BELTON, TX. – The No. 10 ranked College at Brockport football team saw their historic season come to an end on Saturday afternoon, falling 24-0 at the hands of defending national champion and No. 1 ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor.
The Golden Eagles finish the season with a 13-1 record, breaking the previous record for wins in a season by a Brockport football team. It's also the most ever wins from a team in the Empire 8 conference.
Brockport also did something that hadn't been done in over 10 years, representing the East region in the Final Four. The Golden Eagles re-wrote the record books in 2017, and have paved a clear path for the future of Brockport football.
UMHB controlled the first quarter of play, and were able to hang on from there, as their top ranked defense held the Golden Eagles in check throughout the contest. Brockport had some chances deep in Crusader territory, but were unable to punch anything in.
After the 21-point first quarter, the Brockport defense locked down and played like the dominant force they've been all season. They recovered a fumble, picked off a pass, and forced a number of three and outs, limiting UMHB to just a field goal in the final three quarters of play.
Sophomore Alex West was the leader of the defense, registering 10 tackles including three sacks of the UMHB quarterback. West also forced a fumble in the second quarter that was recovered by Julius Mizro. Matt Szymanski and Jake O'Connell were the next leading tacklers, registering nine and eight, respectively.
Matt Arita also had a solid outing defensively, registering six tackles, including one for a loss, and picking off a pass in the third quarter.
Freshman Tyree Brown caught 10 passes on the afternoon for 56 yards, and was backed up by Joseph Ortiz and Jerry Thompson who combined for 12 catches for 99 yards. Justin Morrison netted 39 yards on the ground to lead the team, as the Golden Eagle rushing attack was unable to get going against the big front seven of UMHB.
Eric Yaeger was instrumental in limiting the chances for the Crusaders, as his seven punts traveled 308 yards (44 yards-per-punt), including three that landed inside the 20.
The Golden Eagles established themselves as a national power in 2017, and with a wealth of talent returning next season, will look to continue to build in 2018.
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