Saturday, November 05, 2005

Dragons to begin national playoffs against formidable New England foe

Press & Sun-Bulletin

More than a month after their last game, the Broome County Dragons will return to the field tonight.

The Dragons (6-4) are scheduled to take on the Boston Bandits (13-0) in the first-round of the Harvest Bowl National Championship tournament at 7 p.m. at East Boston Stadium.

The Harvest Bowl is a 16-team tournament featuring semi-pro teams from four leagues, including the Empire Football League. Last season, the CNY Express out of Syracuse won the Harvest Bowl.

The Dragons (6-4) lost to Lake City on Oct. 1 in the first round of the EFL playoffs. However, in rankings compiled by the Harvest Bowl that take strength of schedule into account, the Dragons were the second-highest team in the EFL behind Albany and earned a spot in the tournament.

The Dragons relied heavily on their passing attack. Quarterback Ty Fish threw for an EFL-best 1,800 yards this season and had 16 touchdown passes. Three Broome County receivers were among the league's top 10 in receiving yards. Jonathan Bechy led the league with 553 yards receiving.

The Bandits won the New England Football League championship. They outscored their opponents, 342-68.

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