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    Football to play for Big South title: Routs Gardner-Webb, 76-28

    It seems like as the season continues to progress, the Stony Brook football team gets bigger, stronger and faster. After scoring  over 40 points in their last five games, the Seawolves sent a message to next week’s opponents, Liberty University, with a record-breaking performance this past Saturday.

    The Stony Brook football team demolished Gardner-Webb 76-28 at Spangler Stadium in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. This was Stony Brook’s seventh win in a row, a new Stony Brook record. The amazing 76 points, which looks more like an NBA score, broke a Stony Brook and Big South record.

    In the past two seasons, Stony Brook has managed to impressively outscore Gardner-Webb 131-31.

    Running back Brock Jackolski who finished with 14 carries for 107 yards, also managed to break Big South records  with five touchdowns. Jackolski used his fantastic running skills to score four rushing touchdowns, giving Stony Brook the third game this season where a player has rushed for four touchdowns in a game. Jackolski also caught a seven-yard touchdown from quarterback Kyle Essington.

    Essington continued to show his consistency as a starter since taking over for injured senior Michael Coulter. Essington went 13 for 26 for 190 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

    Stony Brook’s third year QB found wide receivers Matt Brevi and Kevin Norrell for two touchdowns in the game. Norrell led all Stony Brook receivers in the game with five catches and 82 yards.

    This was Norrell’s third touchdown of the season. Miguel Maysonet’s running game continued to be productive as he finished the game with 15 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown.Kicker Wesley Skiffington tied a Big South record when he made 10 extra points, a record he now shares with two other players.

    Stony Brook’s defense was exceptional and managed to force six turnovers. Dan Mulrooney finished with a game-high 12 tackles and Donald Porter caught two interceptions and now leads the squad with six for the season.

    “Ever since the game at UTEP, this team has taken on the mentality of the next play,” Coach Chuck Priore said. “Our coaches have made the necessary adjustments, and our kids have executed them. Today was no different.”

    Stony Brook has been steamrolling past competition and will take on Liberty for the  championship and a spot in the FCS playoffs.

    The game will be held in LaValle Stadium at 3:30 p.m. in what will potentially be one of the biggest games in Stony Brook football history.

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