Friday, September 23, 2005

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The Albany Metro Mallers will put the wraps on the Empire Football League's 36th Regular Season, Saturday night at Bleecker Stadium as the Albany hosts the Lake City Stars of Plattsburgh at 7:30 p.m. The Albany semi pro squad enters the game with an unblemished record at 9-0 in league play and are 11-0 over all and need a victory over the Stars
to keep their record clean as they head into the post season.

Lake City travels the Northway to the Capitol City with a 6-3 league record and are in fourth place in the EFL. Eddie Castine leads the Stars at Quarterback with an offense that features a balanced backfield headed up by Heath Geiser with 42 carries on the year and a quartet of
teammates who have combined for 95 additional runs. The Star defense features Mike Lawyer, Earl Parks, & Kellen Nolan who have combined on 74 tackles this season.

The Metro Mallers will take to the gridiron lead by Veteran QB Scott Lawson, who is having another stellar season calling the signals, racking up a Quarterback Rating of 135.2, completing 65% of his passes at 81 for 122, gaining 1319 yards, 17 touchdowns and a mere 2 interceptions. His receiving corp adapt to each play as Lawson picks his targets play by play. Collis Martin leads the way with 20 receptions and 6 scores, with John Mulino, Sylvester Cooperwood, Culture Branch, Matt Holmes, and Maceo Clinton all on the receiving end of scoring strikes this season. Jadel Whitfield, Sylvester Cooperwood and Matt Holmes are the core of the Albany powerhouse backfield that punishes defenses into submission every week.

The Albany Defense is a pounding fast deep squad that shows no mercy. Opportunistic and hard hitting the D battles behind Greg Woodward in the Middle, leading the way with 55 tackles, Damon Walker the pick leader with 4 interceptions on the year, and the sackmeister -Jarris Jones with a team high 9 sacks robbing opponents of over 70 yards on the season.
Combined with Anthony DeChairo, Gabe Young, Athan, Schindler, Alvin Foy, Brian Northern & "Nitro" Domingo, and all of rest of the D-Squad, The team's great depth is perhaps its biggest strength.
The Albany Metro Mallers in conjunction with the NFL, The NFLPA, and USA Football will also celebrate the conclusion of Play Football Month tomorrow at Bleecker Stadium with 2 extra events in conjunction with their regular season finale with Lake City.Prior to the game at 5:00 a special NFL FLAG Football event, featuring the children of the Albany NFL FLAG program, that plays every Saturday morning at Albany's Hoffman Park.

Then at half time of the Metro Maller game, the Albany finals of the NFL Punt Pass  & Kick Competition,will have 9 kids from 3 age divisions competing to find out who will represent Albany and the Metro Mallers at the NYS Regionals of this 43rd annual NFL youth event.

The Gates open for the NFL Flag event at 4:30, with The Metro Mallers and Lake City Stars kicking off at 7:30pm

Metro Maller Football is Fan Friendly - Family Friendly Sports Entertainment & features low cost tickets and concessions making it an affordable sports value to the average fan.
Tickets are $6 for Adult General Admission, $4 for Seniors & Students w/ID, $3 for Children 6-12 and Children 5 & under are free with a paid adult. A limited number of Premium On-Field Endzone Corner Seats are also available. Tickets are available at the Stadium Box Office.

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