When his team suffered two losses in a row for the first time in program history, Dennis Greene heard all kinds of doom and gloom questions. What had happened to the once glorious Erie Community College football team? What was going wrong?
"We just lost two games," Greene said. "We were still 4-2. It wasn't that bad."
The unnecessary outside panic seems for naught now, as the Kats earned a 24-14 win over Morrisville at Jim Ball Stadium Saturday. With the win, ECC (6-2, 5-1) clinched the Northeast Conference Western Division title and will host the conference championship game on Nov. 13.
After trading touchdowns for the first three quarters, the turning point came at 8:32 of the fourth. Duane Griffin broke free from two tacklers deep in the backfield and then broke a few more tackles along the way for a 54-yard touchdown run. Jason Fralicker added a 31-yard field goal to seal the win.
The offense, which had struggled much of the season, came to life in the past two wins. Against Morrisville, the Kats gained 295 total yards. The running game gained 189 yards but the surprise was the passing attack. Adam Gaddie completed 7 of 12 passes for 106 yards, including two touchdowns.
"Everybody that plays us puts nine guys in the box," Greene said. "That gives us single coverage on our wideouts and we took advantage of it."
The Kats also took advantage of another stellar defensive performance. The Kats held NEC rushing leader Calvin Hall to just 52 yards while holding Morrisville to net 5 yards in team rushing on the day. The Kats also set a school record for sacks in a game with eight. Ben Bayer had 11 total tackles while Lowell Robinson had two sacks for 14 yards.