The wind was constant in Stony Brook on Saturday night, whether it was the gusts from the tornado watch on Long Island or the breeze from Seawolves blowing past defenders on their way to the end zone.
There was no weathering the Seawolves' storm as Stony Brook cruised to a 77-7 win over Pace in a non-conference game at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, setting school records for points and largest margin of victory.
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Against an overmatched Division II opponent, the Seawolves amassed 521 of their 693 yards on the ground, led by Jamie Williams, who had 144 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries.
"We're interesting because we're not a triple-option team and yet we're always putting numbers up like a triple-option team and yet we have more receivers on the field and capability of throwing the ball," Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore said. "I think that's a real good combination to have."
Stony Brook's M&M boys caused the early damage. The backfield tandem of Miguel Maysonet and Marcus Coker rushed for two first-half touchdowns each as Stony Brook took leads of 28-0 after the first quarter and 49-0 at the half.
Coker, who had all 81 of his yards in the first half, opened the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run 2:35 into the game. He added a 2-yard touchdown run later in the quarter, set up by an interception and return to the 5-yard line by Davonte Anderson, to make it 21-0.
Maysonet, who had 53 yards in the first half, cut back and barreled into the end zone from 5 yards to increase the Seawolves' lead to 35-0 with 12:06 left in the half. Less than six minutes later, on a sweep left, he hurdled a defender at the goal line for a 10-yard touchdown.
"You look at the stats, third- and fourth-team guys had more yards than us combined," Coker said. "So that just tells you how deep and lethal of a running game we have."
Williams was the most lethal of all. His third touchdown of the game was a 42-yard run with 4:33 remaining in the third that made it 70-0.
Sophomore Davon Lawrence, of Sachem North High School, ran for a career-high 122 yards on 10 carries, including a 68-yard touchdown run midway through the third.
Peace Edafe had a 24-yard touchdown run with 10:16 left to break the previous record of 76 points set last season.
Pace (0-2) was held to 104 total yards.
The gusty winds didn't affect Kyle Essington, who completed 6 of 6 passes for 158 yards, all in the first half.
On a rollout off play-action, Essington threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Brett Arce, who tipped the ball to himself, then dived to the pylon for the first touchdown of his career and a 14-0 lead. With 42 seconds left in the first, Essington found Kevin Norrell for an 86-yard touchdown.
"It was great to be a part of something like that," Essington said. "It's obviously a great record to hold."
After a fumble by Stony Brook's Kedar Hunter on their own 28-yard line, Jashon Dawson scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to put Pace on the board.
The Seawolves are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since the 2007 season. Their schedule starts to get more difficult, beginning in Syracuse at 4 p.m. Saturday.
You might say this portion of the season has been the calm before the storm.
"We had a chance to give a lot of kids some playing time, which was good," Priore said. "We're glad about the victory, being 2-0, and moving forward to Syracuse next week."