Big 3rd Quarter Leads Pioneers to Big Win

Alfred State scored 27 unanswered points en route to a 48-26 victory over Hudson Valley CC to advance to the Region III Championship game next week.  The Pioneers are now 5-4 on the year.

Leading 14-12 heading into the 2nd half, the Pioneers scored on four pass plays in the 3rd quarter to put the game out of reach.  Greg Hampton (Uniondale) connected with Devin Simmons (Elmira Free) on a 60-yard pass with 12:34 remaining, he hit Tavon Moore (Syracuse/Bishop Grimes) on a 22-yard pass with 6 minutes left, he hit Erik Simmons (Elmira Free) on a 42-yard pass with 1:46 remaining, and capped the quarter with a 23-yard pass to Jordan Napierala (West Irondequoit) with 21 seconds left.

Hudson Valley put together two scoring drives early in the 4th quarter to cut it to 41-26 but Hampton sealed the victory when he dove in from two yards out with 2:41 remaining.

Hampton gave the Pioneers a lead just over five minutes into the game when he connected with Devin Simmons on a 8-yard pass play.  John Wood (Rochester/Edison) made it 14-0 when he rushed in from 27-yards out with 3:17 left in the 1st.

HVCC got themselves back in the game in the 2nd quarter with two scoring drives but missed both PAT attempts.

Hampton finished his huge offensive day with 299 yards passing (13 for 26) and five scores.  He also scored on a rushing play.  Devin Simmons caught four passes for 129 yards, Moore had five catches for 108 yards, and Napierala had three catches for 55.

Anthony Turner (Syracuse/Corcoran) led the defense with 10 tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles.  Alonzo Joyner (Queens/Information Technology) had eight tackles and picked off a pass while  Keegan Phalen (East Aurora), Rory Spain (Tully), and Matthew Munson (Clyde Savannah) all finished with six tackles.  Neicefe Rieddick (Syracuse/Bishop Grimes) picked off a pass.

HVCC finished the day 402 yards while ASC had 401.  The Vikings were slowed down by 150 yards of penalties.

Alfred State has now won three games in a row in the series vs. Hudson Valley.  The 48 points vs. HVCC is the most for the Pioneers in the series as well.

With the win the Pioneers will travel to Erie CC next Saturday for the Region III Championship game.  Kickoff at Jim Ball Stadium is at Noon.  ECC defeated Alfred State 23-21 at Pioneer Stadium in the regular season match-up.