ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (Oct. 16) - Erie Community College running back Zedric Joseph (West Palm Beach, Fla.) ran for a career-high 168 yards and a touchdown but Dean College recorded a 17-14 Northeast Football Conference victory Saturday at Jim Ball Stadium.
Dean improves to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in NFC play while the Kats are now 2-5, 1-2.
Joseph scored on a 26-yard run on the Kats' second play from scrimmage. The ECC scoring drive was set up by Larry Whitner's (So., Cleveland, Ohio) interception and 24-yard return to the Dean 27 yard line. Joseph took an inside handoff and cut toward the left sideline for the touchdown.
An ECC interception set up Dean's answering touchdown. Rico Brazil picked up 44 yards on two carries to move the Bulldogs into ECC territory. Seven plays later, Brazil went nine yards for the touchdown. Dean missed the extra-point kick to trail by one, 7-6.
The Kats took the ensuing kickoff and drove 70 yards in 11 plays, culminating with Tyheen Taylor (Bronx, N.Y.) scoring on a 1-yard run at 11:01 of the second quarter.
Dean took advantage of an ECC fumble for the Bulldogs' next score, a 32-yard field goal by Blake Moriarty.
In the fourth quarter, a short ECC punt gave Dean the ball on its 45 yard. Brazil caught a screen pass and ran 37 yards to the ECC 17. He then scored from six yards to give the Bulldogs a 15-14 lead. Dean went for two and Jawad Yatim's pass to A.J. Price was good for a 17-14 lead.
The teams traded possessions before ECC took over on its 15 with 93 seconds remaining. ECC drove to the Dean 35 with 7.1 seconds remaining. Taylor Henry (Cambridge, Md.) completed a 33-yard pass to Taylor Miller (Westerville, Ohio), putting the ball at the 2 but the clock expired.
ECC hosts North Carolina Tech at noon Oct. 23 at Jim Ball Stadium.
Dean (5-2, 2-1) - 6-3-0-8 - 17
ECC (2-5, 2-3) -7-7-0-0 - 14
1st- ECC - Zedric Joseph 26 yd run (Michael Lawandus kick), 12:33
DC - Rico Brazil 9 yd run (kick failed), 00:57
2nd - ECC - Tyheen Taylor 1 yd run (Lawandus kick), 11:01
DC - Blaine Moriarty 32 yd field goal, 3:51
4th - DC - Brazil 6 yd run (Yatim pass to Price), 5:29