by Rob Tetro
Late in the first half of its game against Monroe County Saturday, the Syracuse Shock trailed 14-0.
The Sting were on the march, poised to add points to their lead.
Deep in Syracuse territory, Monroe County Quarterback Bernard Williams took the snap from shotgun and threw a mid range pass over the middle to an open receiver.
At the last moment, the Shock’s D.P. Crowell emerged to lay a hit on the Sting reciever, which jarred the ball loose.
Crowell’s hit proved to be a blow that Monroe County could never recover from as Syracuse shut out the Sting from that point on en route to a 24-14 win.
The Sting scored twice in the first half, the last touchdown coming on an interception return.
Just after the jarring hit by Crowell, Syracuse running back DeWayne Gordon took a handoff and went nearly untouched 73 yards up the middle for the score. The Sting now led 14-7 with 4:56 left in the second quarter.
After forcing a Monroe County punt, the Shock got the ball back just before halftime. Unfortunately for Syracuse, Quarterback T.J. Sheard’s rough night continued. Sheard took the snap and was chased from all directions. He pinpointed a receiver and did a soft pump fake to draw some throwing space. Unfortunately for Sheard, it was another pass that was thrown up for grabs and intercepted. After throwing his fourth interception, Sheard was replaced by backup quarterback Duane Milton.
After the teams exchanged punts during the opening moments of the second half, another Syracuse penalty cost the Shock an opportunity to set up shop in solid field position.
After downs, Crowell gave the Shock solid field position after returning the Stings’ punt to midfield.
A couple of plays later, Gordon ripped off a run of nearly 40 yards, which brought Syracuse deep into Monroe County’s territory. Gordon brought Syracuse within a point of tying the game a couple of plays later with a four-yard touchdown run up the middle.
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