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ECC vs. Dean football live blog

Kickoff is moments away at Jim Ball Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. as Erie Community College hosts Dean in a Northeast Football Conference matchup.

ECC is 2-4 overall, 2-2 in the NEC and coming off a a 39-32 home win against Lackawanna last week.

Dean is 4-2 overall, 1-1 in the conference and holds a 5-4 edge in the series between the two teams. Dean has won the last three meetings.

Check back for updates throughout the game.

First quarter

12:33 An interception by Larry Whitner put ECC on Dean's 26-yard line. On the second play from scrimmage, Zedric Jospeh stayed on his feet through the line and scrambled 26 yards for a touchdown. Kats lead, 7-0.

57 seconds: Dean took advantage of an interception and a 4th-and-13 conversion to get on the board before the end of the quarter on an 8-yard run by Rico Brazil, but a missed PAT keeps the Kats in the lead, 7-6.

Second quarter

11:01 Two big third-down conversions helped ECC sustain a drive, capped by a 1-yard run by QB Tyheen Taylor. Taylor hit Gavin Gaiser for a 26-yard pick up on a 3rd-and-6 while Joseph had a 14-yard run on a 3rd-and-7. The 11-play, 70-yard drive took 4:50 and the PAT puts the Kats up, 14-6.

7:39 Big defensive stop for ECC. After the Kats gave up a big pass play made more significant with a late hit call added to the end of it, Dean was marching down the field. ECC buckled down just outside the red zone and Dean was going to attempt a 40-yard field goal on 4th-and-10 but an illegal substitution call on ECC made it 4th-and-5 and Dean went for the first down. ECC stopped the run short, kept points off the board, and took over on downs at its own 17 yard line.

5:49 Short-lived momentum. Kats QB Taylor fumbles and Dean takes over on the ECC 32-yard line.

3:51 Dean turns the fumble into points as Blaine Moriarty hits a 32-yard field goal. The ECC lead is now 14-9.

2.5 seconds: Dean intercepts ECC on the 11-yard line. ECC had three shots at the end zone from the 11, but two ruled incomplete passes to the sideline and the interception end the opportunity.

Halftime: ECC leads, 14-9

Joseph has 115 yards on 18 carries in the first half as ECC holds a a slight edge in total offense -- 189 yards to 122. Malcolm RIcks is leading the Kats' defense with eight tackles, including two for loss, and one sack. 

Third quarter

4:27 More punts in this quarter than in the entire first half. Mike Lawandus missed a 45-yard field goal for the Kats. Dean takes over on downs at its own 27-yard-line. ECC still leads, 14-9.

1:58 Another missed field goal for Lewandus, this time 41-yards. Dean takes over at its own 24 yard line. Dangerous time for ECC as Dean keeps hanging around.

End of the quarter and Dean is driving. The Kats defense is playing well, but the offense needs to give them a bit more cushion.

Fourth quarter

10:53 ECC is driving and Joseph is leading the charge. He has 158 yards on 27 carries.

5:29 Dean takes the lead, 17-14. A 37-yard pass play from Jawad Yatim to RIco Brazil erased a 3rd-and-9 and put Dean in the red zone. Three players later Brazil had a 6-yard TD run. The two-point conversion was good.

3:37 Time is running out on the Kats. The went four-and-out, suffering a sack on 4th-and-3. Dean takes over on downs at the ECC 27 yard line and the Kats have no timeouts left.

1:33 ECC takes over on downs at its own 15. The Kats need some magic to pull this one out.

Final: Dean 17, ECC 14 

The Kats drove down to the Dean 30 yard, attempted to try a 47-yard field goal with seven seconds left, but were flagged for an illegal substitution. A completed pass got the Kats to the 2-yard line but time expired before another play could run.

Joseph finished with 31 carries for 168 yards.

See more details in Sunday's edition of The Buffalo News.

--- Amy Moritz


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Bob Dicesare

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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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