On This Day in History | 1997

(Left to Right) Captain Redell Armstrong, Jon Marvin and Mark Palios

On this day 13 years ago…

One week after pummeling Southampton, the #17 team in New York, the Bears met Port Jefferson in the 4th Annual Harbor Classic. The Bears retained custody of the clipper ship trophy and stayed undefeated in the series at 3-0-1 in a lopsided 48-0 victory. Derek Kenney completed 8 of 14 passes for 184 yards and was again the catalyst for the offense that amassed 397 yards, throwing four touchdowns and rushing for another. Jon Marvin caught a 16-yard touchdown with one minute remaining in the first half to cap a 21-0 second quarter, then scored on a 48-yard punt return to ignite a 27-0 final frame for the Blue and White. It was the second time in three years that the Brook did not allow their crosstown rivals to score a point, having defeated them 26-0 in 1995. In fact, over the previous twelve quarters against their purple-clad foes, the Bears yielded just six points. Captain Redell Armstrong, Elliot Robinson, Mark Palios, and Marvin anchored a defense that limited the Royals to an anemic 85 yards of offense. Palios recorded 1 sack and 3 tackles for losses and Robinson contributed with 2 sacks and a forced fumble. Elliot Robinson ’99 remembered his team’s triumph:

I guess what stands out was that was the game when our team really gelled. We had a cast of emerging star players and dedicated role players that had worked and improved together the year before. That day, though, we came together and showed how well we could play together. That confidence and camaraderie really carried through the rest of the season, which wound up being our most successful ever.

From Newsday:

Derek Kenney completed 8 of 14 passes for 184 yards and four touchdowns and had one rushing score as Stony Brook (2-0) amassed 397 total yards. Kenney connected with Jon Marvin on a 16-yard touchdown pass to open a 21-0 lead with a minute left in the first half. Marvin scored two more touchdowns, including a 48-yard punt return, to spark a 27-0 fourth quarter. Kevin Graves was 6-for-6 on extra points. Senior Mark Palios had three tackles for losses and a sack and Elliott Robinson had two sacks and caused a fumble to lead the defense against Port Jefferson (0-2).


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