PECKVILLE, PA - The ECC Kats used a fourth quarter surge to force overtime against Lackawanna before dropping a heartbreaking defeat 41-38 in overtime. The Kats scored 22 unanswered points to tie the game at 31 with 42 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
The Kats offense struggled throughout most of the first half recording their only touchdown off of a five yard blocked punt return from Devin Revels (Maple Heights, OH / Maple Heights). They would head into halftime down 21-6 after a missed extra point on their only touchdown.
The second half looked to be more of the same as the Kats managed only three points in the third quarter after a Jake Cheney (Phelps, NY / Midlakes) 35-yard field goal. The defense surrendered ten more points putting the Kats in a 31-9 hole heading into the fourth quarter.
That's when things became interesting. From that point in the game the Kats scored 22 unanswered points; tying the game on a Connor Simmons (New Palestine, NY / New Palenstine) to Marcus Carter (New Castle, PA / New Castle) 10-yard touchdown pass and two point conversion with 47 seconds left in the game.
Lackawanna almost lost the game in final 42 seconds as the following kickoff bounced off DeAndre Black’s knee and rebounded to the Lackawanna 24-yard line where it was recovered by Erie. After a rush of two yards, Cheney tried a 40-yard field goal that just missed left with 00:02 left in the game.
In overtime, the Kats scored first on a Simmons 5-yard pass to Ben Koch (Lakeview, NY / Frontier). With a good conversion, Lackawanna needed to score a touchdown to extend the game into another overtime. In their possession, Lackawanna moved down to the nine yard line where they found themselves with a 4th and goal situation. On that play QB Pasik was sacked for an 11 yard loss in what appeared to be the end of the game. Fortunately for the Falcons, the Kats gave them another opportunity to tie the game by being off side to nullify the sack. Pasik took advantage of the second chance by hitting Scott Santoli with a 4 yard scoring pass.
In the second overtime, the Kats stopped the Falcons on their 15-yard line with a 4th and 11. K Prendergast made sure that Lackawanna would not walk away from this overtime scoreless; as he converted a 33-yard field goal. The Kats' final possession found them with a 4th down on the Lackawanna 26 yard line where Cheney had a opportunity to send the game into a third OT; however, his kick faded right to end an exciting game.
The Kats were led by Connor Simmons who finished 25 of 42 for 247 yards two touchdowns and added 94 yards rushing on 10 carries. Marcus Carter led all Kats receivers with six catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Brandon Cannon (Aubrn, AL / Auburn) led the Kats defense with 8 total tackles.
The Kats (1-4) will return home next Saturday to play Dean College at 12 p.m.