Excitement about Brockport Blue Devils football is spreading.
It is going around the hallways at school. It is moving from one side of the bleachers to the other. It is going up and down the Brockport roster itself.
“I’m blessed to be around this school, these people, everyone,’’ Brockport junior receiver/defensive back Raphael Odey said. “We’re on defense, and you can’t hear them call the play, because you have the fans screaming at all corners of the field.
“You have players who are not even getting time (on the field) just giving their all, putting their heart out there. Everyone is putting their heart out there. It’s wonderful, it’s a blessing.’’
It is a 4-0 record for the Blue Devils, more than halfway through the regular season in Section V, after they turned back Irondequoit 20-6 during Brockport’s homecoming game.
“We powered through this really tough team,” Brockport senior lineman Cam Caldarelli said. “We’re looking to go undefeated right now. We have a good chance of knocking a lot of people out of sectionals and were trying to get our division title.
“We’re in a good spot right now.”
Brockport sophomore quarterback Ashton Scott was driven into Brockport’s grass field during his first pass attempt against Irondequoit. Scott stood up and went on to complete 13 of 29 throws for 265 yards, including two touchdowns.
The first score for the Blue Devils was a 53-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Odey during the first quarter. Brockport finished with 400 yards of total offense against the Eagles, whose defense kept Irondequoit in range.
Brockport sophomore Cory Gross ran for 90 yards on 10 carries. Josh Keenan, another sophomore, scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Blue Devils, a two-yard run with 10:29 remaining.
Irondequoit (1-3), a state tournament semifinalist last season after an 0-3 start, had first-and-goal at the Brockport 3 and the score tied, 6-6, late in the third quarter. The Eagles had to settle for a 23-yard field goal attempt, and that was blocked by Brockport senior Tyler Johnson.
Brockport took the ball at its 20 and went on to take the lead. A long catch and run by senior Jeremy Michels put the ball at the Irondequoit 2, and set up Keenan’s touchdown.
Gross sparked the Blue Devils to another scoring drive with a long run to the Irondequoit 31. Brockport was backed up by the Irondequoit defense, but only briefly, as Michels then caught a pass over the middle on his way to the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown with 4:38 remaining.