Syracuse Strong shocked by the Sussex Stags

By: Eric Belair, Communications Director

The Syracuse Strong had trouble lighting up the scoreboard as they lost to the Sussex Stags 3-2 in the third game of the young Empire Football League season.

After posting an impressive 49 points in Week 2 against Glove Cities, the Strong offense struggled to find the back of the end zone against Sussex.

Running back Gregory Tobias led the offensive attack with 57 rushing yards on seven carries and Travon Burke had nine rushes for 35 yards, but neither could scamper their way for a score.

Sussex scored a field goal in the second quarter and this three-point kick proved to be enough for the game’s victory because Syracuse could not score a touchdown and their only means to a score came in the fourth quarter on a two-point safety.

This loss drops the Strong to 2-1 on the season, but puts the squad in a tie for first place in the league with Sussex and the Watertown Red and Black, making this week’s matchup even more important.

The Red and Black will be marching into Syracuse on Saturday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Nottingham High School.

Watertown is coming off a 45-7 win over the Glens Falls Greenjackets. The momentum is on the side of the Red and Black as they are coming off a victory, but Syracuse’s stingy defense is only giving up an average of 4.0 points-per-game and a solid home crowd will help Syracuse.

Come support the Syracuse Strong on Saturday (8/1) at Nottingham High School as they take on the Watertown Red and Black at 7 p.m. for a chance to move into first place in the league.

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