NORTHEAST FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
Oct. 31, 2018 - No. 7 Lackawanna (9-0) will not play Sunday as that game has been canceled. The Falcons' nine-game win streak is their longest since they won their first 10 games in 2016.
This Week: No. 15 Monroe (5-1) plays at Erie Saturday while ASA (4-3) meets Louisburg at Delaware State Sunday.
Rankings: Following Tuesday's rankings, a NEFC team has been ranked in the last 199 NJCAA polls. The streak dates to Oct. 21, 2003. A NEFC team has been ranked 384 times since the 2002 season started.
Other rankings: Lackawanna is now No. 12 in JCgridiron.com's Dirty 30 rankings.
Last week: Monroe downed ASA while Lackawanna defeated the New Jersey Warriors.
Players of the Week:TheNortheast Football Conference selected Monroe's Jalen Brown, Emmanuel Appiah-Tahkyi and Imhotep Cromer as its players of the week.
NJCAA stats: Individually, Lackawanna's Sylvanus Waibogha is second with six interceptions while teammate Ja'yir Brown is fifth with five interceptions. Lackawanna quarterback Shane McLaughlin is tied for fifth with 19 touchdown passes while ASA's Khalid Morris is seventh with 17. Monroe running back Zaire Jones is ninth with 110.8 rushing yards per game and Lackawanna's Isaiah Howard is ninth with 57 points. Howard, who was the NJCAA Special Teams Player of the Week Oct. 24, has made 45 extra-point kicks. The Mustangs' Diogo Alves is ninth in punting average, 39.3.
As a team, Lackawanna is tied for the NJCAA lead with 20 interceptions and is second with 38 quarterback sacks. Lackawanna is first in yards allowed per game, 175.3 while ASA is third, 199.7. The Falcons are third in points allowed at 12.0 and Monroe is fourth, 13.0. Lackawanna is third in rushing yards allowed per game, 51.3, and ASA is sixth, 70.7. The Falcons are fifth in passing yards allowed per game, 124.0, and ASA is sixth, 129.0.
On the offensive side, ASA is fourth in yards per game, 473.4, and Lackawanna is eighth, 431.3. ASA is fifth in rushing yards per game at 238.90, Lackawanna, eighth, 223.6, and Monroe is 10th, 219.7. The Mustangs average a NJCAA-leading 7.3 yards per carry. In scoring, Lackawanna is fifth (41.9 points per game) and ASA is eighth (39.3ppg). The Falcons are sixth with 24 passing touchdownss.
Single-season marks: With 19 touchdown passes, Lackawanna quarterback Shane McLaughlin is tied for sixth on the NEFC top 10 list while ASA quarterback Khalid Morris is 10th with 17.
Lackawanna kicker Isaiah Howard, a first-team all-conference pick in 2017, has made 45 extra-point kicks to rank sixth while his 57 points rank ninth.
Sylvanus Waibogha is tied with six others for 10th on the interception list with six.
If the season ended today, Monroe's Diogo Alves would now be third in punting average, 39.3.
Top players: The Northeast Football Conference had four individuals listed in 247sports.com's Oct. 29 report of the nation's top 50 junior college recruits.
NFL Draft recap: Ian Thomas (Nassau) and Kyzir White (Lackawanna) were both selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.
The selections of Thomas and White means that the NEFC has had two players selected in the fourth round in the past two NFL Drafts. Rasul Douglas, the 2014 NEFC Defensive Player of the Year, and Joe Williams were drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, respectively. A former NEFC player has been drafted in the fourth round four times in the last five years. Lackawanna has five players drafted during that time.
Misc.: A NEFC member has appeared in 20 bowl games since 1997, including three teams in 2012.
With Isaiah Howard being named the NJCAA Special Team Player of the Week Oct. 24, the conference has now had 18 individuals selected since the start of the 2011 season.
Lackawanna head coach Mark Duda was one of three individuals in the 2018 class of the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame. Duda, a four-time Northeast Football Conference Coach of the Year, has amassed 175 wins. He leads the active NJCAA coaches in wins.
Next week: Monroe plays Hocking Nov. 10 while Lackawanna meets Georgia Military in Huntington, West Virginia, Nov. 11.