Maryland Natives Joe Detorie and Jonathan Haynes Lead the Seawolves into Towson
TOWSON, MD. -- Saturday will be a homecoming of sorts for Stony Brook football offensive linemen and Maryland natives Joe Detorie (Fallston, Md.) and Jonathan Haynes (Bowie, Md.) when the pair lead the 13th-ranked Seawolves into No. 23 Towson for another top 25 CAA Football matchup. Kickoff for the game at Johnny Unitas Stadium is set for 4 p.m. ET. Stony Brook (4-1, 2-0 CAA Football) enters the game having won four straight since a season-opening loss at Air Force. The Tigers (3-1, 1-0 CAA Football) has two back-to-games, including a 45-35 victory at Villanova three weeks ago. THE SERIES This will be the sixth between the two CAA Football programs. Stony Brook owns a 3-2 series advantage with two of the three wins coming at Towson. The programs first met on Sept. 28, 2013 that resulted in a 35-21 Towson win at Stony Brook. QUICK HITTERS • The Seawolves claimed the program's 10th win against a ranked opponent with last week's 29-27 victory over No. 13 Villanova. • Stony Brook is 10-10 in season openers since moving to Division I in 1999. The Seawolves have won three of the last five openers, including the 13-9 victory over North Dakota that opened the 2016 season. • The Seawolves improved to 9-4 in home openers under head coach Chuck Priore with last week's win over Bryant. • Stony Brook's captains for the 2018 season are senior QB Joe Carbone, senior TE Cal Daniels, senior LB Shayne Lawless, senior LB Noah McGinty and senior DL John Haggart. • Senior TE Cal Daniels was named preseason STATS FCS All-American. • Stony Brook, who finished the 2017 season ranked 11th in both polls, sit 13th in the AFCA Coaches poll and 13th in the STATS poll this week. ALL IN THE FAMILY Stony Brook's roster includes a pair of brothers for the 2018 season. Junior DL Brandon Lopez will be joined this season by his brother Ryan, a freshman DL. Junior WR Kyle Vadis is joined on the roster by his brother Ryan, a freshman WR. FIRST TIME STARTERS Six Seawolves picked up their first career starts at Stony Brook in the season-opener at Air Force. RT Chris Infantino, WR Marshall Ellick, RG Jaelen Vazquez, CB TJ Morrison, S EJ Fineran and DT Brandon Lopez. Two more - DL Odean Gilzene and TE Tyrone Wheatley Jr. - started for the first time as Seawolves against Richmond. DL Casey Williams picked up his first career start against Villanova. FIRST TIMERS A total of 12 Seawolves saw their first collegiate action so far this season. AIR FORCE: TE Peter McKenzie, OL Kyle Nunez, WR JP Roane, K Jack Pruban and OL Cameron Lucas. BRYANT: DB Jabari Reddock. FORDHAM: LB Reidgee Dimanche, DL Petey Wilks Jr. and WR Delante Hellams Jr. RICHMOND: WR Anthony Millan, DL Lorenzo Worrell and LB Anthony Del Negro. A total is six transfers RB Kameron Pickett, WR Marshall Ellick, TE Tyrone Wheatley Jr., DB Kareem Gaulden, DL Casey Williams and DB CeQuan Jefferson have also made their Stony Brook debut this season. IN THE RANKS The Seawolves are ranked in both polls for the 11th straight time this week. Stony Brook sits 13th in the AFCA Coaches' poll and sits 13th in the STATS FCS poll this week. LET'S GO STREAKING... LBs Noah McGinty and Shayne Lawless have started 28 straight games...TE Cal Daniels has started 20 straight games. AGAINST THE FCS RANKS Stony Brook in now 10-19 all-time against FCS ranked opponents with the win over No. 13 Villanova last week. The Seawolves also has victories over No. 12 New Hampshire and No. 17 Richmond in 2017. The Seawolves' also posted two ranked wins in 2016. Stony Brook earned a 42-14 win over No. 2 Richmond and a 13-9 season-opening victory against No. 19 North Dakota. Richmond's No. 2 ranking equals the highest ranked opponent to come into Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium (No. 2 Towson on Sept. 28, 2013). The win over Richmond also marked the program's first victory over a top 10 team. SEAWOLVES PICKED FOURTH IN THE LEAGUE The Seawolves were picked to finished fourth in the CAA by the league's head coaches and SIDs. Conference team. (first place votes) 1. James Madison (21) 241 2. New Hampshire (2) 206 3. Delaware 182 4. Stony Brook 169 5. Elon (1) 168 6. Villanova 164 7. Richmond 127 8. Maine 81 9. UAlbany 78 10. Towson 74 11. William & Mary 55 12. Rhode Island 39 CARBONE CLIMBING THE CHARTS Senior QB Joe Carbone sits among the top in several career records at Stony Brook. The Wethersfield, Conn., native enters the Towson game ranked third in passing attempts, third in completions, third in passing yards and fourth in passing touchdowns. He is 139 completions away from moving up to second, 153 attempts from moving up to second and nine passing touchdowns from moving up to third. LIOTINE ALSO CLIMBING THE CHARTS Senior RB Donald Liotine sits in the top 10 of several career offensive categories entering the Towson game. He is fifth rushing carries, sixth in all-purpose yards, eighth in rushing yards and ninth in rushing touchdowns. The Medford, N.Y., native needs 84 all-purpose yards to slide up to fifth, 24 carries to move into fourth, two rushing touchdowns to move up to seventh, and 24 rushing yards to climb up into seventh. LONG ISLAND EXPRESS ROLLING Senior RBs Donald Liotine and Jordan Gowins, dubbed the Long Island Express, have both recorded 100-yard rushing games in three of the last four Saturdays. Gowins (146 yards vs. Bryant, 160 yards at Fordham and 192 yards vs. Richmond) and Liotine (107 yards vs. Bryant, 106 yards at Fordham and 133 yards vs. Richmond) are just one game shy of tying the Stony Brook record for both the most 100-yard games by a duo in a season. Miguel Maysonet and Brock Jackolski accomplished the feat in four straight games in 2011, while Eddie Gowins (Jordan's older brother) and Conte Cuttino had four 100-yard games together in 2008. BLOCK AND TOUCHDOWN, AGAIN Stony Brook's special teams have blocked six punts for touchdowns in the past three-plus seasons, including one against Bryant on Sept. 8. The Seawolves accomplished this at USF and against Sacred Heart in 2017, against North Dakota and William & Mary in 2016 and at Rhode Island in 2015. PICK SIX, TWICE...MAKE THE THRICE Stony Brook has returned three interceptions for touchdowns this season. Against Bryant, sophomore DB EJ Fineran tipped a pass and proceeded to scamper 79 yards for the touchdown in the second quarter, while junior DB Damarcus Miller did him one better and snagged a pass on the five-yard line and took it to the house, 95 yards later as time expired in the fourth quarter. Junior DL Jordan Scarbrough got into the pick-six game against Fordham when he picked off a pass and scampered 25 yards for the score. HOW ABOUT A SCOOP-SIX? Junior DB Gavin Heslop decided he wanted to join in on the defensive touchdown caravan when he scooped up fumble and raced 87 yards for a score in the first quarter against Richmond. It marked Stony Brook's fourth defensive touchdown of the season and the first fumble return for a TD since the 2016 season. LONG RETURNS Junior DB Damarcus Miller and sophomore DB EJ Fineran had interception returns for touchdowns against Bryant and both cracked the record books in the process. Miller's 95-yard return is the third longest pick-six in school history and the longest since Ernie Williams' 99-yarder against St. Francis on Nov. 17, 2001. Fineran's 79-yard pick-six is the fourth longest pick-six and fifth longest interception return in the program's history...DB Gavin Heslop returned a fumble 87 yards against Richmond for the longest fumble return for a TD. UP NEXT Stony Brook hits on the road for the second straight Saturday when the Seawolves visit Durham, N.H., to take on the New Hampshire at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 13. The Seawolves return home Oct. 20 to host Rhode Island for the annual Homecoming game. Kickoff in LaValle Stadium is set for 6 p.m.