Erie CC Kats Upend Milford Academy

The Erie Community College Kats football team traveled to New Berlin, NY and took on Milford Academy in a non-conference game on Saturday October 28.

The team faced the Falcons, a prep school, with a roster laden with Division I signees.

The Falcons entered the contest with a record of 7-1 and were playing their annual homecoming game in front of a capacity crowd at Unadilla High School.  The field conditions and weather were miserable as the temperature was in the low 40's with constant rain and gusting winds.

After ECC went three-and-out on their first series, the Falcons took over on their own 40 yard line and scored on an eight play, 60 yard drive.  The drive was capped by a 15-yard run by LeSean McCoy to make the score 6-0.  McCoy then failed on a two-point conversion try.  The drive was highlighted by 33 yards rushing from Craig Cooper and 20 yards from McCoy, both tailbacks are headed to Miami (Florida) next season.

The Kats' defense held tough as the ensuing kickoff by Milford was recovered by the Falcons when a wind-blown kick bounced to the hosts.  Milford marched to the Kats five-yard line when Rudy Bentley stuffed a fourth-and-one rush by McCoy.

The Kats could not move the ball once again though and were forced to punt from their own end zone.  The punt by freshman John Rachuna traveled a school-record 68 yards.  After a pair of rushes for loss and a penalty, Milford was forced to punt from their end zone. The ensuing punt rush forced the Falcons punter to pull the ball down and run and he was tackled short of the first down marker.

After taking over at the 26-yard line, the Kats scored on the first play of the second quarter when quarterback Anthony Brown scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season from two yards out to make the score 6-6.  Rachuna hit the extra point to make the score 7-6.

After exchanging punts, the Kats moved down to the Milford 35-yard line when Darnell Pratt intercepted Brown and returned it to the ECC 25.  Three plays later, the Falcons made the score 12-7 when Cooper scored from 12 yards.  The two-point conversion was again missed.

On the next Milford possession, ECC linebacker Dale Boston made the play of the game when he crushed Craig Cooper in the backfield to force a fumble which Rudy Bentley recovered at the Milford 43 yard line.  On the second play of the drive, Vernon Johnson scored his sixth touchdown of the season on a 41-yard run.  The Rachuna extra point made the score 14-12.

The Kats defense held Milford to just 113 yards of total offense in the second half as Erie played the field position game masterfully and stopped Milford from scoring in the second half even though they entered Kats territory four times.  Milford appeared to have the momentum and was driving when Mike Carter stepped in front of a Joe Ambrosini pass and returned it to the 50-yard line.

A fresh Durell Abney entered the game at tailback and rushed for 47 yards on the last two Kats possessions and sealed the victory, a first-ever defeat of Milford Academy in their annual homecoming game.  Erie controlled the ball for 10:23 in the last quarter.

Vernon Johnson led the Kats in rushing with 72 yards on 17 carries.  John Rachuna averaged a school record 44.8 yards on six punts and was 2-2 on extra points.

Defensively, Erie was led by Corey Komertz with nine tackles, all solo.  Dale Boston and Cortez Robinson each had eight tackles.  Javier Pena had seven tackles with 3.5 for loss.

ECC (5-2, 3-2), travels to Georgia to face Georgia Military next week to face their third ranked team of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm.


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