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Walter & Holvik too Much for Wyandanch

September 13, 2014

Since July it has been the most closely guarded secret on campus.

No, it was not the blueprints of the new STEM lab or the name of Mr. and Mrs. Beirne’s soon-to-arrive baby girl. It was the design of the football team’s new uniforms.

The mystery was finally revealed last night before the boys took the field for their season opener against Wyandanch. The locker room was electric as the boys walked in and saw the navy jerseys with “BROOK” emblazoned across the chest. After taking stock of them they gathered in the middle of the room for a huddle led by the captains that ended with a deafening roar.

The excitement of the evening was just as palpable among the students who, after enjoying a tailgate dinner on the Hollis Student Center patio, filled the stands. Two minutes before the game started the Blue Fan Group–the name of the student section–sent over eighty streamers into the air, turning Buyers’ Park into a sea of blue. The promise of a post-game bonfire added to the festive atmosphere.

It didn’t take the Bears long to send the hundreds of fans into euphoria as Ben Walter scored a 48 yard touchdown on the second play of the game after a perfectly timed option play from quarterback Erik Holvik. The Bears ended the first quarter up 6-0 after the defense held the Warriors to just one possession.

One minute into the second period the Brook extended the lead when Holvik scored on a 10 yard quarterback keep. Walter made it 14-0 when he found the end zone on the ensuing two-point conversion. After taking the handoff to his right he found three Warriors waiting for him; reversing tack, he ran all the way across the field for the score. Wyandanch finally lit up the scoreboard mid-way through the quarter, but after a long, full-extension reception by Hunter Skorobohaty, Walter scored his second touchdown with 3:03 remaining in the half, putting the Bears up 20-6. The staunch defense, which allowed just one first down all night, held fast on the ensuing possession, highlighted by a vicious David Jensen sack, one of his three on the night.

The Brook put the game out of reach just a minute and a half into the third quarter when Walter took it in from 8 yards out for his third score of the night, putting the final points on the board of a 26-6 victory. With the win the boys avenged the 21-29 loss they suffered to the Warriors in last season’s finale and have now taken three of the last four from Wyandanch. While it was not the cleanest game, the boys had to be pleased with the effort they put forth last night. The defense stemmed the Wyandanch run all night long and didn’t give up a single big play. Holvik had this to say about his team’s performance:

We put up a really good fight and our defense did a great job of building a wall! Our offense has some really good plays but we still need work. It was a great way to start the season and the cheering section was great!! But we have to prepare for next Friday night against Greenport. They better beware of the bears.

The Bears hit the field again next Friday night @ 7pm vs. Greenport under the Buyers’ Park lights.

Ben Walter rushed for 210 yards and three touchdowns in Suffolk IV. Walter’s first touchdown, a 48 yard run, came on Stony Brook’s second offensive play. Erik Holvik’s 10 yard run early in the second quarter gave Stony Brook (1-0) a 20-6 lead. Holvik rushed for 45 yards and threw for 68. David Jensen had three sacks.

~ Newsday


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