By Robinson Rodriguez
The Stony Brook University Seawolves football team outplayed the Colgate Raiders, defeating them 27-3 on Saturday.
The key to their success was the Seawolves defense, which set the tone in the first quarter by forcing three straight three-and-outs. The Raiders weren’t able to get the ball into Seawolves territory until the fourth quarter and were held to 219 total yards.
The Seawolves got off to a hot start — they scored on their first drive off a seven-yard touchdown by junior running back Jameel Poteat, and they never looked back.
Derrick Morgan, senior defensive back, forced a fumble in the first, which senior linebacker Jawara Dudley recovered. The Seawolves took advantage and were able to take a 10-0 lead on a 40-yard field goal from junior kicker Graham Ball.
Early in the second quarter, Poteat scored what proved to be the final offensive touchdown on a five-yard touchdown run. This brought the Seawolves lead up to 17-0.
The Seawolves defense continued to dominate the Raiders after sophomore defensive back Naim Cheeseboro intercepted a 52-yard interception return. This allowed the Seawolves a 24-0 lead going into halftime.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Raiders were able to score, when kicker Jonah Bowman capped off a 50-yard drive with a 38-yard field goal. The Raiders trailed 24-3.
On their next possession, the Seawolves responded and scored on a 32-yard field goal by Ball. The field goal was the final score of the game.
The Seawolves running tandem, Poteat and junior James Kenner, were able to run for a combined 124 yards on 22 carries. The Seawolves’ 27 points is the most they have scored all season.
The Seawolves will head into a bye week now 3-3 (1-2 CAA), and the Raiders drop to 1-5. Stony Brook will look to continue their winning ways and make a playoff push against conference foe the New Hampshire Wildcats (2-3, 1-1 CAA) at Lavalle Stadium on Oct. 26.