Orchard Park, NY – Saturday afternoon, the Lackawanna College Football team captured their fifth victory of the 2018 season. Highlighted by Ja'yir Brown's three interception performance, the Falcons outscored Erie by a score of 29-10.
The Kats kept pace with Lackawanna through the 12:36 mark of the second period, as they only trailed the Falcons 10-7 after scoring on a 20-yard pass. From that point on, the momentum was all Lackawanna's as they scored twice before halftime to take a 23-7 lead into halftime.
The game turned into a defensive battle in the second half, as the teams traded scores in the final 30 minutes of the game. The Kats had their only score of the half on a 29-yard field goal, while the Falcons answered that score with a 6-yard run by Calvin Bell in the final period.
Lackawanna started the scoring in the first period when Isaiah Howard was successful on a 27-yard field goal attempt with 9:19 left in the quarter. Lackawanna scored again in the second period on two touchdown passes by Shane McLaughlin. The first came with 14:52 left in the quarter on a 16-yard pass to Javon Turner. The second came at the 9:49 mark when Harrison Dreher scored on a 9-yard pass. The most exciting TD of the day took place with 5:49 left in the half after Ja'yir Brown took one of his 3 picks 80 yards for a defensive touchdown.
The Falcons' final score occurred with 8:59 left in the game when Bell rushed for his 6-yard TD.
Rushing:Darius Brown – 14 carries for 36 yards, Calvin Bell 8 carries for 36 yards
Passing: Shane McLaughlin - 15completions in 33 attempts for 240 yards
Receptions: Javon Turner – 4 receptions for 61 yards
Passing Yards: Norval Black – 102 yards on 3-receptions
Tackles: JaQuan Brisker – 6
Sacks: Pheldarius Payne - 2.5
Interceptions: Ja'yir Brown – 3
Lackawanna kicks off their home season next Saturday when they host NEFC rival, ASA College. Saturday's game is scheduled for a 1:00 PM start and will be played at Scranton High School's Memorial Stadium.
Lackawanna entered today's game as the 6th place team in the NJCAA weekly rankings.