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Football can't stop breaking records

by Justin Maybach
Tue, Nov 28th 2017 09:00 pm
The 2017 Empire 8 Rookie of the Year, Tyree Brown (above) hurtles over a Plymouth State University offensive lineman to score a 59-yard touchdown.
The 2017 Empire 8 Rookie of the Year, Tyree Brown (above) hurtles over a Plymouth State University offensive lineman to score a 59-yard touchdown.

As the end of the fall semester approaches, The College at Brockport football team continues to set records.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, the Golden Eagles returned home for the NCAA playoffs and slaughtered the Plymouth State University Panthers 66–0. This game marked the first NCAA championship game for Brockport in 14 seasons, as well as the largest margin of victory in program history. 

Sophomore quarterback Joe Germinerio returned to lead the offense after resting during the final weekend of the regular season. Germinerio, the Empire 8 Offensive Player of the Year threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns. Two of Germinerio’s touchdown passes went to sophomore wide receiver DaQuan Hubbard, who finished the game with 127 receiving yards.

Freshman wide receiver Tyree Brown, another player making a big impact, was recently named the Empire 8 Rookie of the Year. Brown ironically contributed more to Brockport’s rushing attack in this game. He ran for 156 yards and scored on a 59-yard touchdown run to solidify a productive afternoon.

With the Golden Eagles in full control of the game, several players on the second and third-string offense made an impact throughout the second half. Sophomore quarterback Jason Hellwig ran for a 5-yard touchdown in the third quarter and senior running back Dan Hogan scored two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Overall, Brockport’s offense tallied 626 yards of total offense, including 322 passing yards and 304 receiving yards. The defense limited Plymouth State to just 104 yards of offense. With this victory, Brockport shutout an opponent for the fourth time this season and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

On Saturday, Nov. 25, the Golden Eagles defended their home field once again and defeated the Wesley College Wolverines 49–28. This game originally appeared to be too close for comfort, with the score 21–21 at halftime.

Germinerio played another great game, throwing for 292 yards and three touchdowns. He completed all six of his passes on the opening drive of the game for the Golden Eagles. 

“I just tried to take what the defense gave to me,” Germinerio said. “We knew earlier in the week they were a little disorganized so we just wanted to keep the tempo going.”

Furthermore, Brown caught 11 receptions for 118 yards while scoring a receiving touchdown and two two-yard rushing touchdowns in a wildcat formation.

The Golden Eagles faced some adversity early in the game when the Wesley Wolverines took a 7–0 lead after scoring on the opening drive. It was the first time the Brockport men had trailed at any point of a game since Saturday, Sept. 30, when they played the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons. 

After scoring 21 unanswered points, Brockport’s defense allowed the Wolverines to march 81 yards down the field for a touchdown. A fumble by Germinerio set up the tying touchdown before the end of the first half. At this point, it appeared as if the team had lost momentum.

However, the Golden Eagles prevailed in the second half with a 71-yard touchdown drive, proceeded by back-to-back touchdowns on defense. Junior defensive end Terry McDonald made it into the end zone on a 15-yard interception return. On the Wolverine’s next drive, junior defensive lineman Austin Dean recovered a fumble and ran 15 yards down the sideline. A great blocking effort was made by his teammates allowing him to reach the end zone. 

From that point on, Brockport maintained a comfortable lead, and fans of the Golden Eagles left Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium feeling very happy.

Head coach Jason Mangone said his team maintained a confident mindset in the locker room at halftime, and that the atmosphere was similar to the Cortland game in September.

“We just played an outstanding football team,” Mangone said. “We had to rise up and step up to the challenge. Our guys have never panicked no matter what the score is, and it stayed true against Wesley.”

With this win, Brockport has extended its undefeated season into the month of December. The Golden Eagles have reached the quarterfinal round of the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 2002, when they lost to the John Carroll University Blue Streaks 16-10 in overtime. 

Brockport will travel to Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and take on the Delaware Valley University Aggies on Saturday, Dec. 2, at noon. If the Golden Eagles win, they will play in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA playoffs for the first time in school history.

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