2009 Coach's Corner #8 - A Letter From The Desk Of Coach Priore
Oct. 22, 2009
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
Saturday's game at VMI was college football at its finest. The excitement of a Saturday afternoon conference game is something that you look forward to while preparing and recruiting in the off season. We needed to show up and play a four quarter game at VMI and we did!
VMI was a challenging opponent. The type of offense the Keydets run is creative and difficult to scheme and their physical style of play on defense was a challenge. It took us all four quarters to win the game; we controlled the game in all statistical categories, such as; time of possession, first downs, efficiency and turnovers. We had a couple of chances to put the game out of reach early but failed. That was due to our lack of explosiveness in our backfield do to injury issues with our tailbacks, which hinders us from breaking that big play in the ground game. Fortunately, we have been able to balance our offense over the last three weeks with our passing game; and we threw for over 300 yards on Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Michael Coulter (Yorba Linda, Calif.) leads the Big South Conference in touchdown passes.
When I reflect back, it was a very well played football game by our Seawolves. We had to come back and win the game in the last couple of minutes and we put ourselves in position to do that by the way we played the entire game. We exhibited confidence that we could go down and score on our final drive. In the end our kids played hard for 60 minutes and we came away with an important conference win on the road against a well coached team. Not easy to do in college football.
Moving forward we get the chance to be home for two of our final four games of the season, which are all Big South Conference contests. We have Coastal Carolina University this week, a team we were able to beat on the road last season in a similar fashion to what we did at VMI this past weekend. The game last year was intense, physical and very emotional. We will need to be at our best to come away with a win. On film Coastal is a very talented team. From an athletic standpoint, they are the top team in our conference and have a number of big time football players on both sides of the ball. For us to be successful this week we have to execute our game plan and play at an intensity level that will match their athleticism. There are going to be times in the game where they will be in position to make a big play, so we have to be fundamentally sound at all times.
This weekend is going to be a great one at Stony Brook. We are introducing a new tradition, "Communiversity Day," which will become an annual fall community relations event. It will also be the Ray Downey Heroes Classic and will be featuring the 100th anniversary of the Stony Brook and Setauket Fire Departments, with an antique vehicle and apparatus competition. In addition, the University is hosting SBU commuter student day and SBU parent and family weekend, featuring a moon bounce, giveaways and much more. Lastly, our new University President, Sam Stanley, will be honored at half time in recognition of his Inauguration to SBU.
I thank you and look forward to seeing you at the game. Remember to "Get Your RED On," and Go, Seawolves!