Sunday, October 15, 2006
EFL Post Game Press Coverage October 15th (Final)
Ugly end for Red & Black
By MATT CORDOVA
Sunday, October 15, 2006
With seven minutes remaining in the third quarter of Saturday's Empire Football League championship game, the Watertown Red and Black still had somewhat of a chance.
The Albany MetroMallers were facing fourth down and one from their own 16.
And then it was over.
Sylvester Cooperwood thundered off-tackle, and ran 84 yards for a touchdown. The play was deflating, disheartening, and unstoppable for
The Mallers (11-1) wasted little time finding their groove. Cooperwood motored for 25 yards on the game's first play from scrimmage, and Culture Branch reeled in passes of 19 and 17 yards on the same series.
"We just got physically handled,"
Early mistakes by the Red and Black made an already tall task, seem insurmountable. Ernie Miller scampered for long runs of 15 and 10 yards on trap plays up the middle to create some momentum for
"We just didn't execute," said quarterback Doug Black, who lost for the second time in the championship game. "When they shifted their safeties like they did, if you are going to score, you have to do it with long, sustained, 10-12 play drives. It seemed like every time we got something going, we had a fumble, couldn't convert a third down, or missed an open receiver. All it takes is just one bad play to kill a drive. This is tough to take."
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"We told our center, 'your job is to take care of Dumaw, and neutralize him on the run," Posniewski said.
"We wanted to try and spread them out, and bring (Kyle) Roshia out, on our inside receiver," Posniewski said. "We hold
Tempers flared late in the third quarter when
"Supposedly, we started the (fight) on our sideline," the Red and Black's Kyle Roshia said, "but when their whole bench clears and comes across, obviously, we are going to defend our turf. A lot of us were just trying to pull guys off one another."
Sunday, October 15
The Mallers Black and Blue The Red and Black
- By Ed Rickert
Watertown, NY -The Albany Metro Mallers defeated the Watertown Red and Black 39-0 last night to win their second Empire Football League title in as many years. The Mallers were led by the rushing of Sylvester Cooperwood (over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns), the passing of Scott Lawson (3 touchdowns) and the receiving of Macio Clinton (2 touchdowns). The Mallers are the first repeat champs of the EFL since the 2000-2001 Syracuse Vipers.
The Red and Black were behind the 8-ball right from the opening coin toss. The Mallers won and decided to receive. The Mallers marched some 77 yards behind the punishing ground game of Cooperwood and the pin point passing of Lawson to take a quick 6-0 lead. The Maller defense stopped
The second quarter started just as the first ended with the Maller defense making a big play. Linebacker Brian Domingo stripped the ball from an R&B running back and LB Agean Robinson was able to make the recovery with 11:50 remaining. The quarter remained scoreless until a big 46 yard pass from Lawson to WR Macio Clinton to the R&B 6 yard line with 2:36 left in the half. QB Lawson took himself out of the game after he tweaked a leg injury during the throw. Kenny Schaefer took the reigns and led the Mallers to a 20-0 half time score after a 1 yard quarterback keeper. Lawson returned for the third quarter.
The second half started with
As the fourth quarter started most of the Maller starting offense was out of the game. This gave Schaefer and young running back Julius Irving some game time.
The Mallers will now prepare for the 10th Harvest Bowl. The Harvest Bowl takes the best teams from the northeast region and pits them against each other for the right to play for a national championship. The Mallers defeated The Seacoast Hawks of the NEFL in the first round of the bowl last year but ran in to a
The Capital Region Sports player of the game is…..Quarterback #4 Scott Lawson. Scott had a great bounce back game from a self admitted sub par game against the Tri State Bulldogs. Congratulations Scott and Congratulations to the 2005 & 2006 EFL champion, Albany Metro Mallers!