Sunday, October 08, 2006
EFL Post Game Press Coverage October 8th
Mallers reach title game
First published: Sunday, October 8, 2006
Tri-State Bulldogs kicker Steve Andreola missed a 28-yard field goal attempt with 32 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Albany Metro Mallers a 13-11 victory and propel them into the Empire Football League Championship game.
Sylvester Cooperwood scored on a 9-yard run and John Mulinio had a 5-yard reception for a touchdown for
With the victory, the Mallers (10-1) captured the EFL Southern Division title. The Mallers will travel to face the Northern Division champions, Watertown Red and Black, for the EFL crown Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
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R&B survives Storm
TITLE GAME NEXT UP: Watertown celebrates chance for glory in EFL
By MATT CORDOVA
Sunday, October 08, 2006
But he didn't see Brian Williams, who raced from behind, dove and got enough of his hand on
"I really believe to beat us at home, a team is going to need their best game,"
It figured that Williams, a safety, came up with a big play, because the defense controlled the pace of the game.
"I just took an angle to try and save the touchdown," Williams said, "and actually caught his ankle."
The final score didn't fully reflect the superiority displayed by
"They clearly had the advantage in several areas,"
On the game's opening drive, Anthony Noel (17 carries, 133 yards) broke free for runs of 21 and 22 yards that set up a 28-yard field goal by Grant. A few drives later, Ernie Miller covered 22 yards on a draw to set up Cole's first score.
"(Coaches) gave me more options to change the plays at the line of scrimmage with what the defense is giving us," Black said. "On our first two touchdowns we (audibled), and our guys were wide open.
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Black also connected on a slant pass to Daniel Frazier, who finished it off with 29-yard jaunt to the end zone just before halftime.
The Ice Storm was successful on a few screen passes and a draw to Aaron Pyer that gained 13 yards, but
Cornerback Keith Jones, who broke up three passes and recorded an interception, said he and the rest of
With the win, the Red and Black shut down an offense that had gained 2,047 yards through the air this season. "Each week we try to make a statement," Jones said. "People should definitely see now that secondary is not this team's weak link."
"I've got to give the secondary credit," said defensive lineman Dan Robl, who led the team with 11 tackles and a blocked punt. "We didn't get as much pressure up the middle or the sacks we had last time against them."
In 2003, over 3,000 fans watched as the Red and Black dropped the title game 30-6 to visiting
"We have to," Robl said. "It's our only choice."
Titans bite the dust...again
The Chateauguay Titans' Empire Football League finale a week ago last Saturday night at Billings was a case of "déja vu all over again," as Yogi Berra might have phrased it.
"Trailing Lake City Stars 27-22 with under five minutes remaining, we threw an interception on the five-yard line," lamented Titans offensive co-ordinator Jeff Craig, who is also a member of the club's three-man administration committee, along with Pat Element and Nick Sarantinos. "Then
After falling behind 8-0, the Titans awoke with Michael Coles connecting on a two-yard touchdown run. The Stars went ahead 14-6 in the second quarter, but the tenacious Titans tied it 14-14 on a four-yard pass from Kevin Wyeth to Geoff Brown and two-point conversion toss to Akked Moore.
"The rest pretty much describes our season," said Craig. "Following another
The game marked Craig's last as offensive co-ordinator, "but I will continue to run the team along with the rest of the board of directors," he explained. "Me coaching was a one-year deal. I was only there because no one else wanted the job. It is not easy finding coaches for this level (semi-pro) of football."
Mouland has been invited to return and he has accepted. The onus will be on him to recruit a coaching replacement for Craig, whose wife Janice has just given birth to a baby boy named Hayden Fitzgerald Craig.
"John's top priority as head coach for the 2007 campaign is to find himself a qualified staff," Craig emphasized, "starting with the offensive and defensive co-ordinators." Mouland doubled as defensive co-ordinator this past season "in 2007 he will be head coach only," Craig announced.
"As for the players, we expect the majority to return. With the addition of a few junior graduates, we should be able to bounce back from our 2006 performance and contend next season.," Craig concluded, hopefully.