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Football stands true to 'undefeated effort'

by Paul Cifonelli - Staff Writer
Wed, Nov 14th 2018 12:00 pm
The College at Brockport football team finished its second straight season without losing one game after beating Morrisville State 49-7. Over the past two regular seasons, the team has gone 20—0 and has outscored opponents 819-194 within that span.
The College at Brockport football team finished its second straight season without losing one game after beating Morrisville State 49-7. Over the past two regular seasons, the team has gone 20—0 and has outscored opponents 819-194 within that span.
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The season has been nothing short of incredible for The College at Brockport football team. The team has left a path of destruction through the program’s record book, leaving Brockport football’s history incomparable to now.

The offense has been dominant, boasting an average of 44.7 points per game, 7.5 points more than the program’s current record. Junior quarterback Joe Germinerio broke the record for passing yards in a career, a record previously held by Joe Scibilia who finished his collegiate career in 2012. 

Junior wide receiver Joseph Ortiz set a program record for catches in a career against SUNY Cortland, hauling in 18 passes to put his total at 225 receptions following the game. With the 18 catches, it also broke a school record for receptions in a game. Currently, Ortiz has 234 receptions over his three years. While the offense has been nearly unstoppable, senior offensive lineman Caleb Ferdilus has caught on to the team’s biggest point of concern heading into the offseason.

“Staying healthy has been an issue as of late,” Ferdilus said. “We have some injuries to some key players. We have some solid replacements and depth, but we’re able to put people in and still get things done.”

The defense has been on a historic level all season. The unit has allowed –2.8 rushing yards per game, making the Golden Eagles the only team in all of college football (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III) to allow negative rushing yards on the season. The defense forced opponents to rely on passing and gave up around 183.5 passing yards per game.

In terms of individual records being broken, senior defensive back Rashad Baker has broken multiple records during the 2018 campaign. Baker broke the record for passes defended in a season and career with 18 passes this season and 42 to this point in his career. Additionally, Baker tied the program record with four interceptions in a game against Cortland this season.

After Brockport’s 49-7 shellacking of Morrisville State, the Golden Eagles awaited its seed for the NCAA tournament. As expected, Brockport was given the #1 seed in the East region and was matched up with Framingham State for the first round of playoffs. The Rams are 8—2 on the season and have one common opponent with the Golden Eagles. The same Cortland team that lost to Brockport 21-16, defeated Framingham St. 57-19 back in September.

Framingham State is led by junior quarterback Adam Wojenski, who has thrown for 2,079 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions on the season. The Rams use three running backs to put together a potent rushing attack. 

Senior running back Quron Wright has four running touchdowns on the year and leads the team with 816 rushing yards. Fellow senior running back Sebastein Robert has 380 rushing yards and three touchdowns in his final campaign. Junior Rufus Rushins, who is listed as a fullback and defensive end, has carried the ball 51 times for 232 yards, and leads the team with 14 rushing touchdowns.

Despite the tough opening matchup, the Golden Eagles remain focused on doing what they do best. Germinerio has no doubt that Brockport can advance further into the playoffs. That’s only if the team plays the way it has been all year.

“Continue to do what we’re doing on both sides of the ball,” Germinerio said regarding changes for the postseason. “But we need to limit turnovers going forward against good teams at all costs.”

The rest of the bracket is also all unfamiliar to Brockport. If Brockport is able to advance, it will await the winner of RPI and Husson. RPI is 8—1, with its only loss coming this past weekend to Union College. Husson is 8—2, with the losses to Union and Western New England.

On the other side of the bracket, 9—0 Frostburg State takes on 8-2 Western New England. The winner of that game takes on the victor of Johns Hopkins versus MIT. Both teams currently sport 9—1 records entering the contest.

Mount Union, a perennial Division III powerhouse, would challenge Brockport if it gets to the national semifinals again. However, Brockport must look to build off this season and last’s to push further than ever before in program history.