Both Buffalo State and Erie Community College won road games on Saturday and in dramatic style with touchdown passes -- each for 16 yards -- in the final minute.
Senior Kyle Hoppy (Orchard Park) connected on a 16-yard touchdown pass to Had Bryant with 10 seconds left to give Buffalo State's Bengals a 24-20 victory over Hartwick at Wright Stadium in Oneonta. Hartwick had led 20-7 midway through the third quarter.
Quarterback Tyler Zelinski led ECC to a 48-42 victory over Nassau County CC at Mitchel Field on Long Island, passing four touchdowns, including the game-winner with 42 seconds left. The freshman from Medina, Ohio also ran for two TDs and a two-point conversion. It was the third straight victory for the Kats (4-4) following triumphs over the Alfred University JV and Hudson Valley CC.
In the Buffalo State victory, Hoppy completed 17 of 33 passes for 285 yards and the touchdown throw to Bryant, who is from Cardinal Hayes High in the Bronx. The other Bengals scores came on an 8-yard run by Antoine Holloman to tie the game at 7-all in the first quarter and a 1-yard run by senior fullback Anthony Covington to make it 20-14 in the third quarter. Buffalo State also got a safety just 4 seconds into the fourth quarter to close the gap to 20-16.
The Bengals began their winning drive with 2:09 after taking over on downs at the 50-yard line. Hoppy completed third-down passes to Jamar Rutledge (McKinley) and Stephen Johnson (McKinley) on the drive.
Senior quarterback Billy Pine passed for all three Hartwick scores.
Buffalo State will close its season at home on Saturday against St. John Fisher (2-7, 2-4). The Cardinals were upset at Morrisville State, 35-28, on Saturday in the first Empire 8 Conference win for the Mustangs.
Zelinski completed 29 of 44 passes for 367 yards and ran for 48 yards in 16 rushing attempts in the ECC victory. The Kats got off to a 14-0 lead on scoring runs by Zelinski and Michael Johnson, but had to rally from a 42-34 deficit after a 79-yard kickoff return by Nassau's Ahmere Doresey and his 11-yard Td pass to Rashad Tucker with 9:05 left. Zelinski ran over from 8 yards to cap a 75-yard drive but the run for the extra points failed, leaving the Kats trailing by two. Zelinski then passed 16 yards to Tyler Ringwood (Bishop Timon-St. Jude) for the winning touchdown and ran for the two point conversion.
Ringwood had seven pass receptions for 121 yards. DeWayne Lykes led the Kats in rushing with 86 yards in 15 carries.
ECC will close its schedule at Monroe College on Saturday.
Bona teams, Niagara win hoops exhibitions
BASKETBALL: Junior college transfer Courtney Stockard scored 20 points for St. Bonaventure in a 109-73 exhibition win over Alfred U. at the Reilly Center. Matt Mobley (16) and Josh Ayeni (14) were other points leaders for the Bonnies. Jaylen Adams had seven points. Alfred was led by senior Nick Schmidt (12 points), the son of Bona coach Mark Schmidt. Nick's brother, Derek, had eight points for the Saxons.
Jontay Walton (Cardinal O’Hara) scored 18 points to lead Edinboro’s 67-64 upset of the Bona women in an exhibition before the men played. Sophomore Jalisha Terry scored 18 points for the Bonnies.
Bona freshman Abigail Johnson was attended to by medical staff after she appeared to faint during a stoppage of play in the game. She was immediately attended to by university training staff. Awake and alert, she was taken to a regional medical facility for further evaluation.
"She was conscious, she knew her name and where she was, Bona coach Jesse Fleming said. "She could move her extremities. Right now her health and safety is our number one focus."
Niagara’s men defeated College of St. Rose, 90-69, in an exhibition at the Gallagher Center. Matt Scott scored 23 points and Marvin Prochet had 15 for the Purple Eagles.
Trabert 13th in NCAA run in Amherst
CROSS COUNTRY: Daemen senior Emily Trabert (Amherst) finished 13th in 23:28.5 among 1723 women runners in the NCAA Division II East Region 6K run hosted by Daemen at the Audubon Golf Course in Amherst. She led the Wildcats to 10th place. Emily Knox of Stonehill (Mass.) won in 22:43.6 but her team was second to Assumption (Mass.). Stonehill won the men's title. Daemen was 14th.