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ECC Football Hits Road, Faces Dean College

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.  - (Oct. 10, 2012) – The Erie Community College football team (2-4, 1-3 NFC) plays Dean College (4-2, 2-1 NFC) at noon Saturday at Longley Field in Franklin, Mass. The game is the first of three road contests to close the 2012 season.
Dean College, which was ranked 16 in the Oct. 2 poll, suffered a 69-14 loss at No. 10 ASA. Dean finished the 2011 season ranked eighth in the nation and won the Valley of the Sun Bowl.  The Bulldogs have won the NEFC four of the past five seasons.
Last Week: Lackawanna College ran for 409 yards and seven touchdowns as the Falcons recorded a 50-6 win over ECC. ECC freshman linebacker Devin Coney (New Orleans, La./Independence) tied the school record with 14 tackles (3 solo/11 assists) while freshman defensive back Laquan Middleton (Spring Valley, N.Y./St. Joseph's Regional) added 10 tackles (5 solo/5 assists) in his first home start.
The Kats were led by running back Jacob Wims (Rochester, N.Y./John Marshall) who ran for 55 yards. Freshman quarterback Will Robinson (Weequahic, N.J./Weequahic) ran for a two-yard touchdown with 11 seconds left in the first half to put ECC on the scoreboard.
Records and Almost: Freshman linebacker Devin Coney tied the school record with 14 tackles against Lackawanna. 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.  The ECC record is 81 yards, set by Jason Fralicker in 2004 against Hudson Valley CC.
Defense: The Kats’ defense ranks 10th in the NJCAA in passing defense, allowing 119.7 yards per game. ECC is in the top 32 in yards per game (27th, 268.3) and points per game (32nd, 22.8). The Kats’ defense is 22nd nationally with seven interceptions.
ECC vs. Dean in 2011: Dean used two late touchdowns to record a 19-13 win over the Kats at Jim Ball Stadium. ECC running back running back J.J. Dickey ran for a career-high 104 yards and defensive back Danlouis Pierre-Louis intercepted two passes.
The Bulldogs scored on a fourth-and-15 play to end the third quarter and then recovered the kickoff to set up their next scoring drive.
Series: Dean holds a 7-4 edge in the series. ECC’s last win was a 24-14 decision on Nov. 11, 2006. Dean is one of five schools to play ECC at least once in the Kats’ 12 seasons of football.
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.
ECC Head Coach: The Kats are led by 12th-year head coach Dennis Greene. Greene has compiled a 59-57 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 Derick Peters (Rochester, N.Y./Rush Henrietta) has run for 347 yards while classmate Jacob Wims has run for 291 yards. Shayon Headley (Tampa, Fla./Longwood) leads the team with 15 receptions. After making 27 tackles the past two weeks, freshman linebacker Devin Coney leads the team with 41 tackles (15 solo/36 assists) and sophomore linebacker Kyril Threats (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius) is next with 42. Threats has a team-high 8.0 tackles for loss and four pass breakups.
Scouting the Bulldogs: Quarterback Trevor Vasey will test ECC’s passing defense. Vasey averages 226 yards passing per game and has thrown 12 touchdowns. Rodney Whitehead is the Bulldogs’ top receiver, snaring 22 passes for 398 yards and two scores. He also averages 30 yards per kickoff return. Shavarez Smith and Jalen Williams have each caught four touchdown passes. Chris Beck leads Dean with 280 rushing yards.
Next Week: ECC closes the 2012 season with two road games. ECC plays at ASA Oct. 20 at Old Boys High Field in Brooklyn.

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