By: Eric Belair, Syracuse Strong Communications Director
The Syracuse Strong minor league football team displayed total dominance over the Glove Cities Colonials in a 49-6 victory on Saturday (7/18) evening in the team’s first home game of the season to improve the team to 2-0.
In front of a packed home crowd at Nottingham High School, the Strong used their superior rush attack to run all over the Colonials. Syracuse running back Travon Burke found the back of the end zone twice, coming on runs of 32 yards and 3 yards to help propel the Strong to victory. Burke was just one of four running back to score on the ground throughout the game.
“We are very fortunate, we have a stable of (running) backs,” said head coach David Johnson. “We’ve got the speed to go outside and the power to go inside and that’s what we did.”
The Strong started the game with 25 unanswered points before Glove Cities could find their way to the scoreboard, as the Colonials ended the second quarter with an interception return for a touchdown to cut the margin to 25-6 at halftime.
Syracuse’s used their relentless defensive pressure to force four interceptions and have two fumble recoveries to overwhelm the Colonials offense. The Strong converted these six turnovers into 23 points.
Along with the dominating defense and ground attack, Syracuse threw for two touchdowns as well in the match-up.
“It’s always exciting to get a win at home and especially in your home opener,” said coach Johnson. “It’s important because you want a product the fans will be proud of so they will come back to see more games.”
The Strong will travel to New Jersey on Friday (7/24) to take on the Sussex Stags, who sit at 1-1 on the season. Syracuse’s next home game is on August 1, as the Watertown Red and Black come marching into town.