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Germinerio breaks all time record in Buffalo State beatdown

by Paul Cifonelli - Staff Writer
Sat, Oct 27th 2018 03:00 pm
The Golden Eagles celebrate by signaling back to the bench that they had just earned a safety. The defense helped Brockport beat Buffalo State 65-7 and improved its record to 7— 0.
The Golden Eagles celebrate by signaling back to the bench that they had just earned a safety. The defense helped Brockport beat Buffalo State 65-7 and improved its record to 7— 0.
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As The College at Brockport football team’s bench players chanted “Yard Sale! Yard Sale!” on third down, Buffalo State’s quarterback barked out signals to his receivers and linemen. Brockport’s defensive players stared into Buffalo State’s backfield and aligned themselves. Once Buffalo State’s quarterback took the snap, whether it was senior Kevin Torrillo or freshman Tony Maple, most of these plays ended unsuccessfully.

Buffalo State was 3-11 on converting third downs and failed to convert on all three of its fourth down attempts. It was yet another dominant display from Brockport’s defense in a 65-7 rout over the Bengals. After allowing 12 rushing yards to Alfred State in week six, Buffalo State was held to -48 rushing yards. The Bengals were able to muster 211 passing yards in the game with 70 of those yards coming from a touchdown pass from Torrillo to senior wide receiver, Jamar Rutledge.

Torrillo was intercepted twice in the game, once by sophomore defensive back, Lawrence Jenkins and once by senior defensive back, Rashad Baker. The Golden Eagles recorded eight sacks in the game with senior defensive lineman, Austin Dean making two and a half of them and junior linebacker, Alex West earning the second most with one and a half sacks. Senior defensive lineman Terry McDonald, junior linebacker Kareen Leaver and senior linebacker Tim Terry, all recorded one sack. Jenkins and senior linebacker, Matt Syzmanski round out the list with 0.5 sacks a piece.

While the defense shined, junior quarterback Joe Germinerio provided the highlight moment of the night. In the second quarter Germinerio set the program record for the most passing yards in a career. The previous record was 6,694 yards, which was set be Joe Scibilia back in 2012. Despite Germinerio’s proximity to breaking the record, he was not aware of how close he actually was.

“I was just going to play my game,” Germinerio said. “I had no idea, until they announced it, that I broke [the record]. I was just playing regular football and doing what we do at home.”

Even though it will be Germinerio’s name in the record books, he was quick to give credit to his teammates.

“It’s humbling, for sure,” he said. “It’s not me, it’s them. It’s the offensive line. It’s our skill guys that have been so great, it’s our coaching that just put us in the right spots at the right time. It all goes to them.”

Germinerio finished his night 14-20 for 233 yards. He added three touchdown passes, one interception through the air and another touchdown on the ground. Receiving his touchdown passes were junior wide receivers, DaQuan Hubbard, Joseph Ortiz and sophomore, Tyree Brown.

While the offense and defense proved themselves unstoppable, Brockport’s consistently overlooked kicking unit was just as dominant. Junior kicker, Dustin Moyle gets the most playing time of the bunch. He was a perfect 9-9 on extra points against Buffalo State, making him 39-39 on PATs this season. He is not perfect on field goal attempts but has been reliable all season. Moyle is 5-7 on field goal attempts but has not missed one since week two against Ithaca. Despite Brockport rarely needing the field goal unit for three points, Moyle enjoys the opportunity to get so many extra point attempts.

“Every time we go on the field we’re looking for points and our offense just puts us in great range to do it,” Moyle said.

Senior Eric Yaeger has gotten significantly less time on the field throughout the years. While he attempted the most punts of his career last year, he also played in three more games than he ever had. Yaeger had the best punting average of his career last year, with his punts travelling an average of 44.0 yards per punt. His fantastic junior year led to a lot of hype for his senior season, bringing a lot of interest from professional football organizations. But for now, Yaeger has his sights set on finishing the season strong at Brockport.

“It’s Brockport season this year,” Yaeger said. “That stuff is just down the road, not really in the back of my mind. I just try to come out every week, every day, do my best and try to help the team.”

Moyle and Yaeger look to continue their kicking success on Saturday, Oct. 27 when the Golden Eagles travel to Utica College to take on the Pioneers. Kickoff in Utica is at 2 p.m.