ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (Sept. 25) - Nassau Community College scored on its first play from scrimmage and did not look back in recording a 33-6 win over Erie Community College Saturday afternoon in Northeast Football Conference action at Jim Ball Stadium.
The Kats, now 1-3 overall and 1-1 in NFC, scored in the fourth quarter when Tyheen Taylor (Bronx, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) connected with Ben Pinkard (Irma, S.C./Dutch Fork) on a 36-yard touchdown pass. Pinkard finished with two catches on the day for 54 yards. Taylor completed 11 of 17 passes for 134 yards. He also ran for a team-high 29 yards.
"We're not going to beat a lot of teams making the number of mistakes we're making," ECC head coach Dennis Greene said. "We are averaging 14-15-16 penalties a game. You're not going to win that way."
ECC was penalized 14 times for 142 yards, threw two interceptions and lost one fumble.
Nassau, now 4-0, 1-0, was led by Steven Miller's 143 rushing yards. Miller scored on the Lions' first play from scrimmage when he broke out of the middle of the field, cut to the right sideline and scored from 35 yards out just two minutes and 18 seconds into the game.
NCC took a 14-0 lead when quarterback Franc Dummond hit Nadir Brown on a fade route from 12 yards. Miller had a 20-yard run to set up the touchdown. On the next play from scrimmage, NCC's Laquan James jumped an out route to intercept freshman Taylor Henry's (Cambridge, Md.) pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.
NCC added field goals in the second and third quarters before Drummond completed a five-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Howard to open the fourth quarter.
Taylor and Pinkard then answered for ECC's TD.
ECC plays at Hudson Valley Community College Oct. 2 at noon.
Nassau CC 21 3 3 6 -- 33
ECC 0 0 0 6 -- 6
1st Q – NCC – Steven Miller 35 run (Taurean Durham kick), 12:42;
NCC - Nadir Brown 12 pass from Franc Drummond (Durham kick), 3:34;
NCC – Laquan James 33 interception return (Durham kick), 3:18
2nd Q – NCC – Durham 23 field goal, 11:14
3rd Q – NCC – Durham 42 field goal, 7:50
4th Q – NCC – Kenny Howard 5 pass from Drummond (kick blocked), 14:49
ECC – Ben Pinkard 36 pass from Tyheen Taylor (pass failed), 2:53