ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Aug. 27 - Freshman running back Deonta Winston
(Baltimore, Md.) led the Erie Community College football team with 132 rushing yards and a 41-yard touchdown run but the Kats could not overcome five touchdown passes by the College of DuPage and lost 48-21 Saturday afternoon at Jim Ball Stadium.
Winston recorded 116 rushing yards in the second half, highlighted by his scoring run down the Kats' sideline. Winston initially started the play inside, but broke to the left side of the formation, turned the corner and raced untouched to the end zone.
Big plays highlighted the DuPage attack. On the Chaparrals' first possession, Bobby Vega his Jasper Golden on an out pass. Golden broke a tackle and raced 78 yards for the score. Vega and Golden connected on a 45-yard scoring pass to give DuPage a 20-0 halftime lead.
Vega then added two more scoring passes in the third quarter before ECC answered with a halfback pass from Justin Miller (Buffalo/Bennett) to Taylor Miller (Columbus, Ohio) of 25 yards.
After Vega found Jacob Arnold open for a 68-yard pass, Winston broke off his 41-yard scoring run. Joe Daddario (Syracuse/Jamesville-Dewitt) added a two-yard scoring run. Daddario completed six of eight passes for 68 yards in a relief role.
Taylor Miller led ECC with three catches for 68 yards and added three kickoff returns for 62 yards.
Linebacker Kyril Threats (Buffalo/Canisius) led ECC with nine total tackles (five solo/four assists) and an interception.
ECC opens Northeast Football Conference Saturday at Louisburg (N.C.) College.