Erie Community College scored 14 unanswered points in the second half and beat Globe Institute of New York City, 17-6, in the season opener at Jim Ball Stadium before 202.
The Kats had quality drives throughout, but squandered scoring opportunities due to penalties and turnovers.
Globe Institute scored the only points of the first quarter on a Larry Joshua 17-yard touchdown pass to Fr. Williams. The visitors took 18 plays to drive 96 yards. Erie’s Martin Ojeda blocked the extra point attempt.
ECC answered in the second quarter on a 40-yard field goal by Kyle Deween to trail, 6-3, at the break.
ECC grabbed the momentum in the third quarter, putting together a 13-play, 69-yard drive on its first possession of the second half. Shannon Hightower caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Connor Simmons givng Erie a 10-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Kats began to make plays on defense in the fourth quarter with a turnover and a successful goal-line stand on their 1-yard line.
After a trade of possessions, the Kats scored again on a 6-yard run by Charles Fuller with 5:44 left in the game.
Simmons finished 10 of 18 for 57 yards and one touchdown while Fuller rushed for 90 yards on 10 carries. Hightower led all receivers with 33 yards and one touchdown. As a team the Kats had 166 yards rushing.
On defense, the Kats held Globe Institute to 98 yards rushing. They recorded seven sacks and Chauncey Kennedy and Brandon Cannon had interceptions. Venson Constant and Okoya Anderson (Orchard Park) led the team in tackles.
The Kats wasted an opportunity early in the game when the Knights’ punter struggled with a snap and turned the ball over in the red zone. After two penalties and a failed fourth down attempt, the Kats gave the ball back to the Knights at their own 4-yard line.
The Kats get a week off before traveling to New Berlin to take on Milford Academy on Sept. 14.