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Boutin's brilliance propels football to victory

by Paul Cifonelli - Sports Editor
Tue, Sep 17th 2019 11:00 pm
Freshman Raylens Boutin avoids defenders while running an interception back for a touchdown on Saturday.
Freshman Raylens Boutin avoids defenders while running an interception back for a touchdown on Saturday.

After a shocking defeat in its first game, The College at Brockport football team had to quickly change gears and take on another tough opponent. Framingham State University, who the Golden Eagles defeated 40-27 in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament, was set to play at Brockport on Saturday, Sept. 14. After a week where the offense was unable to find answers, an opponent of Framingham State’s caliber seemed as if it would pose some significant problems. 

In the meeting between the two teams last year, Framingham State quarterback Adam Wojenski threw for 450 yards and two touchdowns. Wojenski also threw three interceptions in the game and was constantly being pressured by the Golden Eagles’ pass rush. Fast-forward 10 months and most of Wojenski’s good fortunes against the Brockport defense have vanished. 

Brockport’s defense looked like the dominant force it was back in 2018 against Framingham State. The Rams were able to muster up more rushing yards on Saturday, but Wojenski and the passing attack were severely limited. 

The Golden Eagles’ defense, led by freshman defensive back Raylens Boutin, shut the Rams out and forced four turnovers. Boutin was the main thief, intercepting two passes and bringing each of them back for scores. The first interception return occurred with just over seven minutes left in the third quarter. 

With Framingham State pinned deep in its own territory, a tipped pass fell into Boutin’s hands and he made a short dash for the score. Boutin’s second pick came just four minutes later. This time a receiver fell down and Wojenski’s pass fell right into the freshman’s arms and there was nothing between him and the end zone. He also collected six tackles and two pass break ups throughout the course of the game. 

Boutin was making his first home start against a team that had success against a more experienced back field last year. He noticed two tendencies in the play calling from Framingham State that led to the crucial interceptions. 

“I noticed when they were third and long, they liked to run skinny posts or a slant, so I just read that every single time and picked it off,” Boutin said. 

While Boutin’s efforts will receive the most attention, other members of the defense stepped up in a big way. Senior defensive back Alaan Montgomery, sophomore defensive back Kenny Hernandez, junior linebacker Lawrence Jenkins and senior linebacker Alex West all finished with seven tackles in the game. Sophomore linebacker Derrick Cipriani was the other Golden Eagle to intercept Wojenski. Cipriani also forced a fumble on a kickoff that was recovered by sophomore linebacker Elijah Aikens. 

Offensively, Brockport struggled yet again but did show signs of improvement. Freshman quarterback Freddy June got the start and played almost every offensive snap of the game. June was the headliner in a power running game that did not produce many big plays. The freshman quarterback finished the day with 118 rushing yards on 18 carries. He also went 8-for-17 passing for 95 yards and an interception. June knew that his running game was a strength of his and expected to use it a lot against Framingham State. 

“I was expecting to use my legs like 80% [of the time],” June said. “I kept running and we played really well.” 

June received help in the running game from senior running back Justin Morrison and sophomore running back Zach Samborski. Morrison ran the ball 14 times for 85 yards, while Samborski ran for 25 yards on just eight carries. 

Senior wide receiver Daquan Hubbard was yet again Brockport’s leading receiver, reeling in two passes for 51 yards, including a 44-yard reception at the end of the first quarter. 

Brockport has two more non-conference games to play before Empire 8 competition begins. The team’s next shot at victory will be on Saturday, Sept. 21 against Buffalo State at noon 

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