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ECC football falls to Hocking in opener

Erie Community College lost its season-opening football game on Saturday afternoon to Hocking College of Ohio at West Herr Stadium in Orchard Park, 50-28.

The Hawks (1-1) scored four straight touchdowns after a Kats touchdown and a missed extra point six seconds into the second quarter brought their deficit to 21-20.

Hocking’s offense ran three fewer plays and outgained ECC, 458-277, even though first downs were relatively even (19-18 Hocking). The biggest difference was on the ground, where the Hawks had 180 yards as opposed to ECC’s 69.

Tyler Zelinski and Alex Douglas split duties at quarterback for ECC, each throwing for a touchdown and an interception and combining for 208 yards passing.

Running back Michael Johnson ran 12 times for 48 yards and a touchdown. Laquan White and Amonte Gwinn each had a touchdown catch.

Nick Pilon led the Kats in tackles with eight, four of them solo. ECC didn’t register any sacks while Hocking had two.

ECC sophomore Deion Johnson opened the scoring 1:49 into the game on a 37-yard interception return.

The Kats took another lead, 14-13, on a 3-yard run by Michael Johnson with 3:51 left in the first quarter. Hocking scored twice more before half to take a 36-20 lead at the break.

The Kats (0-1) return to action at 2 p.m. next Sunday against the Utica JV team.

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