Frankly, it's a good sign for Erie Community College football.
Though fourth-quarter come-from-behind victories aren't the most calming way to win, the Kats had the opportunity to show some character in the second week of the season.
Down by 27-24 early in the fourth quarter, the Kats got to work pulling out a 45-34 win at Alfred State (1-1).
"My guys never gave up," ECC coach Dennis Greene said. "There was no pointing of fingers, nobody getting mad or arguing. They just kept playing."
ECC (2-0) took the lead for good on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Ray Braxton Jr. (Lackawanna) to Damar Dowell. Zach Kedron (St. Francis) and Derrick Beckworth added touchdown runs of 65 and 38 yards.
Kedron finished the game with 189 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries while Beckworth had 131 yards with three touchdowns on 17 carries.
Brian Wetzler (Williamsville North) had 12 tackles, two for loss, and one sack.
VOLLEYBALL: With its fifth straight win, Niagara is off to its best start in school history. The Purple Eagles (5-1) defeated Delaware State in three games at the Trident Classic Tournament in Annapolis, Md. Stephanie Hopkins (Sweet Home) had 12 kills and seven digs. Erin Graham had 10 kills and six digs and was named to the all-tournament team along with Micole Daluisio (Lancaster). . . . Buffalo State (0-9) lost in straight games to Oswego and St. Lawrence. Jen Breier (Grand Island) had nine kills against Oswego. . . . Desiree Miller had 10 kills for Hilbert (1-7) in a four-game loss to Thiel (Pa.) while Janelle Layfield had five blocks in a three-game loss to Lake Erie (Ohio).
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Gina Monaco (Niagara Falls) scored three goals to lead Buffalo State (4-0) to an 8-0 win over Penn State-Altoona. Adding goals for the Bengals were Maddie Morosey (North Collins) and Sam Taylor (Wilson). . . . Kerri Clarkson (Springville) scored the game-winner with two minutes left in the second overtime to give Medaille (4-0) a 3-2 win over New Jersey City. . . . Kim Walker (Grand Island) scored the first four goals as Daemen (2-2) defeated Mount St. Mary's College of Newburgh, 9-1.
MEN'S SOCCER: Kevin Omokhua and Andy Garcia scored to give St. Bonaventure to a 2-0 win over Western Michigan in the first round of the St. Bonaventure Invitational. The Bonnies will face 20th-ranked Binghamton in today's final. . . . Matt Stedman, Joe Skinner and Stephen Kauble all scored for Niagara (1-3) in a 5-3 loss to IPFW (Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne). . . . Brian Brehm gave Canisius a 1-0 lead, but the Golden Griffins (0-2-2) dropped a 2-1 decision to Albany. . . . Buffalo State fell to 2-2 with a 1-0 overtime loss to LaRoche (Pa.) in the first round of the Bethany Invitational in West Virginia. . . . Cory Cwiklinski (Lancaster) scored the game-winning goal with 3:30 left in overtime to give Medaille (5-1) a 4-3 win over Waynesburg (Pa.). . . . Scott Jablonka had the lone goal for Daemen (0-2) in a 5-1 loss to Mount Vernon Nazarene.
CROSS COUNTRY: Dan McKenna of the University at Buffalo won the Tommy Evans Invitational in Akron, Ohio, covering the four miles in 20:36. . . . .Brian Thiermann (Allegany-Limestone) placed 88th out of 153 runners for St. Bonaventure at the Fordham Invitational. . . . At the Oswego Invitational the Buffalo State men placed ninth out of 13 teams led by Paul Mesl (Clarence) who finished 30th out of 143 runners. The women placed seventh out of 14 teams led by Margaret Hughes who placed 30th out of 151.