Brockport defeats Alfred on Senior Day
By Zachary Harnischfeger
The Golden Eagles came into the game looking to bounce back from their blow out loss in the Empire 8 Championship game by Cortland. 26 seniors were celebrated and it was big plays by seniors that guided Brockport to the 35-14 victory over the Alfred Saxons.
Both teams were unable to score in the first quarter. Alfred struck first at the 10:53 mark in the second quarter after running back Max Freeman IV punched it from a yard out to cap off a 12-play 57-yard and put the Saxons up 7-0.
The Saxons dominated the first half, controlling possession for a majority of the first half. With 5:03 left in the second quarter Brockport quarter back Chris McGuire scampered into the endzone for a 4-yard rushing touchdown to tie the game 7-7.
Defensive back Raylens Boutin gave the Golden Eagles a 14-7 lead at the 9:17 mark in the third quarter on a 22-yard punt return touchdown.
Boutin retuning the punt for a touchdown. (Photo Credit: Brockport Athletics)
"It's all about coaching," Boutin said. "And how we perform at practice. We have this thing called doing your 1/11th and being discipline and reading our keys."
Brockport scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half. With 14:56 in the fourth quarter running back Isaiah Simmons got into the endzone on a 2-yard run to extend the Brockport lead to 21-7. Simmons finished the day with 180 rushing yards and a touchdown.
At the 13:54 mark in the fourth quarter wide receiver Liam O'Mare blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown to give the Golden Eagles a 28-7 lead. After a Raylens Boutin interception, the 14th of his career, put Brockport at the Alfred 39-yard line, running back Cameron Mesh joined in on the fun, running it from 6-yards out to make it a 35-7 game.
Liam O'Marre celebrating his blocked punt touchdown. (Photo Credit: Brockport Athletics)
Late in the fourth quarter, Max Freeman IV scored his second rushing touchdown of the game from 2-yards out to cut the deficit to 35-14. This is how the game would end.
Raylens Boutin ended his day with three total tackles, an interception and a punt return touchdown. Senior linebacker Ben Robinson had 11 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, and a sack in the game.
"I've loved every second of it," Robinson said. "I love football but more importantly I love this team. I love the culture they got here at Brockport, I've always love it from the second I stepped on the field.
Brockport had 26 seniors honored on senior day. Head coach Jason Mangone was impressed with how the seniors played this season.
"We've leaned on them all year and that's unfortunate," Mangone said. "They have answered the bell everytime. The defense has been solid and those guys have been steady all year for us. It's been fun to watch those guys."
The Golden Eagles finished the season with an 8-2 record overall and a 5-1 record in the Empire 8. They will await to see if they will play in a bowl game.