Brockport not intimidated to face defending national champs

Undefeated Golden Eagles head to NCAA Semifinal in Texas

BROCKPORT, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - On Saturday, Brockport will become only the second Rochester area college to play in a Division III football final four. 

The Golden Eagles (13-0) will travel to Belton, Texas to face the number one team in the country and defending national champion, Mary Hardin Baylor. 

The Crusaders are hosting a NCAA semifinal for the third time in five years but the Golden Eagles say they're not intimidated. 

"I think if anything we're more anxious and excited to play the best team in the country and not a lot of times do you get the opportunity to do that," said senior Jake O'Connell.

"If you told me who Mary Hardin Baylor is, I don't know who they are," said JoJo Ortiz.

"We just play every game like we play game one, why not us? Coach said it this week, 'why not us?" 

Brockport is ranked 10th in the country and has a set a program record with 13 wins and 518 points scored this season. 

"We've played without fear this whole year long, we just really believe in each other and we believe we're the best team in the nation," added O'Connell.

Mary Hardin Baylor has won 28 straight game but no stat or streak is going to scare Brockport.

"They're just another team, they're human beings like us so we're just keeping fighting like we've done all season and that's our mindset and that's what we're going to stick with," smiled Ortiz.

"We got here for a reason. We're 13-0. Nobody gave us anything. We had one victory under 10 points and that's not to say we dominated every opponent we played but we played well enough to earn our right to be here," said head coach Jason Mangone.

It will be the first meeting between the two teams. Kickoff scheduled for 3:30 pm on Saturday and can be streamed on ESPN3. 


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