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 May 10th Controlled Scrimmage — Dutchess County Bears vs. Albany Metro Mallers — clk. below for photos

2013 Season –

As part of the SPF League, the schedule has been posted and games are underway ….

July 13th – Albany Metro Mallers vs. Monroe County Sting – HOME

The Albany Metro Mallers found themselves in a dog fight wit the Monroe County Sting. After a quick 40 yard strike to Snoop Singleton, the Mallers missed the extra point, and held a 6-0 lead until the third quarter. The Sting struck back taking an 8-6 lead after a successful 2 point conversion. CJ Tarver caught a pass from Quarterback TJ McLaughlin for a 62 yard touchdown. The 2 point conversion was no good, but the Mallers led 12-8 The Sting weren’t quite done as the scored again and could not convert the 2 point conversion. the Sting led 14-12. With the Mallers backed up on their own 44 yard line, facing a 4th and 41, TJ McLaughlin threw a bomb to the front right corner of the end zone, and in Scotty Lawson fashion, the pass connected with Culture Branch on a game winning 56 yard Touchdown. That would be the last score as the Mallers won 20-14.

JUNE 15th – Albany Metro Mallers vs. Buffalo Chargers – AWAY

The Mallers were back in action on Saturday, June 15th. This time they found themselves in Buffalo against league rivals, the Buffalo Chargers. The game started off sloppy with the Mallers taking a 6-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. Things finally looked up for the Mallers as they opened up the scoring en route to a 40-8 victory. The Mallers will next be in action on July 13th against a familiar face in the Monroe County Sting at CBA. Kickoff is at 7:00 pm

JUNE 8th – Albany Metro Mallers vs. Rochester Rebels

The Albany Metro Mallers, 2013 home season kicked off Saturday Night , and the Semi-Pro football team’s ultimate weapon C. J. Tarver wasted no time bringing the fans at CBA to their feet. by taking the Rochester Rebels opening kickoff into the endzone from 73 yards out just 6 seconds into the contest. Following a 3 and out series by the rebels, Tarver led the offense on a 60 yard drive, and handed off to rookie Anthony Fogarty for a one yard dive, to up the ante to a 12-0 lead with 4:05 left in the opening quarter.

The hard nosed Albany defense withstood the hard throwing attack of Curtis Clark, as the Mallers welcomed back Defensive End Jarris “Train” Jones to the lineup, who along with Linebackers Alex Brace and Dison Reynolds kept Clark on the run all night. Jones recorded 2 sacks while Veteran Safety Gabe Young hauled down two interceptions as part of the nights work..

The Mallers offense also welcomed back a blast from the past in Running Back Jadel Whitfield who last suited up back in 2005. Whitfield along with Nick Carr gave Tarver a high impact running attack to accompany his open field slash run and throw style which kept the Rebels off guard all evening long. Tarver, the local standout from Albany’s Bishop Maginn HS, eluded tacklers in the pocket with his speed and spin moves and added a 50 yard scoring run with 5:19 left in the half. CJ then complimented the ground game with a 37 and an 8 yard scoring strikes to Jason Quinn, with the later set up by a 35yard run by Carr on 3rd and long.

Rochester got on the board with just over 7 minutes remaining on a 14 yard run by Jamel Montgomery. In their final posession of the evening, again Clark was picked off on an acrobatic play by corner Donald Murdock jr

Albany evens up their 2013 record at 1-1 with the Rebels leave town at 0-1, having their opener suspended last week due to lightning. Albany is on the road next Saturday in Buffalo, and returns to CBA on June 29, to take on the Steel City Patriots, kick off is at 7PM.

May 25th  – Albany Metro Mallers vs. South Buffalo Celtics – AWAY

Your Albany Metro Mallers began the 2013 season on Saturday night at the SPF Kickoff Classic against defending national titleholder South Buffalo Celtics.  The Mallers would take a 20-14 lead into the 4th quarter.  Buffalo scored the go ahead touchdown with 2 minutes to go and Albany then drove the length of the field before failing a field goal attempt with 12 seconds to go.

Check out some pics of our first game of the season, this games photos courtesy of

2012 Season –
September 22nd Albany Metro Mallers vs. Glens Falls Greenjackets, 30-13
Yet another win for the Mallers!!

On Saturday the 22nd, The Albany Metro Mallers played in a sloppy wet game at East Field in Glens Falls. Nick Shepherd opened the aerial assault with a 48 yard touchdown pass to Snoop Sean Singleton on a 4th down. Rushing Touchdowns were provided by Chubb Murdock, and his brother Middle Murdock. Ish Green also scored a touchdown in the air. The final was 30-13 with the Mallers coming out on top!

September 15th Another win for the Mallers, 17-14 

A 20 yard scoring pass from CJ Tarver to Ish Green with 3:42 left in the fourth quarter lifted the AlbanyMetro Mallers to a 14-7 lead over the visiting Vermont Ice Storm, but with a minute remaining and a 4th down and 6 from the Albany 20, Vermont QB Sam Jones fired a strike into end zone double coverage to Corey Mathieu to tie it up at 14 all and force a last minute comeback by the EFL Leading Albany Squad. Albany drove 70 yds in 5 plays capped off by Tarver’s 25 yard QB Counter to the vermont 10 yard line with 8.4 seconds to play, giving the Mallers rookie kicker Kelly Palmer a shot at a game winning 28 yard Field Goal, which Palmer drilled, giving Albany a 17-14 victory at Christian Brothers Academy.

September 8th– Mallers take bite out of Sting 38-20

Your Albany Metro Mallers took to the road Saturday to solidify their position as the top team in the Empire Football League.  CJ Tarver led the Mallers with 109 yards rushing and 2 TD’s and 144 yards passing and 2 scoring strikes as the Mallers took out the Monroe County Sting 38-20 in Rochester.  Sean ‘Snoop’ Singleton caught touchdown passes of 27 and 26 yards from Tarver and Dwayne Murdock, filling in for an injured DJ Jones,  added a 1 yard scoring run to complete the Albany scoring attack.

The vaunted Maller defense kept Albany in the game in the first half as the teams battled to a 6-0 Mallers halftime lead.  Dison Reynolds had 7 tackles and a 1 half interception.  Donald ‘Chubb’ Murdock recovered a Sting fumbled punt return and Matthew Anderson, Darnell Murdock and Gabe Young all added sacks to stifle a potent Monroe County offense.

The Mallers (5-1 EFL, 6-2 overall) return home this Saturday night, September 15th against the Vermont Ice Storm at CBA in the final home game of the regular season.  It is kids in uniform night.  All kids wearing jerseys or shirts representing local youth and school sports teams get free admission.  Adult tickets are just $6.  Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm

August 25th — The Albany Metro Mallers vs. Amsterdam Zephyrs
Another Win for the Mallers — 55-0

The Albany Metro Mallers had no trouble scoring as they came away with a 55-0 win against the Amsterdam Zephyrs.

Maller quarterback, CJ Tarver, would account for four touchdowns; two on aerial strikes to Domo Henderson (who would also catch a third touchdown pass from backup Nick Shepard), a four yard quarterback sneak and an 85 yard kickoff return for the first play of the game.

Defensive backs, Donald Murdock Jr. and Matthew Anderson, would produce two pick sixes and Gabe Young would find paydirt himself on an endzone fumble recovery to further contribute to the Mallers domination on both sides of the ball during their rout.
We thank the Susan Susan G. Komen for the Cure  & Avon for joining us as we recognized all survivors at our Breast Cancer Awareness Night

Ribbon Post Earrings

We thank John Ray & Sons for bringing the pink truck


We also thank Erin Harkes,singer/guitar/piano player from upstate New York for acknowledging all survivors with a song by Melissa Etheridge, “I Run for Life”.

August 18th — The Albany Metro Mallers vs. Watertown Red & Black
At Duffy Field, Watertown

The game between the Albany Metro Mallers and the Watertown Red & Black has been suspended by the Empire Football League.  The Mallers are leading 13-7 at halftime when it was discovered that person or persons had broken in to the Mallers locker room.  In the interest of safety, the game was halted at the half.  The EFL will determine a cause of action should this game become influential toward the end of the season.

August 11th – A winning game — 37 to 0
The Albany Metro Mallers vs. Plattsburgh North Stars

The Albany Metro Mallers took the field against the Plattsburgh North Stars looking to rebound after a tough loss to the Syracuse Shock the previous week.

The Mallers came out looking like a team with something to prove as they pounced on The North Stars to get a 14-0 lead before the first quarter could draw to a close. The two scores came from a CJ Tarver connection of 27 yards to Ish Green and later a two yard punch-in by running back, DJ Jones.

The Mallers would further pad their lead in the second off a second Tarver touchdown pass to Domo Henderson for 34 yards, leaving the North Stars at a 21-0 deficit. Plattsburgh would respond however as Kris Ross would intercept Tarver later in the second, taking it 94 yards to the house for their first score of the game, bringing the game to 21-6 after a failed point after attempt due to a fumbled snap.

The fearsome Albany defense would hold the Plattsburgh offense stagnant, allowing less points than even the Maller offense in the first half. The defense would close out the second in grand fashion as well when they blocked a Plattsburgh field goal attempt at the goal line. The electric Tarver would scoop up the ball and take it 89 yards the other way for a score. To Albany’s chagrin, the explosive play would be negated after an illegal blocking penalty.

Heading into the second half, the Mallers sought to continue the abuse from where they left off. DJ Jones would power his way 33 yards for his second rushing touchdown of the night as Albany was clearly ready for more early in the third. The North Stars would counter with an 11 yard aerial strike from quarterback Harry Rascoe to Dan O’Meara, the first offensive touchdown of the game for Plattsburgh. After the score the Mallers would take their healthy 28-13 lead into the fourth.

CJ Tarver would, almost traditionally, kick off the scoring again for Albany in the fourth with a 12 yard touchdown scamper to bring the score to 35-13.Plattsburgh would once again trade a touchdown for one of their own on a 15 yard toss from Rascoe to wideout Andrew Price. The result would be a 35-21 score after the two point conversion was taken into the endzone by Rascoe on a quarterback sneak. The Mallers would put yet another nail in the coffin on a final touchdown plunge for Albany from CJ Murray The North Stars would continue their “tic for tac” play on one last Rascoe-O’Meara connection for a 26 yard touchdown, bringing the game to a close at 42-28.
Local DJ’s from ESPN Radio’s — Brian Noe & Pierce Brix of Albany affiliate 104.5 The Team competed during halftime, with Brian the winner!

August 4th — A close game, 32-26!
The Albany Metro Mallers vs. Syracuse Shock

The Albany Metro Mallers played host to their toughest opponent yet, the Syracuse Shock! Fans were treated to the first close game of the season. Unfortunately, the Mallers came out with their first loss. Syracuse won 32-26 in a game that featured CJ Tarver throwing 4 touchdowns, one being a 95 yard strike to Issmail Green to tie the game at 26 a piece. On the ensuing kickoff, the Shock returned the kick 96 yards to get the ball to the Mallers 3 yard line. After Syracuse scored, the Mallers had less than 2 minutes to drive the ball down the field. Tarver got them as close as the 15 yard line before a pass for Domo Henderson fell incomplete on 4th and 10.

JULY 28th — Yet another winning game — 37 to 0
The Albany Metro Mallers vs. the Lackawanna Dynasty

It was all Mallers, all game long.  The Dynasty won the opening coin toss to start the game however would be halted on their first drive by a smothering Maller defense. After four fruitless downs and a failed fake punt attempt, the Maller offense would take the field.

They would score within minutes of gaining possession on a 32 yard scramble by quarterback, CJ Tarver, putting them up 7-0. This type of one-sided domination on both sides of the ball would set the tone for the rest of the game.

Randy Seay would power through tacklers for a 29 yard pickup to bring the Lackawanna Dynasty down to the Albany two yard line. Daniel Lewis would take a two yard QB sneak into the endzone only to have it nullified by a five yard penalty. This would prove devastating to the Dynasty as, only a play later, Matthew Anderson of the Mallers would rumble 86 yards for a touchdown on a fumble recovery after Dwayne Murdock’s sack on Lewis putting Albany up 13-0, the point after attempt would be wide right. Lewis would be sidelined by injury for a good portion of the game by the relentless pressure issued by the Albany defense. His replacement, Capone Smith would see as much success at quarterback for the rest of the game as he did.

The Mallers would take their lead into the start of the second half, continuing to pile on points. The shifty Tarver would scramble 48 yards for his second touchdown of the game after a David Lumpkin interception off of a pass by the Dynasty’s Smith. They would then attempt and complete a two point conversion despite a Lackawanna penalty giving the Mallers a twenty one point lead over the scoreless Dynasty.

Albany would further pad their lead on a field goal and later a 6 yard pass from Emmanuel Isaac to Ace Barnhill. After yet another empty drive by the opposition, Albany would tack on their fifth touchdown off a  nine yard, DJ Jones scamper followed by a second failed conversion attempt. The defense would close out the game playing as fiercely as they started it, polishing off an impressive 37-0 shutout as Lackawanna would go down without a whimper.

JULY 14th — Another winning game — 27 to 6!!

The Albany Metro Mallers vs. the Amsterdam Zephyrs.

For two players, it felt like a homecoming. David Lumpkin who played for Amsterdam last year came up big for the Mallers.  He scored the first touchdown of the game on a 65 yard punt return. He would also record 4 tackles, recover a fumble and make an interception. Not a bad game.

Ace Barnhill, another player, played for Tom Ciaccio at Gloversville High School, a rival of the Amsterdam Rugged Rams, so he was no stranger to the Lynch Middle School field.   Ace had 5 catches for 86 yards and 1 touchdown. Definitely the the defensive and offensive players of the game respectively.

Other notable statistics include CJ Tarver 12-18 for 207 yards throwing 3 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Sean “Snoop” Singleton had a 41 yard touchdown reception, Issmail Green caught a 5 yard touchdown, and Andrew Grant recorded his third interception in 3 games.

>The Mallers are off next week, but return home to CBA on the 28th to face the Lackwana Dynasty. Join the Mallers as they welcome all alumni to join them at the game, and ESPN Radio will be there to entertain the crowd

JULY 7th — A winning game!!

On a night of redemption, The Albany Metro Mallers made good on their promise of a victory. DJ Jones opened up the scoring with a 1 yard touchdown run to make the game 7-0. Sylvester Cooperwood added a 1 yard touchdown run to take a 14-0 lead going in the half. CJ Tarver running the offense out of a “Wildcat” offense in which he himself added a 1 yard touchdown in the 4th quarter. With the score 21-0, and 40 seconds left in the game, Andrew Grant put it away with a clutch interception. The Mallers won their home opener at CBA by a score of 21-0.

July 6th –

Following last Saturday’s tough 24-22 loss to the New York Predators, The Albany Metro Mallers look to bounce back to open the regular season with a home game this Saturday, July 7th, at 7:30pm  against Empire Football League foe Glens Falls Green Jackets. The game will be played at Christian Brothers Academy at 12 Airline Drive as they welcome Veterans and Seniors to enjoy the game at no cost.

Come join the Mallers as they continue the Capital Region’s tradition of football excellence.

Saturday, June 30th –

Preseason game in Brooklyn against the NY Predators, runner-up for the 2011 Minor League Football Championship, and ranked in the top 5 in the nation. The score was 24-22. The Mallers came up short. The predators won the coin toss and took the opening kickoff. The ball was kicked out of bounds, automatically advancing the ball to the Predators 35 yard line. The predators wasted very little time scoring a touchdown on their opening drive. The Mallers wasted their first opportunity when Quarterback Chris Corker and the Mallers were not able to get anything going on offense. On their next possession the Predators scored a touchdown on their second drive as well extending the score to 14-0. The Mallers would get a break on defense when Andrew Grant returned an interception around 80 yards for a touchdown. The ensuing extra point was missed, and the Mallers were behind 17 to 6 at the half. Things quickly changed for the Mallers when playmaker CJ Tarver took the Mallers from the wildcat. The Mallers got a rushing touchdown from Tarver, as he ran in the 2 point conversion as well. The Mallers got it to 17 to 14 before the Predators scored on a long pass. On the next drive, Tarver led the Mallers down the field again hitting Domo Henderson for a spectacular 45 yard touchdown as Henderson ripped the ball away from the defensive back’s hands. The 2 point conversion was successful as Tarver hit David Jenkins for the two point conversion. With less than a minute left, Tarver had the Mallers moving down the field again, down 24 to 22. After a few penalties and some confusion among the refs, Tarver threw the ball on 4th and 30 to a falling Ace Barnhill who couldn’t make the catch. Even if he had caught the ball, it was well short of the first down. It was a heartbreaking loss for the players, the coaches and the fans.

Monday, June 4 –

The Albany Metro Mallers want to congratulate former Maller standout and 2011 Empire Football League Offensive MVP CJ Tarver and the Saginaw Sting on winning the 2012 Continental Indoor Football League Championship and completing a perfect 8-0 season.  CJ led the CIFL in all-purpose yards with 708 yards and was 3rd in scoring with 52 points. He also led the CIFL in kick return yardage and TD’s.  You can see all his stats here.