Nationally ranked SUNY Cortland looks to repeat as Empire 8 football champion in 2022
Soccer | 08/30/2022 09:27:21
Nationally ranked SUNY Cortland will look to repeat as the Empire 8 champion as the 2022 season begins the weekend of September 2-3, with all seven teams in action. League play begins on October 1. The Empire 8 Regular Season Champion will receive an automatic berth in the 2022 NCAA Division III Football Championship.
Fans can follow the action throughout the season, for free on the Empire Network 8.
2022 Empire 8 players to watch (Listed alphabetically by player)
Raylens Boutin, Brockport, Jr., DB, Nyack, NY/Nyack – Boutin enters this season as a D3football.com Second Team Preseason All-American. Boutin was the 2019 Empire 8 Rookie of the Year and in 2021 intercepted six passes and added nine pass breakups.
Joe Copp, Alfred, Jr., LB, Minoa, NY/East Syracuse-Minoa – Copp earned All-Empire 8 third-team accolades last season after making 98 tackles (53 solo, 45 assisted) to go along with 8.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and a pair of interceptions.
Joe Howard, St. John Fisher, Sr., OL, Utica, NY/Utica Notre Dame – Howard earned All-Empire 8 Third Team honors in 2021 and will be St. John Fisher’s offensive line leader this season.
Nick Lardaro, Cortland, So., DL, Smithtown, NY/Smithtown East – Lardaro, the Empire 8’s 2021 Rookie of the Year, was also a first All-Empire 8 team selection and second All-Region 2 team selection by D3football.com after recording 51 tackles, Conference-best 18 tackles for a loss and 32 rushing quarterbacks. , in addition to 5.5 bags.
Justin LoBasso, Hartwick, Sr., TE, Honesdale, PA/Honesdale – LoBasso was a 2021 All-Empire 8 first-team pick after catching 40 passes for 410 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Ernesto Mitchell, Morrisville, Sr., LB, Wheatley Heights, NY/Half Hollow Hills East – Mitchell earned All-Empire 8 third-team accolades in 2021 after finishing near the top of the league standings with 98 tackles.
Jimmie Warren, Utica, Sr., DL, Suffern, NY/Suffern – Warren earned 2021 All-Empire 8 First Team honors after leading the league with seven sacks. He also finished fourth with 12.5 tackles for loss and compiled 60 total tackles.
Team capsules (sorted by 2021 ranking)
The Red Dragons had a terrific 2021 season, winning the Empire 8 Championship, while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Cortland finished the season 11-1, while achieving a national ranking as high as 12th. Cortland was well-rounded in all facets of the game last season, ranked 22nd in total points per game (40.9), while in the top five nationally in points allowed per game (10.5), yards per game. passes allowed (127.1 per game) and total yards allowed per game (213.8). This season, the Red Dragons open the season ranked 16th in the D3football.com pre-season poll and will end the regular season at Yankee Stadium against Ithaca for the annual Cortaca Jug on November 12. Second-year defensive end Nick Lardaro, the 2021 Empire 8 Rookie of the Year, was also an All-Empire 8 First-Team selection and the D3football.com All-Region 2 Second-Team selection after recorded 51 tackles, a conference-best 18 tackles for a loss and 32 quarterback rushes, in addition to 5.5 sacks.
Quarterback Zac Boyes, offensive lineman Connor Hill, linebacker Zack Thuesen and defensive backs Joshua Cordero and Christian Legagneur will captain the Red Dragons this season. Eight members from across the Empire 8 return for Cortland, including running back Jaden Alfanostjohn, offensive lineman Connor Hill, Lardaro, Cordero, Legagneur, defensive back Mark Noel, kicker Patrick Luby and punter Liam Casey.
Brockport celebrates its 75th anniversary of football in 2022 and will look to return to the top of the Empire 8 standings after finishing 8-3 in 2021. The Golden Eagles won the ECAC Clayton Chapman Bowl. Head Coach Jason Mangone is entering his 10th season at Brockport and has guided the Golden Eagles to a 43-8 record since the start of 2017. The Golden Eagles defense is one of the fiercest in Division III and the Last season was no exception as they led the nation with 27 interceptions. Brockport’s rushing defense was third in the nation, giving up an average of 42.3 yards rushing per game and also ranked third in the nation in total defense, giving up an average of 200.4 yards per game. Brockport returns D3football.com Preseason All-American defensive back Raylens Boutin, a team third pick. Boutin enters this season as a D3football.com Second Team Preseason All-American. Boutin was the 2019 Empire 8 Rookie of the Year and in 2021 intercepted six passes and added nine pass breakups. Eight All-Empire 8 selections returning in 2021, including offensive linemen Scott Oschner and Nicholas Kalke, tight end James Altenburger, kicker Nate Wigent, punter Dan Giangrasso, defensive lineman Jordan Harris, linebacker Ben Damiani and defensive back Ben Marshall.
The Saxons will be looking to improve on their third-place finish in the E8 standings last season, with the return of 50 players and 15 starters. Graduate student defensive lineman and co-captain Tim Dahl will wear number 32 this year in honor of ’11 Cavalier Nicholas F. Clark for the second consecutive season. Junior linebacker Joe Copp earned Third Team All-Empire 8 honors last season after making 98 tackles (53 solo, 45 assisted) to go along with 8.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and a pair interceptions. Overall, eight All-Conference selections return, including quarterback Zuke Smith, running back Max Freeman IV, tight end/back Seth Walden, wide receiver Darviae Gray and offensive lineman Bobby Felder. on the offensive side and defensive stars Danny Quinones and Adam Mietz.
The Pioneers are coming off a 6-5 season, in which they qualified for the ECAC’s Scotty Whitelaw Bowl. Utica will have a veteran team in 2022, with more than 40 seniors or graduate students. Senior Nate Palmer earned 2021 All-Empire 8 Second-Team accolades as a wide receiver and return specialist. He caught 41 passes for 628 yards and scored five total touchdowns. Senior quarterback Sonny Badyna was a No. 2 pick for the All-E8 team after throwing for 1,882 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also ran for five other scores. James Salles emerged as Utica’s leading running back last season, rushing for 462 yards and three touchdowns. Utica’s defense led E8 in sacks last season with 31 and has several standouts looking to step in this season. Senior Jimmie Warren, a 2021 All-Empire 8 first team selection, is back after leading the league with seven sacks. He also finished fourth with 12.5 tackles for loss and compiled 60 total tackles. Defensive back Terrance Toussaint had four interceptions, while linebacker Anthony McDonald is the leading returning tackle with 50. Graduate student Dan Amady made 30 solo saves on 39 tackles, while defensive lineman John Stroughn returns after suffering a season-ending injury at the start of 2021.
St. John Fisher
St. John Fisher is looking to return to the top of the Empire 8 standings in 2022. Fisher won 124 games over a 14-year span from 2003-2016, with five NCAA Tournament appearances. St. John Fisher returns several letter winners and starters from last season, with captains Malachi Duvall, Michael Krafty, Anthony Manna, Joe Martinucci and Kyle Vachon set to lead the way on and off the field. Senior Joe Howard, a third All-Empire 8 team selection in 2021, will lead the offensive line, while tight end Max Bates will also serve as the offensive leader. On the defensive end, linebacker Joe Miscia is back after earning Third-Team All-E8 honors in 2021 and Vichon will lead the linebackers, while Manna and grad student Jason Rodriguez, a Second-Team All-E8 selection Empire 8 2019, should lead the secondary of Fisher. .
The Hawks are returning 65 players and 16 starters from last season’s team, including senior tight end Justin LoBasso, who earned All-Empire 8 first-team honors after catching 40 assists. Defensively, Hartwick returns a pair of All-Empire 8 performers from 2021, including senior defensive backs Jake Ely and Bryan Grimes. Fellow seniors Jeremy Gerdvil and Nelon Priest will also look to bolster a defense that allowed less than 20 points in four games last season. Hartwick’s traditionally powerful offense scored at least 20 points on six occasions in 2019. Newcomers Brandon Ivy, Christian Robinson, Dan Elu and Jaison Tucker will also be looking to make an immediate impact. Head coach Mark Carr is entering his 20th season with the Hawks in 2022.
Morrisville returns 13 starters starting in 2021. Senior linebackers Ernesto Mitchell, Joe Miller-LaBar and Phil Benjamin alongside defensive lineman William Brown will lead the defensive unit in 2022, while quarterback Steve Frerichs, tight end Quamel Jarvis, guard Brandon Mapp and offensive lineman Brian Mapp are ready to lead the attack. Mapp was a second All-Empire team selection 8 a season ago. Additionally, All-Empire 8 Hunter Regels bettor will be looking to help out the Mustangs on special teams. Former offensive lineman Tyler Elmore, a second 2021 All-E8 team selection, has joined Morrisville State’s coaching staff and will oversee the running backs unit this fall.
Empire 8 Men’s Football Final Ranking 2021
SUNY Cortland (11-1, 6-0 E8) – Champions of the Empire 8
SUNY Brockport (8-3, 4-2 E8)
Alfred (5-5, 4-2 E8)
Utica (6-5, 3-3 E8)
St. John Fisher (4-6, 2-4 E8)
Hartwick (2-7, 1-5 E8)
Morrisville State (2-8, 1-5 E8)
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