No. 9/12 Football Outlasts Brockport, 20-13

Box Score

Brockport, NY (10/1/11) – Senior quarterback Tom Fischer (Livingston, NJ / Livingston) threw a pair of touchdown passes to Dan Keegan (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex) while senior Jake DelVento (Island Heights, NJ / Toms River South) connected for a pair of field goals as No. 9/12 Montclair State improved to 4-0 on the season with a 20-13 win over College at Brockport as Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium on Saturday.

Senior running back Chris D’Andrea (Union, NJ / Union) rushed for 128 yards as the Red Hawks moved to 3-0 in the NJAC with the victory. It is the 14th time and second straight year that Montclair has opened the season with wins in each of its first four games.

EJ Genzano had field goals of 20 and 22 yards for Brockport, which fell to 0-4 overall, 0-3 in the NJAC.

Montclair State jumped out to a 7-0 lead on its second possession of the game. Taking over at the Brockport 49, the Red Hawks needed just one play to put points on the board as Keegan pulled in a pass from Fischer for the touchdown as MSU led 7-0 with 10:23 to play in the opening quarter.

Brockport answered with a drive to the Montclair State 3, however the Golden Eagles stalled and settled for a 20-yard field goal by Genzano making the score 7-3.  On the next Brockport possession, the Golden Eagles moves 73 yards in nine plays taking a 10-7 lead as Joe Scibilia hit Joe Innes for a 14-yard touchdown as Brockport held the three-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Red Hawks responded with a 10-play scoring drive to open the second quarter. DelVento connected from 26 yards out.  The back-and-forth scoring continued on the next possession as Brockport countered with a 22-yard field goal by Genzano as the home team led 13-10 with 7:41 left before halftime.

Junior cornerback Clario Sampson (Newark, NJ / Orange) intercepted a Brockport drive late in the half as the Red Hawks took over with 61 seconds left on the clock. After an incompletion, Fischer hit Gerald Silvera (West Orange, NJ / West Orange) and brother Vin Fischer (Livingston, NJ / Livingston) on consecutive 11-yard completions before finding Byron Lewin (Carteret, NJ / Carteret) for 37 yards down to the Brockport 6. After a penalty and three-yard run, Fischer connected with Keegan on an eight-yard touchdown with 13 second left as Montclair State led 17-13 at the half.

MSU would open the second half with the ball and put the only points up over the final 30 minutes. Lewin’s 30-yard return on the opening kickoff gave the Red Hawks good field position at the 49 yard line. Montclair would matriculate the ball down the field to the Brockport 8, however the drive stalled and DelVento hit from 25-yards out to give MSU a 20-13 lead with 10:14 left in the third quarter.

From there it was the defenses which held steady or came up with the big play.

Montclair State safety Kevin Bradley (Belleville, NJ / Seton Hall Prep) thwarted a Brockport drive early in the fourth quarter as he picked off Scibilia at the MSU 9. Then with three minutes remaining, the Golden Eagles got one last chance as a pass interference penalty gave Brockport the ball at midfield. However sophomore linebacker Dan Avento (Hillsdale, NJ / Pascack Hills) sacked Scibilia on second down and then intercepted a pass on the next play to preserve the win for MSU.

Fischer finished 23-of-38 for 255 yards in the game while Keegan pulled in seven passes for 105 yards. Lewing had five catches for 68 yards with Silvera getting five for 40 yards. Punter Joe Liscio (Little Falls, NJ / Passaic Valley) had another outstanding day with four punts downed inside the Brockport 20 yard line.

Defensively Kevin Cloghessy (West Hempstead, NY / West Hempstead) had 10 tackles while Avento, Steve Shan (Bayville, NJ / Central Regional) and Marc Aspinwall (Little Ferry, NJ / Ridgefield Park) had six tackles apiece.

Montclair State totaled 412 yards of offense to Brockport’s 417 as the Golden Eagles threw the ball 64 times in the contest.

The Red Hawks return home and face 18th-ranked Cortland at Sprague Field beginning at 1:00 pm.