Strong Win Back-to-Back Empire League Championships

By Erik Columbia
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 11:17 PM ED

SYRACUSE -- The Syracuse Strong won their second straight Empire League Championship this past weekend with a 36-13 win over the Sussex Stags. They went 12-0, outscored all Empire Football League teams (Watertown, Mohawk Valley, Plattsburgh, Glens Falls, Massena, and Sussex) by 410 points and earned the number one national ranking amongst 138 semipro/minor league football teams that play summer/fall schedules.

 As a result of his outstanding performance at Quarterback, Marty Clanton was named game MVP. The Strong out rushed and out passed the Stags by a combined 2,156 yards during the EFL's 10-game regular season and are likely bound for a national bowl game in Florida. Khalid Bey stated that they are the best kept secret in Central New York. "We're trying to establish this program in the same way as the Chiefs, the Crunch and the Silver Knights," said Bey. “We see it as a launching pad for the players and coaches to get into the Canadian Football League, the Arena Football League and, obviously, the top dog, the National Football League.”

The Empire Football League has live streamed selected games worldwide the last several years to promote the league and players. “Going forward we now have developed the capability to live stream video of every game every weekend, with the option to advertise sponsors” stated EFL Commissioner Dave Burch. This past Saturday’s EFL Championship turned in some pretty impressive stats of 3088 total viewers and over 1000 live viewers worldwide. The video from all EFL games is available at

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2016 Season Livestream Performance:

August 6th - Sussex vs. Syracuse


August 13th - Mohawk V. vs. Watertown


August 27th - Watertown vs. Glens Falls


September 10th - Syracuse vs. Watertown


September 17th - Watertown vs. Sussex


September 24th - Watertown vs. Seaway


October 8th - Plattsburgh vs. Watertown


October 15th - Watertown vs. Sussex



Championship Game Photo Album (click here)

EFL Live Stream Archive (click here)

2016 Champion Syracuse Strong Celebration (click here)

 At the Empire Football League’s final meeting of the year on October 23, they decided to formally announce their 2017 membership campaign for interested teams. Teams with serious interest in joining the EFL need only complete a formal application for an invitation to the league’s annual meeting in January. Teams interested in joining one of the oldest and most professionally run adult amateur football leagues in America need only click EFL Application and forward completed app to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Feel free to also visit our EFL website to view our organization and history.

The EFL is also proud to announce the following All Star Selections for 2016 - click here


There's a football team in Syracuse ranked No. 1 nationally (it's not the Orange)

By Bud Poliquin | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
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on October 24, 2016 at 4:44 PM

Syracuse, N.Y. — From the middle of July right through last weekend, they tackled the Greenjackets and Titans, blocked the Stags and North Stars, pounded the Venom and the Red & Black.

They went 12-0, outscored all those other squads from all those other places like Watertown and Mohawk Valley and Plattsburg and Glens Falls and Massena (and even northern New Jersey) by 410 points and earned the No. 1 national ranking among those 138 minor-league football outfits that play summer/fall schedules.

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EFL Championship Celebration 2016 -
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