SUNY Brockport at Salisbury Game Preview
SUNY Brockport (1-0) at Salisbury (1-0)
Sea Gull Stadium
Salisbury, Md. 1 p.m.
September 11, 2004
Coming off a 31-14 win at Catholic in last week's season opener, Salisbury opens its home schedule with this week's Atlantic Central Football Conference clash against conference newcomer Brockport.
Salisbury and Brockport are meeting for just the second time. Salisbury won the only prior meeting in 1985 with a 43-0 shutout of the Golden Eagles. Current Sea Gull defensive coordinator Robb Disbennett was SU's starting quarterback in that game and passed for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
Despite being just the second week of the season and the first ACFC game for both Salisbury and Brockport, Saturday's game could be pivotal in the conference's 2004 championship chase. Brockport, which has made four straight NCAA playoff appearances, and Salisbury, winner in 16 of 20 games the last two years, have been tabbed as first and second in the ACFC's preseason coaches poll.
Junior RB Leroy Satchell rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns and the Sea Gull special teams added two punt blocks and a punt return touchdown in last week's non-conference victory at Catholic. Satchell scored on runs of two and 17 yards and sophomore Byron Westbrook scored on a 68-yard punt return as the Gulls built a 21-0 first half lead. Junior Brock Boland's 32-yard field goal pushed the SU lead to 24-6 at halftime. Senior John Hunt's three-yard TD run early in the fourth increased the lead to 31-6 before Catholic added their second touchdown in the closing seconds.
Salisbury had its nine-game home winning streak snapped in the last game of the 2003 home season with a one-point loss to Shenandoah. That streak had started in the 2001 season and carried over all or part of three seasons. All told, the Sea Gulls have a 13-8 record on home turf during Coach Sherman Wood's first five seasons.
The Sea Gulls finished with 340 yards in total offense in last week's game, averaging 4.8 yards per play. SU rushed 55 times for 235 yards while adding another 105 yards through the air. The Sea Gulls recorded 15 first downs and finished with a nearly 10-minute advantage in possession time (34:59 to 25:01). Defensively, the Gulls limited Catholic to 242 total yards, and registered three sacks on the afternoon. The Sea Gulls were penalized 14 times for 115 yards.
Brockport trailed Cortland 17-12 at halftime. But in the third quarter the Golden Eagles had the ball for 13:02 and thus kept the Red Dragons' first defensive unit on the field for all but 1:58 of the quarter. The Golden Eagles scored TDs on three of their four possessions of the third quarter.
The receiving corps featured new starters but Kevin Beaumont and Mike Mahoney combined for nine catches and 150 yards with a TD.
Brockport has now won 41 of the last 43 regular season games, and the program is 37-8 since the start of 2000. The Golden Eagles avenged a loss at Cortland two seasons ago, and Rocco Salomone is now 8-2 in his career against the Red Dragons.
This week's game at Salisbury will be the first conference game in Brockport's football history. The program began in 1947.
The only meeting against Salisbury came in 1985, when the Golden Eagles were shutout, 43-0 in the final home game of the season at Special Olympics Stadium.