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Syracuse SHOCK attack

Why the Shock is no surprize: Terry Morgan reflects the semi-pro tradition.

When the Syracuse Shock takes the field at Henninger High School Saturday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m., the city's semi-pro football team will be thinking, PLAYOFFS. And no wonder. Post season play has been the tradition for several incarnations of local teams at that level, with players driven totally by love for the game. Three times over the past quarter century, the post season has ended with national championships.

Terry Morgan started playing football at the age of seven for the Sherman Park Bulldogs in the Pop Warner League. He played at Nottingham High School and the University of Buffalo, and settled in as linebacker on the semi-pro circuit eleven years ago. Now 34, he works out daily at the Downtown Y. But lately his body has been talking to him. He says he feels like Bret Favre, unsure if he can play beyond this season.

When they take the field Saturday night, the Shock will also be thinking, REVENGE. Their opponent is long time rival Rochester (Monroe County Sting). Earlier in the season the Shock lost to Rochester, as well as to somewhat lesser rival Albany. With the record at 5 and 2, tickets are $5 ($3 for students and seniors, 12 and under free) with concessions and booster products available. For information, call 200-2514.

Where did it start for you?

Once I played my first game, I was hooked. I knew it was something I wanted to do long term. My experience through the years has taken me through all 22 positions on the field. I come from a big family. My cousins were Nottingham Bulldogs. Because they were older than me, I looked up to them. They were my idols, also Dorsey Levens. I watched them and I said, "That's what I want to do."

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