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Team effort scores undefeated football record

by Justin Maybach - Staff Writer
Tue, Sep 26th 2017 10:00 pm
Getting momentum at the beginning of the season is crucial. So far this season, Brockport's football team has managed to grab a record of 4-0, making them undefeated. This is a huge moral booster as the team has not earned that honor since 2003.
Getting momentum at the beginning of the season is crucial. So far this season, Brockport's football team has managed to grab a record of 4-0, making them undefeated. This is a huge moral booster as the team has not earned that honor since 2003.

The College at Brockport football team is heading in the right direction as the month of September winds down. They have a record of 4-0 after defeating the Utica College Pioneers on Saturday, Sept. 23, with  a final score of 28-14. 

Sophomore quarterback Joe Germinerio had a pretty good day despite throwing a pick on the first possession of the game for the Golden Eagles that set up a touchdown for the Pioneers. 

He would learn from his mistake and go on to throw for 244 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DaQuan Hubbard. 

The running game was just as strong against the Pioneers. Junior running back Justin Morrison led with 128 yards rushing on 13 attempts, including a 78-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that sealed the game for  the Golden Eagles.  

Germinerio ran 11 times for 72 yards and a touchdown as well.

Brockport Head Coach Jason Mangone agreed that the running game is extremely important to Brockport’s  offense. 

“It’s vital. The more you run, the more time you have with the ball,” Mangone said. “If you have it more than they have it, they have less chances of scoring.”

Morrison has had no problem adjusting to Brockport’s offense, and there are several positive factors about the team that stand out to him. 

“I like how everyone isn’t selfish,” Morrison said. “People are more worried about winning than they are about their own personal statistics.”

Morrison originally played Division II football at Gannon and transferred here to play Division III football before the start of the season. While he may not be Dan Andrews, he’s still a great weapon for the offensive unit. To no surprise, Mangone thinks very highly of Brockport’s new running back. 

“There’s really nothing we haven’t liked. He is an extremely hard worker,” Mangone said. “You can’t help but cheer for the kid.”

Brockport’s defense is looking exceptional as well. Through four games, the Golden Eagles have outscored their opponents 131-41 in large part because of the defense. Only five touchdowns have been given up by the defense since the season began.

In the latest d3football.com fan poll, Brockport was ranked at number          16 nationally.

The last time a Brockport football team started 4-0 was during the 2003 season, which was also the last season the program qualified for the NCAA playoffs. Rocco Salomone was the head coach of the Golden Eagles at that time. Mangone is certainly satisfied with the fact that his team is still undefeated at this point of this season. 

“It’s your goal to play one at a time and win one at a time,” Mangone said. “You want to enjoy the journey.”

Even though fans have seen strong performances from the offense and the defense, it’s still too early to tell how the Golden Eagles’ season will play out.  Two of their conference opponents are also undefeated, and Brockport will have to play both of them later in the season.

The Golden Eagles are back in action this Saturday, Sept. 30, when they travel to take on the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons. Brockport narrowly defeated Cortland last year during homecoming weekend by a score of 21-19, so the Golden Eagles should have another competitive game. 

If all goes well, Brockport will have an undefeated record exactly halfway through the season, with a week off and two straight home games to aid the team.

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