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College football: Bengals get first win, Kats suffer first loss

Buffalo State football broke into the win column in a big way Saturday, rolling up 447 yards in a 41-7 victory over Hartwick at Coyer Field before a Homecoming crowd of 1,345.

At West Herr Field in Orchard Park, Erie Community College took on No. 6 ranked Lackawanna College (Pa.) and suffered its first loss after three wins, 29-10.

Kevin Torrillo (Sweet Home) passed for two touchdowns and Martin Bailey (Kenmore West) ran for two scores in the Buffalo State win. The Bengals ran their all-time record over the Hawks to 7-1 since their first meeting in 2000.

The turning point late in the second quarter when Torrillo drove the Bengals 91 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown with 14 seconds left in the half to make it 21-7. Torrillo completed five of six passes in the drive for 77 yards including a 4-yard throw to Jordan Evert (Sweet Home) for the score. Evert had four receptions for 45 yards in the drive.

Bailey scored on a 40-yard run early in the third quarter. Earlier, Bailey, a 5-8, 205-pound senior, ran in from 2 yards to make it 14-7.

Overall, Torrillo completed 19 of 28 passes for 296 yards with one interception. Bailey ran 21 times for 117. Evert had eight receptions for 114 yards.

Strong safety Gino Bonagura had 11 tackles including one sack and two tackles for loss on defense for the Bengals.

Lackawanna (5-0), which came to Orchard Park averaging 46 points a game, got a first quarter field goal by Isaiah Howard to take the lead, then outscored the Kats, 20-7 in the second period. Shane McLaughlin passed for two of the Lackawanna scores. The other came on an 80-yard interception return by Ja'yir Brown.

Jack Edwards (Iroquois) passed for the ECC touchdown in the second quarter, connecting with Isaiah Brown on a 20-yard play. to make it 10-7. The Kats' other points came on a 29-yards field by Charles Hayes in the third quarter.

ECC finished with 41 yards total offense. They were minus-67 rushing mainly because of quarterback sacks. Three Kats signal callers were minus 77 yards in 14 attempts.

Freshman linebacker John Dolac (West Seneca East) had 14 tackles for ECC, including two for losses. Kristian Chavers had had an interception for the Kats.

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