October 21, 2013
Golden Eagles Dragon slayers
BROCKPORT — When Brockport needed to respond, the Golden Eagles did just that on Saturday.
That resilency is what knocked SUNY Cortland out of first place in the New Jersey Athletic Conference football standings, as quarterback Wayne Bonsell passed for 315 yards and five touchdowns to lead Brockport to a 49-32 home field victory.
Though Cortland returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown — Justin Autera handing off to fellow running back Dylan Peebles to pull off that 95-yard end zone excursion — and built a 17-7 lead, the Golden Eagles scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter to move in front to stay.
And when Cortland climbed to within 28-25 with a third quarter scoring drive capped by quarterback Tyler Hughes’ 2-yard run and his ensuing two-point pass conversion to wide receiver John Babin, Brockport responded with another spurt of 21-unanswered fourth quarter points to settle the issue at Kennedy Shriver Stadium.
The loss dropped the Red Dragons to 3-1 in conference play. Cortland is 3-3 overall and will host first place The College of New Jersey — the lone unbeaten left in the NJAC — this coming Saturday at 1 p.m.
Against a Cortland defense missing senior defensive end Joe Kirchner and sophomore safety Andre Green due to injuries, Brockport (2-1 NJAC, 3-3 overall) rolled up 466 yards of offense to offset turning the football over five times. Freshman running back Dan Andrews also rushed for 118 yards on 29 carries.
Though Brockport quarterback Bonsell completed 22-of-34 passes, he was picked off four times. Cornerback Ke’Shaun Stallworth had two of those interceptions, with linebacker Troy Beddoe and defensive tackle Joe DeLuca also with pass thefts for the Red Dragons.
Cortland managed just 12 first downs and only 237 yards of total offense, though a late 43-yard touchdown reception by Babin of a Hughes pass was a record-setter. Babin now has 24 career touchdown passes to set a school mark, and had six catches on the day covering 82 yards.
The Red Dragons’ rotating quarterback system took a blow when Tyler Augliano was injured late in the second quarter, Hughes taking all the second half snaps.
Cortland opened the game with that 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown – the first 13 yards by Autera and the final 85 yards by Peebles – to take a 7-0 lead. The Red Dragons went up 10-0 after Nick Daley’s career-long 39-yard field goal. Brockport got on the board with 4:07 left in the first when Bonsell threw a 13-yard TD pass to Nick Prince and trailed 10-7.
Cortland went up 17-7 on a Justin Autera 2-yard TD run with 13:01 left in the second quarter, but Brockport scored the final 21 points of the half. Bonsell threw a 35-yard TD pass to Darryl Thompson and a 23-yard scoring pass to Jake Spalik, and Shireem Cobb ran seven yards for a score, and the Golden Eagles led 28-17 at halftime.
With less than two minutes less in the third quarter, Hughes ran for his TD and came up with his PAT pass to Babin, getting Cortland within three at 28-25.
Brockport, however, scored three straight touchdowns to start the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Bonsell connected with Eric Malave on 7-yard and 24-yard TD passes, and Cobb ran in from four yards out with 2:31 left.
Hughes completed 8-of-18 passes for 104 yards and rushed for 79 yards on 15 carries. Augliano was 5-of-12 passing for only four yards before being injured.
Defensively, freshman Tristan Laurore made 12 tackles, defensive end Gabe Ostrow was in on nine stops and linebacker Matt Ambrose forced the Brockport fumble Cortland recovered.
For Brockport, Malave caught eight passes for 95 yards and Spalik made five catches for 89 yards. Jake Brickler finished with nine tackles and Colby Morabito intercepted a pass to set up a Brockport touchdown.
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