Cheshire Dazzles, Defense Dominates as Brockport defeats Hartwick, 41-14
BROCKPORT, NY - The Brockport Golden Eagles played perhaps their most complete game of the season Saturday afternoon in a 41-14 win over the Hartwick Hawks. Brockport soared to a fast start in this homecoming game as quarterback Jack Cheshire tossed a 53 yard touchdown to wide receiver Jared Maurino. Two Nate Wigent field goals would put Brockport up 13-0, while the Hartwick offense could only put up one solid drive in the first half, ending in a missed field goal. The Golden Eagles struck again before halftime, with the connection of Jack Cheshire and wide receiver Imhotep Cromer putting Brockport in scoring position. Cromer would finish the day with 94 yards on three receptions. From the 3-yard line, Jala Coad finished the drive in the endzone, giving Brockport a 20-0 lead at the half.
Hartwick quarterback Jason Garcia struggled for the majority of the day, as his offensive line struggled to handle the vaunted Brockport pass rush. After several three and outs, Garcia would throw a pick six to cornerback Raylens Boutin, extending the Brockport lead to 27. Cheshire and the Brockport offense would manage the clock by this point, with Cheshire having already completed his best statistical game of the season, completing 13 of 24 attempts for 229 yards and a touchdown. Sticking to the ground, Brockport tacked on another Jala Coad touchdown on a 26 yard carry to extend the lead. The teams traded touchdowns in the 4th quarter, highlighted by Garcia's first two career Division III touchdown passes and Brockport kick returner Gino Fontanarosa coming into the game at running back and scoring a 63 yard touchdown. The game ended with Brockport winning convincingly, 41-14.
Garcia finished the game going 22 for 53, for 214 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. The Brockport defense shined once again, with Raylens Boutin and linebacker Andrew Covais coming up with interceptions. Defensive back Ben Marshall had four pass deflections and linebacker Lawrence Jenkins had eight tackles and a sack in the dominant performance. The Golden Eagles will look to keep this strong form going next week as they travel to Buffalo State for the I-90 Bowl.