Brockport defeats Washington & Jefferson 20-7 in Clayton Chapman Bowl
BROCKPORT, NY - The Brockport Golden Eagles are the 2021 ECAC Clayton Chapman Bowl champions after a 20-7 victory over the Washington & Jefferson Presidents on Saturday. The day started well for the Brockport offense, especially for quarterback Jack Cheshire. On the second Golden Eagle drive of the game, Cheshire completed a 30 yard dart to wide receiver Imhotep Cromer. The drive would be finished with a 25 yard catch and run for running back Jala Coad, giving Brockport a 7-0 lead. The offense would revert almost entirely to the run after this point. Both offenses began to sputter, including on one sequence where Presidents quarterback Colton Jones threw an interception to linebacker Ben Damiani, but on the very next play Jala Coad took the snap and threw an interception in turn. Brockport would tack on a Nate Wigent field goal to take a 10-0 lead into the halftime break.
The Brockport defense did what they did all season in this game, dominating their opposition. Lawrence Jenkins was the star of the show, with two sacks, two forced fumbles, and two pass deflections, eventually earning him the title of Clayton Chapman Bowl MVP. As the defense starred, the offense continued to feed the ball to Jala Coad, to little avail in terms of points. Coad would finish the day with 212 yards on 50 carries.
Late in the third quarter, Cheshire finally aired out a 30 yard bomb to Cromer again, which was hauled in for the touchdown to make it 17-0 Golden Eagles. Cheshire would only complete 5 of 15 pass attempts, but had two touchdowns on the day. As the fourth quarter began, Washington & Jefferson would sub out Colton Jones for Justin Heacock at quarterback. The move paid off immediately, as Heacock connected to Andrew Wolf for an 80 yard touchdown, getting the Presidents on the board. The spark was short lived, however, as Heacock lost a fumble, and was injured on the play. Brockport would get a field goal off the turnover, going up 20-7. After a sustained Presidents drive, a Raylens Boutin interception would seal the victory for the Golden Eagles. Brockport ended its season on a high note as they bid farewell to 12 seniors. They finish with a final record of 8-3.