Syracuse gets beat by former head coach Scott Shafer in 30-23 Middle Tennessee State victory

first_imgSyracuse quarterback Eric Dungey lofted a pass down the left sideline. Ervin Philips, his wide receiver, ran under its projected path. But the pass never arrived.Middle Tennessee State’s Reed Blankenship snagged the ball out of midair with a diving catch, sealing the Orange’s defeat, 30-23, on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome.SU later received the ball back with just under three minutes to go in the fourth quarter and one timeout, but the Orange turned the ball over on downs when a Dungey completion to receiver Steve Ishmael came up short.The Syracuse defense, with three first-half takeaways, gave the offense every opportunity to build a comfortable lead. But Dungey and Co. could not do so against former Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer, now MTSU’s defensive coordinator. He brought many of SU’s players to this school, and on Saturday he took them down.The seriousness of Syracuse’s situation became real late in the third quarter, when Orange lost the lead it had owned since 12 minutes into the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn third down, fans roared as they had all afternoon in support of Syracuse’s defense on third down. Then, as he has done his entire career, Middle Tennessee’s Richie James caught a pass. The Carrier Dome fell quiet as he flew over the middle of the field. It went silent when James crossed the goal line for a game-tying 28-yard touchdown.Syracuse had the chance to answer. It had so many chances to answer. On the next drive, SU drove into field goal range. Cole Murphy missed from 40 yards.On the ensuing MTSU possession, Ty Lee, MTSU’s starting Y receiver, ran a 48-yard streak through the seam of Syracuse’s secondary. He cooked SU corner Chris Fredrick and MTSU suddenly led by seven. Then, with 11 minutes left, Dungey hit Syracuse fans with a shot of hope. He tucked the ball on a designed run and plugged through the middle of the field 29 yards for the touchdown. Murphy added the extra point.But again MTSU replied. Running back Shane Tucker capped a 10-play drive by leaping over Syracuse’s Juwan Dowels and into the endzone. The Orange defense that bothered MTSU quarterback Brent Stockstill early on couldn’t apply the same kind of pressure. Stockstill navigated successfully down the field with the newfound comfort in the pocket.Even after Dungey’s late interception, Syracuse forced a punt and got one more opportunity to tie the game. But a fourth and 15 completion with less than a minute left went for only 14 yards.Shafer stopped Syracuse. Comments Published on September 9, 2017 at 7:41 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Paul “Redeye” Chaloner – Code Red Esports – Building the Spitfire’s UK presence

first_imgThe Overwatch League is soon to head into the third week of competition, and the inaugural season has got off to an impressive start. The launch week saw extremely impressive viewership numbers, and although they’ve dipped, they’re still sitting above what many expected.Thus far there’s three teams who sit head and shoulders above the rest on perfect 4-0 records. Seoul Dynasty and New York Excelsior are joined by none other than London Spitfire atop the roost and each of the teams have looked in imperious form. It’s now been little over a month since the London Spitfire’s partnership with Code Red Esports was revealed. The agency was enlisted to help with the Spitfire’s move as well as lead local initiatives and build fan engagement within the city and country that the team represent. With the whole of the first season taking place in Los Angeles, it is undoubtedly a tricky task but one that Paul “Redeye” Chaloner and his team are embracing.We caught up with Paul a few weeks ago to ask him a few UK specific questions about the partnership and what his agency are trying to achieve. ESI:  Looking at it from a very UK specific angle, are you looking at the wider country or is the initial focus on London? Will Overwatch fans from Manchester support the London franchise? Redeye: There is definitely a danger of being too narrow minded and focused on one goal, but we’re lucky that we’ve got some really good people in Code Red in Ben and Luke that will help check that, and also our friends over at Cloud9 as well.“I have this crazy idea in my head that I want to bring the Korean players over when they’re done with the league stuff and do some sort of tour”Of course, there’s a wider picture and we’re very much aware of exactly what it is. I don’t want to get away from the fact that we want to build a physical location in London. That’s absolutely what we want to do. Then again, I have this crazy idea in my head that I want to bring the Korean players over when they’re done with the league stuff and do some sort of tour. Don’t ask me too much about it as I don’t know what the tour looks like just yet. It’s very much part of our big batch of ideas in the and “throwing stuff around” stage. I think it would be really cool to get them to interact around the whole country. Ultimately, right now we’re the only European team never mind UK team. That might change at some point in the future, but right now that’s what it is. I want to make sure that we are engaging with our fans wherever they are.I want to be engaging with our fans everywhere, be it London, be it Portsmouth, be it Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow or Dublin. Or anywhere else around Europe for that matter. We’re uniquely placed in that aspect in that we’ve got a potentially mammoth fan catchment area but we need to ensure we reach out to where they are. ESI: With the inaugural season being played in Los Angeles, some of the timings of games can be tricky for the UK viewer. There’s games as late as 04:00 but some are obviously earlier. Does this create a challenge when it comes to engagement? Does it impact viewing parties and capturing a younger audience?Redeye: Some of the early times are pretty reasonable and the majority of our matches will be played earlier due to the timezone difference. If they’re not, we’ll certainly talk to Blizzard and see if we can put them earlier and make sure that we do maximise the amount of people that can watch.Having matches any earlier than the earliest “kick-offs” are obviously very tricky as we’re at the behest of the Blizzard Arena and the time zone of that so logistically it’s tough to do.“We’ve got a potentially mammoth fan catchment area but we need to ensure we reach out to where they are”I certainly can see where you’re coming from, though and we do share similar concerns but Blizzard are super open to discussion and have been listening to teams and the challenges we face. I don’t think this is any different. If we find that our European and UK fans are struggling to tune in because of that, we will absolutely talk to Bizzard. From what I remember though, the majority should be OK for those who want to watch live.I would much rather read about the result and watch highlights, but for people that do like to watch VoDs, our content team will be ensuring that’s available and we package up suitable highlight reels for those who missed the game and can’t stay up late. We’ll make sure that we cater to those who miss out as well as we possibly can.last_img read more

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Workmanlike win for St George’s

first_img Today’s games St Mary’s College vs Norman Manley Ascot vs Denham Town Papine vs Kingston College St Catherine vs Ardenne Haile Selassie vs Jonathan Grant Pembroke Hall vs Meadowbrook Hydel vs St Jago Calabar vs Campion College Bridgeport vs Cumberland (Home teams are named first and all games start at 3:30 p.m.) St George’s College started the new ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football competition with a hard-fought victory against Tivoli Gardens High at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. The 20-time champions had to work hard for the three points in the Group A clash. Last year’s top goalscorer in the Manning Cup, Alex Marshall, put the Light Blues ahead in the 45th minute and captain Dominic James added the other goal in the 74th minute. Marshall, with his pace and skill, tormented the Tivoli back-line. Tivoli’s goalkeeper, Ricardo Brown, made some fine saves to prevent St George’s from winning by a wider margin. Tivoli had their good moments but failed to trouble St George’s College custodian John Wilson. Marshall, who was away in the summer on trial at St Pauli FC in Germany, says it was a hard game, but the important thing is the three points earned. “I was not at 100 per cent, so I am going back to training to work harder. It is always good to start a competition with a win and we are thankful for the result”, Marshall told The Gleaner. “It’s a team sport, so although I’m targeted, we play to help each other,” the 18 year-old shared. St George’s College assistant coach, Marcel Gayle described the victory as “a workmanlike performance.” “We were pushed to the limit by the Tivoli team today, but it was important to start on a winning note,” Gayle said. On the other hand, Tommy Ricketts, coach of Tivoli High, blamed faulty finishing for his team’s second consecutive defeat from two games.last_img read more

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