Football hosts Liberty for shot at Big South title

Junior Solice leads Stony Brook with nine tackles for a loss
Junior Solice leads Stony Brook with nine tackles for a loss
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Nov. 14, 2011

Stony Brook, N.Y. -

Stony Brook and Liberty will battle for the Big South Championship title Saturday at LaValle Stadium. The winner will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs. Both schools enter the game with identical records and are undefeated in conference play. The Seawolves won their seventh straight game of the season with a 76-28 rout of Gardner-Webb last Saturday. Senior Brock Jackolski set a Big South record with five touchdowns, including four on the ground, against the Runnin’ Bulldogs. Stony Brook, which also set a Big South and school record for points scored, rushed for seven touchdowns for a second straight week. Junior Wesley Skiffington tied a Big South record with 10 PATs.

Liberty enters Saturday’s game off its bye week. After starting 1-3, the Flames have won six straight. Big South Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Mike Brown leads Liberty in the air and on the ground. The junior quarterback has passed for 2,303 yards and 17 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 415 yards and seven touchdowns. Brown’s favorite target, Chris Summers, has caught 54 balls for 774 yards and seven touchdowns. Aldreakis Allen has rushed for seven touchdowns, and leads the team with 533 rushing yards.

Liberty owns the series lead, 2-1, with each school winning on its home field. The Flames topped the Seawolves, 54-28, last season at Williams Stadium. In 2009 Stony Brook pulled off a huge upset, winning 36-33 over the 16th-ranked Flames. The Seawolves engineered a last-minute drive as Michael Coulter found Jordan Gush down the right side for 64 yards with 34 seconds left. On the next play, Coulter found Gush again, this time for the 10-yard touchdown. Benji Clements picked off Tommy Beecher on the following drive to seal the victory.



Gardner-Webb Post-Game Notes
Stony Brook scored on nine straight possessions, including three times on the first play of the drive. Redshirt freshman JeVahn Cruz scored on his first hand off, which is the third time this season he’s accomplished the feat. Miguel Maysonet broke Eddie Gowins’ single-season record of 1,310 rushing yards. He has 1,327 yards, 174 shy of breaking Rashad Jennings’ Big South record.

Thank You, Seniors
Stony Brook will honor 12 seniors prior to Saturday’s game - Matt Brevi (Tampa, Fla.), Michael Coulter (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Mario Dattilo (Centereach, N.Y.), Joe Faiella (Freehold, N.J.), Josh Gibson (Reisterstown, Md.), Ryan Haber (Lafayette Hill, Pa.), Al-Majid Hutchins (East Orange, N.J.), Brock Jackolski (Shirley, N.Y.), Roosevelt Kirk (Oakland, Calif.), Andrew Nelson (Uniondale, N.Y.), D.J. Porter (Charles Town, W.Va.) and Phillip Vournazos (Buena Park, Calif.).