Stony Brook (2-5) freshman quarterback Joe Carbone threw a season-high four interceptions in a 21-7 loss against the Elon Phoenix (3-5) on Saturday at Lavalle Stadium. Stony Brook has now lost five consecutive games with two of them being at home.
“I will take responsibility for that loss,” Carbone said in the post-game press conference.
Carbone also threw the ball a career high 41 times today but only completed 18 passes for 142 yards. His longest pass of the game was for 15 yards. Stony Brook’s top wide receiver Ray Bolden caught nine passes for 64 yards and said that the offense definitely struggled today.
“Execution,” Bolden said. “That’s the been the story all season. Coaches are putting us in a perfect position to make stuff happen and we’re not executing.”
Elon’s quarterbacks Daniel Thompson and Connor Christiansen both threw a touchdown. Thompson had 106 yards passing on 10 completions out of 14 passing attempts and Christiansen threw 96 yards on six completions out of seven passing attempts.
The Phoenix struck first late in the first quarter when Elon’s Thompson launched a 50-yard bomb to his wide receiver Demetrius Oliver. He had two receptions for 59 yards with that touchdown. The touchdown drive for Elon lasted only two plays through 48 seconds of possession. Tre Lennon lead the team in receiving for the Phoenix with six catches for 77 yards.
Elon led Stony Brook at halftime 7-0. Stony Brook received the ball to begin the second half and converted on an elongated drive. With 6:56 left on the clock in the third quarter, Stony Brook’s sophomore running back Donald Liotine punched it in from the one-yard line to knot the game up at seven. A 19-play drive for 80 yards with a time of possession of 9:04 was the scoring drive for the Seawolves. Liotine carried the ball 12 times and rushed for 33 yards with and a touchdown.
“We needed that drive for sure,” Liotine said. “It definitely brought our energy back and we thought it would put us in a good position to win.”
However, the fourth quarter belonged to Elon. They shutout Stony Brook 14-0. They started the 4th quarter on Stony Brook’s 36-yard line and capitalized on a four-play scoring drive for 36 yards. Elon’s quarterback Thompson found his wide receiver Jon Thomas in single-coverage for a 24-yard touchdown give them them a 14-7 lead. Thomas had 2 receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown.
Stony Brook had the whole fourth quarter to get back in the game, but generating offense was a huge hardship they faced. The Seawolves ran the ball 11 times in the fourth quarter and did not gain much out out of it only obtaining 18 yards. Overall, they ran the ball 50 times for 106 yards for the whole game. They averaged 2.1 yards on the ground throughout the game.
Elon increased its lead with a little over six minutes left to play. Their freshman running back Malcolm Summers broke out with a 43-yard touchdown run right up the middle of the field. Summers led the game in rushing with 10 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown.
Carbone is a freshman quarterback and the leader of the Seawolves offense. After losing five consecutive games, he said that he does not want the team to deteriorate.
“We just need to stick together,” Carbone said. “All of us love each other, and Coach [Priore] does a good job on that. The spirit of the team is still good, but it’s a tough loss.”
Stony Brook looks to end their five-game losing streak when they take on Howard next week on Nov. 7 at 1:00 p.m. at Lavalle Stadium.