Behind the arm of David Barry, the Erie Community College football team set an offensive mark and snapped a two-game losing skid with a 44-23 win over Hudson Valley Saturday afternoon.
Barry, a freshman from Warrensville Heights, Ohio, broke the Kats' single game passing record with 240 yards and tied the mark for most touchdowns throws in a game with three. He completed 16 of 28 passes and hit eight different receivers.
Combined with the performance of Nick Adrian (Frontier) in the fourth quarter, the Kats also set a single-game record for team passing yards with 278.
"David Barry played the game of his life. He's a special kid," said ECC coach Dennis Greene. "He's a guy that spreads the ball around. He sees the field. He's very smart and he scrambles.
"The bad news is that they put a hit on him and he didn't play most of the fourth quarter with an injury. We hope he's OK. We need him."
It was the defense which got ECC on the board first. Hudson Valley had taken a 9-0 lead when Naylor Robinson tackled the quarterback in the end zone for the safety.
The Kats tied the game on a four-yard touchdown run by Emil Chambliss and the teams traded scores for a 16-16 halftime tie.
ECC started the second half by taking the kickoff down to the 44 yard line and a few plays later, Brian Fowler ran 40 yards for a touchdown.
The Kats' defense held Hudson Valley on downs, and Barry then constructed a drive which ended in a 14-yard TD pass to Marquis Davis (McKinley).
"The difference was that second half when we scored back-to-back," Greene said. "The time of possession was key -- we had the ball for 38 minutes -- so we were able to keep it out of their hands. And we had only nine penalties to their 15. I'm more excited about that than anything else."
Fowler finished the game with 108 rushing yards on 21 carries, four catches for 38 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Andre Kates had seven solo tackles while Robinson and Eric Camper each had seven total including five solos. Bradley Cash had three sacks for 27 yards loss.
The Kats (3-2 overall, 2-1 Northeast Conference) return home to host Lackawanna (Pa.) at noon on Saturday.