It starts at the top and filters down through the ranks. Unbeaten Brockport football, which has advanced to the Division III Elite Eight, is awash with Buffalo-area connections.
It all begins with head coach and Lancaster graduate Jason Mangone, who is in his fourth year overseeing the Golden Eagles but has been on the staff since 1999.
Within the playing ranks, major contributions come from South Park graduate Tyree Brown, DaQuan Hubbard of Niagara Falls and Matt Szymanski of Lancaster.
Brown, the 2015 Buffalo News Player of the Year, has been a do-everything performer for the unbeaten Golden Eagles. The freshman wide receiver has 47 catches for 790 yards and five touchdowns, 30 rushes for 326 yards and five touchdowns, and has returned nine punts for an 11.6-yard average. Brown scored three touchdowns in the round of 16 as Brockport used a big second half to rout Wesley, 49-28.
Hubbard, a sophomore wideout, leads Brockport in receiving yards with 939 on 39 catches. He's scored 11 touchdowns.
Szymanski, a senior linebacker, tops the Golden Eagles in tackles with 75 and has produced 6.5 sacks.
All told, the Golden Eagles roster contains 13 players from Section VI.
Brockport will hit the road to face Delaware Valley, also 12-0, at noon Saturday in Doylestown, Pa. The Golden Eagles, ranked 10th nationally, reached the Elite Eight one other time, in 2002.