By Tanner Swan, Sports Editor
Fisher’s football team has started the season 3-0 following a 31-24 win against fellow top 25 foe SUNY Cortland in what was the first Empire 8 matchup of the season for both teams.
The Cardinals jumped Cortland in the latest national poll sitting at 16th while the Red Dragons dropped to 23rd.
Fisher’s offense has been on a roll through the first three games, totaling 118 points 1,276 total yards. The chemistry between senior quarterback Matt Naton and senior receiver Mike Collichio have given defenses fits thus far.
Naton already has 738 passing yards and 10 total touchdowns while Collichio has 315 receiving yards and four touchdowns. The two’s chemistry on the deep ball combined with Collichio’s ability to run after the catch has played a large role in the Cardinals’ early success.
The big play in general has helped the offense drive the ball down the field on a consistent basis. Against Cortland, Naton connected with sophomore William Coon twice for 34 and 42 yards respectively to help lead a six-play, 85 yard drive that gave the Cardinals a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter.
Getting ahead early and then being able to stymie opponent’s attempts at climbing back in the game have been a theme in both the Cortland and Springfield wins. After the Red Dragons scored their first touchdown of the game early in the second quarter, Fisher was able to answer back at least with a field goal, a 35 yarder, which was made by sophomore Devin Dzikowicz for the first attempt of his career.
Additionally, after Cortland’s Jake Smith received a 75 yard pass for a touchdown from Kyle Schneider, the Cardinals were then able to bounce back with a touchdown of their own to boost the lead back up to 14 at 31-17.
Fisher was able to hang on from there, finishing off the Red Dragons and improving to 1-0 in conference play. The Cardinals face-off at Brockport in the 12th Courage Bowl Saturday Sept. 24 at 4 p.m.