Local semipro football: Strong tops Red & Black; Revolution blanked

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SYRACUSE — The Syracuse Strong defeated the Watertown Red and Black, 31-3, on Saturday night in an Northeastern Football Alliance game at the Valley Sports Complex as both teams opened the second half of the season.

The NFA East Conference-leading Strong improves to 6-0 on the season. Syracuse also swept the season series with the Red and Black, as the Strong won the season opener for both teams, 17-14, in overtime June 9 in Watertown.

The Red and Black (3-4), which came into the game occupying third place in the East Conference, had its winning streak halted at three games.

In this meeting, Syracuse jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and Watertown pulled to within 14-3 on Laughlan Toland’s 25-yard field goal in the second quarter.

The Strong then scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to put the game away.

Red and Black quarterback Jared Hendricks compeleted 10 of 28 passes for 188 yards and was intercepted once.

Watertown rookie wide receiver Richard Franzen hauled in two passes for 94 yards.

Defensively for the Red and Black, Tristan Jones totaled 13 tackles and Billy Chest made an interception. Also on Saturday night in the East Conference, the Troy Fighting Irish defeated the Carthage Revolution, 21-0, at Carthage High School.

The Revolution, now coached by Leon Eldridge Jr. after the team made a coaching change last week, falls to 0-6 on the season.

Next week, Watertown will host second-place Troy (5-1) on Saturday at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, while Carthage will play at Auburn, both 7 p.m. starts.

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