BROCKPORT, N.Y. – The No. 3 College at Brockport football team earned a host of Empire 8 All-Conference awards, as well as the marquee honors of Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Coaching Staff of the Year.
In a season where Brockport ran the Empire 8 table, finishing the regular season undefeated, head coach Jason Mangone and his team were awarded the title of Coaching Staff of the Year for the second straight season. The Green and Gold not only led several Empire 8 statistical categories, but were regulars amongst the top in the nation in several areas.
The Golden Eagles placed 19 on the list, with Joe Germinerio headlining as the Offensive Player of the Year, and Austin Dean named the Defensive Player of the Year.
Germinerio, who was also named to the First Team, had another stellar campaign, also earning the award for the second straight year. Over the course of the regular season, the junior amassed 3,225-yards of total offense, including 2,895-yards through the air with 34 total touchdowns, including 26 throwing scores. The Wynantskill, N.Y. native also went 227-for-338 on his passes, and ranked amongst the nation’s best in several throwing categories including his top-ten completion percentage ranking (.672).
Dean was a terrifying sight for opponents lined up on the opposite side, as the imposing senior dominated on defense. Dean was a major player in the Green and Gold defensive unit that led the nation all season in several key statistical categories. Dean racked up 45-tackles over the course of 2018, with 20 solo tackles. He accumulated 13-tackles for a loss of 54-yards, picked up 6.5 sacks for a loss of 44-yards and got his hand on two blocked kicks. His efforts also landed him on the Empire 8 First Team.
Joining Dean on the Empire 8 Defensive First Team were a host of Golden Eagles, including Terry McDonald (Defensive Line), Matt Szymanski (Linebacker), Alex West (Linebacker), Rashad Baker (Defensive Back), Jake O’Connell (Defensive Back) and Cedric Campbell II (Defensive Back). The Brockport defense was imposing to say the least in 2018, leading the nation in several statistical categories, including allowing negative rush yards, a measly negative 2.8-yard average for opponents. The Green and Gold also led Division III in Red Zone D (.286) and third down conversion percentage (.148). McDonald was a force on the line, picking up 19-tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and a pass break-up.
Linebackers Szymanski and West were core members of the Brockport defense, with Szymanski leading the Green and Gold in tackles during the regular season with 53. He also added 12-tackles for a loss of 50-yards and picked up 5.5 sacks. The senior also had two interceptions in 2018, a broken-up pass and a fumble recovery. West had an impressive 45-tackles, with 14.5 for a loss of 75-yards and 6.5-sacks. The fellow senior also had an interception, eight pass deflections and two forced fumbles.
The secondary trio of Baker, O’Connell and Campbell put up astounding numbers in 2018. Baker set the single-season record for pass breakups, with 20, including seven interceptions. The senior also picked up 21-tackles and a tackle for loss. Graduate student Campbell also made his mark on his first year in Green and Gold, accounting for 44-tackles, four pass deflections three tackles for loss and a forced fumble. O’Connell added 18-tackles, four pass breakups, an interception and a tackle for loss.
Named to the Empire 8 Offensive First team were Tyree Brown (All-Purpose), Mike Ambrosio (Offensive Line), Caleb Ferdilus (Offensive Line), and Eric Yaeger (Punter). Seniors Ferdilus and Ambrosio anchored the offensive line that saw a plethora of offensive production in 2018. The Green and Gold averaged nearly 510-yards of total offense a game, with 225.6-yards per game rushing average. The pair helped pave the way for 67 Brockport touchdowns this season, and gave up a mere 11-sacks in 2018.
Brown was a solid producer for the Golden Eagles as a wide receiver, totaling 39-catches for 474-yards and six scores. He also had 11-carries on the year for 77-yards and three scores on the ground. The sophomore had one kick-off return for 36-yards. Yaeger was Mr. Reliable for the Green and Gold, with 27 punts for 1,084-yards.
On the Empire 8 Defensive Second Team, Brockport also had strong representation, with Josh Greenwood (defensive line), John Tucci (defensive line) and Lawrence Jenkins (linebacker) all named to the Second Team. Greenwood, a defensive end, had 22 season tackles with a strong 8.5-tackles for a loss of 62-yards and six sacks. Tucci added 12 tackles on the season, with three tackles for loss and two sacks.
Jenkins had a break-out sophomore campaign, accounting for 52-tackles in 2018, with an astounding 14.5-tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Jenkins also had two interceptions and eight pass deflections.
The Brockport offense also placed three Golden Eagles on the Empire 8 Offensive Second Team, with wide receivers Joseph Ortiz and Brown named at their position, while Dustin Moyle was named as the place kicker. Samuel Bergman was also named to the Empire 8 Honorable Mention Team as a full back.
Ortiz worked into the Brockport record books for number of receptions, both in a season and in a career. In 2018, the junior has made 73-catches for 743-yards and six scores. Dustin Moyle has been solid for the Green and Gold, with 55 made PATs, 73 kickoffs for 3,959-yards and seven made field goals.
Bergman made some noise in his first year as a Golden Eagle, with four-catches totaling 40-yards and one score.
Tucci was also named to the Empire 8 Sportsmanship Team.
The Golden Eagles will continue their post season run, as they remain home and host Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Nov. 24 at Noon.