Ferraro breaks records as Saints football closes out 2017
Senior wide receiver Vincenzo Ferraro broke two more receiving records, but it wasn't enough for the Saints to keep pace with 10th-ranked SUNY Brockport, which defeated the Saints 28-7 to finish the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record.
Ferraro needed 33 yards to break the record for career receiving yards held by Mike O'Donnell '08, who finished with 2,396, and he eclipsed that total with a 16-yard pass from Saints' quarterback Sean Richardson just after the 11-minute mark in the second quarter. He finished the game with his third consecutive game with at least 100 receiving yards, making 10 catches for 135 yards, and his single-season total of 64 receptions was a single-season record. Ferraro, who also holds the record for career receptions with 188, was honored prior to the game along with the 17 other members of the team's senior class.The Golden Eagles scored on the game's first drive, with Tyree Brown giving Brockport a 7-0 lead on a five-yard run halfway through the first quarter.
Brockport quarterback Jason Hellwig scored two more touchdowns before halftime. His first was a 26-yard run to the end zone after evading multiple St. Lawrence defenders, and the second came through the air on a 14-yard pass from wide receiver Jerry Thompson.
Trailing 21-0, the Saints got possession on the Brockport 46 with just 25 seconds on the clock. Richardson found Ferraro for 37 yards on the first play of the drive, and after the Saints had a touchdown called back after taking a penalty, Richardson hit Marnell for a 1-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the half. It was Marnell's seventh touchdown of the season and market the second tiem this season the Saints scored a touchdown on the final play of the half.
Brown scored on a three-yard run late in the fourth quarter.
Hellwig was 14-for-20 passing for 146 yards for Brockport and added 115 yards rushing on 14 carries. Joseph Ortiz posted a team-high six receptions for 36 receiving yards.
Richardson was 18-for-41 passing for 202 yards. Skyler Williamson led the Saints' defense, making 16 tackles including 3.5 behind the line of scrimmage. Scott Arens had seven tackles and one sack, while William Garrity also had seven tackles and forced a fumble.
Before today's contest the Saints honored the 18 member of the class of 2018: Sean Richardson, Ryan Charter, Daly Hebert, Austen Lauricella, Charlie Maistrellis, Brett Barnes, Scott Arens, Casey Nuchereno, Skyler Williamson, Tyler Kost, William Garrity, Chris Ryan, Ryan Byrne, Grant Haffenden, Kyle Starr, Vincenzo Ferraro, Cormac Garvey and John Maye.
The Scarlet and Brown closed 2017 with a 2-8 record, while Brockport finished the regular season 10-0 and will move on to play in the NCAA Tournament next weekend.
Quote from Head Coach Dan Puckhaber
"Today we got to play one of the top teams in the country. Our guys gave great effort on every play from opening kickoff till the last snap like they have all year. I am extremely proud of this team because they did the hard thing all year. They never stopped preparing, never stopped working, and never stopped being coachable. For that I want to thank them. This outgoing senior class has some of the best to play here in the last 25 years and their names are all over the record books. That did not happen by accident. Not only did they give everything they've got to this program, but when their numbers were called they stepped up and got their job done. When I took over this program we made a commitment to playing the best teams in our region. This year we gave three regionally ranked teams everything they could handle and had two of them beat if the game was 59 minutes long. Compliments to Brockport and their coaching staff, going undefeated is very difficult. KeepSwinging."