Oct 14, 2008

Flames shell Seawolves 33-0, extend winning streak to 11

by Chris Wong

The Flames cruised to a 33-0 victory over Stony Brook on Saturday, tying a school record with 11 straight.

In front of 14,563 onlookers, the Flames won the coin toss and began the game with an opening drive score. Brock Smith penetrated the defense by mixing pass completions, running plays and trick plays to confuse the coverage for 17 plays. The first quarter drive lasted 9:03, breaking the mark for the most time consumed on a single drive in Flames history.

Brock Smith controlled the tempo of the first possession advancing the ball 71 yards for a field goal. Kicker Matt Bevins completed a 27-yard field goal, giving the Flames an early 3-0 advantage with just under six minutes remaining in the first quarter.

“We had real good tempo on offense for most of the day,” Head Coach Danny Rocco said. “The first drive of the game was really impressive with the way we were able to methodically control the ball and move the chains.”

After a Stony Brook punt, Smith completed a 30 yard pass to wide receiver Dominic Bolden, bringing the Flames to the 34-yard line of Stony Brook territory. With a quick reverse play Mike Brown ran 29 yards for Liberty’s first touchdown of the game.

“We have been talking all this week about how to put teams away,” Brown said. “We definitely got off to a fast start. It seems like in the first half things just jump started.”

Finishing the first quarter with a commanding 10-0 lead, senior running back Rashad Jennings capped an 80-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown run, increasing the Flames advantage to 17.

“We knew this truly was a game that could have been a bumpy road. I thought we got off to a real good start,” Rocco said. “We wanted to get off to a fast start, and it was something that we talked about all week long.”

Later in the second quarter, Stony Brook had a spark as they drove the ball 62 yards into Liberty territory. However, a staunch defensive stand by the Flames defense led to a field goal attempt which curved wide left, keeping the Seawolves off the scoreboard.
Liberty tacked on another touchdown in the third quarter after a Stony Brook fumble as Jennings found the end zone on a 2-yard run. Later in the third quarter, Liberty’s offensive unit drove the ball 82 yards and its lead to 30-0 after Bolden caught a 4-yard touchdown reception from Smith.

The Flames tacked on a field goal in the fourth quarter as many second string players saw playing time in the route of Stony Brook. The defense continued its dominance, allowing no points and just 233 total yards.

Smith finished the game 14-of-20 for 136 yards as he completed passes to nine different receivers.

“It’s nice to get one win at a time and that’s exactly what we’re doing, taking it one step at a time,” Smith said. “If we look forward we could play awful next week, we don’t want to look past games. We want to keep going and that’s why we take it one step at a time, so we can keep building momentum.”

The Flames put their undefeated season on the line next Saturday against Lafayette for parents’ weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.



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