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Defeats pile up for Buffalo State, Erie CC

It was another Saturday of losses for Buffalo State and Erie Community College football.

The Bengals fell to 0-6 with a 45-28 loss at Montclair (N.J.) State while the Kats dropped a 40-15 decision to Dean College (Mass.) in Orchard Park.

Buffalo State held a 28-24 lead late in the third quarter, but the Red Hawks scored the final 21 points over the last 15:28s.

"We played hard again, but just did not finish the job," Buffalo State coach Paul Shaffner said. "We were too inconsistent on defense over the course of 60 minutes to hold onto the lead."

Freshman quarterback Kenny Murphy (Lancaster) complete 15 of 28 passes for 269 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in his second start. Joe Russell (North Tonawanda) had his second straight 100-yard game with six catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Greg Meyer (Lancaster) added five catches for 104 yards and a TD.

At Jim Ball Stadium, the Kats had few answers for No. 15 Dean (7-0, 2-0 Northeast Conference).

The defending conference champion, racked up 401 yards of total offense, 321 rushing. Quarterback Stanley Jennings ran 19 times for 110 yards while completing six of his 15 passes for 80 yards.

For ECC, David Barry completed 12 of 26 passes for 112 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Lawrence Coleman had four catches for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Andre Kates was the leading tackler for the Kats for the third straight week with eight total tackles (seven solo), one tackle for loss, one interception, a pass breakup and a blocked kick.

ECC ends its conference season at 2-3. At 3-4 overall, the Kats will close out their home season against Globe Institute at noon Saturday.

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