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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, October 24, 2010
Feely FG Boosts Racers Over Cherries, 25-24
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by Rip Snorter
Jay Feely kicked a 49-yard field goal with 0:45 to go to give the Albany Racers (4‑7) a 25‑24 victory over the Cherries (7‑4). Had Delaware held on they would have, for the 2nd straight week, been the only EFL team to win on the road. With the loss the Cherries fell into 2nd place in the Central Division, a half-game behind the Hershey Bars who play this morning at Richmond.

Albany’s game-winning drive was set up just after the two-minute warning when Cherries kicker John Kasay missed a 46-yard field goal attempt. That kept the Racers within a field goal of the lead and gave them excellent field position on their own 36.

Immediately Thomas Jones ran 21 yards off right tackle and then 9 yards off left tackle to get into Feely’s range. After 4 more carries by Jones netted 2 yards, Feely came on and his kick went right down the middle.

Following Feely’s decisive boot, Philip Rivers, who passed for 360 yards and 2 scores, moved the Cherries to their own 45 with a 15-yard completion to Lee Evans. A sack and then a completion to Ray Rice netted nothing and Rivers was forced to spike the ball with a second left to earn Delaware one last opportunity.

Rivers and the Cherries almost made it a miracle finish.

Eschewing the Hail Mary, Rivers hit Sidney Rice at the Albany 30. Rice eluded Quincy Butler and dashed down the left sideline. He got as far as the 20 before Kerry Rhodes hauled him down from behind to end the game.

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Other Games
(links to box scores)

Saturday, October 23
@Charleston 24, Connecticut 17
The Cannons (4‑7) got a 43-yard scoring pass from Eli Manning to Jerricho Cotchery with 10:06 left and went on to end the 7-game winning streak of the Comets (7‑4). Connecticut’s Tom Brady passed for 308 yards.

@Washington 36, Philadelphia 14
Hines Ward and Steve Smith each caught 10 Ryan Fitzpatrick passes to lead the Capitols (5‑6) to an easy win over the Lakers (5‑6). Mason Crosby helped Washington’s cause by connecting on all 5 of his field goal attempts.

@New York 19, Providence 16 (OT)
Rian Lindell’s 4th field goal, a 38-yarder, with 0:15 to go in overtime gave the Empires (3‑8) the win over the slumping Steam Roller (5‑6). Rashard Mendenhall ran for 185 yards and the only Providence touchdown.

@Baltimore 40, Syracuse 24
The Bolts (8‑3) dominated the Crush (8‑3) to move closer to their first playoff berth since 2002. Darren Sproles broke open a tight contest with a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the 2nd quarter.

Sunday, October 24
@Richmond 30, Hershey 16
Danny Amendola’s 52-yard punt return for a touchdown detonated a 20-point 4th quarter explosion by the Rebels (3‑8) and they beat the Hershey Bars (7‑4) going away. Ryan Grant of Richmond ran for 122 yards.