Stony Brook football gets the second half of the 2018 season underway on Saturday when the Seawolves visit Wildcat Stadium to take on CAA Football foe New Hampshire. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm.
Stony Brook (4-2, 2-1 CAA Football) is coming off a setback at Towson last Saturday. The Wildcats (1-4, 0-2 CAA Football) earned their first win of the season last weekend over Holy Cross.
This will be the seventh meeting between the two CAA Football programs. New Hampshire owns a 4-2 series lead that includes all three meetings in Durham. The Seawolves did claim a 38-24 victory over the Wildcats last season on Long Island.
• The Seawolves claimed the program’s 10th win against a ranked opponent with the week five 29-27 victory over No. 13 Villanova.
• Stony Brook is 10-10 in season openers since moving to Division I in 1999. The Seawolves have won three of the last five openers, including the 13-9 victory over North Dakota that opened the 2016 season.
• The Seawolves improved to 9-4 in home openers under head coach Chuck Priore with last week’s win over Bryant.
• Stony Brook’s captains for the 2018 season are senior QB Joe Carbone, senior TE Cal Daniels, senior LB Shayne Lawless, senior LB Noah McGinty and senior DL John Haggart.
• Senior TE Cal Daniels was named preseason STATS FCS All-American.
• Stony Brook, which finished the 2017 season ranked 11th in both polls, sat at 20th in the AFCA Coaches poll and 19th in the STATS poll this week.
FIRST TIME STARTERS
Six Seawolves picked up their first career starts at Stony Brook in the season-opener at Air Force. RT Chris Infantino, WR Marshall Ellick, RG Jaelen Vazquez, CB TJ Morrison, S EJ Fineran and DT Brandon Lopez. Two more – DL Odean Gilzene and TE Tyrone Wheatley Jr. – started for the first time as Seawolves against Richmond. DL Casey Williams picked up his first career start against Villanova.
A total of 16 Seawolves saw their first collegiate action this season. AIR FORCE: TE Peter McKenzie, OL Kyle Nunez, WR JP Roane, K Jack Pruban and OL Cameron Lucas. BRYANT: DB Jabari Reddock. FORDHAM: LB Reidgee Dimanche, DL Petey Wilks Jr. and WR Delante Hellams Jr. RICHMOND: WR Anthony Millan, DL Lorenzo Worrell and LB Anthony Del Negro. TOWSON: LB Chris Higgins, DB Randy Pringle, WR John Corpac and P Mitchell Wright. A total is six transfers RB Kameron Pickett, WR Marshall Ellick, TE Tyrone Wheatley Jr., DB Kareem Gaulden, DL Casey Williams and DB CeQuan Jefferson have also made their Stony Brook debut this season.
IN THE RANKS
The Seawolves are ranked in both polls for the 12th straight time this week. Stony Brook sits 20th in the AFCA Coaches’ poll and sits 19th in the STATS FCS poll this week.
AGAINST THE FCS RANKS
Stony Brook is now 10-20 all-time against FCS ranked opponents with the win over No. 13 Villanova in week five. The Seawolves also have victories over No. 12 New Hampshire and No. 17 Richmond in 2017. The Seawolves also posted two ranked wins in 2016. Stony Brook earned a 42-14 win over No. 2 Richmond and a 13-9 season-opening victory against No. 19 North Dakota. Richmond’s No. 2 ranking makes it the highest ranked opponent to come into Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium (No. 2 Towson on September 28, 2013). The win over Richmond also marked the program’s first victory over a top 10 team.
SEAWOLVES PICKED FOURTH BY THE LEAGUE
The Seawolves were picked to finished fourth in the CAA by the league’s head coaches and SIDs.
Conference team (first place votes)
1. James Madison (21) 241
2. New Hampshire (2) 206
3. Delaware 182
4. Stony Brook 169
5. Elon (1) 168
6. Villanova 164
7. Richmond 127
8. Maine 81
9. UAlbany 78
10. Towson 74
11. William & Mary 55
12. Rhode Island 39
CARBONE CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior QB Joe Carbone sits among the top in several career records at Stony Brook. The Wethersfield, Connecticut, native enters the UNH game ranked third in passing attempts, third in completions, third in passing yards and fourth in passing touchdowns. He became just the fourth Seawolf to reach 5,000 career passing yards in the game at Towson. Carbone is 124 completions away from moving up to second, 129 attempts from moving up to second and nine passing touchdowns from moving up to third.
LIOTINE ALSO CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior RB Donald Liotine sits in the top 10 of several career offensive categories entering the UNH game. He is fourth in all-purpose yards, fifth rushing carries, seventh in rushing yards and tied for eighth in rushing touchdowns. The Medford, New York, native needs 15 carries to move into fourth, two rushing touchdowns to move up to seventh, and 163 rushing yards to climb up into sixth.
LONG ISLAND EXPRESS ROLLING
Senior RBs Donald Liotine and Jordan Gowins, dubbed the Long Island Express, have both recorded 100-yard rushing games in three of the last five Saturdays. Gowins (146 yards vs. Bryant, 160 yards at Fordham and 192 yards vs. Richmond) and Liotine (107 yards vs. Bryant, 106 yards at Fordham and 133 yards vs. Richmond) are just one game shy of tying the Stony Brook record for both the most 100-yard games by a duo in a season. Miguel Maysonet and Brock Jackolski accomplished the feat in four straight games in 2011, while Eddie Gowins (Jordan’s older brother) and Conte Cuttino had four 100-yard games together in 2008.
LET’S GO STREAKING…
LBs Noah McGinty and Shayne Lawless have started 29 straight games. TE Cal Daniels has started 21 straight games. QB Joe Carbone, DL Sam Kamara and DB Gavin Heslop have each started 19 straight games. QB Joe Carbone has tossed at least one touchdown pass in five straight games and has thrown at least two in three straight games.
BLOCK AND TOUCHDOWN, AGAIN
Stony Brook’s special teams have blocked six punts for touchdowns in the past three-plus seasons, including one against Bryant on Sept. 8. The Seawolves accomplished this at USF and against Sacred Heart in 2017, against North Dakota and William & Mary in 2016 and at Rhode Island in 2015.
PICK SIX, TWICE…MAKE THAT THRICE
Stony Brook has returned three interceptions for touchdowns this season. Against Bryant, sophomore DB EJ Fineran tipped a pass and proceeded to scamper 79 yards for the touchdown in the second quarter, while junior DB Damarcus Miller did him one better and snagged a pass on the five-yard line and took it to the house, 95 yards later as time expired in the fourth quarter. Stony Brook also has a pick-six game against Fordham.
HOW ABOUT A SCOOP-SIX?
Junior DB Gavin Heslop decided he wanted to join in on the defensive touchdown caravan when he scooped up a fumble and raced 87 yards for a score in the first quarter against Richmond. It marked Stony Brook’s fourth defensive touchdown of the season and the first fumble return for a TD since the 2016 season.
Junior DB Damarcus Miller and sophomore DB EJ Fineran had interception returns for touchdowns against Bryant and both cracked the record books in the process. Miller’s 95-yard return is the third longest pick-six in school history and the longest since Ernie Williams’ 99-yarder against St. Francis on November 17, 2001. Fineran’s 79-yard pick-six is the fourth longest pick-six and fifth longest interception return in the program’s history. DB Gavin Heslop returned a fumble 87 yards against Richmond for the longest fumble return for a TD.
Stony Brook returns home to host Rhode Island next Saturday for Homecoming at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Kickoff for the “Redout” Game is set for 6 pm.
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