ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Sophomore running back Zedric Joseph scored two touchdowns and ran for a career-high 135 yards as the Erie Community College football team recorded a 39-32 victory over Lackawanna College Saturday at Jim Ball Stadium in Northeast Football Conference action. ECC improves 2-4 overall and 2-2 in league play. Lackawanna is 4-2, 1-2.
Joseph scored on an 81-yard touchdown run and on 47-yard pass from Taylor Henry. Henry threw for three touchdowns and 146 yards.
"That's what (Zedric) brings to the table," ECC head coach Dennis Greene said. "We had the right play called at the right time. Zedric ran what we called an angle pass where he goes to the spot they blitzed from, caught the pass and was gone. On the run, he made the right move and was down the sideline."
The Kats also scored on a 49-yard punt return by Rashad Payne and two defensive point-after touchdown conversions. ECC returned a blocked extra-point attempt for two points and Destry Berry intercepted a two-point pass attempt and returned it for two points.
"We said all week that we needed to make some plays on special teams," Greene said. "If we don't those plays, it's a different game."
ECC recorded five sacks in the contest and recovered two fumbles. Defensive end Tyler Lopes had six solo tackles, two tackles for loss, a quarterback sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception.
"(Tyler)'s having a great year. He'd be our MVP on defense right now," Greene said. "If we lost him, we'd lose our spark on defense. We gave up some plays today on defense, but they buckled down and did what they needed to do at the right time."
Lackawanna, which was ranked 12th in the Sept. 28 NJCAA poll and received votes in this week's poll, got 304 passing yards from quarterback Timothy Enders. Terrill Barnes caught passes for 168 yards and a touchdown.
The Kats will play Dean College Oct. 16 at noon at Jim Ball Stadium in NFC play.
Lackawanna College (4-2, 1-2) 6 8 12 6 - 32
ECC (2-4, 2-2) 7 13 17 2 - 39
1st - ECC - Zedric Joseph 47 pass from Taylor Henry (Michael Lawandus kick), 6:21
LC - Timothy Enders 1 run (kick failed), 0:39
2nd - ECC - Jujuan Marshall 11 pass from Henry (Lawandus kick), 12:32
LC - Terrill Barnes 8 pass from Enders (Alan Castro pass to Michael Lee), 8:24
ECC - Joseph 81 run (kick failed), 8:01
3rd - ECC Rashad Payne 49 punt return (Nick McLean run), 8:38
LC - Karolis Bimba 56 fumble return (kick blocked), 7:18
ECC - Brian Doyle PAT return, 7:18
ECC - Taylor Miller 6 pass from Henry (Lawandus kick), 2:50
LC - Joshua Bailey 14 run (kick failed), 0:46
4th - LC - Bailey 3 run (pass intercepted), 10:47
ECC - Destry Berry PAT return, 7:18