The Erie Community College football team continues to dominate on the road by improving its record away from West Herr Stadium to a perfect 4-0. The Kats avenged last season's loss to the Avengers with a 39-19 win, Oct. 15 in Brooklyn, to move to 5-2 on the season by racking up a combined 422 yards in offense and return yardage. The Kats need just one more win to guarantee back-to-back winning seasons for second-year head coach Scott Pilkey.
"This was a full 80-man roster scholarship team that we beat today," said Pilkey. "It was real significant because we're 4-0 on the road with big wins the last two weeks."
Erie's only two losses this season were to then-No. 4 Lackawanna (currently No. 8) and current No. 14 Monroe. Both of those teams entered the weekend undefeated and both needed all four quarters to secure a win over the Kats.
Erie was led by their defense that registered four sacks and five interceptions, with two of the latter going for scores. In addition, the 19 points allowed were the fewest since Erie's season-opening win against Nassau.
Erie got out of the gate quickly and rang up a 17-0 first quarter lead capped by Terrell Bolden's 33-yard pick-6. Bolden would anchor the Erie defense with a team-high seven tackles (five solo) on the day.
The other pick-6 came from a 57-yard return by Christian Cheatom, who added three tackles. The other three Kat ball hawks with picks were Alonzo Turney, Kerrell Johnson and Dante Mount. The five defenders combined for 186 return yards.
In the sack department, William McKenzie-Baker had a pair, while John Pope and Gary Harris registered one apiece. Pope, Turney and Johnson all finished second on the team in tackles with six each, while all three solo tackles by McKenzie-Baker went for losses.
Offensively, the Kats were led on the ground by Anthony Stitt, who had over 100-yards rushing on just a dozen carries. Daytwon Burney also aided the ground game with a pair of scores. In all, the Kats had three rushing touchdowns with the third coming via quarterback Sam Castronova.
The Kats have already surpassed their offensive point total from last season and currently have 195 with three games remaining.
Special teams helped kicker Jonathan Royster account for seven points that included a 30-yard field goal in the first quarter, and they also scored on a 2-point return on an ASA conversion attempt.
Overall, the Avengers could only keep pace with the Kats in the third quarter, where each team scored seven. Erie out-scored ASA in the other three quarters to take the victory.
Next up for the Kats is another road contest, this time in Alfred. Two of the remaining three games are Sunday contests with the Alfred game being one of them, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m.