Coach's Corner - A Letter From Coach Priore
Oct. 22, 2008
Stony Brook, N.Y. - To begin, I would like to congratulate every member of our Stony Brook community on Saturday's victory over Charleston Southern University. After struggling for a full month, the outcome of the game was a true testament to a team overcoming adversity by just playing the game and not over thinking on each play.
In looking back at the game, I can point to five key plays - two on defense, two on offense and one on special teams -- that embodies how you win close games. On defense, the first of those plays was the goal line stand in the first half that saw Arin West '11 (Toms River, N.J.) break up a fourth down pass. Following that play, we marched 98 yards for a touchdown, a drive that was highlighted by a key catch from Dwayne Eley '09 (Bowie, Md.). The second big defensive play took place in the fourth quarter. Down 19-13 late in the game we needed a stop and third-and-four in our territory. Up front, we put great pressure on the quarterback and forced CSU to punt, giving our offense a chance to win the game.
The offense took the ball back on the 12-yard line and put together an 88 yard drive that culminated with the game-winning pass from Dayne Hoffman '12 (Ada, Mich.) to Adrian Sawyer '10 (Oakland, Calif.) with just over a minute to play. Lastly, we secured the win with a key play from our special teams. Luke Gaddis '09 (E. Patchogue, N.Y.) executed his best kick-off of the year, pinning the Buccaneers deep and allowing our improving coverage unit to stop the Buccaneers at the 25-yard line, thus not allowing CSU a chance to set up for a game-winning field goal attempt.
As the head coach and someone who has been a coaching college football for 25 years, there is one simple formula for success - hard physical work combined with mental preparation. We preached for the last month that we had to have faith and believe. We just needed to do it in a game and I am proud that our team did so last Saturday.
As we prepare for a very talented and well coached Coastal Carolina University team this week, we will emphasize that good football teams need to bottle the excitement of victory and go right back to improving on the basics. A team cannot look back on what has been accomplished but instead look forward and prepare for what one wants to become.
Coastal Carolina will be a huge challenge for Stony brook Football as we are taking one of the elite and class programs of the Big South Conference. I know that our preparation, work ethic and focus will have us ready for the challenge on Saturday.
If you can't make it to the game, please listen to us on the radio at WUSB 90.1 FM or on the web at www.GoSeawolves.org.
Thanks again for all of your support. As always, wear RED and Go Seawolves!