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Golden Eagles remain undefeated after homecoming game

by Justin Maybach
Tue, Oct 24th 2017 10:00 pm
The College at Brockport's football team celebrated with junior line backer Tim Terry (left) and sophomore wide receiver Joseph Ortiz (right) following big time plays from both of the players.  The team added to its relentless winning streak with its seventh victory of the season, beating the Hartwick Hawks 45-0 during Brockport's 70th homecoming.  Can the Golden Eagles keep this hot streak up?
The College at Brockport's football team celebrated with junior line backer Tim Terry (left) and sophomore wide receiver Joseph Ortiz (right) following big time plays from both of the players. The team added to its relentless winning streak with its seventh victory of the season, beating the Hartwick Hawks 45-0 during Brockport's 70th homecoming. Can the Golden Eagles keep this hot streak up?

With the end of the regular season three weeks away, The College at Brockport football team is closing in on an NCAA playoff berth. This team currently boasts a record of 7 — 0 after scoring a combined 93 points in their past two games, including Brockport’s Homecoming game, and a total of 276 points on the season.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Golden Eagles steamrolled over the Morrisville State Mustangs with a 48-7 victory at Bob Boozer Field. Sophomore quarterback Joe Germinerio threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns while sophomore wide receiver DaQuan Hubbard had three receptions for 70 yards. 

One highlight from the second half of the game was when freshman running back Camron Abalos made a name for himself when relieving the junior Justin Morrison. He ran for 83 yards on 17 carries to lead the team in rushing yards. This was the first breakout performance Abalos has had all season as he gained more yards than Morrison.

Despite a strong performance for the majority of the game, the defensive unit failed to preserve a shutout when it gave up a touchdown with 40 seconds left in the game.

“It’s always tough when a shutout comes off the board because that’s what we strive for,” Head Coach Jason Mangone said. “We were not upset by any means, but it would have been great to have a shutout.”

During Brockport’s homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 21, the defensive line came back even stronger as the Golden Eagles played another dominant game on both sides of the ball and notched a 45-0 victory over the Hartwick Hawks. This was the second shutout of the season for the team, the first being on Saturday, Sept. 9, when it pulled off a 31–0 victory over the Ithaca Bombers.

Germinerio put up big numbers for the offense with 259 yards passing and four touchdowns. Hubbard reeled in a 79-yard touchdown reception and a 52-yard touchdown reception from Germinerio. He finished with a total of 140 receiving yards.

Brockport’s defense hasn’t just been keeping the opposing team off the scoreboard, in five of the seven games Brockport has played this year, including every home game, the defense has forced its opponent to switch quarterbacks at some point during the game. 

Since the Alfred Saxons have lost their past two games to the Cortland Red Dragons and the RPI Engineers respectively, Brockport currently stands alone at the top of the Empire 8 Conference. They have an extremely good chance at finishing the regular season with a record of 10 — 0.

Mangone said an undefeated record might be necessary if the Golden Eagles want to qualify for the NCAA playoffs. 

“In our sport, 9 — 1 guarantees you nothing,” Mangone said. “There were four Division III teams last year that finished at 9 — 1 and did not make the playoffs. You could inevitably have one bad Saturday and you’re left looking out at what could have been.”

According to the record books, the best season for the Brockport football program came in 2002. That team finished with a record of 8 — 2 in the regular season and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals before losing to the John Carroll Blue Streaks. It’s important to note that the defense recorded five shutouts and never gave up more than 29 points in a single game that season. 

While the current defensive unit is just as dominant as the 2002 defense, the offensive unit has exploded for 276 points through only seven games. When compared with the 2002 season, this offense has scored 56 more points. If the 2017 team goes further than the 2002 team, it’ll be due to the offense leading the way.

Senior center Mark Sanchez has done a tremendous job blocking for the offense, and he said he feels very comfortable out on the football field with three years of collegiate experience under his belt.

“Being a senior definitely plays a part in being successful and comfortable on the field,” Sanchez said. “The offense hasn’t changed since I’ve been here, so I know the offense in and out. I know what guys are going to do and I know who’s going to do their job.”

The football team will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 28, when the Golden Eagles travel to take on the Buffalo State Bengals. No wins are guaranteed, but it doesn’t look like any team can slow them down.

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