SUNY Cortland wins against SUNY Brockport 42-24
Updated: Nov 24, 2022
BROCKPORT, N.Y. --- During a chilly Saturday afternoon on Brockport's home turf, The Cortland Red Dragons continue their great season by defeating a good Brockport team during their homecoming weekend. Besides the 0-0 score, Brockport was able to tie the game with Cortland starting off the second quarter. Yet, for the rest of the game, the Red Dragons kept their lead thanks to a combination of great offense and defense.
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During the second play of the game, Todd Simonds threw a screen pass intended for Rashad law that was tipped by the defensive line and lands into the hands of Cortland's defensive back Joshua Cordero for his sixth interception on the season, which was returned for a 30-yard pick-six.
The Golden Eagle offense would then respond by driving down the field into Cortland's 26-yard line thanks to the legs of both Rashad Law and Todd Simons. Simons would end up throwing his second interception of the game to Anthony Dennison at Cortland's 20-yard line.
This would put a stop to Brockport's momentum as Cortland's offense would then take the field for the 1st time in the game with 10 minutes already off the clock. Brockport's defense would hold and give the ball right back to their offense.
Todd Simons would then rush for eight times during their next drive to lead the Brockport offense down to the Cortland's 13 yard line. The second play of the 2nd quarter would result in Simons rolling out to the right and passing to James Altenburger for his 2nd touchdown of the season.
Cortland's kick returner Rashad Tucker would answer back with a 48-yard kick return into Brockport's 39-yard line, which would then result in a Jaden Alfano St. John rushing touchdown, giving Cortland a 14-7 lead.
After a series of runs and a long pass to Will McCarthy, Todd Simons would get injured after a designed quarterback run for 7 yards. Freshman backup quarterback Chris McGuire, would come in to rush for 1 yard and Brockport was forced to answer back with a 26-yard field goal.
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Rashad Tucker wasn't done, because during his next kick return he would find himself in the end zone after returning Brockport's kickoff for 94 yards, to lengthen the gap 21-10!
Brockport's offense needed to answer back but couldn't, and ended up punting after Mcguire was sacked on 3rd down.
During this series, Boyes would find Cj Messina for a 34-yard pass completion and Alfonso St. John would have a 21-yard run to set up Boyes for his first rushing touchdown of the season, giving the Red Dragons an 18-point cushion 3 minutes before half.
At the start of the 3rd quarter, Cortland would punt back to Brockport, which resulted in a series of runs between the Freshman quarterback and Rashad Law and a personal foul on Cortland's defense to set up a 10-yard rushing touchdown for Law!
The Red Dragons didn't want to risk a potential comeback, so they pulled out a couple of good rushes from St. John, and a long 56-yard pass to Cole Burgess to set up a St. John rushing touchdown.
Brockport wasn't going down without a fight, even with Freshman quarterback Chris McGuire in the game, they knew they could still dominate with their run game, as they did with Rashad Law rushing for a total of 54 yards on their next drive, setting him up for a 1 yard rushing touchdown totaling that series with 55 yards at the start of the 4th quarter!
The beginning of the 4th quarter consisted of drives being stalled on both offenses, but on Cortland's second series, they dominated Brockport's tired defense with Alfano St. John's legs, which he carried the ball a total of 10 times during their 8 minute drive, which resulted in an Alfano St. John rushing touchdown to put the game away with 51 seconds left. After that the game was all said and done
Brockport would lose the game 24-42, as their record falls to 2-2, and next week go on the road against an undefeated Utica team. Speaking of undefeated, Cortland stays undefeated as they advance to 5-0 and will host against 2-3 Hartwick.