Nazir Streater is on quite the relentless run these days.
After racking up five interceptions the previous two weeks, the defensive back was a game-breaker once again on Saturday, launching the second half with a momentum-grabbing 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in LIU Post's 21-7 victory at rain-soaked Assumption in Worcester, Massachusetts.
“We were talking about getting points on the board early and we weren’t able to do that in the first half,” said Streater, who opened the scoring for the Pioneers, ranked No. 19 in Division II. “Coming out of the locker room in the second half we knew we had to execute. My teammates just gave me good blocks and I just hit the hole.”
“Nazir’s play was the play of the game for us,” Post coach Bryan Collins said. “I thought we controlled the game in the first half with field position and it was hard to come away with no points, but coming out in the second half with the return put pressure on the other team’s offense by taking the lead with the conditions.”
Both the Pioneers and Greyhounds struggled to manufacture offense, particularly in a scoreless first half. Post quarterback Chris Laviano completed just 9 of 20 passes for 159 yards. Assumption’s two quarterbacks, Cody Williams and Marc Monks, combined to go 11-for-22 for 95 yards.
“It’s football in the Northeast and we have to deal with bad conditions sometimes,” said Collins, whose Pioneers improved to 8-0 (7-0 NE-10) with two games remaining. “Throwing the ball was difficult and we had to strategically kick the ball.”
Malik Pierre put the Post offense on his back throughout the day with 124 yards rushing and a touchdown on 32 carries. His 1-yard score with 5:06 remaining in the third quarter gave the Pioneers a 14-0 edge.
Jonathan DeBique, who rushed for an additional 80 yards on 12 carries, tacked on a 4-yard touchdown at the 11:27 mark of the fourth to widen the advantage to 21-0.