Lackawanna faced their toughest challenge of the 2016 season, outlasting ECC, with two unanswered scores in the fourth quarter, for a 34-17 win. Although the Falcons never trailed. Erie evened the score twice and was tied with the Falcons at halftime.
The Falcons scored first at 12: 39 in the first quarter when they concluded a 5 place 65 yard drive, with a 9 yard rushing touchdown by Marcellias Sutton. An Eric Hill conversion gave Lackawanna a 7-0 lead. The Falcons held that lead until 5:19 left in the quarter, when Erie scored on a 18 yard fumble recovery return. A good PAT tied the score at 7-7.
There was no further scoring until 6:45 left in the first half. At that point in the game Lackawanna completed a 49 yard 6 play drive with an 11 yard scoring pass from David Pindell to Raekwon Purdy. Another Eric Hill PAT made the score 14-7. Erie then mounted there only scoring drive of the first half when they scored on a 23 yard pass with 1:02 left to halftime. A successful point after touchdown left the game tied at intermission, 14-14.
Sutton again started the scoring in the 2nd half when he finished a 3 play 31 yard drive with a 7 yard scoring sprint. A Hill kick gave the Falcons a 21-14 lead with 13:14 left in the 3rd period. Again Erie rebounded to score with 7:10 left in the quarter. However, this time they were held to a 28 yard field goal which left the score at 21-17.
That score would be as close as ECC came, as the Falcons scored twice in the 4th quarter to put the game away. At 14:51, Lackawanna scored on a 58 yard touchdown strike from Pindell to Juwan Green and a successful PAT by Hill. Finally, the Falcons completed the scoring when Shane Schuback returned an interception 28 yards for a TD. A missed kick left Lackawanna with a 34-17 victory.
Lackawanna's top rusher was Kani Kane. Kane carried the ball 15 times for a net gain of 103 yards, his longest being a 20 yard rush. The Falcons leading passer was Pindell. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns. His longest completion was the 58 yard scoring pass to Green. The lead receiver was Jerrod Diggs, who caught 4 passes for 48 yards. His longest reception was for 26 yards.
The Falcons top defender was Brad Zaffram, Zaffram was credited with 4 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, a sack for 7 yards and 1.5 tackles for losses of 8 yards. He also broke up a pass. In addition to Schuback's scoring interception, he also was credited with 5 tackles. Finally, Joram Smith picked off his first interception of the year.
Lackawanna returns to the field next Saturday, when they host ASA College in the Falcons 2nd night game of the 2016 season. Kick off for that contest is 7:00 PM and will be played at Valor Field at Scranton Memorial Stadium on the campus of Scranton High School.