September 25, 2004
Golden Eagles improve to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in ACFC

FROSTBURG, MD — Senior quarterback Bob Darnley (N. Tonawanda/Wheatfield) completed 14 of 27 passes for 251 yards and a pair of touchdown passes and the SUNY Brockport defense held Frostburg State to 56 total yards in the second half as the Golden Eagles handed the Bobcats a 24-10 loss in Atlantic Central Football Conference action Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium.

Brockport improved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the ACFC with the win, while Frostburg State had its nine-game league winning streak snapped and fell to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the league.

The Golden Eagles looked to strike quickly when Darnley hooked up with Matt McCormick (Peru/Peru Central) for a 42-yard gain to the Bobcat 33 on the third play of the game. However, back-to-back sacks by senior James Clash (Baltimore, Md./City College) and junior Chris Lentz (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) helped turn back the threat.

FSU came out firing, moving from its own 20 to the Brockport eight behind a burst of short passes and strong running by senior Mike Kitchen (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon). But, a holding penalty negated a Kitchen gain to the two, and the Bobcats settled for a 35-yard field goal by Chris Martin (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) and a 3-0 lead.

Brockport had a chance to tie the game on its next possession but Marc Menchetti’s (Tonawanda/Kenmore East) 37-yard field goal try was wide right. FSU continued to move the ball well, marching from its own 20 to the Golden Eagle 20, but Josh Keeney (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) was stripped of the ball and Brockport recovered at its 16.

The Golden Eagles took the lead for good on their ensuing drive, needing just six plays to march 84 yards. Freshman Dan Lopez (Lancaster/St. Mary's ) provided a spark with runs of 15 and 23 yards before Darnley hit Mike Mahoney (Webster/Schroeder) for a 25-yard gain to the Bobcat four. Junior Jon Brown (Rochester/Greece Arcadia) found the endzone on the next play and Menchetti’s extra point gave the Golden Eagles a 7-3 lead with 10:33 left in the half.

Brockport opened a 14-3 cushion when Darnley hit a leaping Kevin Beaumont (Rochester/W. Irondequoit) in the back of the endzone with 2:46 remaining in the half. The Bobcats countered in the final moments of the second frame as sophomore Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) found senior Adam J. Synder (Scottdale, Pa./South Moreland) for a 27-yard scoring strike to pull FSU within 14-10 with 37 seconds to play.

Brockport had an opportunity to add to its lead on the final play of the half but Menchetti’s 38-yard field goal sailed wide. The Golden Eagles had another chance to take control in the closing minutes of the third, moving to the Bobcat two, but the FSU defense turned in a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage and forced Brockport to settle for a 27-yard field goal on the second play of the fourth.

Darnley then capped the scoring with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Mike Bond (Rochester/W. Irondequoit) with 11:23 remaining in the game.

FSU got a little boost when junior Jon Menz (Sykesville, Md./Glenelg) stepped in front of a Darnley pass and returned the ball 10 yards to the Bobcat 47 with 7:19 to play, but a bad snap on third down resulted in an 18-yard loss and a punt.
Brockport ran out the final 5:49 to seal its fifth straight win over the Bobcats.

John Walther (Dansville) led the Golden Eagles with 14 tackles and Nate Raggi (Niagara Falls/Wheatfield) had two sacks. Lopez had 65 yards on 13 carries and Mahoney had five catches for 79 yards.

SUNY Brockport is idle next week, while Frostburg State returns to action Saturday when it visits Buffalo State in another ACFC contest at 1:00 p.m.