Football Tripped Up By Wagner, 17-14
Sept 21, 2002
STATEN ISLAND, NY - Senior tailback Chris Davis (Windsor, CT) rushed for a game-high 116 yards on 21 carries, and caught two passes for 78 yards and a touchdown to lead Wagner College Football to a 17-14 victory over Northeast Conference (NEC) foe Stony Brook University at Wagner College Stadium before a Homecoming crowd of 3,218. With the win, the Seahawks improve to 3-0 overall (1-0 NEC), while the visiting Seawolves fall to 1-1 overall (0-1 NEC).
Stony Brook scored first as quarterback Scott Bard (Plansville, CT) connected with wide out Courtenay Mitchell (Wyandanch, NY) at 10:08 in the first quarter on a 56-yard pass, and after the extra point, gave SBU a 7-0 advantage.
Wagner responded with two scores in the second quarter. At the 9:39 mark, Seahawk tight end Clint Signor (Rochester, NY) took a 12-yard touchdown pass from David Bateman (Cape Coral, FL) to tie the score at 7-7. At 3:19, kicker WC kicker Robert Pate (Huntington Beach, CA) kicked a 28-yard field goal to give the host Seahawks a 10-7 edge at the half.
In third quarter, the score remained 10-7 as both defenses held at a stalemate. However, in the fourth, Davis raced 70 yards from a pass from Bateman to give Wagner, what appeared to be, an insurmountable 17-7 lead early in the fourth.
Both defenses held tight as the game continued into the fourth quarter. Wagner offense had the ball on its own two-yard line, when David Bamiro forced quarterback Chris Spina fumbled in the end zone. SBU's Chimezie Okobi recovered the ball to push the score closer at 17-14.
After the Seahawk offense was unable to hold the ball for the final minutes, the Wagner defense, led John Harrison's sack and tackle, preserved the Wagner lead and the victory.
Bateman completed 9-13 passes for the Seahawks for 149 yards and the Davis' TD. Junior wide receiver Sean Simmons (Gilroy, CA) was the game's leading receiver with seven grabs for 81 yards.
Wagner's conference leading rush defense held SBU to just 44 yards. Tim Heaney (Lincroft, NJ) guided Wagner with 10 tackles. Somah Payne (Staten Island, NY) had 9 tackles, and was awarded Lt. Nick Lia Memorial Award for top defensive player on Homecoming Saturday. Davis was awarded the James Robb Memorial Trophy for his offensive performance on the day.
QB Bard, who was 12-22 for 205 yards and one touchdown, led Stony Brook. Ken Lockhart (Flanders, NJ) had 40 yards on 19 carries. Mitchell had five catches for a career-high 132 yards and a TD to lead the Seawolves.