Story and photo courtesy of Brockport Athletics
Sophomore Tyrone Nichols rushed for 103 yards and one touchdown and senior Joe Scibilia threw for 324 yards as The College at Brockport football team opened the 2012 season with a convincing 24-2 win at David Person Field in Williamsport, Pa.
In the first half, Brockport scored first with a long 19-play drive that ate up more than nine minutes on the clock. Three key plays in the drive included a 15-yard reception by Shireem Cobb on a 2-and-long situation early in the drive. Later in the drive on a 4-and-7 situation from inside the Lycoming 40 yard line, Scibilia used a quarterback draw to gain eight yards for the Golden Eagles first down. Finally, late in the drive, Scibilia hooked up with Jake Spalik for a six-yard gain giving Brockport a first and goal situation before they settled for the field gal and the 3-0 lead.
After a short Lycoming possession, the Warrior punt was downed inside the five-yard line. Three plays later the snap in the punt was mishandled going out of the endzone for a Lycoming safety making it a 3-2 score.
Brockport closed out the first-half scoring in the second quarter as Scibilia completed a 41-yard pass to Innes for a 9-3 Brockport lead. The extra point kick was good by Genzano making him the Brockport career kicking scoring leader giving the senior 118 career points passing Keith Scranton who scored 117 points from 1997-99.
In the second half, Brockport wasted little time increasing the lead with a 6-play drive in its first possession of the second half capped by a 15-yard TD pass from Scibilia to Jake Spalik (Johnson City, NY/Johnson City).
After another Lycoming three-and-out possession, the Golden Eagles reached the end zone again to close out the scoring. One a seven-play drive, Nichols carried the ball four times for 12 yards but capped the drive with a four-yard plunge. The first-and-goal was set up by a 39-yard pass and catch from Scibilia to sophomore Andrew Mrozek (Depew, NY/Lancaster).
The Brockport defense continued to shine holding the Warriors scoreless over the final two quarters. Brett Evensen (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville) led the way with nine tackles, three for loss, one sack and forced a fumble. John O'Hagan (Pearl River, NY/Pearl River) had seven tackles, Ross Ragonesi (East Northport, NY/Northport) added five stops and a pass deflection while Jesse Galvin (Leicester, NY/York), Colby Morabito (Rochester, NY/Hilton), Derek DeCandia (Beacon, NY/Beacon), Prince Jacobs (Brooklyn, NY/Thomas Jefferson) and Anthony Bianchi (Rochester, NY/Aquinas) each chipped in four tackles.
Brockport opens the home portion of its schedule next week as the Golden Eagles host Buffalo State. The Bengals defeated Cortland, 49-31 in their opener.