Courtesy of goBrockport.com
MORRISVILLE, NY – The nationally-ranked No. 22 College at Brockport football team dropped its first Empire 8 contest of the season on Saturday as the Golden Eagles fell in the regular season finale on the road at Morrisville, 24-21. The three-time Empire 8 Conference champions will now turn their focus to selection Sunday as the Golden Eagles will find out their NCAA Division III Football Championship opponent and location during the NCAA football selection show tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. The selection show will be streamed live online at ncaa.com.
Brockport, which earned the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championships via a 5-1 Empire 8 record and a title clinching win over Cortland two weekends ago, saw its record move to 8-2 overall on the season. Morrisville’s record improved to 6-4 and 4-2 in conference play and the Mustangs will now await a potential bid into an ECAC Bowl game.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first half behind a 25 yard INT returned for a touchdown by Andrew Covais and two touchdown runs from sophomore Jala Coad. Covais’ pick six came in the first quarter and gave the visitors a 7-0 lead at the 5:14 marker on the clock.
Coad, who finished the day with 101 yards rushing on 21 carries, got Brockport going early in the second quarter when he punched in a two yard score to give the Golden Eagles a 14-0 lead.
Morrisville answered with a seven play-59 yard drive which was capped by a one yard run from Kinsey Williams to cut Brockport’s lead in half, 14-7, with 9:04 left in the first half of play.
Coad and the Golden Eagles were able to march down the field once again before the half as he capped an eight play, 53 yard drive with a 13 yard touchdown run to push Brockport’s lead back to 13 points, 21-7, with 5:43 to go before the half. Coad now has a conference-best 17 rushing touchdowns on the season. He also leads the Empire 8 with an average of 10.2 points scored per contest.
Morrisville began its comeback bid just before the half as the Mustangs were able to put seven more points on the board before the halftime horn sounded. Quarterback Bill Flatow connected with Toure Hall on a one yard TD pass with 2:17 left in the half to make the score 21-14 as both teams headed into the locker room.
The Morrisville defense came to play in the second half as it held Brockport scoreless in the final 30 minutes of action. Desmond Akpanoko made a 30 yard field goal at the 7:42 marker of the third quarter to make the score 21-17. Williams then added his second rushing score of the day with 1:51 to go in the third to close out the scoring on the day with the Mustangs ahead 24-21.
Brockport made a fourth quarter push, driving 53 yards on six plays down to the Morrisville 27 yard line, but an untimely fumble with 1:57 left on the game clock that was recovered by the home team halted the drive and the chances of another thrilling victory for the Golden Eagles.
Senior quarterback Jason Hellwig finished the day with 14 completions for 170 yards and he also rushed for 19 yards. Imhotep Cromer and Alex Benson each led the Brockport receivers with four catches apiece. Cromer finished the day with 72 yards receiving.
Makhai Murphy made a career-high 12 stops and added one pass breakup for Brockport, while Lawrence Jenkins made 10 stops and picked off a pass for the Golden Eagle defense. Covais finished the day with six stops, two pass break ups and one INT. Alex West added six tackles and a half sack. West is now just a half sack away from tying the college’s career sack record of 25.
Morrisville QB Bill Flatow finished the day with 265 yards passing and one TD, while Kinsey Williams carried the load on the ground for the home team with 96 yards and two scores. Mike Bodnar made a team-high nine stops for the Mustangs’ defense.