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Lackawanna meets Monroe; ASA faces Erie

Oct. 10, 2017 - ASA took the first step toward winning a Northeast Football Conference title by recording a 21-14 win over then-No. 10-Lackawanna. No. 16 Monroe remained unbeaten with a 34-32 win over Valley Forge Military.

This week: No. 15 Monroe hosts No. 19 Lackawanna at 6 p.m. Saturday while ASA is at Erie for a noon kickoff.

Monroe leads the nation in total defensive yards per game allowed (158.8 ypg) and rushing yards per game allowed (29.7). The Mustangs are third in points allowed per game (10.8). Lackawanna enters the game averaging more than 211 rushing yards per game and scoring 42.8 points per contest (ninth in NJCAA). The Mustangs average 43.7 points per game (eighth in NJCAA).

As in most big games, turnovers and special teams could play a key role. Monroe is plus 11 in turnovers while the Falcons are plus six. Lackawanna has returned three interceptions for touchdowns while the Mustangs have returned two picks for scores. Monroe’s Dejohn Rogers has returned both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown this season.

Rankings: Monroe climbed one spot to No. 15 in today’s NJCAA poll while Lackawanna is now No. 19. ASA was in the receiving votes category. The poll appearances mean a NEFC team has been ranked in the last 183 NJCAA polls. The streak dates to Oct. 21, 2003. A NEFC team has been ranked 357 times since the start of the 2002 season.

Other rankings: ASA moved to No. 26 in the JCgridiron.com’s Dirty 30 rankings and Lackawanna is No. 33. In the JCFootball.com Top 25, Lackawanna and Monroe were listed as others in the Oct. 5 poll.

NEFC Leaderboard: JaQuan Brisker currently ranks sixth in the NEFC single-season leaders with 179 interception return yards. Nassau’s Kyle Bowen recorded 273 interception return yards in 2006 to lead the list.

ASA quarterback Stone Labanowitz, who has thrown three touchdown passes in a game three times already this season, needs three scoring tosses to move into the NEFC single-season top 10. He currently has 13 touchdown passes. Former ASA quarterbacks Daniel Pietrangelo and Ryan Barabe are among five players to have thrown 16 touchdown passes in a season. At his current rating (183.8), Labanowitz would set the conference’s single-season passing efficiency mark.

Players of the Week: The Northeast Football Conference has selected ASA’s Stone Labanowitz and Hozey Haji Badri and Monroe’s Clayton Glasco as the conference’s players of the week.

Labanowitz, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound freshman quarterback from Stuart, Florida, completed 23 of 29 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns in the Avengers’ 21-14 win over No. 10 Lackawanna. The NJCAA’s leader in passing efficiency at 183.8, Labanowitz receives the honor for the second-straight week.

Haji Badri, a 6-3, 270-pound freshman defensive end from Chantilly, Virginia, recorded six tackles (five solo) in ASA’s win. He was credited with three quarterback sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.

Glasco, a 6-1, 240-pound sophomore linebacker from Pickerington, Ohio, blocked a punt in No. 16 Monroe’s 34-32 nonconference win over Valley Forge Military College. His blocked punt allowed the Mustangs to score on the ensuing possession and take a 20-6 lead at halftime. He also recorded eight tackles, including one tackle for loss.

Recaps: Here is a look at last week’s games:

Top performances: Monroe kicker Jake Smith scored 10 points in the Mustangs’ win over Thaddeus Stevens … Lackawanna running back Jo-El Shaw’s 173 yards rushing against Hudson Valley leads the NEFC … Shaw has run for more than 150 yards three times … ASA quarterback Stone Labanowitz (313) and Lackawanna’s Michael Dare (304) have thrown for more than 300 yards in a game … Labanowitz has thrown three touchdowns in a game three times … ASA’s Ed Morgan caught 11 passes against Georgia Military ... He also scored three receiving touchdowns that game … Monroe’s Dejohn Rogers has returned a kickoff and a kickoff for touchdown.

NJCAA leaders: ASA quarterback Stone Labanowitz leads the NJCAA in passing efficiency at 183.8. He is third in completion percentage (69.4 percent) and seventh with 13 touchdowns.

Lackawanna safety JaQuan Brisker leads the nation with 179 interception return yards.

Lackawanna running back Jo-El Shaw is now fifth in rushing yards per game (127.2) and in rushing touchdowns (9). He is seventh in all-purpose yards per game (144.0).

ASA receiver Ed Morgan’s eight receiving touchdowns ank third and teammate Andre Ridley is fourth with six TD receptions.

Lackawanna’s Michael Dare is ninth in passing efficiency (154.6).

Monroe leads in defensive yards per game (158.8) and is second in rushing yards allowed per game (29.7). ASA is third in total yards allowed per game (182.6) and fifth in passing yards per game (114.6) and rushing yards allowed per game (68.0). Lackawanna is sixth in rushing yards allowed per game (69.6).

The Mustangs are now third (10.8) in defensive points per game allowed while ASA is sixth (13.4).

Offensively, ASA is fourth in the nation in points per game (49.0) while Monroe is eighth (43.7) and Lackawanna ninth (42.8).

ASA is sixth in passing yards per game (284.2).

NEFC and the NFL:Former Nassau standout and 2014 NEFC Defensive Player of the Year Rasul Douglas has appeared in four games for the Philadelphia Eagles and has an interception to go with 13 tackles … Former ASA running back Joe Williams has been placed on San Francisco’s injured reserve with an ankle injury … Mark Glowinski (Lackawanna) has appeared in two games with Seattle … Jermaine Eluemunor (Lackawanna) has appeared in three games with Baltimore … Kevin White (Lackawanna) is on Chicago’s injured reserve due to a fractured scapula.

Moving up: Lackawanna head coach Mark Duda ranks second among active coaches with 163 wins. He is now 13th all-time in the NJCAA.

Duda’s 67.7 percent winning percentage ranks eighth among active coaches and 32nd all-time./p>

Duda was named the American Football Network’s JUCO Coach of the Year in 2016.

Top players: The Northeast Football Conference had five individuals listed in 247sports.com’s Aug. 27 report of the nation’s top 50 junior college recruits.

They are:

Tart-Spencer, Bradley, Brown, Lopez, Traore and Monroe linebacker Fokam Parfait were listed among ESPN’s top 2017 junior college recruits.

Misc.: The NEFC has had a member appear in 19 bowl games since 1997, including three teams in 2012 … The NEFC has had 16 individuals, including Monroe’s Jason Simon and Lackawanna's Juwan Green this season, chosen as NJCAA Player of the Week since the start of the 2011 season.

Next week:Oct. 21 will have Lackawanna hosting Hocking and Monroe playing at Hudson Valley. ASA is off.

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