Brockport football shatters three school records
Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 12:10
The Brockport football team played its most dominant game of the 2012 season Saturday, Oct. 20. The Eagles not only defeated the Western Connecticut Colonials 42-7, but two Eagles smashed three school records, and the team improved to an overall 5-3.
Prior to the game, Brockport Offensive Coordinator Jason Mangone said his mentality was that Brockport knew it couldn’t take Western Connecticut lightly.
“We just need to come and play well, and if we execute in all three phases of the game we will be fine,” said Mangone.
After the kickoff though, it was a different story.
Early in the game, Brockport had the opportunity to score with a field goal attempt by senior kicker Bobby Giambra at the 22-yard line. Giambra’s kick was wide right.
On the first drive for Western Connecticut, the Colonials managed to perform well for a few plays, but their performance was short-lived and the Colonials were forced to punt.
With 4:36 left in the first quarter, Brockport sophomore running back Shireem Cobb blasted his way into the end zone to make it a 6-0 contest. Brockport was unable to make it a 7-0 game after Giambra missed the extra point.
After the kickoff, the Colonials again failed to make progress. A handful of Colonial receivers dropped numerous passes, one of which was in the end zone late in the second quarter, preventing the Colonials from getting on the scoreboard.
Sophomore running back Tyrone Nichols put Brockport up 12-0 at 11:13 in the second quarter when he rushed for an eight-yard touchdown. Senior kicker EJ Genzano’s extra point attempt was successful, which brought it to a 13-0 game.
Later in the second Genzano also made a 24-yarder and increased the lead to 16-0.
With less than 30 seconds to go in the half, the Eagles defense gave up a touchdown to the Colonials. The touchdown was the only score for Western Connecticut in the matchup and made it a 16-7 game at halftime.
In the third quarter, Brockport made it a 37-5 game, after touchdowns from Andrew Mrozek, Scibilia and Nichols.
Late in the third quarter, Scibilia threw a 69-yard pass to Mrozek, who scored his second touchdown of the game, and with an extra point from Genzano, Brockport led 42-7. The team won by that same score.
The win was the Eagles’ fifth victory of the season and they are now are 5-3 overall.
Brockport accumulated 642 yards of total offense against the Colonials. Morozek had a career day, as he broke the single-season individual record for receiving yards in a game with 252 yards.
Nichols finished with 126 yards and two touchdowns.
Scibilia led the air attack, throwing two touchdowns, completing 29 of 49 passes and tallying up 444 yards in the passing category.
“We did a great job,” said Mangone. “Until last week I believe we had seven offensive turnovers in six games, and then last week we had six in the first half. Today we didn’t have any.”
On defense, Colby Morabito accumulated seven tackles and two pass break-ups. His performance is consistent with the Eagles well-played defense throughout the season.
“It has a lot to do with what we do off the field and with accountability,” said Defensive Coordinator Rashaan Jordan.
“That’s the biggest thing for a defense is that each guy has to be accountable to the next guy next to him and those 11 guys are accountable to the entire football team,” Jordan said. “Once we established that type of level of accountability, and the fact that we have some talented kids, you can get that kind of consistent play week in and week out.”
Brockport will go for its sixth win of the season Saturday, Nov. 3, when the Eagles travel to Montclair State. Montclair State is 3-4 overall this season and 3-2 in the NJAC.