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Bengals defense shines at Alfred State; ECC wins at ASA in Brooklyn

It was a day for the defenses to shine both for Buffalo State and Erie Community College in football road games on Saturday.

The Bengals limited Alfred State to 169 yards of net total offense and only seven first downs in a 27-0 nonconference winn in Alfred.  The Bengals improved to 4-2 for the season. Alfred State is 0-7.

ECC intercepted five passes, returning two for touchdowns in a 39-19 win over ASA on the Lincoln High Field in Brooklyn.

Junior linebacker Bart Mazzara (Starpoint) and senior free safety Ish Height, led Buffalo State to its first shutout since a win over Otterbein in the 2015 season opener. Mazzara had nine tackles while Height had three tackles, forced a fumble and had an interception.

Kyle Hoppy (Orchard Park) completed 20 of 35 passes for 224 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown throw to junior flanker Stephen Johnson (McKinley) giving the Bengals a 17-0 halftime lead.. Hoppy also ran 3 yards for a score that made it 10-0 in the second quarter.

Tre Jones ran 1 yard to score for the only touchdown of the second half.

Marc Montana (St. Joe's) kicked field goals from 30 and 25 yards, giving him eight in 11 attempts for the season.

Defensive end Billy Carroll had two tackles for loss for Buffalo State, including one of the Bengals'  two sacks of Alfred State quarterbacks Dashon Turner and Dashown Wilson.

Alfred State, had possession in Buffalo State territory just once in the game, on an interception.

It was the first meeting between the schools in football. Alfred State is in transition from the NJCAA (junior college) ranks and is currently a provisional member of NCAA Division III.

Buffalo State's next game will be at home against Utica at noon on Saturday.

A year ago, ASA came to West Herr field in Orchard Park and handed ECC a 28-13 defeat. The Kats returned the favor Saturday with a resounding win.

Terrel Boldin (Riverside) and Christian Cheatom (Lackawanna) returned interceptions for touchdowns while Dante Mount (Lockport), Kerrell Johnson and Alonzo Turney also had picks for the Kats.
Daytwon  Burney (Cleveland Hill) ran for two ECC touchdowns while quarterback Sam Castronova (Williamsville South) passed for one and ran for one.

"This was a full 80-man roster scholarship team that we beat today," said ECC coach Scott Pilkey. "It was a real significant because we're 4-0 on the road with big wins the last two weeks."

ECC (5-2) will play the Alfred University junior varsity at 1 p.m. next Sunday in its next game.

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