Sunday, August 20, 2006


    On the arm and poise of Veteran Quarterback Scott Lawson and the
dominating team defense the Albany Metro Mallers, defending champion and
current leaders of the Southern Division of the Empire Football League,
defeated their Northern Division counterparts, the Watertown Red and Black
29-22 on Saturday evening in Albany.
    Lawson passed for 2 touchdowns in a 13 for 20 performance under the
rainy Albany sky while gaining 265 yards thru the air. Touchdown passes went
to Maceo Clinton who had a banner night with 6 catches for 133 including his
18 yard score, and John Mulinio with a 7 yard score and an additional 24
yard reception. Culture Branch also contributed to the aerial attack with 3
receptions for 74 yards. The Mallers offensive line broke ground for
Sylvester Cooperwood who rushed 21 times for 176 yards on the night.
Cooperwood scored two touchdowns, each from 4 yards out and added a 2 point
conversion. Vinnie Cirrincione added 3 pats to round out the Albany scoring.
    The game was a defensive gem for both teams as the offensive squads
continually drove to grind out yardage but points were a luxury on the
    Albany's defense lead by Anthony DeChairo and Greg Woodward who combined
to clog the middle of the field with a total of 13 tackles, while Cornerback
Carson Johnson continued to emerge as a solid cornerback with 7 stops on the
right side. Safety Jeff Turman continued where he left off last weekend in
Amsterdam, picking up 2 more interceptions giving him a total of 5 picks in
the last 2 weeks. Turman also contributed with 3 tackles and a pass
deflection on coverage. The Red & Black offense was held to a total of 232
yards on the night, with the bulk of that coming on a single play, a 75 yard
halfback option pass from Anthony Noel to Lester Cole with 105 left in the
half. The Maller defense came through on 3 out of 3 attempts to stop
Watertown on 4th and short in Albany territory as well as snuffing the Red
and Black's 2 point conversion attempt. Watertown came back to within 7 with
2:53 on the clock following a 4 yard QB option from back up signal caller
Todd Keichle. The Watertown on side kick attempt failed as Akili Dunkin
scooped up the squibber and the Mallers ran out the clock to end the game.
    Watertown drops to 4-2 on the season, all in league play, and gives up
the leadership of the Northern Division to the Vermont Ice Storm, at 5-2.
The Metro Mallers advance to 6-0 in Empire Football League action and are
9-1 overall. Albany will host the Broome County Dragons next Saturday
evening at 7:30.

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