By: Eric Belair, Communications Director
The second half of the Empire Football League season is underway, which means it is time for the Syracuse Strong to make a playoff push.
Syracuse will be looking for revenge on Saturday, August 22, as the Sussex Stags come marching into town for a battle on the gridiron. In the season’s prior matchup between the teams, Sussex escaped with a 3-2 victory over the Strong.
A week ago, the Strong scampered their way to a 35-0 win over the Plattsburgh North Stars. After a scoreless first quarter, Syracuse used their ground and pound attack to propel their offense, as they rushed for a total of 414 yards. Tobias Gregory led the way with 195 yards on only eight carries, with two of them going for scores. Fellow running back Travon Burke had a team-high 13 rush attempts for 125 yards.
With a limited aerial attack, quarterback Dan West threw for 116 yards on 7 of 18 passing and one touchdown. Aaron Smith led the Strong with 78 receiving yards on two catches, including a 53-yard reception.
Smith had himself a complete game as he found the back of the end zone twice, once on a reception and the other came when he returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.
The Strong are currently sitting in third place in league standings with a 3-2 record. A victory over Sussex would help Syracuse because it would cause a season series split between the teams and would move the Strong into second place in the standings.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, at Nottingham High School in Syracuse, NY. Come support your local football team, after this weekend’s game the Strong will only have one more home game left in the regular season. The time is now to see the Syracuse Strong.