Football Crushes Sacred Heart 47-16
Nov. 1, 2003
Fairfield, Conn. - Clinton Graham rushed for 129 yards and scored two touchdowns to spark Stony Brook to a 47-16 win over Sacred Heart in Northeast Conference football action Saturday afternoon. The Seawolves rolled up 496 yards of total offense and forced seven turnovers as they improved to 4-4 overall, 3-3 in conference play. Sacred Heart fell to 6-3, 3-2.
Stony Brook raced out to a 16-0 advantage in the first 10 minutes of the game. A Mike Soto field goal gave the vistors a 3-0 lead and on the ensuing kickoff SHU's Pete Athans fumbled. Shevar Whittaker fell on the ball at the Sacred Heart 13-yard line and three plays later Graham dashed in from four yards out for his ninth rushing touchdown of the season. Soto missed the extra point and the Seawolves led 9-0.
On Stony Brook's next possession, Graham extended the lead with his second touchdown, taking a T.J. Moriarty shovel pass 39 yards to paydirt to put SBU up 16-0.
The Pioneers bounced back with a Jason Bonadies 17-yard touchdown run with 54 seconds left in the opening quarter to trim the lead to 16-6.
Stony Brook came right back in the second quarter, taking advantage of one of Sacred Heart's seven turnovers. Backup quarterback Paul Kelley engineered an eight-play 46-yard drive that he finished off when he escaped the Pioneer rush and ran 15 yards for his second rushing touchdown in as many weeks.
A Greg Tonzola field goal cut Stony Brook's lead to 23-9 with 5:07 to go before the half but it was the Stony Brook defense that capped off the Seawolves best half of the year. Ernie Williams intercepted a Dan Ammel pass and raced 32 yards for a touchdown with 42 seconds remaining and SBU took a commanding 30-9 lead into the break.
The Seawolves sealed the win on the final play of the third quarter when Moriarty hit Londre Blocker on a 33-yard touchdown pass to pad the lead to 37-9.
Moriarty was 15-for-29 for 213 yards and two touchdown passes. Graham finished with 252 yards of total offense. Chimezie Okobi totaled two sacks for a defense that held SHU to 77 yards rushing.
Stony Brook is back in action next Saturday when it wraps up 2003 conference action at home against Central Connecticut. Kick-off is 6 p.m.