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ECC football falls in home opener

Erie Community College outgained Hocking College by a healthy margin in an impressive offensive show, but managed only one touchdown and lost to its opponent from Ohio, 14-7, in its football opener in Orchard Park on Saturday.

Hocking broke a 7-7 halftime tie with a 57-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Tony White to wide receiver Kenyadus Hollins with 11:27 left in the third quarter.

The Kats outgained Hocking, 405-299, in total yardage, including 286 through the air and 119 on the ground.

ECC’s Connor Jones (St. Louis) completed 16 of 34 passes for 222 yards with one interception. Sophomore Spencer Loftus (Ashtabula, Ohio) of the Kats completed 7 of 13 passes for 64 yards with one interception and a second-quarter touchdown throw for 8 yards to sophomore running back Khalil Horton (Lackawanna).

Horton ran for 112 yards on 20 carries and had four pass receptions for 17 yards. Richard Martin (Pittsburgh) caught three passes for 72 yards, the longest 48, for ECC.

Hocking scored a first-quarter touchdown on an 18-yard run by White.

Freshman linebacker Rashaad Rogers (Sweet Home) led the ECC defense with six tackles, including three solos. Free safety Collin Leyden (Parma, Ohio) had five solo tackles while sophomore linebacker Jonathan Lenoski (Pittsburgh) had 5 tackles, including 1.5 sacks.

The Hocking victory avenged a 44-15 loss to ECC last season. The Hawks from Nelsonville, Ohio, were outgained on the ground 255-32 in that game. Saturday, the Kats had only a 119-114 advantage on the ground.

ECC’s next game will be at Hudson Valley CC in Troy on Saturday, Sept. 14.

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