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Online exclusive: Golden Eagles capture Courage Bowl victory

by Nicholas Newcomb
Mon, Sep 18th 2017 08:55 am

The College at Brockport’s football team captured an ever-so elusive Courage Bowl victory in convincing fashion, downing St. John Fisher College 38-7 on the road Saturday. The last time the Golden Eagles played at Growney Stadium in Pittsford for the Courage Bowl was in

2015, which ended in a dramatic double-overtime loss after former kicker, Tyler Perna, missed a potential game-tying extra-point which would have forced a third overtime.

Last year, when Brockport was the host of the annual game that raises money for Camp Good Days, the Golden Eagles gave up a 28-7 halftime lead and lost 42-38.

Long story short: the Cardinals won the first 12 Courage Bowl games against the Golden Eagles before Saturday’s loss – sometimes 13 can be lucky, for Brockport at least.

Junior running back Justin Morrison put on a clinic rushing for 227 yards and three touchdowns. He also stunned the crowd, and SportsCenter, with an amazing play in which he hurdled two defenders and looked like he ran on air. The video has reached 750,000 views on SportsCenter’s Instagram account as of Sunday, Sept.17, at 1 p.m.

Sophomore quarterback Joe Germinerio apparently doesn’t believe in the “sophomore slump” and made 23 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown. Freshman linebacker Tyree Brown was the recipient of the passing score and finished with 107 total yards.

The Golden Eagle defense dominated again, holding the Cardinals to just seven points and 270 yards of total offense. Senior linebacker Matt Szymanski made six tackles and made an interception to lead the defense.

No. 22 Brockport, 3-0 (1-0 Empire 8), is off to its best start since the 2012 season. The team’s next game is home at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, against Utica College (1-2).

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