By Evan Bourtis staff writer
On Saturday, Sept. 29, State University College at Brockport hosted the Fisher Cardinals in the 14th annual Courage Bowl, a fundraiser for Camp Good Days and Special Times. During the game, Fisher received the support of three honorary coaches and two honorary cheerleaders who have been affected with cancer or other illnesses.
Although Fisher was unable to overtake the No. 4 nationally ranked Golden Eagles, the game was able to draw an attendance of more than 7,000, according to Fisher athletics website. Over the past five years, the Courage Bowl has raised $180,000 for Camp Good days, an organization that aims to improve the lives of children affected by devastating diseases like cancer.
Camp Good Days was founded by Fisher’s kicking and punting coach, Gary Mervis, after his daughter, Teddi, passed away from a brain tumor. Mervis was also the driving force behind the creation of the Courage Bowl, one of one of the largest fundraisers for Camp Good Days.
The 49-7 loss dropped the Cardinals to 0-3 while the Brockport Golden Eagles remained undefeated at 4-0. During halftime of the game, Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter was presented with the Joe Lanzalaco Memorial Courage Award for surviving stage three prostate cancer.
The Cardinals looked strong on defense to start the first quarter, forcing a punt and a turnover on downs. However, towards the end of the quarter, Brockport’s Matt Arita intercepted the ball for a 75 yard pick-six touchdown. The Cardinals also suffered another interception on the next drive, placing the Brockport offense at the 31 yard line. Despite two passes being broken up by Cardinals cornerback Demarre Nelson, Brockport was able to score off of a first- and-goal pass completion.
The start of the second quarter seemed promising for the Cardinals, as sophomore Pat Galer caught a 21 yard pass from quarterback Joshua Michels. However, the drive ended when Brockport blocked Devin Dzikowicz’s 31 yard field goal attempt.
During the second play of the next drive, sophomore Justin Wheeler brought the ball back into Fisher’s hands after an interception, but an incomplete pass on fourth down gave the ball back to the Golden Eagles. Fisher surrendered another touchdown in the next drive when Brockport quarterback Joe Germinerio threw a 7 yard completion and also gave up a rushing touchdown with 5 minutes remaining in the half to fall behind 28-0.
The Fisher defense came out strong after halftime, forcing Brockport to punt twice. However, with 35 seconds left in the quarter, Brockport’s Alex Benson returned a Fisher punt 85 yards for a touchdown.
Fisher managed to score its only touchdown in the middle of the fourth quarter when backup quarterback Alejandro Utset threw a 75-yard completion to receiver Cam Cleveland. Brockport was able to take the final score of the game when running back Alex Benson rushed 30 yards for a touchdown on third down.