Orchard Park, NY -- Slippery conditions and steady rain couldn't stop the Kats running game and helped the defense in a 43-14 win over the Hudson Valley Community College Vikings on Saturday at West Herr Stadium.
The Kats would score early on a eight play, 64 yard touchdown drive, capped off by a 22 yard touchdown run from wide receiver LaQuan White to open the scoring six minutes into the first quarter
Later in the first quarter, the Kats defense would force a fumble that would be recovered and returned for a 19 yard touchdown by defensive lineman Mark Lanier.
The Vikings would start the second quarter pinned back deep in their zone after a recovering a Kats fumble at the Hudson Valley 9 yard line. The Kats sent a blitz that would result in linebacker Antonio Hills sacking the Vikings quarterback in the endzone for a Kats safety to put the Kats up 16-0. The Kats would take a 23-0 lead late in the second quarter when DeWayne Lykes would punch in a 1 yard touchdown to give the Kats a 23 point lead going into the half.
The Vikings would find the endzone early in the second half to cut the lead to 16.
The Kats answered early in the fourth quarter when Michael Johnson would run the ball in from six yards out to make the score 30-7.
The Vikings defense would put together an 82 yard, 14 play drive that looked to be promising until the Kats Shane Hernandez would cause a fumble on the one yard line to prevent the Vikings from capitalizing.
The Vikings hit the Kats with a big pass play to bring the score to 30-14 with just under four minutes to play.
The Kats would keep the ball on the ground, uiltimately leading to Seven Turbin running for a 22 yard touchdown with one minute to play.
The Kats defense would find the endzone again when Quran Brewer would take an interception back for a touchdown, his second interception of the game, to put the Kats up 43-14 after the extra point attempt was blocked with less than a minute to play to secure the victory.
The Kats used a variety of runners in thier win, with running backs Michael Johnson and DeWayne Lykes getting the bulk of carries. Johnson and Lykes would rush for 79 yards and 74 yards, respectively. The Kats also used receivers in their rushing attack to keep the Vikings defense off balance all game.
The Kats defense caused problems for the Vikings all game with three sacks, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions and two defensive touchdowns.
The Kats will look continue their winning streak on Saturday, November 4th on the road when they take on Nassau Community College. Kickoff is 1PM.