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Syracuse Shock will not return to Fulton this summer

by Rob Tetro

The Syracuse Shock has announced that it will not be playing its home games at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton this summer.

In a move that will allow its players to play closer to home, the Syracuse Shock will be playing its home games at Liverpool High School this season.

Following the conclusion of the 2012 season, offensive linemen Jamie Hantke, also known as 95X Radio Personality Big Smoothie, announced his retirement. However, shortly after his announcement, Hantke was named one of the Shock’s assistant coaches under head coach Ken Anderson.

However, Anderson recently resigned as head coach of the Syracuse Shock. Hantke quickly opted to do the same.

Currently, the Syracuse Shock is searching for a head coach for the 2013 season.

Former Syracuse University running back Robert Drummond has joined the Shock’s coaching staff. Though the entire coaching staff is yet to be completed, Drummond is considered a candidate to replace Anderson.

The Shock has home games against Glens Falls July 6, Watertown July 13, Plattsburgh Aug. 24 and Northeast Pennsylvania Sept. 14.

All games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Shock to host playoff game in Fulton

by Rob Tetro

The Syracuse Shock concluded its regular season Sept. 29 with a 14-13 loss to Watertown.

The Shock finished with a 7-3 record, which earned the squad the number-two seed in The Empire League Playoffs.

Syracuse’s quest for the Empire League Championship begins tonight when it takes on the Monroe County Sting.

Tonight’s game will mark the third meeting between the two teams with each team earning wins at home.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Fulton Athletic Complex.

According to Coach Kenny Anderson, bringing Syracuse Shock football to Fulton continues to be a great experience for the organization.

Coaches and players are particularly grateful for the chance to play at the Fulton Athletic Complex.

Anderson is quick to extend gratitude to Fulton Athletic Director Christopher Ells and the Fulton City School District for allowing the Syracuse Shock to make Fulton its home this season.

As a team, Syracuse is considered one of semi-pro football’s top 20 teams. Individually, there have been many great accomplishments as well, including Empire Football League First Team running back DeWayne Gordon, who has rushed for nearly 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns.

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Shock cruises past Montreal 46-21

by Rob Tetro

The Syracuse Shock toppled Montreal in its final regular season game in Fulton last Saturday.

Syracuse built an early 14-point lead, which set the tone for a solid performance. Led by the tandem rushing of DeWayne Gordon and Justyn Hardwick, the Shock came away with a 46-21 win over Montreal.

Syracuse built a two-touchdown lead during the first quarter. Though Montreal showed signs of life during the second quarter, the Shock still outscored Montreal by a point, which gave the Shock a 29-14 halftime lead. During the third quarter, Syracuse outscored Montreal by 10 points, which put them ahead by 25 points. Each team scored a touchdown during the fourth quarter.

Gordon and Hardwick led The Shock offensively. Gordon and Hardwick combined for 79 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Qaurterback T.J. Sheard had four carries for 32 yards while C.J. Moore and Chris Hart combined for 17 yards on two carries.

Sheard had a stellar day throwing the ball as well. Sheard completed 19 of 25 passes for 259 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Once again, Tyrone Burke Jr. was the Shock’s leading receiver. Burke caught 6 passes for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Tyler Gage caught only five passes but he made the most of those receptions. He tallied 119 yards receiving and caught a touchdown.

Derek Serino, DeWayne Gordon and Justyn Hardwick each caught two passes while combining for 68 yards receiving. Jeff Case and Duane Milton also had receptions for the Shock.

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Undermanned Shock team comes up short in Plattsburgh

by Rob Tetro

The Syracuse Shock went into last Saturday’s game against Plattsburgh missing 31 out of the 55 players that were on the roster to begin the season.

One of the Shock players missing in action was star running back DeWayne Gordon. Without Gordon, who averages more than 250 yards of all purpose yards per game, the Shock only mustered up 206 yards of total offense as Plattsburgh came away with a 21-7 win.

Plattsburgh jumped out to a 14-0 lead on The Shock during the first quarter. Plattsburgh maintained its two-touchdown lead during the second quarter.

During the third quarter, it added another touchdown. Early in the fourth quarter, Syracuse got onto the board.

D.P. Crowell intercepted a pass and returned it 58 yards for the score to make the score 21-7.

Unfortunately for Syracuse, they were not able to get any closer as Plattsburgh came away with the 14-point win.

Duane Milton continues his to develop during this stint as the Shock’s starting quarterback. Milton was 12 of 21 passing for 70 yards and three interceptions against Plattsburgh.

Backup quarterbacks Brian Simer and Jeff Case were 2 of 3 passing for 57 yards.

On the ground, Syracuse was led by Tyrone Burke Jr., who ran for 69 yards on 11 carries. Brian Simer also had 2 carries for 10 yards.

Burke was also the team’s leading receiver. He had 6 catches for 75 yards. Jeff Case had 16 yards on 3 receptions while Derrick Williams, Derek Serino and Brian Simer combined for 5 catches for 36 yards for the Shock.

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Syracuse Shock rally for win against Monroe County Sting

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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Syracuse Shock defense bends but doesn’t break in win

by Rob Tetro

When Vermont traveled to G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton to face the Syracuse Shock last Saturday, they came ready to compete.

Vermont, however, was only able to cross the goal line once — despite having many opportunities.

The Shock won the game 21-13.

The Shock received the opening kickoff. During the drive, Syracuse faced a 4th and short.

Shock quarterback T.J. Sheard started the game under center, but on this play, he lined up in the shotgun and found Tyler Gage on a slant for a Syracuse first down.

The following play, Sheard took the snap and rolled to his left. He gave a soft pump fake and found Gage wide open for a 40-yard touchdown pass.

Following the touchdown, Zack Grulich made his debut for The Shock. Grulich, who is a kicker, converted Syracuse’s first extra point attempt of the season to give them a 7-0 lead with 10:29 left in the first quarter.

Vermont’s opening drive stalled at the Shock’s 25 yard line.

When the Shock got the ball back, running back DeWayne Gordon caught two passes for crucial yardage.

Gordon eventually scored came off a run right up the middle from 6 yards out with 34 seconds left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Syracuse’s defense forced a fumble that was recovered by E.J. MaeWeather.

After Syracuse went three and out following the turnover, Vermont returned the punt to Syracuse’s 40 yard line. Vermont’s field position got even better following a penalty at the end of the play.

The Shock’s defense, however, came through again, only allowing a field goal.

In the second half, Vermont drove the ball down the field and settled for a field goal to cut the Shock’s lead 14-6.

On the ensuing kickoff, Vermont attempted a short squib kick. With Syracuse caught off guard, Vermont got the bounce they needed to convert the trick play. With momentum on its side, Vermont did what they could to keep the Shock defense guessing while executing multiple offensive schemes.

However, once more, Syracuse’s defense refused to allow Vermont to cross the goal-line.

Syracuse forced Vermont into a 35 yard field goal attempt with about 9 minutes left in the third quarter.  The attempt fell short of the uprights.

Gordon got right back to work during the Shock’s first drive of the second half. A couple of athletic runs by Gordon moved Syracuse into Vermont territory.

During the drive, however, Sheard attempted to connect with Tyrone Burke Jr., who was running a fade route down the right side of the field, but the ball was intercepted.

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Shock on top of Empire Football League standings after holding off Albany

by Rob Tetro

A season ago, The Syracuse Shock lost to league rival Albany in the championship game of the Empire Football League playoffs. However, when The Shock went to Albany Aug. 4, they weren’t just playing for retribution. This was a battle for the top spot in the league standings.

With all of the storylines leading up to this match up of two league rivals, the game lived up to its billing. Unfortunately for Albany, the efforts of DeWayne Gordon and Tyrone Burke Jr. proved to be too much to overcome. The Shock held on for a 32-26 win over Albany, which puts them in first place in the Empire Football League standings.

The Shock built a two touchdown lead during the first quarter. Albany responded during the second quarter. They outscored Syracuse to cut their lead down to 13 points at 20-7 going into halftime. Albany continued their subtle rally during the third quarter. They outscored The Shock to cut their lead down to 12 points at 26-14 going into the fourth quarter.

Albany kicked its rally into a higher gear during the fourth quarter. They scored 12 unanswered and tied the score late in the game. With momentum strongly favoring Albany, Syracuse’s Tyrone Burke Jr. delivered a stiffling blow, taking the wind out of Albany’s sails.

After Albany tied the game at 26, Burke returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards. Following Burke’s kickoff return, The Shock went on to score the game winning points to prevail with the six point win.

Despite a balanced offensive effort, Syracuse had ten more passing attempts than they did rushing against Albany. Quarterback T.J. Sheard was 14 out of 33 passing for 149 yards with two touchdowns while throwing three interceptions. Sheard also had 19 yards rushing on four carries.

Leading the way for The Shock on the ground once again was DeWayne Gordon. Gordon had 133 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns. Gordon’s last touchdown run came late in the game following Burke’s crucial kickoff return. Fullback James Chaplin also chipped in 18 yards on three carries for The Shock.

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Several big plays propel Shock to another win in Fulton

by Rob Tetro

When the Syracuse Shock took on Watertown a week ago, it took the Shock all of about 10 seconds to set the tone for the entire game. When Syracuse took on Amsterdam this past Saturday in Fulton, the beginning of the game was simliar.

The Shock didn’t score 10 seconds into the game but thanks to an athletic run by DeWayne Gordon, Syracuse struck early, which set the tone for an 56-0 win over Amsterdam.

After receiving the opening kickoff, it took all of about 50 seconds for the Shock to get onto the scoreboard. With 14:11 left in the first quarter, Gordon gave Syracuse a 6-0 lead following a 60-yard touchdown run off a pitch to the left side of the field.

Despite trying to mix upthe Shock Defense with quick passes and handoffs, Amsterdam was quickly forced to punt.

The Shock coaching staff appeared to outsmart the Amsterdam coaches during its second offensive possession of the game.

After a handful of plays where the Shock attempted to apply its run-first offensive game plan with quarterback T.J. Sheard under center, Syracuse coaches caught Amsterdam off guard when they quickly brought Sheard out in the shotgun in a spread formation. Sheard took the snap and found Tyrone Burke Jr. on a bubble screen. Burke out ran Amsterdam defenders the remaining 35 yards to make the score 12-0 with 8:53 left in the first quarter.

While attempting to return the ensuing kickoff, Amsterdam fumbled the ball back to Syracuse at midfield. Three plays after the fumble, the Shock caught a break following a questionable call. Sheard went back to throw to Burke.

The ball went one way and Burke went the other. However, there was enough physical contact against Burke to warrant a pass interference call and an automatic first down.

A few plays later, Tyler Gage gave Syracuse a 20-0 lead with 5:08 left in the first quarter. Gage scored off a play-action pass from Sheard from 25 yards out.

Amsterdam took on a more multiple offensive approach during its second drive of the game. It attempted to attack the Shock Defense with their quarterback working more under center. The adjustment worked to no avail as Jaquan Williams intercepted an Amsterdam pass a few plays into the drive.

Following Williams’ interception and solid return, the Shock were near the Amsterdam 10-yard line with 3:54 left in the first quarter.

A couple of plays later, Fullback James Chaplin scored on a counter run from a yard out. Following Champlin’s score, the Shock converted the two-point attempt Sheard took the snap the pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage but caught by Syracuse linemen John Toper, who plowed his way into the endzone for the extra two points.

The Shock now lead 28-0 with 2:33 left in the first quarter.

During the final moments of the first quarter, Amsterdam got solid field position following a solid kickoff return, which was aided by a personal foul penalty against the Shock. Despite the solid field position, Amsterdam was forced to punt.

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