The Erie Community College football team had its four-game win streak snapped by Milford Academy, 30-29, Nov. 6 at West Herr Stadium. The Falcons entered the game at 9-0 and it took an undefeated team and a two-score fourth-quarter rally to get by the Kats, who finish the regular season at 7-3.
The back-and-forth contest saw the lead change five times. Erie didn't settle in until the second quarter and after trailing 8-0 after the first, Sam Castronova found LaQuan White for a 9-yard strike for the team's first points of the game less than a minute into the second quarter.
On the Kats' next series, Castronova ran for a 9-yard score and gave Erie its first lead at 13-10. With the offense clicking, Castronova hit Moses Marshall for a 30-yard gain that left the receiver just a yard shy of making it a two-score game.
The lead would change again when the Falcons would get a late second-half score and take an 18-13 lead, but the Kats would respond with a score of their own with just 10 seconds left in the half to retake the lead at the break, 19-18. Castronova would toss his second touchdown of the day, this time to Vincent Gregory for 35 yards.
In a span of 93 seconds from when the Kats closed out the first half with a score to their opening-possession score of the second half, the Kats would pad their lead to 26-18 with another Castronova run.
Erie would get a 21-yard field goal from Jonathan Royster later in the third for their biggest lead of the game, 29-18 with 18-plus minutes remaining. Milford would mount an impressive rally two scores in the final quarter for the fifth and final lead change to remain undefeated.
Castronova accounted for all four Erie touchdowns, throwing two and running two. The sophomore quarterback was just two yards shy of 300 total offensive yards with 242 in the air and 56 on the ground.
Gregory led all receivers with four catches for 52 yards, while White accounted for three of Castronova's 18 completions for 44 yards.
Defensively, D'Andre Jenkins was a force. In addition to batting down a Milford pass from their own goal line, Jenkins led the team in tackles with eight and sacks with two. He also had four-and-a-half tackles for losses and forced a fumble.
Accounting for Erie's other sack was Nick Perrine, who matched Jenkins' team-high six solo tackles. Perrine recovered a fumble and added three tackles for losses. Dante Mount finished second on the team in tackles with seven, while Tyler Studd recovered a fumble and Kerrell Johnson returned an interception 20 yards.
The Kats will now wait for potential bowl invitations as head coach Scott Pilkey improved upon his 6-4 season from 2015 and finishes his second year at a collective 13-7, good for an impressive .650 winning percentage.
The Kats finished a perfect 6-0 on the road and set a program record for road wins. The three teams that beat Erie over the year currently have a combined 26-2 record. The Kats flirted with a perfect 10-0 season by having leads in two of the three losses and out-scoring those three teams, 47-46, collectively, at the halftime intermissions.