AU vs. Brockport Game Notes
Alfred University Saxons at SUNY Brockport Golden Eagles
Saturday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.
Bob Boozer Field, Brockport, NY
Last meeting: 1994, Tie, 27-27, at Alfred
Last week: AU: Win, 33-10, vs. Montclair State; Brockport, Idle
Saxons Offense: 27.0 points per game
Saxon Defense: 17.0 points per game
Golden Eagles Offense: 35.0 points per game
Golden Eagle Defense: 21.0 points per game
Players to watch: AU — Dominic Scavo, FR, QB; Tyler DeRosa, SR, TB; Austin Dwyer, SR, TB; Josh Phillips, SR, WR; Maleke Fuentes, SO, WR; Justin Collen, SR, DE; D.J. Welch, SR, OLB; Mike Perkins, JR, FS; Calvin Bain, SO, CB; Zach Brinkley, SO, DT; Corry Wallace, SO, MLB.
Brockport — Ty Stoldt, SO, QB; Tyrone Nichols, JR, TB; Andrew Mrozek, JR, WR; Eric Malave, SO, WR; Jake Spalik, SR, WR; Johnny O’Hagan, SR, OLB; Lincoln Jacobs, SR, OLB, Ross Ragonesi , SR, SS; Tarik Bennett, SR, NT Colby Morabito, JR, CB; Kyle Carman, SR, FS.
Key matchups: AU defense that allows 275 yards per game (122 rushing, 147 passing) and only two touchdowns in two games vs. a Brockport offense that produces 515.5 yards per game (176 rushing, 339.5 passing). In Brockport’s last game, a 42-40 loss at Buff State Sept. 14, the two teams combined for more than 1,100 yards of offense, including more than 800 through the air. AU, meanwhile, held Montclair State to 250 yards offense, including a mere 32 rushing, in the Saxons’ 33-10 win last weekend. Alfred will need to continue playing stingy run defense while getting pressure on Brockport quarterback Ty Stoldt (679 yards passing and seven TDs through two games)…Alfred’s offense, which produces 285 yards per game (139 passing, 146 rushing) against a Brockport defense that allows 409.5 per game (274 passing, 135.5 rushing). Buff State threw for 387 yards against the Golden Eagles last weekend; AU freshman quarterback Dominic Scavo and the passing attack will look to complement an AU ground game that came alive against Montclair with 190 yards rushing, led by senior tailback Austin Dwyer’s 118 and two TDs. Dwyer and company will need success running the ball to maintain possession and limit Brockport’s offensive opportunities.
Game Notes: Today’s game marks the 39th meeting all-time between Alfred University Saxons and SUNY Brockport Golden Eagles, with Alfred holding a 28-7-3 advantage in the all-time series. The last meeting between the Saxons and Golden Eagles, in 1994 in Alfred, resulted in a 27-27 tie. The last time the teams met in Brockport, in 1993, Alfred lost 14-7. Alfred’s last win in Brockport came in 1981.
About the Golden Eagles: Brockport is 1-1 after a 42-40 loss at Buffalo State on Sept. 14, which followed a 30-2 victory over Lycoming in a game played at the University of Rochester on Sept. 7. The game was played at Rochester while a project to renovate Brockport’s Bob Boozer Field, which included installation of new Field Turf, was completed. Brockport is a member of the New Jersey Athletic Conference; its game against AU Saturday will wrap up a three-game non-league slate. Brockport joins the Empire 8 Conference in 2014.
Through two games, Brockport has averaged just more than 515 yards of offense per game, including 339.5 passing and 176 rushing. Sophomore quarterback Ty Stoldt has completed thrown for 679 yards, with seven touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. He has also rushed for 124 yards, second most on the team, behind only junior tailback Tyrone Nichols (202 yards, two TDs).
Brockport runs a three-wide receiver offense, with junior Andrew Mrozek leading the way with 11 catches for 196 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Eric Malave has 13 catches for 160 yards and senior Jake Spalik has nine receptions for 148 yards and a pair of scores.
The Golden Eagles have given up their share of yards, as opponents are averaging just under 410 yards of offense per game (274 passing, 135.5 rushing).
Senior outside linebacker Johnny O’Hagan has a team-high 18 tackles (1.5 for loss) and a forced fumble. Junior cornerback Colby Morabito has 17 stops, including a sack, and senior strong safety Ross Ragonesi has 15. Senior outside linebacker Lincoln Jacobs and sophomore nose tackle Tarik Bennett share the team lead in sacks, with two each, and senior free safety Kyle Carman has an interception and a forced fumble.
Senior Darryl Thompson averages 14.8 yards and 7.5 yards, respectively, on kickoff and punt returns. Freshman placekicker Tyler Pernce has made seven of nine PATs and one of two field goal tries through two games, and sophomore James Quinn averages 37.8 yards on punts.
About the Saxons: Alfred is coming off a 33-10 win against visiting Montclair State last Saturday, which evened the Saxons 2013 record at 1-1 following a 24-21 season-opening loss Sept. 14 at home against RPI. AU, a member of the Empire 8 Conference, is playing the last of its three non-league games before opening Empire 8 play next weekend at home against Buff State.
AU averages 285 yards of offense per contest (139 passing, 146 rushing). The Saxons dominated on the ground against Montclair, putting up 190 yards rushing, which helped the Saxons to a 39-minute to 21-minute time of possession advantage. The Saxons also took care of the ball, with no turnovers against the Red Hawks.
Senior tailback Austin Dwyer paced the Saxon ground game last weekend with 118 yards on 20 carries, while senior tailback Tyler DeRosa ran for 74 on 16 carries. Through two games, Dwyer has 174 yards rushing with a team-best four TDs, while DeRosa has 77 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Maleke Fuentes has added 34 yards on nine carries.
Freshman quarterback Dominic Scavo, a week after tossing two interceptions against RPI, was mistake-free against Montclair, throwing for 135 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has completed 27 of 50 passes for 274 yards, two touchdowns and two INTs. Senior wide receiver Josh Phillips has been Scavo’s primary target, catching a team-best nine passes for 92 yards and two scores. Fuentes has six catches for 77 yards, DeRosa five for 36, and senior wideout Jonathan Ruffin three for 50.
Alfred’s defense allows 275 yards per contest (128 rushing, 147 passing). Sophomore middle linebacker Corry Wallace has been a force for the Saxon D, with 23 tackles (one for loss) and two interceptions through two games. Sophomore tackle Zach Brinkley and senior outside linebacker D.J. Welch have 19 and 14 tackles, respectively; junior outside linebacker Justin Liberta has three tackles for loss and a sack; sophomore cornerback Calvin Bain has nine tackles and two pass breakups; and senior end Justin Collen has a team-best two sacks. Junior free safety Mike Perkins and freshman nose guard Zack Bacon each have interceptions; Bacon’s came against Montclair and was returned 38 yards for a touchdown.
Bain averages 27 yards on kickoff returns and Ruffin 6.4 yards on punt returns. Freshman placekicker Thomas Gioia has made four of six extra-point attempts and both his field goal tries. Freshman Ryan McDonnell averages 34.9 yards per punt.
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