Erie Overwhelms Morrisville, Clinch Division

10/23/04-  The Erie Community College football team finally found an offensive spark and defeated Morrisville State 24-14 to clinch the Western Division of the Northeast Conference.  The game featured 295 yards of offense from Erie and only 143 for the Mustangs.  Erie's defense held the Mustangs to only 43 yards of total offense in the second half.

Erie got on the board first on their second possession when quarterback Adam Gaddie hit a wide open Deacon Jones for a 43-yard touchdown pass to put the Kats up 7-0.  Both teams exchanged several punts before Morrisville receiver Parrish Miller broke three tackles and took a Tyler Loudon pass 21 yards for the tying score.

With 1:46 remaining in the half, Gaddie again hit an open Jason Booker with a 30 yard TD pass to put the Kats up 14-7 at the intermission.  The drive went for 72-yards and was one of the best looking drives of the season.

With the Erie defense holding strong in the second half, the offense could not make the big play they needed and punted to Morrisville.  Mario DeGracia returned the punt 80-yards and broke numerous tackles to make the score 14-14 with 7:05 in the third quarter.

From there on in, the defense controlled the game.  The crushing blow came when tailback Duane Griffin was met in the backfield by two Mustang defenders and broke the tackles and took the ball 54-yards for the touchdown to break the Morrisville momentum.

After the Kats held the Mustangs on fourth down, they needed only four yards to attempt a insurance field goal that Jason Fralicker nailed to make the score 24-14.

For the game the defense held the conference's leading rusher, Calvin Hall to only 52 yards on15 carries and the team to only five total yards rushing for the game.  The Kats also set a school record with eight sacks.  Ben Bayer had 11 tackles, including 1.5 sacks and 2 for loss.  Cornerback Lowell Robinson also had two sacks to go with his five tackles.

On the offensive side of the ball, Griffin had a season high 88 yards on 14 carries.  Gaddie was 7-12 for 106 yards with two TD.  Deacon Jones caught three passes for 64 yards.

The win puts Erie in the first-ever Championship game which Erie will host on November 13th in Jim Ball Stadium.  The time is yet-to-be determined.


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