The largest commonality tying Stony Brook Football’s three 2018 non-conference games together may be scoring streaks.
After week one’s 38-0 blowout loss to Air Force and week two’s 50-21 win against Bryant in which they surrendered a 20-point lead before charging back to victory, the Seawolves concluded their non-conference schedule with a 28-6 road victory against the Fordham Rams on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Stony Brook scored four uninterrupted touchdowns and held Fordham off the scoreboard until the final three minutes of the game, but by that point the game was already too far out of reach.
Senior running backs Jordan Gowins and Donald Liotine continued their impressive play from last week against Bryant. Both scored rushing touchdowns on two different 12-second possessions, doubling the Stony Brook lead in the second and third quarters.
The third-quarter drive that produced Liotine’s touchdown consisted of a single play. Liotine ran the ball 75 yards into the endzone from the Seawolves’ 25, finishing his team’s offensive production for the day with a bang.
The Seawolves once again received scoring contributions from their defense. In the opening drive of the game, Rams senior quarterback Luke Medlock attempted a pass that was picked off by Seawolves junior defensive tackle Jordan Scarbrough and returned for a 25-yard touchdown. Junior kicker Nick Courtney’s extra-point attempt went through the uprights, giving Stony Brook a 7-0 lead under a minute-and-a-half into the first quarter.
Stony Brook doubled its lead in the beginning of the second quarter when senior wide receiver Nick Anderson caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Joe Carbone, concluding a 76-yard drive that lasted almost five minutes. The possession was the team’s second longest of the night, only surpassed by a 5:06 drive in the third quarter that ended without scoring.
Gowins’ and Liotine’s touchdowns increased the Seawolves’ lead to 28-0. The score remained that way until there were three minutes left in the fourth quarter, when Rams freshman quarterback Tim DeMorat completed a 29-yard pass to senior wide receiver Corey Caddle to end the shutout attempt.
“We kept them out of the endzone until three minutes to go in the game, which was important,” head coach Chuck Priore said in a press release. “We dominated defensively for most of the game. Overall, I’m pleased, but we need to get better.”
Stony Brook begins conference play Saturday, Sept. 22 when it hosts Richmond at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Both teams will enter the matchup with 2-1 overall records. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.