FROSTBURG, Md. -
Sophomore Garet Lynch racked up 262 yards on 26 carries including a pair of touchdowns as SUNY Brockport handed Frostburg State a 22-0 defeat Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium.
Despite outgaining the Bobcats (0-3, 0-2 ACFC) in total yards, 484-216, the Golden Eagles (2-1, 2-0 ACFC) held a slim 7-0 lead until two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach.
Lynch scored the first of his two touchdowns with 59 seconds left in the first quarter. Brockport started the drive with good field position at its own 41-yard line.
On the second play, Lynch rushed for 29 yards down to the Bobcat 31. Later in the drive, sophomore Zack Luke connected with senior Mike Bond for 18 yards to the FSU seven, setting up Lynch’s touchdown on the next play to give the visitors a 7-0 lead.
The Bobcat offense struggled on its first three possessions of the game totaling just 44 yards. However, on its fourth possession, FSU mounted a seven-play 60-yard drive to the SUNY Brockport 11.
Junior quarterback Andre Dixon (Washington, D.C./Eleanor Roosevelt) rushed for 36 yards on the third play of the drive but fumbled at the end of the run. Sophomore wide receiver Arien Heggs (Arlington, Va./Wakefield) recovered the fumble and gave the Bobcats a first down on the Brockport 20.
FSU was able to advance the ball to the 11 but squandered the opportunity with a fumble, recovered by Golden Eagle linebacker Matt Bennink.
SUNY Brockport threatened on the ensuing drive when Lynch scampered 74 yards down the sideline and appeared to score. However, he was caught from behind by senior linebacker Lathon Romaine (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) who knocked the ball loose and senior defensive back Mike Gray (Baltimore, Md./City College) recovered it in the endzone for a touchback.
On the final drive of the first half, SUNY Brockport took over on its 20-yard line with 1:34 left. Luke completed four passes for 42 yards including a 15-yard completion to Mike Mahoney down to the FSU 35.
Senior Adam Lanctot attempted a 52-yard field goal as time expired, but the ball fell short of the crossbar as the teams headed for the lockerrooms.
On its second drive of the second half, SUNY Brockport mounted an 11-play 48-yard drive down to the Bobcat 21. The score would remain 7-0 when Lanctot missed his second field goal attempt of the afternoon, this time from 38-yards out.
The Golden Eagles were able to extend their lead to 14-0 with 6:24 left in the game when Luke threw a 17-yard scoring strike to Bond in the back of the endzone. The drive was the longest by either team, going 91-yards on 11 plays in 5:21. The Golden Eagles ran the ball 10 times during the drive, led by sophomore Jeremy Darron with 43 yards on six carries.
On the ensuing possession, Frostburg State junior quarterback Josh Hager (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech) threw an interception on the first play of the drive at the FSU 34-yard line.
Brockport defensive back Matt Rice returned the ball to the Bobcat four, setting up the final touchdown of the afternoon. Lynch tallied his second score of the game two plays later and junior Matt McCormick converted the two-point conversion as the Golden Eagles took a 22-0 lead.
Young led the Bobcat ground game, carrying the ball 12 times for 73 yards and Hager led the Bobcats through the air, completing 8-of-21 passes for 87 yards and two interceptions.
Defensively, junior cornerback Derek Schrader (Meyersdale, Pa./Meyersdale) led the team with 10 tackles. Romaine and junior Gabe Ellis (Laurel, Del./Delmar) also turned in solid efforts for the Bobcats. Romaine had nine stops including 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one recovered fumble while Ellis had nine tackles including one sack.
Frostburg State returns to action in two weeks when it welcomes No. 7 ranked Wesley to Bobcat Stadium at 1:00 pm.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303