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Shock defense holds Watertown to under 200 offensive yards in win

by Rob Tetro

The Syracuse Shock recveived the opening kickoff of its July 21 game against the Watertown Red & Black.

Tweleve seconds into the game, the Shock had a 6-0 lead following Jeff Lott’s 88-yard kickoff return.

Lott fielded the kickoff and ran to his right only to find too many Red & Black Jerseys approaching. Lott then switched fields, cutting to his left while displaying an impressive desire that brought him to the pay dirt that awaited him 88 yards later.

Lott’s impressive effort set the tone for the Shock. While showing balance and efficiency on both sides of the ball, Syracuse cruised to a 38-21 win over Watertown.

Watertown’s first possession of the game began with a bit of good fortune. Watertown snubbed out the Shock’s plot to attempt an on-side kick following Lott’s kickoff return.

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Syracuse Shock offensive line anchored by radio personality

by Rob Tetro

A key figure to the Syracuse Shock offensive line is man of different personalities.

On the field, he is identified as offensive lineman Jamie Hantke. In the workplace, Hantke is known as Big Smoothie, a radio personality for 95X in Syracuse.

Hantke began playing football when he was a freshman in high school. Hantke is a 1997 Corcoran High School graduate. While attending Cayuga Community College, Hantke also took part in a year of football at the junior college level.

Growing up, Hantke looked up to Lawrence Taylor and the New York Giants. Soon, he found himself as a true student of the game. Once established as a linemen, Hantke studied the activity of the linemen he saw on television every Sunday.

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Shock falls to Monroe County Sting

by Rob Tetro

The maturation process continued for the Syracuse Shock football team when it took on the Monroe County Sting last Saturday.

Despite an impressive effort from running back DeWayne Gordon, the Monroe County Sting came away with a 30-20 win over the Shock.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Sting outscored the Shock by four points to take a 10-6 lead into halftime. During the third quarter, the Sting added another touchdown which put them up by 11 points. However, the Shock didn’t go quietly into the night.

Syracuse outscored the Sting by a point during the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Shock, The Sting’s lead proved to be insurmountable as Monroe County came away with the 10-point win.

Shock qaurterback T.J. Sheard completed 13 out of 31 passes for 146 yards with two touchdowns but three interceptions. Gordon ran for 130 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown.

Sheard, James Chaplin and Will Carter combined to run for 41 yards on 14 carries.

Wide receiver Tyrone Burke, Jr. is proving to be a solid offensive weapon for the Shock. Burke caught nine passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Gage and Derek Serino combined for four catches for 53 yards.

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The Syracuse Shock defense lines up against South Buffalo’s offense on a fourth and short play during the Shock’s 31-12 loss to South Buffalo last Saturday. Defensively, Syracuse was led by defensive backs Laron Brown, who had five tackles, and  DeWayne Gordon, who had four tackles and a sack.

South Buffalo capitalizes on Shock miscues en route to win

The Syracuse Shock defense lines up against South Buffalo’s offense on a fourth and short play during the Shock’s 31-12 loss to South Buffalo last Saturday. Defensively, Syracuse was led by defensive backs Laron Brown, who had five tackles, and DeWayne Gordon, who had four tackles and a sack.

by Rob Tetro

As an organization, the Syracuse Shock couldn’t have asked for better opening night scenarios for its football team’s debut in Fulton last Saturday.

Despite the threat of rain, curiosity brought more than 300 people to the Donald Distin Athletic Complex at G. Ray Bodley High School on what eventually proved to be a perfect night for a football game.

The Syracuse Shockettes Dance Team were ready to perform while the M.C. was ready to keep fans enthusiastic with music and sound clips in between plays.

Of course, there was the game itself. The Syracuse Shock was taking on minor league football’s defending national champion. Unfortunately for the Shock, a few mental breakdowns turned what was a defensive struggle during the first half into an impressive 31-12 win for South Buffalo.

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Syracuse Shock to kick off season Saturday in Fulton

by Rob Tetro

The Syracuse Shock Minor League Football Team of the Empire Football League will be playing its home games at The Fulton Athletic Complex this summer.

The Shock will make its Fulton debut when the season kicks off Saturday against second ranked South Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. There is a general admission fee.

Syracuse Shock President and Head Coach Ken Anderson hopes to bring Fulton a different but fun summertime experience.

“We hope that the fans see a high level of football and enjoy doing something a little different on a Saturday night,” he said. “We hope to bring a fast and hard hitting team to the field.”

In minor league football, there is not a player draft nor can players be traded. Teams are put together by local athletes who simply have a strong passion for the game. However, if a player wants to play on a particular team, they must sign a one-year contact with that team.

Once the yearly contact is signed, a player is not allowed to play for another team in the league until the player is released. However, players are allowed to move to a team outside of the league without needing an official release.

At the end of the season, minor league football has a playoff scenario. The top six teams in the league standings move on to the playoffs. The teams who advance to the playoffs are seeded based upon their record with the top two seeds earning a first round bye.

During the first round, the third-seeded team plays the sixth-seeded team while the fourth-seeded team takes on the fifth-seeded team.

During the second round of the playoffs, the number-one seed takes on the highest remaining seed while the second seed plays the second highest remaining seed.

The league championship is decided during the third week of the playoffs when the winners of the previous weeks games’ play each other with the highest remaining seed earning home field advantage.

Once the playoffs have concluded, many teams are invited to play in post-season tournaments, which could set up a chance to play for a national championship.

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