Football Kats Continue to Claw Competition with New Road Record

Football Kats Continue to Claw Competition with New Road Record

The Erie Community College football team (7-2) recorded a program-best sixth road win at Troy with a 17-7 come-from-behind victory over Hudson Valley Community College (3-4), Oct. 29.

Not only was the win epic in terms of the Kat record book, but it was also the team's sixth-in-a-row on the road and with just one home contest remaining, leaves the Kats with an undefeated away-record for the 2016 regular season. The win also extended the Kats' current win streak to four, while more than doubling the opposition in points during that streak, 132-61. During the six-game road-win streak, the Kats have accumulated a plus-91 point differential.

Erie allowed its fewest point total (seven) since its season-opening win against Nassau (six) as the defense continues to shine. Against the Vikings, the Kats picked off three passes and added a sack in the win.

Offensively, the Kats couldn't have had a more balanced attack with just a four-yard differential between the air and ground games.

Three players accounted for all the scoring with a strong supporting cast that put those players in scoring positions. Quarterback Sam Castronova and De'Mario Jones connected on two passing plays for scores from 21 and four yards.

Kicker Jonathan Royster put the Kats up 3-0 with a 32-yard field goal for the only points of the first half. Royster would also add two PATs for five of Erie's 17 points with Jones accounting for the other dozen.

Anthony Stitt combined for 128 combined rushing and receiving yards and an 85-yard run led to the Kats' final score in the fourth quarter. Stitt was one of three receivers with three catches to go with Antonio Snell's three for 30 yards and Jones' three for 59.

Stitt led the 161-yard ground game and was just seven yards shy of the century mark, while Castronova had 165 yards passing with two touchdowns on 14 completions.

Castronova's second touchdown score allowed the Kats to take the lead for good at 10-7 in the third quarter.

Six Kat defenders registered seven tackles or more, led by Nick Perrine and William McKenzie-Baker's 10 each. Dante Mount was third on the team with nine tackles (six solo) and one interception. John Pope, Kerrell Johnson and Terrell Bolden were all in on seven tackles, with the latter also adding an interception. D'Andre Jenkins had the other pick to go along with five tackles, while Al-Tron Webb registered the lone sack to go along with four tackles. The opportunistic Kat defense now has 23 interceptions on the season and average 2.5-per-game.

The win against Hudson Valley was the team's seventh this season. Not counting Coach Scott Pilkey's inaugural winning-season last year, the seven wins are more than the combined win totals of the previous three seasons prior to Pilkey's arrival. The team's only two losses this season have been to currently nationally-ranked teams that have a combined 16-1 record. Both of those games weren't decided until the final quarter and were played during the first half of the season.

The Kats will wrap up their regular season schedule by hosting Milford Academy, Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at West Herr Stadium at South campus. Attendees are reminded to donate canned goods at the gate for a chance to win Buffalo Sabres tickets with a halftime raffle.