Albany keeps home shutout streak intact

C.J. Tarver scores twice to lead Mallers past Lackawanna

— "The offensive line opened up the holes for me, and I just ran," said Tarver.

Tarver and the Mallers received a scare midway through the third quarter. Facing a third-and-goal inside Lackawanna's 10-yard line, Tarver dropped back to pass -- only to be chased backwards and sacked by the Dynasty defense. Tarver landed on his hip and laid on the ground for a couple of minutes before walking gingerly off the field.

Fortunately for Tarver the pain didn't last long, and he was walking around without hesitation after the game. Still, Manny used the injury to take Tarver out of the game with the Mallers leading 24-0 following a 40-yard field goal by Kelly Palmer.

"He definitely came up with a bit of a hip pointer, but we were going to take him out of the game anyway. It just sped up the process a bit," said Manny.

Albany's special teams unit got into the act by blocking a Lackawanna punt and recovering it at the Dynasty's 1-yard line midway through the fourth quarter. A penalty knocked the Mallers back to the 6-yard line, but it gave backup quarterback Emmanuel Isaacs the opportunity to throw a touchdown pass to Ace Barnhill for a 31-0 Albany lead. Tailback D.J. Jones added a 9-yard scoring run nearly five minutes later to increase the advantage to 37-0.

Lackawanna had one more opportunity to score when it drove inside Albany's 10-yard line with 9.8 seconds left in the game, but the Mallers' defense batted down a pair of passes to secure the shutout.

Albany's focus shifts to next Saturday's home game against Empire Football League rival Syracuse at CBA.

"Syracuse is Syracuse," said Manny. "That's the team we played against for the (EFL) title last year, and from what we saw (on film from this season), they're back."

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