Lackawanna Proves Too Much for Pioneers

Lackawanna College scored 36 unanswered points to erase a early 3-0 deficit en route to a 36-17 victory over Alfred State in a NFC contest on Saturday.  The Falcons are now 6-2 (3-2 NFC) while the Pioneers are 4-3 (1-3).

Josh Franchina (Cassadaga Valley) gave the Pioneers an early 3-0 lead when he connected on a 21-yard field goal just 4:42 into the game.  The field goal capped an opening 11-play drive that covered 75 yards.

Lackawanna answered right back scoring on their next four possessions to build 26-3 halftime lead.  They scored on drives of 60, 75, 89, and 48.

After punting in their first possession in the second half, the Falcons added another touchdown and a field goal in their next two drives to cap their scoring with 10:09 remaining in the contest.  Their scoring drives covered 80 and 77 yards.

The Pioneers offense started clicking in the final minutes of the game when Emanuel Magliocco (Rochester/Aquinas) connnected with Josh Griffin (Englewood, NJ/Dwight Morrow) on two scoring passes.  Griffin scored on a 18-yard pass with 4:50 left in the game and a 8-yard pass with 3:24 remaining.  The second score was set up by a Brandon Winter (Union Springs) interception.  Franchina connected on extra points following each score.

The Falcons racked up 507 yards of total offense (336 in the air and 171 rushing) while the Pioneers were held to 192 (139 passing and 53 rushing).  Griffin led the Pioneers with a 108 yards and two scores on six receptions.

Sir Aaron Taylor (West Chester/Lincoln Hall) led the defense with seven tackles while Rory Spain (Tully) had six.  Chadd Parker (Erie, PA/Fort Leboeuf) had five tackles and two sacks while Randall Wilki (Buffalo/East) and Justin Smith (Richmond, VA/CD Hylton) each had five tackles.  Michael DeGroat (Vestal) also was credited with a sack.

The blue & gold hit the road again next week when they travel to Dean College for a Noon kickoff with the Bulldogs.