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Football makes it 2-0 to start the season

by Paul Cifonelli - Contributing Writer
Tue, Sep 11th 2018 10:00 pm
Junior quarterback, Joe Germinerio, throws off his back foot in the air while being rushed by the Ithaca defense. Germinerio was only sacked once in Ithaca.
Junior quarterback, Joe Germinerio, throws off his back foot in the air while being rushed by the Ithaca defense. Germinerio was only sacked once in Ithaca.

Business as usual is a good phrase to describe The College at Brockport first football game of the year. From the first offensive play the Golden Eagles dominated the Hobart bombers, winning 56-7. A win like this is nothing new to Brockport, as they won by 30 or more points on six different occasions last year. 

However, Ithaca presented a different challenge than Hobart. Ithaca is typically a strong team that is capable of winning big games. Last year, Ithaca was 8-3 with one of those losses being a 31-0 blowout at Bob Boozer Field in Brockport.

The week of preparation was crucial for the Golden Eagles, as everyone knew the Bombers were going to bring their ‘A’ game. Brockport’s coaching staff knew that Ithaca’s rushing attack would have to be a focus all week in order for the team to be successful. In last year’s meeting, Ithaca did not score a point and was held to 65 total rushing yards.

Sophomore linebacker, Andrew Covais said, “they were really emphasizing we have got to stop the run, make them throw the ball.”

Meanwhile, sophomore defensive back, Lawrence Jenkins, saw the game plan as being even simpler than that. 

“Just practice on hustling and flying to the ball and making tackles,”  Jenkins said.

 He made it sound easy enough. On Saturday, Brockport needed their defense to step up big time for them.

Brockport’s normally explosive offense was contained all day by Ithaca’s aggressive defense. Quarterback, Joe Germinerio, was held to 170-yards passing with a touchdown and 19-yards rushing. As a whole, the offense was relatively lackluster. Germinerio’s touchdown pass to Joseph Ortiz was the unit’s only touchdown of the game. 

The rushing attack, which normally picks up yards due to the extreme focus put on Germinerio, was also held in check. The leading runner was freshman Zach Samborski, who carried the ball 10 times for 64-yards. They did manage to muster 10 points in the first half to take a 10-0 halftime lead. A second half field goal made the score 13-0 for Brockport in the third quarter.

The defense was the key throughout the game. Brockport held the Bombers scoreless for the majority of the game. It seemed inevitable that the incredibly stingy Brockport defense was going to author another shutout. Covais and Jenkins appeared to be correct. They held the Bombers to 24-yards on the ground and 180 total yards of offense. However, an Ithaca touchdown pass with 1:38 left in the game made the ending a little more interesting. 

With only one timeout, Brockport was able to kill enough time to not allow the Bombers another offensive play. A final score of 13-7 may not look like a typical Brockport football score, but a win is a win. The only game they have won in the last two years with a slimmer margin of victory was the regional final against Delaware Valley last year.

A game in which the offense does not put up points will not happen too often. But while the offense looks to rebound, the defense needs to refocus and begin looking at the upcoming matchup against St. Lawrence. Sophomore defensive end, Josh Greenwood, thinks that stopping the pass will be the key in the next game. He may have a point. 

Last year, St. Lawrence threw for 202-yards against Brockport, but only managed seven points. The game will take place on Saturday Sept. 15 at 1:00 p.m. at Bob Boozer Field in Brockport.

 

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