Erie Community College is getting ready to kick off its 10th season of football at Jim Ball Stadium. The Kats are coming off a 4-6 record last year. Dennis Green begins his 10th year with the Kats with a record of 56-35.
Brooks Estarfaa is ECC's returning rusher with 236 yards in 2009. Also back are running backs Zedric Joseph (194 yards) and Tyheen Taylor (181 yards) though Joseph will not play in today's game. He is serving a two-game suspension for violating the NJCAA Sportsmanship policy after being ejected in a game last year against Alfred State.
ECC is 7-2 in season openers.
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First quarter: In the first two series there were six flags, including a personal foul on the ECC defense which gave Louisburg a first-and-10 instead of a fourth-and-16. The result -- a 2-yard TD run by Sam Kidd and a 7-0 lead for the Hurricanes with 9:20 left in the first quarter.
End of the first quarter and Louisburg leads, 7-0. It's but by the grace of the defense that the Kats are down only a touchdown. The Hurricanes twice had the ball inside the ECC 10-yard line and twice came up empty.
ECC lost its chance to gain some momentum at the end of the quarter, fumbling away the ball at midfield with 13 seconds left to the break.
Second quarter: First play in the quarter and Jammal Williams' 31-TD run sets the tone. A missed PAT gives Louisburg a 13-0 lead.
Another ECC fumble, another Louisburg score. It took four tries from the 2-yard line, but Williams ran it in on fourth down on a pitch out. with the PAT, Louisburg has a 20-0 lead with 1:42 left in the half.
The Kats finally got their offense going in the final minutes, driving 54 yards on 12 plays in 1:25 thanks to quick, big pass plays from QB Taylor Henry. On fourth down from the 5 Henry connected with Gavin Gaiser for the score. The PAT missed, cutting Louisburg's lead to 20-6.
Halftime: Louisburg leads, 20-6 with the Kats getting momentum at the end of the half with a score in the final 20 seconds. Still, ECC had a sloppy first half offensively, with seven fumbles, including four lost, while gaining just 49 total yards. Louisburg managed 154 yards as the Kats defense actually played rather well, considering Louisburg routinely had drive starts in ECC territory.
Third quarter: And the pattern continues -- an ECC fumble leads to a Louisburg TD, helped out by a roughing-the passer call on the Kats defense. A 5-yard TD run by Williams and a good kick after makes it 27-6 Louisburg with 8:01 left in the quarter.
A new twist ... an interception return for a TD by Louisburg. Sam Kidd picked off the pass and returned it 34 yards, making it 34-6 with 6:33 left in the quarter.
A fumble in the endzone recovered by Louisburg makes it 41-6.
Fourth quarter: After the Kats put up a solid goal line stance to get the ball back, ECC gives away the ball and more points as an interception return for a TD and PAT makes it 48-6 for Louisburg.
There is an ECC offense. With 4:51 left to play, Henry connected with Obadiah Dykes for a 4-yard TD pass. The Kats went for two and missed the conversion making it 48-12.
Final: Louisburg takes the win, 48-12, as ECC starts the season 0-1. The Kats take to the road for their next two games, playing at DuPage Sept. 11.
--- Amy Moritz