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Football heads to NCAA Tournament

by Justin Maybach
Tue, Nov 14th 2017 09:00 pm
Head coach Jason Mangone (right) eyed down his players as he gave them play instructions. The Golden Eagles close out this season's schedule with a victory against St. Lawrence College. The team heads to NCAA Division III play with a historic record of 10-0.
Head coach Jason Mangone (right) eyed down his players as he gave them play instructions. The Golden Eagles close out this season's schedule with a victory against St. Lawrence College. The team heads to NCAA Division III play with a historic record of 10-0.

One week after clinching a conference title, The College at Brockport’s football team is 10–0 for the first time in program history. 

On Saturday, Nov. 11, the Golden Eagles wrapped up its regular season in Canton, New York, with a 28–7 victory over the St. Lawrence University Saints. Since this was a non-conference game, Brockport did not need to win in order to advance to the NCAA playoffs. Their spot was secured after they defeated the Alfred University Saxons on Saturday, Nov. 4, by a margin of 28 to 7.

Sophomore quarterback Joe Germinerio and junior running back Justin Morrison are two key players who had to sit out this week. Brockport’s offense was led by their other sophomore quarterback Jason Hellwig, since Germinerio is still recovering from the concussion he sustained against the Saxons. 

Hellwig completed 14 of 20 passes for 132 yards and ran for 146 yards. He scored a 26-yard rushing touchdown and then a 14-yard receiving touchdown on a trick play in which senior wide receiver Jerry Thompson threw the ball to him.

Head coach Jason Mangone said that Hellwig’s first start was impressive. 

“Jason has extreme confidence in himself and those around him,” Mangone said. “He took advantage of what the defense gave him and played a complete game. I loved his poise.”

On Sunday, Nov. 12, the Golden Eagles learned its first round opponent for the NCAA playoffs. Brockport will host the Plymouth State University Panthers on Saturday, Nov. 18, at noon.

The Panthers are ahead in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference this season, having finished the regular season 9–1 while riding a seven-game winning streak into this weekend’s contest.

Brockport and Plymouth State met during the regular season on four separate occasions between 1997 and 2000. The Golden Eagles won three of those four matchups against the Panthers, including two home games.

The teams were dominant on both sides of the ball during the regular season. The Golden Eagles have scored 372 points while giving up 118 points. On the other hand, the Panthers scored 254 points while allowing just 98 points. Plymouth State shutout two of their opponents in comparison to three shutouts by the Golden Eagles.

Senior offensive lineman Adan Barrientos said this season has been special for the college, as well as all of the seniors on the roster.

“It’s huge for the school,” Barrientos said. “We got seniors that haven’t been to the postseason. It’s good to get them a 10–0 season.”

Brockport finished 5–5 in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons before improving to 7–4 last season. 

“We were confident in every game we played this year,” Germinerio said. “We were 7–4 last year and we blew four fourth quarter leads in our four losses, so this year we corrected that, and it’s showing that with a perfect regular season.”

Germinerio said he took his concussion test on Friday, which he passed. 

“I saw the team doctor on Saturday and she cleared me. I’m 100 percent for right now,” Germinerio said. 

Germinerio knows his team will have to keep fighting hard while sticking to the same game plan if they want to go far in the playoffs. 

“We know we have a talented team,” Germinerio said. “No guy is bigger than the rest, and nobody has to be a hero. We just have to play our game, execute the coach’s game plan and the rest should take care of itself.”

This season marks the second time the Golden Eagles achieved a perfect record during the regular season, as the 2000 team was 8–0 after completing an eight-game regular season. Unfortunately, that season ended with a 13–6 loss at home to the Springfield University Pride. This year, Brockport won’t have an opportunity to see Springfield, who also has maintained a 10–0 season, until the final round of the NCAA playoffs.

Brockport will attempt to keep its season alive and avoid a similar fate when the team takes on the Panthers on Saturday.

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