Somebody had to win Saturday, but it still wasn't the New York Stallions.
Facing one of the other three winless teams in the Regional American Football League's North Conference, the Stallions continued their season-long trend of mistakes in a 39-6 loss to the Woodbridge Bulldogs at Port Reading Saints Field in Port Reading, N.J.
"We've just got to get it together," said Stallions owner Del Anthony, whose team dropped to 0-6 in its inaugural RAFL season. "This was a tough one. We spotted them 19 points early. The mistakes we're making, we're beating ourselves."
Anthony said Bob Orchanian caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from James Champen in the third quarter to pull New York to 26-6. Former Oneonta High standout quarterback Champen set up the scoring play with a 30-yard pass to Unatego graduate Anthony Eardley, who scored the Stallions' first points of the season Aug. 8 on a play that went for 70-plus yards in a 60-6 loss at the North East Pennsylvania Miners.
"The silver lining is we only gave up (a season-low) 39 points," said Anthony, whose team has been outscored, 309-12, thus far. "We've scored two weeks in a row, so we've got a scoring streak going."
Now the question is, can they score at home? The Stallions return to Fortin Park in the Town of Oneonta at 5 p.m. this Saturday for their RAFL home finale against the New Jersey Wolves _ a 61-0 winner over visiting New York on July 11. That game opened the season for the Stallions and marked the most points allowed by the team this summer.
Admission to this Saturday's game is free, but seating is limited. Fans can bring chairs.
New York closes its schedule with three road games, beginning Sept. 12 with the New Jersey Buccaneers _ a North East Division rival. The Buccaneers entered this past weekend's games as the leader of the four-team division, at 4-0. The Miners were second at 3-1 and the Wolves were third at 2-3.
The Stallions visit the Long Island Tribe on Sept. 19, then end their season at the New Jersey Lions on Sept. 26.
Woodbridge improved to 1-5 but remained last in the New Jersey Division, one of five sections in the North Conference. According to the website rafl.net, the conference's other winless teams heading into the weekend were the Long Island Lions (0-4) in the Metro East and the Kings County Blackhawks (0-4) of the Metro North.