Thank you to the Columbus Fire for one of the cleanest games we have ever ben associated with. Just two champions battling it out. We wish you all the best the remainder of the season and safe travels home.
Your Erie Express improve their record to 5-2 on the season with Saturday nights 33-8 victory over the Fire. The first half was a defensive battle with neither team able to land anything major against the other. We would go into the half with the game scoreless. Erie would score first in the game when quarterback Marquelo Suel found Dante Harden on a 5 yard strike The extra point was no good and Erie led 6-0 with 11:15 remaining in the 3rd. Suel would connect with Terry Jackson on a 25yd strike with the 2pt try failing to put Erie up 12-0 at the 9:00 mark of the 3rd. Harden would run it in from the 1yd to put Erie up 19-0 and that was the score at the end of the third.
The Fire would score their only touchdown of the game on an end around to Mike Tatum who found Dylan Smith in the back of the end zone for a 26yd TD. Strickland would run in the 2pt try to make the score 19-8 with 14:52 to play.
The Express would answer that score with one of the most entertaining plays in Express history. Suel took off and ran around 13yds before lateraling the ball to our Center Todd Russell who galloped the remaining distance to find the end zone. Jay Glus would add the extra point to make the score. 26-8 with 11:34 to play.
The Express would force a fumble on a strip sack by Jake Johnson. The ball was scooped up by Kristopher Ford and returned for a touchdown but that score was removed due to a facemask penalty on the Express.
Suel would connect with Corey McWilliams on a 42yd strike. Glus would add the extra point to close out the scoring.
Javon McClatchey recorded an interception and Anthony Wise, Chris Foster, Mike Washington and Joe Kucenski all recorded sacks for the Express.
Erie is off this coming week and will host the Cleveland Rams in the annual Covato Classic Loved One's Memorial Game powered by Esolutions Furniture in their GAME OF THE WEEK!
The game will be played this year at Erie's Veterans Memorial Stadium. Admission is $10 with children 12 and under FREE! Kickoff will be set for 5pm with intros starting at 4:15. We hope to see you there but in the event you cannot make it there will be LIVE updates vis ScoreStream and Erie Express Twitter. The 2minute warnings of each half will be LIVE on Facebook.