Saturday, November 12, 2005
Metro Mallers facing Buffalo at Knox Field
By The Leader-Herald
JOHNSTOWN - The Albany Metro Mallers and the Harvest Bowl Tournament committee have announced that the Empire Football League champions will face the Buffalo Gladiators in the quarterfinal round of the ninth annual Harvest Bowl tournament Saturday.Due to necessary renovations previously scheduled for Albany's Bleecker Stadium, the game will be played as a Maller home contest at 7:30 p.m. at Knox Field, home of the Glove Cities Colonials, and the site of numerous Maller-Colonial match-ups in the 1970's and 80's.
Several former Glove Cities Colonials are part of the Metro Mallers organization.
That group includes defensive coordinator Niall Howard as well as players J.P. Howard, Craig Parker, Chip Everett, Akili Abdul Dunkin, Corey Anderson.
The unbeaten and top-seeded Metro Mallers defeated the Seacoast Hawks, 33-6, in the opening round last Saturday at Bleeker Stadium.
The Metro Mallers are 16-0 and come into Saturday's game with a squad that includes 24 players tht were named to the EFL All-Star team, including 17 first team selections.
Albany also board the Empire Football League's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, Sylvester Cooperwood and Greg Woodward.
The Mallers have outscored opponents by a 471-75 margin this season and amassed more than 4,000 yards of total Offense.
The Buffalo Gladiators, from the New York Amateur Football League, feature a high-powered offense which racked up 29 aerial scores to go with 14 more on the ground under the direction of Quarterback John
Augustine in the regular season. His favorite targets are Matt O'Malley
who hauled in 46 receptions and nine touchdowns, and Kevin Mason who caught 25 passes and scored 10 times. The Gladiators' leading rusher in the regular season was Shawn Capolla who gained 444 yards to go along with five scores.
The Gladiators are 10-3 overall this season and finished in third place in the NYAFL. All three of the Buffalo losses came at the hands of the Central NY Express of Syracuse.
The winner of tonight's contest moves on to the Harvest Bowl semifinals.
This game will be webcast through TEAMLINE.For more information, go to www.metromallers.com or www.harvestbowl.com.