BUFFALO, N.Y. (Aug. 21, 2012) – The Erie Community College football team opens its 12th season on the gridiron when travels to Glen Ellyn, Ill., to play the College of DuPage at 1 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday.
The Kats are coming off a 2-8 season in 2011. ECC was 1-5 in Northeast Football Conference play. The Kats are led by Dennis Greene, who enters his 12th season. Greene has compiled a 57-53 record with the Kats and has guided the program to five consecutive (2006-2010) Region III titles.
Against DuPage: The Kats are 0-3 against the Chaparrals. DuPage recorded a 41-38 win in 2008, a 20-15 victory in 2010, and a 48-21 triumph in 2011.
DuPage: The Chaparrals went 7-3 in 2011. Gary Thomas is in his second season as the head coach.
Openers: ECC is 7-4 in season openers overall and 6-5 in the first road game of the season. The Kats’ last season-opening win was Sept. 6, 2008, when they beat Louisburg College, 49-35, in Louisburg, N.C.
Last Meeting/2011 Opener: In the Kats’ 48-21 loss to DuPage in 2011, then-freshman linebacker Kyril Threats (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius) recorded nine tackles (5 solo/4 assists) and an interception. On offense, running back Deonta Winston ran for 132 yards and a touchdown.
Returners: On defense, ECC returns three starters and three others who saw significant playing time. The Kats return two starters on offense and their punter.
Threats recorded 48 tackles (31 solo/17 assists) on his way to third-team All-NEFC honors while defensive back Dan Louis (Lake Worth, Fla.) led the Kats with five interceptions a year ago. Louis was a second-team All-NEFC pick and an All-Region III selection. Linebacker Ernest Moore (Atlanta, Ga./Redan) finished third on the team with 46 tackles (23/23) after seeing time as a starter.
Defensive backs Dorian Polk (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport) and Jason Brown (Atlanta, Ga./Redan) appeared in 10 and nine games, respectively. Defensive lineman Andrew Buczek (West Seneca, N.Y./Cheektowaga) also played in nine contests.
On offense, offensive lineman Randy McCray (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) and wide receiver Shayon Headley (Tampa, Fla./Lakewood) are back. McCray was part of a unit that produced four 100-yard rushers while Headley was the second-leading receiver with 13 catches and two touchdowns.
Isidro Cora (Cleveland, Ohio/Beachwood) had two 67-yard punts last season and placed five others inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.
Next: The Kats will be home for three-straight games. ECC opens Northeast Football Conference play Sept. 1 against Louisburg College. The Kats then host Alfred State Sept. 8 for a 1 p.m. non-conference game before returning to league play against Nassau Community College Sept. 22.