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Syracuse Shock to host the NEPA Miners for Division Title
Monday September 9, 2013

Syracuse Shock to host the NEPA Miners with the Division Title and Home Field Advantage on the line!

The North East Pennsylvania (NEPA) Miners after splitting two non-league games in the pre-season have won seven straight games putting the Miners (7-1 Overall) in position for the Empire Football League (EFL) regular season title.  The Miners fresh after two weeks off  will be on the road this Saturday, September 14th 7PM versus the Syracuse Shock (5-2) before their regular season finale September 21st versus the Glens Falls Green Jackets (1-4) at home. The Miners need to win one of the two games to become Division Champions and most importantly earning a first round bye and home field advantage for the playoffs. The Syracuse Shock who have won three straight in impressive fashion including a 26-0 victory at Watertown this past Saturday. After losing a heart breaker to the Miners 22-20 in Scranton back in August the Shock are hoping to win out and get help from Glens Falls who beat Vermont this weekend 34-0. The Shock will be led by the leagues leading rusher Justyn Hardwick who has 972 yards on 112 carries with five touchdowns. On Defense the Shock have been equally tough with linebacker Emery Kinsey who has 31 tackles and defensive lineman Zay Saffold who has four sacks and 15 tackles. The Miners are ranked 18th nationally by Minor League Football Newsand will have there biggest test of the regular season this Saturday. 

NEPA Miners statistical leaders: 

QB -  JP Antosh            626 yards passing 13 TD's 3 Int's. 107 Yards Rushing 1TD
RB -  
Ahmad Shuler      87 Carries 421 Yards 4.8 yards/carry 2TD's
WR - 
Brandon Decker  10 Receptions 284 Yards 6 TD's 
WR - 
McKenzy Rene    11 Receptions 207 Yards 2 TD's
DE - 
Cory Homer          40 Tackles 8.5 Sacks Saftey
LB - 
Joe Cardiello         31 Tackles 5.5 Sacks
LB - 
Donovan Palmer   29 Tackles 8 Sacks 3 Forced Fumbles
Team Defense:            Only 57 Points allowed in 6 EFL games
Special Teams Big Plays - 
Mannie Stewart 75 Yard TD Kickoff Return & Quinn Buckner 36 Yard TD Punt Return 
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