The Stony Brook Seawolves did not begin their 2021 campaign in the way they envisioned.
The way they ended, however, left them feeling good. About the present and the future.
"It will be better for us in the upcoming year," running back Ty Son Lawton said after Stony Brook ended the regular season with a 36-14 dismantling of the Albany Great Danes on Saturday at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The Seawolves completed the regular season with a 5-6 overall record and 4-4 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association, as well as claiming the Golden Apple trophy for the second straight season.
"We can definitely build on that," Lawton said.
Against the worst team in the CAA and on senior day, the Seawolves flexed their muscles and had a grand time doing so. Stony Brook scored on three of its six first-half possessions, plus a safety, and led 19-0 at halftime.
The Seawolves opened the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Tyquell Fields to an uncovered Tyler Devera 2:32 into the game. On Stony Brook’s next possession, Angelo Guglielmello’s 33-yard field goal capped a 12-play, 65-yard drive that ate 5:59 off the clock.
The defense got in on the act midway through the second quarter as they pressured Danes quarterback Jeff Undercuffler to commit an intentional grounding penalty in the Albany end zone. The safety extended the lead to 12-0, and after the free kick, Fields connected with Shawn Harris Jr. on a 67-yard touchdown pitch-and-catch-and run.
"We drew that one up all week in practice," said Fields, who was one of 13 seniors feted before the game with an on-field ceremony. He was 10-for-15 for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
For all intents and purposes, the outcome was decided at the half. But two quarters left to play gave the Seawolves more opportunities to add to their fun. Stony Brook forced a three-and-out on Albany’s first possession of the second half, and on fourth-and-22, Jaylyn Stover blocked Sean Ralls’ attempted punt. Jayden Cook recovered the loose ball at the Albany 28-yard line and trotted into the end zone to push the advantage to 26-0.
The Great Danes cut the Seawolves’ lead to 26-7 on Karl Mofor’s 3-yard touchdown run with 7:04 left in the third, but Stony Brook responded with a 12-play, 40-yard drive that ended with a 32-yard Guglielmello field goal to open the fourth quarter.
Lawton’s 4-yard touchdown scamper with 8:41 left was the icing on the cake. Lawton’s run was the culmination of a seven-play, 96-yard drive that took 4:07 off the clock. Six of the seven plays on the drive were runs.
"It’s fun," Lawton said of a multifaceted rushing attack that finished with 321 yards. Lawton contributed 134 to end the season with 1,088 yards. Roland Dempster had 160 yards on 19 carries.
Mofor’s second touchdown of the game ended the scoring.