D3 Football: Renzi’s Late Boot Sends Brockport To NCAA D3 Semifinals
By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)
Brett Renzi connected on five of six kicks this afternoon, including the game-winning 33-yard field goal as time expired, which helped Brockport defeat Delaware Valley, 31-28, in the 2017 NCAA Division III Football Tournament Quarterfinals at James Work Memorial Stadium in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon.
Brett Renzi. ICE. FINAL FOUR. pic.twitter.com/sllziMd50B
— Brockport Athletics (@BportAthletics) December 2, 2017
The win – the Golden Eagles’ 13th straight – secures the Green and Gold a spot in next weekend’s national semifinals against top-ranked University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Mary Hardin-Baylor, which has also won 13 consecutive games this season, defeated St. Thomas, 24-10, in its quarterfinal match-up earlier today. Mount Union and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh also clinched spots in next weekend’s semifinals by capturing their respective contests, too.
Per the Brockport Athletics’ Twitter handle, this is the first-time in program history that the Golden Eagles have reached the national semifinals.
Brockport quarterback Joe Germinerio accounted for a trio of scores, including two rushing touchdowns, while Tyree Brown concluded the contest with 23 yards on five carries and one score, along with a reception for 16 yards.
The Golden Eagles led the Aggies, 21-7, at the break and 28-7 after three quarters before DelVal rallied with three consecutive fourth quarter touchdowns, including a pair of strikes from Dashawn Darden to Marquis Ellis, which evened the score at 28-28.
DelVal attempted to take the lead on its next two possessions, but saw both drives conclude with a punt from Stephen Adams.
Brockport would take over with 55 seconds remaining – they started their drive at the DelVal 48 – and would reach the 16 before sending in Renzi for the game-winning boot.
The loss snaps DelVal’s 12-game winning streak, which included a pair of postseason victories over Husson University and Western New England.
Brockport has now won three-straight postseason games, including a second round victory over Wesley. The Golden Eagles began their quest for a national championship by defeating Plymouth State, 66-0, in the opening round.