with a game high 9 tackles on the night.

The Metro Mallers, now 8-0 in Empire Football League and 11-0 overall, are ranked #4 in the country by the Minor League Football News Coaches Poll. The Mallers will continue the journey along this undefeated odyssey back at Bleecker Stadium on September 24, when they take on the Lake City Stars from Plattsburgh, NY in the finale of the 2005 EFL regular season.

Next Saturday Morning, at Bleecker Stadium, in Albany, the Metro Mallers, in cooperation with the NFL, the NFLPA, and USA Football, continue the celebration of  Play Football Month, with 2 concurrent events. First, The Metro Mallers invite Capital District youth from ages 8 to 15, to come and get in on the 2005 NFL Pass Punt & Kick Competition for the Upstate Capital Region. The preliminary round of competition will take place right there on Saturday morning with the Finals of the local event taking place at half time of the Metro Mallers - Lake City Stars game on Sept.24th.  Also, Saturday, The Metro Mallers and All-American Sports Recreation invite kids from 6 to 14, to register for the 2005 season of the NFL-Flag Football League which plays on Saturday Mornings at Albany's Hoffman Park.  Both the Pass Punt and Kick Registration and Preliminaries and NFL Flag Registration will run from 9:00am to 12:30pm, Saturday, September 17th at Bleecker Stadium.

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