Do not count football team out just yet
Column by Sam Tapper — Sports Writer
After starting the season 0-4, the season seemed to be lost for the Owls — or at least headed that way.
Riding on a two-game win streak, here’s why this team should not be written off just yet.
The standings: The Owls stood tied for dead last in the NE10 conference standings through week four. Despite having four losses, they are now tied for fourth with rival New Haven in the current conference standings. If the Owls can take home a win against the Chargers on homecoming, fans could start at least thinking about the postseason.
The defense: One of the Owls’ biggest strengths this year has been the toughness of their defensive unit. Even through the first four games when the Owls couldn’t buy a win, the defense kept them in just about every game they’ve played. Though consistency is ultimately the achilles heel of the defense, if the Owls can just put up a fight defensively each night, they will have a chance to play deep into the season.
The offense: By now, you’ve probably heard about freshman quarterback, Jackson Ostrowsky, who took over and took a winless team that hadn’t scored a point before the half all season and put them back into contention. With another dominant performance in a 31-17 win over Bentley, Ostrowsky posted 405 passing yards and four touchdowns. He’s now passed for over 1000 yards through three games.
Ostrowsky is now in elite company following that performance, as he joined Kevin Lynch, Steve Armstrong and John Esquivel as the only SCSU quarterbacks to ever throw for 400 yards in a single game, and the only freshman to do it. The four touchdowns were also a record.
The Owls’ offense goes beyond their new quarterback, as their backs and receivers deserve a ton of credit as well. Rookie running back Jonmichael Bivona took home NE10 Rookie of the Week honors after week five and has been the primary ballcarrier for the offense. Their wide receivers Julian Chung, Brandon SwainPrice and Izaiah Sanders have been key to the Owls success. Chung, their top target, has finished with over 100 yards through Ostrowsky’s first three starts and Swain-Price finished with a record 201 yards against Bentley. Regardless of what has transpired, this football team has some serious talent and it would be foolish to write them off.