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Buffalo State, ECC score road victories

Buffalo State junior quarterback Kyle Hoppy (Orchard Park) ran for two touchdowns in the first half and passed for three in the second in a 39-21 victory at Cortland Saturday. It was Buffalo State’s fifth straight victory in the rivalry with the Red Dragons.

In Illinois, Erie Community College defeated the College of du Page, 22-21 on a field goal by Jonathan Royster with 2 seconds left. After taking a 13-6 halftime, the Kats trailed 21-13 after three quarters.

In Cortland, senior Marc Montana (St. Joe’s) kicked two field goals and four conversion kicks for the Bengals’ other points in the victory. Buffalo State outgained the home team, 575-263, and had 28 first downs in raising its overall record to 3-2, 2-2 in the Empire 8 Conference. Cortland is 3-3, 1-3 in the conference.

Hoppy scored on a 1-yard run to complete a 78-yard Buffalo State drive after the opening kickoff. He scored on another 1-yard run to put the Bengals in front for good, 14-7, in the second quarter. However, Montana’s 19-yard field goal spelled the difference at halftime, 17-14.

In the second half, Hoppy threw TD passes to sophomore Jordan Evert (Sweet Home), junior flanker Stephen Johnson (McKinley) and senior tight end Nick Jones (West Seneca West) while Montana added a 29-yard field goal.

Overall, Hoppy completed 20 of 47 for 434 yards with no interceptions. Senior Madison Wesolowski (Iroquois) had 11 receptions for 175 yards for the Bengals. Johnson had six catches for 114 yards while Jones caught four for 34 and Evert four for 30. Senior Tre Jones carried 25 times for 87 yards rushing.

Buffalo State had 141 yards on the ground, while Cortland had 99.

Cortland quarterbaack DeAngelo Walker passed for two touchdowns before he was relieved by Ryan VanGalen.

Senior linebacker Sekret Kukaj and junior defensive end Cliff Brown (McKinley) had eight tackles each and sophomore defensive end Billy Carroll had two sacks to lead the defense. Carroll and junior Tiquan Simpkins had pass interceptions. Carroll’s interception in the second quarter led to Montana’s first field goal.

Perhaps inspired by a stop at South Bend, Ind., and a tour of Notre Dame Stadium on the long bus ride to the Chicago area, the Kats rallied in the fourth quarter to improve their record to 4-2. College of duPage is 3-3.

The Kats will be back on the road next Saturday when they face ASA in Brooklyn.

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