2011 Coach's Corner #7 - A Letter From The Desk Of Coach Priore
Oct. 13, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
I'd like to congratulate Kyle Essington for the way he managed and handled his first collegiate start. As we all know, in the sport of the football, the quarterback is the coach on the field. I thought he handled his first start with poise, and performed to the level we expected. But more importantly, he played with confidence and a little pizzazz. He was in a tough position, replacing a guy like Michael Coulter, but he and the team performed well.
As far as the game goes, I expected it to go the way it did. Presbyterian is a much-improved team. They played a difficult schedule coming in, but for this game, they showed us a few different wrinkles to their offense and defense. I thought we got a grasp of those, and made the necessary changes to allow us to get a victory. I thought we played better in the pass game against Presbyterian. We kept the big plays to a minimum and tackled better in the secondary. Special teams was a huge catalyst for us. You win football games by gaining good field position. Brock Jackolski had more than 300 yards of offense, and he was directly responsible for two touchdowns.
We scored six touchdowns, played efficiently in the pass game, but didn’t execute to our potential in the run game. Presbyterian caused some of that, but we also didn’t adapt to some of it. To win football games, our balance needs to improve, and that’s what we’ve worked on in practice. We need to stay away from the penalties. Two touchdowns came off the board because of flags. In a closer game, that could have been the difference.
We have St. Anselm this week, a Division II team from New Hampshire. They’re a well-coached team and do some things that we haven’t seen this season. They’re a read-option attack that spreads the ball around. They’ve got some tall receivers who came make plays. On defense, they run a multiple 3-3 stack. They walk a lot of players up to the line of scrimmage and blitz from a lot of different angles. We’ll be challenged with our preparation.
We’re taking one more step towards our ultimate goal of a Big South Championship. We’ll treat this game like we treat others: trying to get better.
Thank you very much to our fans, who stayed around last weekend against Presbyterian. Let’s continue to build on the excitement.
Wear Red and Go Seawolves, it’s what WE do!
Head Football Coach