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Brockport's homecoming: a BIG hit

by campustalkeditor
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 10:00 pm
Fifth year defensive back, Cedric Campbell III, absolutely crushed a St. Lawrence ball carrier after recieving a pass at The College at Brockport's homecoming game. Brockport defeated the St. Lawrence Saints 65-12 for the team's third win in three games.
Fifth year defensive back, Cedric Campbell III, absolutely crushed a St. Lawrence ball carrier after recieving a pass at The College at Brockport's homecoming game. Brockport defeated the St. Lawrence Saints 65-12 for the team's third win in three games.
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Following the offense’s performance against Ithaca, some were wondering if the opponent found a formula to stopping Brockport’s high-octane offense. After putting up 56 points in the season opener, the Golden Eagles were held to 13 in a dogfight against Ithaca. The matchup with St. Lawrence provided the offense with an opportunity to redeem itself. 

The offense did more than just redeem itself. The first half alone would have been enough offense for the week, but there were two halves to play. In the first half the Green and Gold produced 387 yards of offense and 40 points. 

The second half yielded 283 yards and 25 points for Brockport’s offensive unit. The defense did its job the whole game, holding the  St. Lawrence Saints to 135 total yards and just one rushing yard. The Golden Eagles took the game 65-12. 

Quarterback Joe Germinerio led the way again with 296 passing yards and two touchdown passes. He added 19-yards and two scores on the ground as well. 

In the first two games of the season, freshman, Zach Samborski, was the leading rusher for the Golden Eagles. However, Samborski was overshadowed by another freshman, Joe Benedict, in this matchup. 

While Samborski got the start, Benedict stole the show with an electric performance. The standout running back who put up gaudy numbers in high school, Benedict nearly replicated some of his high school performances with his game on Saturday. He finished with 168 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. 

Benedict did not play in the Ithaca game but has combined for 181 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries in the blowout wins over Hobart and St. Lawrence. Benedict was hoping to get the opportunity to prove himself and did not miss his chance. 

“I finally got to prove myself in a game so I knew I had to take advantage of the opportunity,” Benedict said. 

While he did all he could to prove what he could do, the running back rotation is already loaded with Samborski and last year’s starter, Justin Morrison. Samborski has 38 rushing attempts for 163-yards and two touchdowns to this point in his freshman campaign. 

Meanwhile, Morrison ran for 1,004 yards and nine touchdowns last season and has 105 yards and a touchdown in two games this season. 

If those two split their carries with Benedict, Brockport could potentially create a three-headed monster at the running back position. 

While the offense used this as a rebound game, the defense did what they always do. St. Lawrence could only manage a single rushing yard on 23 carries. The Saints’ passing game was rather unsuccessful as well, only producing 134 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. 

The defense also forced three turnovers on the day. Cedric Campbell III delivered one of the biggest hits of the year, forcing a fumble that defensive back, Matt Arita, recovered and returned for a touchdown. Defensive back, Adonis Carrasco, and line backer, Kareem Leaver, both picked off the St. Lawrence quarterback, Tyler Grochot, in the game as well. Sophomore defensive back, Ruot Juong, knew that his fellow defenders were doing what they always do. 

“We take good pride in stopping the run game because then we make our opponent a one-dimensional offense,” Juong said. “Then teams try to throw the ball on us and, with the defensive backs we have alongside the pass rush we produce, things start to get ugly real quick.”

While the defense put together another shutdown performance, the offense was the story against St. Lawrence. The Golden Eagles have this weekend off due to a bye week this upcoming week. 

Brockport’s next game will be the Courage Bowl against St. John Fisher. That game will be on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. 

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