Defense, Freshmen Key Elon Win at Stony Brook

Defense, Freshmen Key Elon Win at Stony Brook

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Elon defense intercepted four passes and two freshmen scored fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Phoenix to a 21-7 victory over the Stony Brook Seawolves on Halloween afternoon.

The win snapped a four-game skid for the maroon and gold and Elon improved to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in CAA Football action. Stony Brook dropped to 2-5, 1-5 on the season.

Quotable: “It was a good win, like any win is. The game went probably how I thought it would. We made some plays on the turnovers. We played great on defense. We came out energized and refocused after the bye week.” – Elon head coach Rich Skrosky

How it happened: The Phoenix opened the fourth quarter facing second-and-eight at the Stony Brook 34 with the game knotted at seven. Daniel Thompson then hit Jon Thomas for a gain of 10 before finding him again in the front corner of the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown strike that gave Elon the lead. Later in the period, the Elon defense stuffed the Seawolves on fourth-and-one at the Elon 47. Two plays later, Malcolm Summers took the handoff and went untouched 43 yards for the score to put the game away.

Noteworthy: Elon’s four interceptions (one each from Williams, Chris Blair, Adrian McClendon and Asunji Maddox) were the most for the team since a five-interception performance on Oct. 30, 2010… Williams set a new career high with 12 total tackles… Blair added 12 stops and Corey Mitchell made 11 tackles… The touchdowns for Thomas and Summers were the first of their careers… Elon’s first score was a 50-yard pass from Connor Christiansen to Demetrius Oliver in the first quarter.

Up next: The Phoenix will return to Rhodes Stadium to take on the Tribe of William & Mary at noon on Nov. 7. That game will be televised on CSN.