2011 Coach's Corner #5 - A Letter From The Desk Of Coach Priore
Sept. 30, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
Congratulations to the Stony Brook football family, alumni, administration and students for a real special evening last Saturday night. Certainly, the thrill of winning a football game is always exciting, but the involvement of the alumni, community and students was one of the more special moments I've had in my six years at Stony Brook. The support has always been appreciated, but Saturday night was extra special. The fans clearly made a difference.
As far as the game goes, I thought we accomplished our number one goal, which was to win a game. When you're 0-3, you're faced with an identity crisis. Regardless of what some people think, athletics is judged by wins and losses, not by performance and if you're getting better. The win was something we needed as a program to take the next step forward.
In evaluation of the game, it was hard-fought. I think Lafayette is going to be a really good football team. They passed the ball effectively at times, and I give a lot of credit to their quarterback. He took a lot of hits and still threw for a lot of yards. In the first half, our defense stepped up to the plate, causing some turnovers and allowing us to stay in the game until we got on track offensively. It definitely took some time for us to score, but once we figured it out midway through the second quarter, I thought we controlled the game.
We had seven red-zone opportunities (3 FGs, 4 TDs). Scoring is what gets it done in college. I'd like to congratulate our guys because at half time they had a decision to make. Were we going to play four quarters or not? We came out and dominated the third quarter. To me that's the most important quarter of football, and we certainly made the most of it. We answered Lafayette's challenges. There were some great individual performances - Jawara Dudley, Dan Mulrooney, Miguel Maysonet, our entire offensive line and Wes Skiffington, who's our all-time leader in points among kickers with 164, but it was an overall team win.
We've enjoyed our bye week. It allowed us to evaluate the program, and give the kids some time to step away from football. They've been going at it since August 7. It's good for them to get a few days to be just regular college students, academically and socially. As coaches, we've been on the road recruiting, trying to find the next group of student-athletes that want to come to Stony Brook. We'll start our prep for Presbyterian over the weekend.
Thank you for all of your support. I had the chance to turn around late in the game and was really proud of Stony Brook and our support. We'll need you again against the Blue Hose on October 8. See you then.
Wear Red and Go Seawolves, it's what WE do!
Head Football Coach