Garden City, NY -- Erie Community College football (4-4) got out to a hot start on the road against Nassau Community College (5-4) on Saturday in a shootout with the Lions, winning in a thrilling comeback late in the fourth quarter, 48-42.
The Kats would go up 14-0 early when quarterback Tyler Zelinski would find the endzone on a one yard touchdown run to cap off a 5 minute, 7 play, 72 yard opening drive for the Kats and then Michael Johnson would rush for a 21 yard touchdown on the Kats next possession.
The Lions would score the next two touchdowns to even the game at 14 going into the second quarter. The Kats would score quick in the second quarter when Tyler Zelinski found Tristan Boling for a 12 yard touchdown pass 3 minutes into the quarter. The Kats would capitalize on their next drive on a touchdown pass from Zelinski to Che'kore Moore from 10 yards out to take a 28-14 lead into half time.
The Kats would face a setback to start the second half, being outscore 14-0 in the third quarter by the Lions, leading to a tie heading into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was a shootout, with the Kats kicking off the scoring on a 70 yard touchdown pass from Zelinski to Michael Johnson. The Kats would take a 34-28 lead after a missed extra point.
The Lions would answer on the ensuing kickoff when they would take it back for a touchdown and take a 35-34 lead. The Lions would force a fumble and recover on the next Kats drive and score on the ensuing possession to take a 42-34 lead.
The Kats would get the ball back and drive 75 yards in 3:11 and score on a 8 yard rushing touchdown from Tyler Zelinski to bring the score to 42-40 after a failed two point conversion.
Coach Scott Pilkey would trust his defense instead of attempting an onside kick and it would pay off. The Kats defense would hold off the Lions offense and force a three and out for the Lions.
The Kats would start the next drive on their own 38, down by 2 with 3:49 left to play. Quarterback Tyler Zelinski would lead the Kats down the field, including a 12 yard first down run on 4th and 12 to keep the drive alive. The Kats would find the endzone on a 16 yard Zelinski touchdown pass to Tyler Ringwood with 42 seconds left to play. Zelinski would rush for the 2 point conversion to put the Kats up 48-42.
The Kats defense would stiiffle the Lions offense again on the ensuing drive, giving the Kats the win, their fourth of the season and third in a row.
Tyler Zelinski would go 29-44 for 367 yards four touchdowns and an interception. The 367 yard performance would be enough to break the single game passing yard record for the Kats of 357 yards, set by Zelinski earlier this season against the College of DuPage. Zelinski would also add two rushing touchdowns in the victory. The Kats offense was strong across the board, as DeWayne Lykes would add 86 rushing yards on 15 attempts, Michael Johnson would add 56 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Zelinski would add another 48 yards on 16 rushing attempts. The Kats had 557 yards of total offense. Receiver Tyler Ringwood would be Zelinski's biggest target with 121 yards and a touchdown on seven catches.
The Kats defense would cause two turnovers via fumble in the game, helping to fend off a strong Nassau team.
The Kats are back in action for their final game of the season on November 11th when they visit Monroe College. Kickoff is set for 3:30PM.