Shock provides gridiron outlet
With baseball season in full swing, football may be the farthest thing from sports fans’ minds.
Don’t tell that to the players of the NEPA Shock.
Six Tunkhannock graduates who donned pads and helmets for the Tigers can still be found on the gridiron, but with a little different look than in high school.
Rich and Corey Cook, Ken and Tony Alguire, Ryan Posten and Tom Koledeski, who each played Tunkhannock football in the early to mid-2000s, are members of the NEPA Shock, a team in the Major Indoor Football League.
“I guess we were just looking for something to do,” Rich Cook joked.
The Shock, out of Moosic, play in a AAA league or pro-developmental league, one league below the Indoor Football League.
Some pro scouts attend the games, but Cook noted that his professional days are behind him.
“I like to have fun and like watching some of the younger guys have fun, too,” Cook said. “
The MIFL consists of teams from New Jersey, Washington D.C., Virginia and several other teams from the East Coast, including the Shock’s rivals, the Wilkes-Barre Phantoms, who they beat 36-14 in the season opener.
In that game, Corey Cook caught four balls for 70 yards to lead all receivers. Rich Cook led the way in the trenches with 4.5 sacks and five other tackles.
Since then, the Shock have gone 1-5 with four games remaining in the 10 game season.
The veteran team remains one game out of first place in its division and will soon be making a playoff push.
Corey Cook and Koledeski lead the team in receptions with 13 and 8, respectively, and in receiving touchdowns with two and one, respectively.
Kenny Alguire is near the top in passes defended and Cook is second on the team in sacks with four and third on the team with 16 tackles.
A game consists of eight players on offense and defense on a 50-yard long by 30-yard wide field.
Teams must advance the ball 10 yards in four downs like in the National Football League, but there is no punting on fourth down.
Games consist of four 15-minute quarters and rules are the same as the pro arena league.
The Shock’s will certainly be amped up for their next game, a rematch against the rival Wilkes-Barre Phantoms this Saturday at 1 p.m.
Their home field is located at 228 R. Spring St., Moosic.