2009 Coach's Corner #2 - A Letter From The Desk Of Coach Priore
Sept. 10, 2009
Stony Brook, N.Y. - I would like to start off by saying thank you to everyone who came out and supported us at Hofstra on Saturday night. It was a tremendous showing and I know that the team was very appreciative of the all the support wearing their red.
As far as the game goes, we wish we could have back the first ten minutes of the first quarter. We were too excited to play and did not execute our fundamentals as well as we would have liked. That adversity did not affect the outcome of the game, however. We hung together, fought through it and maintained our composure. We then came out in the second half held Hofstra to under 90 yards and put two impressive scoring drives together against a good defensive team.
We are now going to put closure on that game, put Hofstra away for another year and move forward with the next ten games of our season. I am disappointed in the outcome, but pleased with some of our individual performances. Michael Coulter '12 (Yorba Linda, Calif.) came in and played with great poise and had a terrific game at quarterback in his first game for us. Our receivers also did a nice job. Matt Brevi '12 (Tampa, Fla.), Stephan Towns '10 (San Diego, Calif.) and Donald Porter '11 (Charles Town, W.Va.) all came up with some big catches in the game.
Once we settled down defensively we controlled both their run and pass game and stayed away from the big play. Our kicking game had a first year place kicker and a first year punter and both did a fine job. Wesley Skiffington '13 (Brandon, Fla.) made both of his kicks and Drew Evangelista '13 (Cedar Grove, N.J.) had a great game as well except for one punt, getting great hang time on his kicks and causing Hofstra to misplay a couple of punts.
Moving forward, Colgate University will be huge challenge for us this week. They are the reigning Patriot League champions and NCAA participant. I am sure they feel a modicum of revenge as they were not happy with their performance in LaValle Stadium last season. They are very well coached and will be ready for us when we visit their stadium, which is not a very friendly place to play.
Our goal is to narrow the focus of what we have to do to be successful in this game. Colgate has always been a good offensive squad; they are a run first team with a big play receiver that is a pro prospect. They return their quarterback who played against us last year and was an all-conference player, and a couple of running backs who had a lot of yards in 2008. They also have seven starters back on defense, so it is a solid team. They had a big win this past week against Monmouth University while putting 35 points on the scoreboard. Our hands are full,but I am confident in the leadership of our seniors to make sure the team is ready and prepared to bounce back.
We are excited about the opportunity to get back on the field this Saturday and perform up to our capabilities. We hope to see everyone up at Colgate on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. As always, wear RED and Go Seawolves!