The Alfred State College football team gained 373 yards of offense and forced three turnovers en route to a 38-14 victory over Buffalo State JV in the rain on Monday afternoon. The win improves the Pioneers to 3-1 on the season.
Cody Scepaniak (Vestal) and Josh Griffin (Englewood, NJ) connected on a 9-yard scoring strike with 1:45 remaining in the 1st quarter to give the Pioneers a lead they would never lose. Scepaniak made it 14-0 when he dove in from two yards out with 5:42 remaining in the half and then found Griffin again for a 59-yard pass play to make it 21-0 three minutes later.
Masanari Yamamoto (Tokyo, Japan) made it 24-0 with 6:42 remaining when he booted a 43-yard field goal.
Buffalo State made a comeback putting together two scoring drives to cut the lead to 24-14 with 7:13 remaining in the contest.
Scepaniak answered right back again engineering a 45-yard drive capped off by his second scoring run (1 yard) with 3:47 remaining. Twenty seconds later Ben Zubal (Groton) put the seal on the game when he intercepted a Bengal pass and returned it 2-yards for another score.
Scepaniak finished 13 for 20 for 244 yards and two scores while Griffin finished with five catches for 145 yards. Sheldon Waller (Baltimore, MD) caught three passes for 70 yards. Xavier Makell (Baltimore, MD) led the rushing core with 62 yards on nine carries.
Kyle Ricks (Alexandria, VA) led the defense with seven tackles while Nick DePofi (Union Endicott) finished with six. Rory Spain (Tully) and Maurice Gibbs (Buffalo/McKinley) each had five tackles. Markes Pullium (Erie, PA/Strong Vincent), Brett Harrington (Rochester/Edison) and Zubal all picked off passes while Chadd Parker (Erie, PA/Fort Leboeuf) recorded the lone sack.
ASC has a short week to prepare as they host new NFC opponent ASA Institute on Friday evening. The first ever meeting between the schools is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium.