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Colleges: Buffalo State football closes with a win: ECC loses

Buffalo State (6-4, 3-4 Empire 8 Conference) finished its seventh consecutive season with a .500 record of better Saturday, defeating St. John Fisher, 35-14, at Coyer Field.

Erie Community College (4-5) closed its season with a 40-14 loss to Monroe College in New Rochelle.

In their finale, the Buffalo State Bengals dominated on the ground, especially in the first half when they had 13 first downs and controlled the ball for 20 minutes. They finished with 239 yards rushing. Austin Neal (South Park) became the first Buffalo State back to rush for 100 yards or more this season when he carried 17 times for 123 yards and a touchdown. Antoine Holloman came close to the century mark, too, with 98 yards in 17 carries and touchdowns, from 2 yards and 22. Neal had a 28-yard run for the last Bengals score.

Buffalo State quarterback Kyle Hoppy (Orchard Park) competed 18 of 27 passes for 258 yards and touchdown throws to tight end Stephen Johnson (McKinley), for 4 and 19 yards, both in the first half. Ricky Bailey (Niagara Falls) had seven catches for 106 yards and Johnson caught five for 95.

In all, Buffalo state had 497 yards of total offense in defeating the Cardinals for only the third time in the last 11 meetings between the schools.

Elloheim Tucker and Tiquan Simpkins had interceptions for Buffalo State that led to touchdowns. Darren Thompson (St. Joe’s) had a team-high eight tackles, and Khalil Sommerville (Bennett) had six tackles and a sack.

Jason Chambers (17 carries, 127 yards) scored on a 12-yard run for Fisher in the third quarter. The Cardinals got a first-half score when Brennen Thompson recovered a fumble in the end zone on a muff snap on a Buffalo State punt attempt.

ECC led twice in the first quarter against Monroe at Fosina Field in New Rochelle. The Kats scored just 1:38 into the game on a 60-yard run by Michael Johnson. Monroe drove 61 yards to tie it on a a6-yard run by Rasheet Martin. ECC took the lead against with 3:56 left in the opening quarter, going the other way on a 40-yard pass completion by the Mustangs. Quran Brewer of ECC knocked the ball loose from Shea Holbrook and Dante Mounts picked up the fumble and went 50 yards for the score to make it 14-7. The first of two touchdown passes by Sean Kelly brought Monroe to 14-13 and Kelly’s 74-yard completion to Imhotep Cromer put the Mustangs in front for good.

Monroe (8-2) added three second half touchdowns, one a 62-yard run by Maliqu Merchant and another on a 35-yard run by Tyler Bailey.

Monroe ran for 364 net yards.

ECC quarterback Tyler Zelinski completed 14 of 28 passes but for only 98 yards.

MEN'S SOCCER: Hobart scored first half goals by Patrick Schul;z and Mouhammed Diouf and went onto a 2-0 victory over Buffalo State Saturday night at Coyer Field in an NCAa Division III first-round game. The loss ended one of the best Buffalo State seasons in recent years. The Bengals finished with a 14-3-3 record.

The Bengals had six shots on goal to five for the Statemen. Hobart goalkeeper Alex Kaminer made six saves for the shutout. Andreas Queen had three saves for Buffalo State.

Hobart will meet Messiah College (Pa.) at 7 p.m. tonight at Coyer. Messiah edged Castleton State of Vermont, 1-0, on Nick West’s goal in the 54th minute.


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