Syracuse Strong Respond with 40 unanswered points to beat New York Falcons

by Gridiron Media

Syracuse, NY - Syracuse coming off of its first loss of the season last week versus the Upstate Predators started this game versus the Falcons incredibly slow.

A mix of turnovers and self-inflicted wounds kept this game close early on. In fact, the Falcons struck first with a broken scramble play that mirrored the days of Michael Vick running loose for a massive touchdown. 

While New York struck first 6-0, the Strong responded with a run for the ages. Over the next three quarters, they scored 40 unanswered points, and the Falcons tapped out.

The score indicates a bloodbath and it was that, but it certainly wasn’t the best day at the office for this Strong team. 

Shakem ‘Buck’ Buckmon made a surprising return from a serious rib injury to start at quarterback. He showed a lot of grit and toughness to battle through. 

Buck earned the Player of the Game nod going 7-of-17 from the field for 183 passing yards and three touchdowns. The talented athlete also contributed four carries for 48 yards on the ground. 

Best of the rest:

Rashad Burns, running back: 13 carries for 103 yards and one rushing touchdown

Joshua Thomas, wide receiver 2 receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown; 

Had a SportsCenter top-10-worthy snag on the left sideline somehow getting his two feet in. 

John Elliott, wide receiver ,1catch for 75 yards and a touchdown.

A spectacular catch where he caught the ball and did the rest himself all the way to the house.

LaQuan ‘LA’ Rouse, wide receiver

He didn’t have a reception in the game which was unusual, but he was able to contribute with a double reverse 55-yard touchdown run. 

Kahari Alford, defensive lineman Five tackles Three tackles for loss Sack

Zavon Watkins, athlete a special player on the Syracuse roster contributed in a variety of ways including on the defensive side of the ball with two tackles, one tackle for loss, and a sack. 

Al Heath, defensive back

Three pass deflections

The Syracuse Strong hits the road to visit the Charlotte Colonials for its last game of the regular season.