Cortland Battles the Elements to Defeat St. John Fisher, 22-3


CORTLAND, N.Y. - Johnnie Akins (Roosevelt) rushed for 208 yards and Cole Burgess(Greenwich) returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown as Cortland defeated visiting St. John Fisher, 22-3, in cold and rainy conditions at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. With the victory, Cortland improves to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the Empire 8. The Red Dragons will travel to unbeaten and nationally third-ranked Brockport (8-0, 5-0) next Saturday at 2 p.m., and the winner of that game will earn the Empire 8 title and league's automatic NCAA tournament berth. The weather conditions kept most of the offensive players from both teams in check except for Akins, who averaged 5.6 yards per carry on 37 attempts. Akins reached the 200-yard rushing mark in a game for the second time in his career; he ran for 218 yards in a home win over Hartwick last fall. Cortland held just a 5-0 halftime lead over the Cardinals (1-6, 1-4) on a Nick Mongelli(Marlboro) 33-yard field goal late in the first quarter and a safety by Kyle Richard(Lakeview/Malverne) with 5:23 left in the second quarter when he led the way on a tackle of a Fisher running back in the end zone. The safety came one play after Fisher stopped Akins for no gain on 4th-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Burgess extended the lead to 12-0 when he fielded the opening kickoff of the second