2008 Coach's Corner #3 - A Letter From The Desk Of Coach Priore
Sept. 12, 2008
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Allow me to first thank all of the supporters that came out and showed their unwavering loyalty for Stony Brook Football through the torrential downpour and wind as a result of Tropical Storm Hanna. Your support in such difficult and unpleasant conditions truly shows that the Stony Brook Football Program is heading in the right direction. Our staff and team took notice and were extremely humbled by the show of loyalty and support.
Last weekend's game against Elon University proved that there is much improvement to be made in order to reach the level of success that we expect for Seawolves Football. I was disappointed in our start to the game and our early miscues ultimately cost us a chance to get on the board early which proved fatal in the end.
Offensively, even though we rushed for over 190 yards and had a total output of over 300 yards, we were unable to establish the consistency in "moving the chains" we needed to be successful. However, we did get solid performances out of a couple of key players. In particular, Eddie Gowins '12 (Bellport, N.Y.) had another solid rushing performance with over 100 yards and Donald Lee '10 (Clifton, N.J.) came through once again and provided us with a very important touchdown catch to end the first half. If both players continue to work hard and improve we expect them to be bright stars for many years to come for our program.
Our defense put together a very solid performance. Elon thrives on a high powered offense that makes big plays and scores quickly and often. Our defensive line did an excellent job of putting pressure on the Phoenix quarterback with four sacks, two of which came from senior defensive end James Harris '09 (Piscataway, N.J). James had one of his better games as a Seawolf, we are proud of his intensity and effort and expect him to continue his improvement. Additionally, an impressive interception and return by Tyler Santucci '10 (New Kensington, Pa.) helped us gain momentum and allowed us to have a chance to win late. The pressure we put on the Elon passer forced him to make some errant passes and bad decision making which resulted in Elon converting only 5 of 20 times on third down.
While the outcome of this past Saturday's game was disappointing it is very important that we quickly put that loss behind us. We have the opportunity to get back on the winning track this week against a very solid and well-coached opponent in the University of Maine. It is our first road game of the season and it is extremely important that our players stay focused in their preparation this week. Road games can easily throw a team off kilter; we must stay focused on the little details that will ultimately decide the outcome of the game. We've had a good week of practice and are excited about the opportunity that lies ahead.
We hope that those who came out and showed their support this past weekend will continue with their encouragement as we take on the Black Bears of Maine this Saturday. If you can't make it to the game, you can listen locally on WUSB 90.1 FM or on the web at www.GoSeawolves.org. Remember to always Wear Red and Go Seawolves!