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ECC Football Heads to No. 7 ASA

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.  (Oct. 17, 2012) – The Erie Community College football team (2-5, 1-4) looks to return to the win column when it plays nationally ranked ASA (7-0, 3-0) at noon Saturday in a Northeast Football Conference game at Old Boys High Field in Brooklyn, N.Y. ASA is ranked seventh in this week’s NJCAA poll. The Avengers were eighth last week. The game is the last NEFC game of the season for the Kats.
Last Week: Freshman running back Jacob Wims (Rochester, N.Y./John Marshall) ran for 210 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown, but Dean College rallied for a 33-32 win over the Kats. Facing a 21-0 deficit, ECC took a 26-21 lead on Wims’ TD in the fourth quarter. The teams traded touchdowns before Dean scored with 3:04 remaining. Quarterback Will Robinson (Weequahic, N.J./Weequahic) ran for two scores while Laquan Middleton (Spring Valley, N.Y./St. Joseph's Regional) returned a fumble 76 yards for a touchdown and intercepted a pass.
ASA scored twice in the fourth quarter to break open a defensive game and record a 17-3 win over Lackawanna. In the fourth quarter, ASA scored the game's first touchdown when it drove 29 yards on 10 plays to score on a 1-yard Hosey Williams run. Lackawanna muffed the kickoff and ASA recovered. On the very next play, the Avengers scored on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Dan Pietrangelo to Jesse Yorke.
Records and Almost: Freshman linebacker Devin Coney (New Orleans, La./Independence) tied the school record with 14 tackles against Lackawanna, Oct. 6. Chris Wooten also made 14 tackles, twice in the 2004 season (vs. Alfred State and Ellsworth). Coney also ranks second with 13 tackles in a game, set against Hudson Valley Sept. 29.
Freshman punter Conor Clarke (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster) recorded the second-longest punt in school history, a 68-yard effort in the third quarter against Lackawanna, Oct. 6. The ECC record is 81 yards, set by Jason Fralicker in 2004 against Hudson Valley CC.
Jacob Wims’ 79-yard touchdown run against Dean Oct. 13 is the third-longest run from scrimmage in ECC history. Wims’ 210 rushing yards against the Bulldogs are the third-most in a single game for the Kats.
ECC vs. ASA: ASA leads the series, 2-0.
Last Year: ECC running back J.J. Dickey ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns but the Kats suffered a 23-13 loss to ASA. The Kats trailed 10-0 at halftime before scoring on their first drive of the second half. ECC marched 73 yards on 10 plays and Dickey covered the final 14 yards around the right end. Following an ASA touchdown, Dickey added a five-yard scoring run. However, ASA scored on its next possession for the final margin.
Conference/National Player of the Week: Dorian Polk (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport) was named the NJCAA's Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 19) by the national office following his honor by the Northeast Football Conference Sept. 17.
Conference Player of the Week: Jacob Wims (Rochester, N.Y./John Marshall) was named the NEFC Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 15 following his performance against Dean College.
Defense:  The Kats’ defense ranks 19th in the NJCAA in passing defense, allowing 133.7 yards per game.
ECC Head Coach: The Kats are led by 12th-year head coach Dennis Greene. Greene has compiled a 59-58 record with the Kats and has guided the program to now seven Region III titles as a result of the wins over Alfred State and Hudson Valley CC this season.
ECC Leaders:  Freshman running back Jacob Wims has run for 501 yards. Shayon Headley (Tampa, Fla./Longwood) leads the team with 16 receptions.
Freshman linebacker Devin Coney leads the team with 61 tackles (20 solo/41 assists) and sophomore linebacker Kyril Threats (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius) is next with 44. Freshman defensive lineman Jacob Kutz (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) has a team-high 8.5 tackles for loss.
Scouting the Avengers: Running backs Hosey Williams and James Kenner both rank among the NJCAA’s best. Williams has run for 887 yards while Kenner has rushed for 565 yards. Williams has scored 11 rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Dan Pietrangelo has thrown 15 touchdown passes. He has completed 63 of 94 passes for 1,095 yards. Wide receiver Ouslet Volcy, who was named the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 10, has 20 receptions for 483 yards and eight touchdowns.
The ASA defense has also put up some impressive numbers as the Avengers rank first nationally in total defense, allowing 93.3 yards per game, and in rushing yards allowed, 13.7 per game. ASA is second scoring defense, allowing 5.4 points per game, and passing defense, allowing 79.6 yards per contest.
Next: ECC closes the 2012 season against Monroe College Nov. 4. The Kats and Mustangs will meet for the first time at Reinhart Field in Bronx, N.Y.

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