No. 18 Football Smothers Pace Passing Game in 41-6 Victory


BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – The No. 18 LIU Post football team rolled to its 12th-consecutive victory on Saturday, Oct. 20 with a 41-6 rout of Pace University inside Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium. The Pioneers made history during the 35-point win, becoming the first team in program history to hold two opponents to zero rushing yards and zero passing yards during the same season. The LIU Post defense forced Pace quarterback Brandon Simmons to an 0-for-12 effort through the air, intercepting four passes on the afternoon. Sophomore defensive back Nazir Streater continued to be a ball hawk, picking off Simmons twice during the first quarter to give him six interceptions on the season. Senior linebacker Connor Farrell and redshirt-junior safety Zach Cofrancesco added the final two interceptions, while redshirt-senior Chika Ewulu and redshirt-sophomore Anthony Lavio led the Pioneers with eight tackles apiece. Offensively, redshirt-freshman Jonathan DeBique led LIU Post with 48 rushing yards and one touchdown as redshirt-senior Malik Pierre and graduate student Chris Laviano added one rushing touchdown each for three scores on the ground during the win. Laviano finished 18-for-32 through the air for 266 yards and two touchdowns, finding redshirt-senior Michael Hartgrove and redshirt-junior Jake Bofshever for his 18th and 19th passing touchdowns of the season. The opening stanza featured five punts, two interceptions, and a turnover on downs as the score remained 0-0 at the end of the quarter. Streater's second interception just before the end of the first period set LIU Post up deep in Setter territory and Pierre capped off an eight-play drive with a one-yard burst into the end zone to put the Pioneers ahead 7-0 and the offense never looked back. Less than two minutes later, Cofrancesco intercepted a pass at midfield and ran it back to the five-yard line but a holding call erased the big return, giving the Pioneers the ball at the Pace 40-yard line. It took just one play for Laviano