The Pioneer’s annual homecoming game was marred by 11 turnovers by the two teams in sloppy conditions.
The Kats got on the board first with at the 6:15 mark of the first quarter when Jarratt Dill (Hershey, PA/Lower Dauphin) hit a 19-yard field goal.
Erie would score again in the second quarter when Ammar Dyson (Landover, MD/Northwestern) hit Nicshan Barksdale (Syracuse/Milford Academy) with a 21-yard scoring pass. The ensuing PAT made the score 10-0.
Dyson then scored on a two-yard sneak to make the score 16-0 with eight minutes left in the first half. The extra point was blocked.
Alfred State finally got on the scoreboard after two personal fouls contributed to the Kats kicking off from their own eight-yard line and the Pioneers getting the ball inside Erie territory. DeAndre Johnson scored a touchdown on a 15-yard run to make the score 17-6 at the break.
Erie’s defense held Alfred State to only 53 yards total offense and minus two yards rushing in the first half.
Erie scored twice to open the second half on short drives of eight and three yards after Pioneers turnovers on rushes from Brian Fowler (Geneva/Geneva) and Dyson’s second of the game to make the score 28-7.
Alfred did not quit and their offense finally got on track, scoring two touchdowns in 1:36 after a Kats turnover to make the score 28-19 entering the final quarter.
Dill kicked his second field goal of the game, a career-long 32-yarder, to make the score 31-19 Erie with 10:09 left in the game.
Brian Fowler put an exclamation point on the game when he scored on a 32-yard run just 31 seconds later after Blayther Sabbatt (Washington, DC/DeMatha Catholic) intercepted a pass and returned it to the Pioneer’s 32-yard line.
Fowler had a game-high 192 yards on the ground and two touchdowns, giving him 367 and five touchdowns through two games.
The Kats defense was the story as they forced seven turnovers from Alfred State, intercepting Geoff Hicks three times and recovering four fumbles. They also held Alfred State to only 167 yards of total offense.
Durfey Wells (Erie, PA/Strong Vincent) led the Kats in tackles for the second-straight week with eight (six solos). Eric Camper (Yazoo City, MS/Yazoo City) had five tackles, including three for loss.
Erie (2-0, 1-0) will host Nassau Community College (1-1, 0-0) on September 20 at noon in the Annual Kid’s Day game at Jim Ball Stadium.