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BENGALS WIN SECOND STRAIGHT; KATS MOVE TO 7-2 OVERALL

The road was kind to Erie Community College and Buffalo State as both picked up wins Saturday afternoon.

The Division III Bengals put together their first winning streak in four years with a 26-0 win over Plymouth State. The last time Buffalo State won back-to-back games was during a three-game win streak in 2000.

In junior college action, ECC improved to 7-2 on the season, 6-1 in the Northeast Conference, with a 42-21 win over Alfred State.

At Currier Field in Plymouth, N.H., Buffalo State took a 14-0 first-half lead on a pair of rushing touchdowns by quarterback Mike Mikolaichik, including a 51-yard run in the second quarter. The Bengals went up, 16-0, when Joe Frawley blocked a punt through the end zone for a safety.

Just two plays later, Mikolaichik hit Jeff Shostak for a 49-yard touchdown to give Buffalo State a 23-0 halftime lead.

In all, the Bengals racked up 327 offensive yards while holding Plymouth State to just 112.

Mikolaichik completed 17 of his 29 passes for 183 yards and was the team's leading rusher with 94 yards on eight carries.

"Our defense turned in a dominating performance," Buffalo State coach Paul Shaffner said. "We were solid in all phases of the game and our kids fed off each other. We got away from what we like to do on offense in the second half, but overall it was just a great team win."

Perry Taglienti (Lancaster) led the Bengals with 11 tackles, including nine solo stops, as the defense pitched its first shutout since defeating Kean, 38-0, in 1997.

Playing Alfred State on the turf at Alfred University, the Kats racked up 392 yards rushing as their struggling offense finally started to click.

Tied at 14-14 at halftime, ECC caught Alfred State in a blitz that allowed Charles Bingham to run 39 yards for a touchdown and the lead. Ben Bayer (Clarence) followed that with a 32-yard interception return that took the life out of the Pioneers.

"We started out slow and I'm thinking, 'Here we we go again,' but we woke up and started playing in the third quarter," ECC coach Dennis Greene said. "We had lost everybody on our offensive line, and it takes time for the line to know the calls. We haven't changed our offense, it's the same offense. It just takes a little longer for the offensive line than for the receivers, the backs and the quarterbacks."

The Kats put away the game with about five minutes left when Lowell Robinson made a spectacular, behind-the-back interception for the Kats. Duane Griffin had a 78-yard run to set up a 7-yard TD run by Bingham. Griffin finished the game with 171 yards rushing while Bingham gained 87.

Chris Wooten had 14 tackles, including four for losses, and one sack. The Kats intercepted Alfred State's quarterbacks six times.

ECC learned it will host Hudson Valley in the Northeast Conference championship Nov. 13 after Hudson Valley defeated Dean.

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