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    Seawolves Shutout Bryant

    The Stony Brook Seawolves football team defeated the Bryant Bulldogs by a score of 30-0 on Parents Weekend. SB’s offense pulled out to an early lead, then broke it open in the 3rd quarter. The game marked the first SB shutout since September 2004. SB improves to 5-4. Bryant, a Division II school about to jump to I-AA, suffered its first loss of the year, falling to 7-1.

    The first quarter began with a huge play for Bryant, with a 75-yard passing play putting them on the SB 4-yard line. Two plays later a pass was intercepted by sophomore linebacker Tyler Santucci, giving SB the ball at the 20 on the return. Big runs from Conte Cuttino and Brandon Mason set up a pass from QB Josh Dudash to Melaquan Saffold to give SB a 7-0 lead 5 minutes into the game. On the following SB drive, a run by Brandon Mason put SB up by two touchdowns. The 2nd quarter saw the ball bounce between the two teams, but with no further scoring.

    SB exploded late in the 4th quarter. A punt put Bryant at their own one yard line. A running play couldn’t get out of the end zone, and SB picked up the safety. SB got the ball, and scored a touchdown on a pass from Dudash to Lynell Suggs, putting them up 23-0.

    SB took the ball down the field again in the 4th, with a pass from Josh Dudash to a pressured Dwayne Eley. Eley was able to get the ball across the goal line before being chased out-of-bounds, and SB took a 30-0 lead.

    SB had double the offensive production Bryant did, with 458 yards to 224 for Bryant. The Seawolves would rush for 280 yards. The only turnover of the game was the interception in the 1st quarter by Bryant. SB had fumbled on a bad snap, but Dudash fell on it.

    Cuttino referred to the safety that started the breakaway as ‘a boost.’

    Head Coach Chuck Priore said that the game was competitive during the scoreless period. He also talked about the team’s plans for the off week. The players will be able to turn more attention to academics. Practices can focus more on basics. The coaches won’t be in a rush to come up with a plan for the following game. The coaches will also be preparing for the 2008 season, by traveling throughout the country for recruiting.

    SB has next week off, and will play its final home game of the year the following Saturday against CCSU, the team that ended their title run last year. Kickoff is at 1:00 PM.

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