Tre Jones ran 58 yards to ignite an offensive explosion and Kyle Hoppy had a huge day for Buffalo State in a wild 51-33 Empire 8 Conference victory Saturday over Hartwick at Coyer Field.
Erie Community College won its fourth in a row and ran its record to 7-2 with a 17-7 triumph over Hudson Valley CC in Troy.
Buffalo State';s Jones, a senior from Rochester, carried 18 times for 161 yards in his last home game. Besides his 58-yard score in the first quarter he had a 10-yard run for a touchdown in the second.
Hoppy, a junior from Orchard Park, passed for three touchdown and ran for two more as Bengals (5-3) evened their conference record at 3-3 and avenged a costly loss 40-31 to Hartwick a year ago that probably cost Buffalo State any change of gaining a bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs.
In all, the Bengals rolled up 523 yards in the wide-open affair and scored on five of six trips to the Red Zone. Hartwick had 405. Hoppy accounted for 345 of that total offense with 328 passing and 17 rushing. He ran 1 yards and 13 yards for TDs in the fourth quarter. His touchdown passes went to junior wide receiver Had Bryant for 64 yards and 41 yards in the second quarter and Matt Wesolowski (Iroquois) for 19 in the third.
Senior Billy Pine of Hartwick passed for 342 yards, 170 came on two plays, a 71-yarder to junior transfer Koree Reed to open the scoring in the first quarter and a 99-yard to Reed in the third that brought the visitors to within 31-27. The Hawks got another score on an 80-yard interception return by senior defensive end Marcus Mistersaro in the second quarter to draw his team to within 24-20. Pine also ran for two scores.
Jones' 58-yard run erased a 6-3 Hartwick lead and put the Bengals in front to stay. Buffalo State got three points on a 40-yard field goal by Marc Montana (St. Joe's) his 11th of the season. Later, Montana missed only his fourth of the season, from 51 yards.
Sekret Kukaj and 10 tackles, including four solos for the Bengals. Junior defensive end Cliff Brown (McKinley) had 2.5 sacks and freshman defensive end Dan Jefferson had two sacks.
Castronova leads ECC rally
Sam Castronova passed to DeMario Jones for two second half touchdowns in ECC's victory at Hudson Valley.
The Kats led at halftime on a 32-yard field goal by Jonathan Royster, but Hudson Valley moved infront on a 17-yard run by Jaylen McIntyre three minutes into the third quarter.
Castronova's 21-yard pass to Jones and the conversion kick by Royster put the Kats in front, 10-7. Early in the fourth, the same combination s truck again on a 4-yard play and Royster again converted.