ORCHARD PARK, NY - The Erie Community College Kats dropped their season finale to Monroe Community College 9-8 after suffering through the rain, mud and cold throughout most of the afternoon at Jim Ball Stadium.
The rain started before the game and continued through most of the first half, turning the field into a swamp that created many difficulties for both offenses. Throwing the ball was difficult as the quarterbacks couldn't get a good enough grip on the ball to make accurate throws. Running wasn't much easier as both teams had to deal with mud and standing water in between the hashes.
The only score in the first half was a field goal by the Mustangs that was setup by a few penalties and some strong running. The Kats held tough on defense as they prevented a touchdown when the Mustangs had the ball at the Kats one-yard line.
The second half started off well for the Kats as they forced a fumble which was recovered by Fred Haynes and returned 35 yards for a touchdown. After a missed extra point, the Kats would take a 6-3 lead.
The Mustangs would answer two drives later on a 21-yard touchdown run by Jackson. He totaled 32 total yards on that drive for the Mustangs and would end up scoring the game winning touchdown.
While the Kats would have a few more possessions in the game, they failed to create any great scoring chances. The best opportunity they had was late in the fourth quarter after the Mustangs purposely took a safety in order to avoid a turnover inside their one-yard line.
The Kats would receive the safety punt and return it to midfield with just under a minute left. Unfortunately, with no timeouts left, the Kats lost the ball on one of the running plays and couldn't stop the clock.
The leading rusher for the Kats was Tyler Robinson (Lockport, NY / Starpoint) who rushed six times for 21 yards along with Javon Fogan (Buffalo, NY / Bennett) who rushed eight times for 16 yards.
On defense, Khalil Sommerville (Buffalo, NY / Bennett) led the Kats with eight total tackles while Kareem Manns finished with seven total tackles and a fumble recovery. Ryan Johnson (Buffalo, NY / West Seneca East) also contributed six tackles.
The Kats finished the year 2-7 and will look to build behind freshman quarterback Connor Simmons as they head into the 2014 season.