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Football faces final conference game

by Justin Maybach
Tue, Oct 31st 2017 10:00 pm
Sophomore quaterback Joe Germinerio (left) looks for some passing yards against Hartwick College. Junior running back Justin Morrison (right) is eyeing down the touchdown line while Hartwick closes in. The Golden Eagles close out this season's conference gameplay this weekend against the Alfred College Saxons. The team will be looking to increase its undefeated season to nine wins.
Sophomore quaterback Joe Germinerio (left) looks for some passing yards against Hartwick College. Junior running back Justin Morrison (right) is eyeing down the touchdown line while Hartwick closes in. The Golden Eagles close out this season's conference gameplay this weekend against the Alfred College Saxons. The team will be looking to increase its undefeated season to nine wins.

We have reached the month of November, and The College at Brockport football team still has yet to lose a game.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, the Golden Eagles went on the road and once again showed no mercy, defeating the Buffalo State Bengals by a score of 33–0. This win marks the third shutout of the season, as the team has already posted shutout wins over Ithaca College and Hartwick College. 

“It was a big win,” junior running back Christian Hollister said. “We came out a little flat offensively, but we have a great defense and they had our backs. It was a great team effort.”

This is the first year that the Golden Eagles have shutout at least three of their opponents in a season since the 2006 campaign. The program record for shutout wins in a season was set in 2002, when five of Brockport’s opponents were held scoreless.

Sophomore quarterback Joe Germinerio completed 18 out of 26 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns, including a 77-yard touchdown reception to sophomore wide receiver DaQuan Hubbard. This has become a recurring theme as Hubbard has caught deep passes for touchdowns all year, including a 79-yard touchdown reception against Hartwick.

At this point, winning comes naturally for Brockport’s sophomore quarterback, who has had great success in leading this team to wins every single week.

“It’s definitely a feeling that never gets old,” Germinerio said. “All the preparation you do during the week then seeing it all pay off makes it all worth it. We just want to continue this great run that we’re having.”

When the offensive unit took the field on Saturday, they were without junior running back Justin Morrison. However, that didn’t stop them from scoring over 30 points for the seventh time this season.

“Justin had a slight injury and could have played against Buffalo State but we chose to rest him,” Head Coach Jason Mangone said.

While Germinerio felt the absence of Morrison last Saturday, he had good things to say about the backup running backs.

“It hurts not having him out there,” Germinerio said. “He’s a big part of what we do and a great player, but guys like Christian Hollister and Camron Abalos do a great job for us as well. It helps having all the time in the world to pass back there and having elite weapons in the slot and on the outside.”

Hollister and Abalos ran for a combined 98 yards against the Bengals while Germinerio added 43 rushing yards of his own, including a 14-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter.

With a record of 8–0, the 2017 Golden Eagles have tied the record for the most wins to start a season. The 2000 team also started off 8-0 before suffering a 13–6 loss to the Springfield Pride in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. 

At this point, the Golden Eagles appear unstoppable. The offense has scored 309 points this season while the defense has gone two straight games without giving up a touchdown. Mangone is extremely satisfied with his team’s performance.

“Our kids have done a tremendous job of focusing on the next game,” Mangone said. “We haven’t let a previous win occupy our thoughts. The team has just focused on the next one.”

The Golden Eagles will host the Alfred College Saxons at noon on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Bob Boozer Field. The Saxons started 5–0 but have since lost two of their past three games. 

This game marks the final conference game of the season and the last home game of the regular season. Additionally, all 21 seniors on the roster will be honored before the game. If Brockport wins, the team clinch the top seed in the Empire 8 conference and receive an automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs. With all that’s at stake, this is definitely a game you won’t want to miss.

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