NORTHEAST FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Nov. 9 - ASA, ranked 16th in the nation, repeated as Northeast Football Conference champions after defeating #15 Nassau 37-7. The Avengers end the regular season with an 8-1 overall record including a perfect 5-0 in conference play.
The Avengers would strike first against on their second offensive possession after defensive end Julio Derosier's interception at the 5-yard line. After an ASA personal foul, quarterback Aaron Young would find wide receiver Jesse Yorke in the end zone from 18 yards out.
ASA would score on its next offensive possession when freshman kicker Dillon Lawson kicked a 25-yard field goal.
After a holding penalty, the Avengers marched down the field 66 yards, capping the drive with a 7-yard Donavan Williams touchdown run.
ASA freshman wide receiver Olu Izegwire returned the second-half kickoff 82 yards to set up a two-yard touchdown pass from Young to Yorke.
ASA built a 30-0 lead when Williams scored to cap a 50-yard drive.
ASA has now won its last 10 conference contests. Overall, ASA is 8-1 and winners of eight-straight games since opening the season with a loss to eventual No. 1 Georgia Military.
Young now has 19 scoring tosses, the most in NEFC history since Lackawanna's AJ McKenna also threw 19 in 2007.
Williams has rushed for 951 yards this season, the ninth-best figure in NEFC play since 2002.
Monroe Wins Sixth-Straight
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UNION, N.J. - Nov. 10 - The Monroe Mustangs defeated Globe, 32-22 in the final game of their second season. The game that the coach Terry Karg said, "had a little bit of everything" was Monroe's sixth consecutive win and puts a satisfying capper on a 7-3 season.
Among the biggest plays on Sunday were the three interceptions by freshman cornerback Darien Giles. The final one came in the fourth quarter after the Knights cut Monroe's lead to three, 25-22, Giles had a pick-six with 2:42 remaining that kept Globe at bay.
Freshman running back Robert Jackson had his sixth consecutive 100-plus yard game. He carried 30 times for 106 yards in the final Monroe game of the season.
No. 17 ASA Downs Louisburg
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STONY BROOK N.Y. - ASA scored 30 unanswered points in the first half against Louisburg College to cruise to a 43-5 victory. The Avengers improve to 7-1 with the win and 4-0 in Northeast Football Conference play. ASA, which has won nine-straight league games, will play at rival Nassau for the NEFC championship next Saturday at Mitchel Field. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.
ASA scored on its first three offensive possessions. On the second play of the game, quarterback Aaron Young would find freshman receiver Olu Izegwire for a 75-yard touchdown. On the next possession, sophomore running back Donavan Williams scored from 16 yards out to cap off a 53-yard drive. With 6:62 to go in the first quarter, freshman kicker Dillon Lawson kicked a 39-yard field goal. After forcing one of their many "three-and-outs" of the day, the offense would take over on the Louisburg 43-yard line and score on a two-yard pass from Young to Xavier Wilson.
Facing 3rd-and-9 on the 44-yard line, Young connected with Izegwire, this time on a 56-yard touchdown.
Louisburg scored in the first half on a blocked extra-point return.Hayes Lifts Lackawanna over Dean
PECKVILLE, Pa. - The play of DeChavon Hayes was the spark that Lackawanna needed to claim its first Northeast Football Conference victory of the 2013 season; a 23-20 victory over Dean College. Hayes made his impact felt in the first period when, with the Falcons leading 9-7, he took a screen pass from Edward McKenzie and rambled 62 yards to the Dean 8-yard line to set up a McKenzie 8-yard scoring run and a 16-7 lead.
After Dean scored 13 unanswered points to take a 20-16 lead, Lackawanna went to Hayes again. Hayes responded by carrying the ball four times for 43 yards. The last of those carries went for 16 yards for a 23-16 lead. After stopping Dean on its possession, Lackawanna looked to Hayes again. He broke loose on a 35-yard run to the Dean 30.
Hayes led with 97 rushing yards and a TD.
Lackawanna will close the season against top-ranked Georgia Military Nov. 10 at Virginia Tech University's Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va.Oct. 26
FRANKLINTON, N.C. - Nassau CC, the nation's 17th-ranked-team, handed a 48-6 loss. The Canes' only score of the conference ballgame came in the second quarter as Madison Mills hit John Wheatley on a 17-yard pass. The touchdown was the final score of the first half where the Canes found themselves down 28-6 to the Lions. Mills was the Hurricanes' leading rusher on the day as he went for 113 yards. The sophomore quarterback also threw for 134 yards on 10-29 passing. Chris Brown also ran the ball well as he went for 58 yards, while Bubba McDowell was LC's top receiver with 95 yards on three catches. Jarius Cook was the Hurricanes' leading tackler as he recorded 10 tackles, including seven solos. Stephen Williams continues to lead the team in overall stops as he added nine tackles to his team-high 69. The sophomore linebacker also made a tackle for loss and assisted on another. The Hurricanes, now 5-3, 2-2 in the NEFC, will play their final game of the 2013 season when they travel to Stony Brook, N.Y., to take on #15 ASA College. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., on the campus of Stony Brook University.Monroe Runs Past Thaddeus Stevens
LANCASTER, Pa. - The Monroe Mustangs ground game recorded 255 yards to lead the Mustangs to a 26-6 win over Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Three Mustangs rushamassed 255 yards on the ground. Freshman Robert Jackson ran for 176--the second-most in school history. Freshman WR Jaquan Spann had two catches, both for TD's, and freshman placekicker Mitchell Hannush had a pair of field goals in the win, which gave Monroe a 5-3 record on the season. In the first quarter, Monroe got a 23-yard field goal from Hannusch and recovered a fumble that led to a 28-yarder giving them a 6-0 lead. In the second period, the Mustangs took control of the game. Freshman QB Clayton Turner hooked up with Spann on two scoring passes, a 31-yarder and one for 19 yards and Monroe led 19-0 going into halftime.
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Saturday afternoon's exciting 35-33 win by the Monroe Mustangs football team over Lackawanna at City Park was a statement-type game for a team in its second varsity season.
Monroe established the tone of the game on the very first play from scrimmage, recovering a fumble on the Falcons 31-yard line. Eight plays and a Robert Jackson two-yard plunge later, Monroe had a quick 7-0 lead.
After the subsequent kickoff, the Monroe 'D' forced a three-and-out and on the Mustangs next possession freshman quarterback Clayton Turner found sophomore receiver Rudolph Henriquez along the left sideline for a sweet-looking 35-yard TD strike and a 14-0 first quarter lead.
Turner was 9 for 20 with four TDs. Henriquez, Monroe's most explosive player, caught four passes, three for touchdowns, for 90 yards. He added a 16-yarder in the second quarter to give Monroe a 21-0 lead and then a 26-yarder in the third quarter to extend Monroe's lead to 28-13.
Freshman receiver Jaquan Spann had five catches on the day for 81 yards and Monroe's final score of the day, a 35-yard TD catch and run, giving Monroe a 35-20 lead.
The Falcons didn't crumble. They made a game of it, scoring on a spectacular 52-yard TD pass-and-catch to make the score 35-33 with 2:24 left in the game.
Lackawanna quarterback Ed McKenzie rushed 16 times for 62 yards and a touchdown. He also completed 18 passes for 286 yards and four scores. Santoni Scott led the Falcons with six receptions and 143 yards. scoring twice.
But Monroe's defense was equal to the task and on the crucial two-point conversion attempt, cornerback Darien Giles ran down the quarterback and combined with sophomore linebacker Benjamin Compton for a game-clinching sack.
Jackson, a freshman halfback, had 113 yards on the ground, his third-straight 100-plus yard game. Henriquez now has seven TD receptions during Monroe's three-game win streak. Sophomore linebacker Leonardo Myers had a first-quarter interception and Dustin Payne had one in the second quarter.
FRANKLIN, Mass. - Nassau CC scored the game's last three touchdowns as the Lions rallied from a 16-7 third-quarter deficit to defeat Dean, 28-16.
After Dean's Jarvon Anderson returned the second-half kickoff 96 yards for a score, the Lions responded with an 8-play, 73-yard drive. Antwane Grant, who finished with five receptions for 104 yards, caught a 30-yard pass from Anthony Robbins to make it 16-14.
Travis Lock scored on a 2-yard run to give Nassau a 21-16 lead and Josh Mcphearson added a 9-yard run with 3:30 remaining to cap the scoring. NCC's Yahkee Johnson ran for a game-high 111 yards.
Dean's Adriell Mayes, one the NEFC's leading rushers, finished with 84 yards on 12 carries.
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The ASA College football team won its fifth game by downing the Atlanta Sports Academy 48-0. ASA improves to 5-1 overall with the nonconference win and has now posted back-to-back shutouts.
The Spartans fumbled a punt, giving ASA possession on the Spartan 7-yard line. Sophomore running back Donavan Williams scored on the next play. He would finish with 127 rushing on the day with two touchdowns. Williams also caught a pass for 45 yards.
Both teams would come up with a couple of empty possessions until 12:52 to go in the half when Olu Izegwire would dash 55 yards on a reverse to the end zone.
On the Avengers' next offensive possession, sophomore running back Dante McDonald found the end zone after a 58-yard run. He finished with a game-high 132 yards rushing, also scoring two touchdowns.
ASA scored just before the end of the first half when Williams capped a six-play, 73-yard drive.
The Avengers made things exciting to cap their first offensive drive of the second half with the game already becoming out of reach of the Spartans. ASA would run the "flea flicker" to perfection with wide receiver Jesse Yorke finding fellow sophomore receiver Quinton Sullivan in the end zone with a 19-yard pass.
Early in the fourth quarter, McDonald scored his second touchdown after a 38-yard run. Sophomore running back Brandon Stout closed the game with a 30-yard touchdown run with a little over two minutes to go in the contest.
ASA's offensive line was too much for the Spartans to handle, creating massive holes that would allow the Avengers to run for 360 yards. The Avenger defensive line had the same effect on the Spartan offensive line. Atlanta Sports Academy finished with negative five rushing yards.
Freshman defensive end Torey Hendrick was a headache for his former program, finishing with five tackles including three for a loss and a sack. Freshman safety D'Angelo Niler led the Avengers in tackles with six.
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - ASA took care of conference business by defeating Lackawanna College, 27-0. The Avengers improved to 4-1 overall and a perfect 3-0 against Northeast Football Conference competition.
Lackawanna started the game on the right foot, reaching the ASA 9-yard line on a pass-interference penalty. However, the Avenger defense would dig in and force Lackawanna to kick a field that Regan Atkins-Frazier would block.
After the defensive stop, ASA quarterback Aaron Young marched the Avengers 80 yards. The 12-play drive was capped by a six-yard touchdown run by running back Donavan Williams, who finished day with 166 yards including an 86-yard run.
The Avenger defense forced Lackawanna into a three-and-out situation. Just before the end of the first quarter, Young would connect with receiver Jesse Yorke on 2nd and 15 getting the Avengers to midfield. On 2nd and 12, Young found receiver Atkins-Frazier good for a 41-yard touchdown.
The Falcons could not find the formula to get into the red zone on their next possession reaching ASA 40-yard line and forced to punt. A solid punt by the Falcons had the Avengers starting the drive on their own 6-yard line. Williams ran 86 yards on the second play. The drive ended when Young found Olu Izigwire in the endzone for a 9-yard pass and reception.
ASA would take over on its own 33-yard line. After a five-yard Phillip Hogan run, Young threw his second touchdown pass in a row to Izigwire, this time good for 62 yards.
Sophomore defensive lineman Cory Johnson led the Avengers with seven tackles including a sack. Freshman defensive end Monte Taylor had four tackles including two sacks.
TROY, N.Y. - Monroe evened its season record at 3-3 with a 27-21 win over Hudson Valley CC largely because of the Mustangs' stalwart defense.
Monroe's 'D' essentially shut down the Vikings' running game, yielding only 69 rushing yards.
Sophomore linebacker Leonardo Myers was the team leader with six solo tackles. Sophomore safety Claudrecus Ellis had a clutch 47-yard pick-six interception in the third quarter that proved to be the winning score of the game.
On the offensive side, sophomore wide receiver Rudolph Henriquez followed up his three-TD, NEFC Player of the Week performance in last week's upset win over Louisburg, with two more TD catches from QB Clayton Turner. Henriquez opened Monroe's scoring in the first quarter with a 60-yard TD catch and later hauled in a 30-yard score in the second quarter. He led Monroe with four catches and 95 yards. He now has nine catches for 226 yards and five TDs in the last two games.
Freshman Robert Jackson followed up his 107 yards rushing in the Louisburg game with another stellar performance by running for 116 yards on 25 carries.
LOUISBURG, N.C. - The #19 Louisburg College football team dropped a nonconference game, 42-39, to the Atlanta Sports Academy. The Hurricanes ruled the game on the ground as they outgained the Spartans, 357 yards to 50, but their air attack out-dueled the Canes, 388-85.
Louisburg had the first two scores of the game as Tyree Massey and Chris Brown each made 6-yard rushes into the end zone. ASA responded with a couple of scores through the air but LC kick returner Darshaun Ford took the second kickoff 93 yards to the house giving the Canes a lead that was extended to 22-14 following a successful two-point conversion. The teams again traded scores before the half as the Spartans threw another TD, while LC kicker Ryan Samuels hit a 26-yard field goal.
Atlanta Sports Academy opened the second half with a pair of scores that were answered by Massey's second rushing touchdown. The sophomore running back finished the day with 97 yards on 15 carries which was second to Brown's 162 yards on 13 carries.
The teams again traded scores in fourth quarter with the Spartans scoring on their fifth TD pass while RJ Washington scored on the Canes fourth rushing touchdown, but it wasn't enough as the Spartans left Louisburg with a 42-39 victory.
In total, the LC defense had 15 tackles for losses, including three sacks and it picked off three Spartan passes. Sophomore linebacker Stephen Williams again led in tackles, making 14 tackles (nine solo), two of which were for losses. Freshman linebacker Bruce Walker made seven solo tackles, picked up a sack (eight yards) and one other tackle for loss (seven yards).Oct. 5
PURCHASE, N.Y. - The Monroe Mustangs football team picked a perfect afternoon to pull the biggest win of their two-year existence. During the college's 80th Homecoming celebration Saturday, Monroe's Rudolph Henriquez hauled in three touchdown passes, including two spectacular grabs, to defeat #17-ranked and unbeaten Louisburg 21-17. The Hurricanes came into the game with a 5-0 record. Monroe is now 2-3 on the season.
"This our biggest win," said a smiling head coach Terry Karg after the game, "and we did it against a quality team. All that work and all that time and all the commitment during the bye week (last week) paid off. We worked hard every day to get this."
Monroe was buoyed by the return of quarterback Clayton Turner, the season's original starter who was injured in the Dean game three weeks ago. Harried and hurried by a fierce Louisburg blitz scheme for much of the game, the freshman finished his comeback game 8 for 21 with one interception. His gritty play was rewarded with the three TD passes he threw to Henriquez.
The first came off a three-yard shovel pass, which capped a 5-play 51-yard drive in the first quarter to give Monroe a 7-0 lead.
With time running out in the second quarter and Monroe leading 7-6, Turner and Henriquez hooked up again, this time on a 64-yard pass that came after a Hurricane defender tipped the ball and, before it hit the ground, the sophomore wide receiver scooped it up and scampered into the end zone for a 14-6 lead.
With 6:37 left in the third quarter, the Hurricanes took an ominous 17-14 lead, scoring a TD off a two-play, 39-yard drive that began after an ill-advised Turner interception.
Down by three with 8:54 to go in the game, Monroe was forced to go for it on a 4th-and-18 on the Hurricanes' 30-yard line. Turner threw him a low liner on the sideline near the Mustangs bench. As he bent to catch it, the Hurricane defender rolled over his back, and somehow he was able to keep his balance while not going down. He straightened up and raced into the end zone for what proved to be the winning touchdown.
Henriquez led all receivers with 5 catches for 131 yards and the three touchdowns.
Freshman running back Robert Jackson had a strong game, filling in for the injured Donald Thomas. Jackson carried 19 times for 107 yards.
Monroe will travel to Hudson Valley for a 1 p.m. game Oct. 12.
PECKVILLE, Pa. - When Lackawanna College scored on a Dylan Pasik to Wendall Foster 10-yard pass with 6:08 left in the third period, the Falcons fans felt secure that they could celebrate a homecoming victory after Paul Pendergast's extra-point gave them a 31-6 lead. However, Erie almost spoiled the party. The Kats scored 25 unanswered points, tying the game on a Connor Simmons to Marcus Carter 10-yard touchdown pass and two-point conversion with 47 seconds left.
Lackawanna almost lost the game in those 47 seconds as the following kickoff bounced off DeAndre Black's knee and rebounded to the Lackawanna 24-yard line where it was recovered by Erie. After a rush of two yards, Erie's Jake Chenny tried a 40-yard field goal that just missed left with two seconds left.
In overtime, Erie had the ball first and scored on a Simmons 5-yard pass to Ben Koch. With a good conversion, Lackawanna found itself in the position of needing to score a touchdown to extend the game. On its possession, Lackawanna move down to the 9-yard line where it was faced with a 4th-and-goal situation. Pasik was sacked for an 11-yard loss in what appeared to end the game. Fortunately for the Falcons, Erie was offsides. Pasik took advantage of the second chance by hitting Scott Santoli with a 4-yard scoring pass. A false start moved Prendergast back on the extra-point attempt, but that did not prevent him from placing the conversion through the uprights.
In the second overtime, Erie stopped the Falcons on their 15-yard line with a 4th-and-11. Prendergast converted a 33-yard field goal. Erie's possession found it with fourth down on the Lackawanna 26-yard line where Cheney had a opportunity to send the game into a third OT. However, his kick missed right and Lackawanna escaped with the 41-38 double-overtime win.
ASA cruised to a 55-17 victory at Dean. The Avengers found themselves down down 3-0 early in the game after a fumbled punt return giving Dean the ball at the ASA 11-yard line. ASA scored on the ensuing drive, marching 75 yards to score on a Jesse Yorke touchdown reception. The Avengers went into the intermission with a 20-3 lead. Redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Young threw five touchdown passes and finished with 227 yards passing. Yorke, Quinton Sullivan, and Regan Atkins-Frazier each caught two touchdown passes.
Nassau scored 54 unanswered points to record a 68-20 win over Hudson Valley CC. The Lions scored on their first drive, but saw HVCC return the ensuing kickoff for a 103-yard touchdown. The Lions scored again to take a 14-12 lead, but the Vikings answered and held an 18-14 lead in the first quarter. The Lions then scored 54 unanswered points to record the win.
FRANKLIN, Mass. - Louisburg's Kenny Watt returned punt 63 yards for a touchdown with 26 seconds remaining to lift the 16th-ranked Hurricanes to a 24-17 win over previously unbeaten Dean College at Longley Field.
Louisburg improves to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Northeast Football Conference while Dean, which has received votes in the past two NJCAA polls, is now 4-1, 1-1. Dean had won the previous two meetings between the schools.
Dean's Jalen Williams scored on an eight-yard run before catching a 45-yard touchdown pass to give the Bulldogs a 14-3 halftime lead.
Louisburg running back Chris Brown, the NEFC offensive player of the week, ran for two third-quarter touchdowns as the Hurricanes took a 17-14 lead. Dean's Chris Boteler made a 45-yard field goal to tie score with 9:45 remaining. Boteler was the NEFC special teams player of the week after kicking the game-winning field goal over Hudson Valley CC.
Brown finished with 90 rushing yards. Dean forced four turnovers and had linebacker Jason Sylva record 15 tackles and a forced fumble.
PECKVILLE, Pa. - Despite touchdown runs of 50 yards and 29 yards by DeChavon Hayes, Lackawanna dropped its Northeast Football Conference home opener to Nassau Community College, 32-13. The Falcons were still in the game as late as 23 seconds left in the third period, when Hayes reduced the Nassau lead to nine points, 22-13, with his second TD of the day. However, Nassau scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
Hayes led Lackawanna with 101 yards on 16 carries and the two touchdowns. Dylan Pasik led the passing attack with 111 yards on 14 completions in 20 attempts. Four Falcons receivers had multi catch days--Richard Grimes caught 6 for 59 yards; Brad Wilson 4 for 34, Deandre Black 4 for 24 yards; and Travis Johnson 3 for 26 yards.
QuVaughn Jones was first in tackles with 6 solos and 3.5 assists. Austin Copeland also had six tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Shahid had an 50 yard interception and return, while Jonathan Jackson added an interception, two pass breakups and a blocked an extra point.
The Falcons will be at home again next Saturday when they host former NEFC member Erie Community College at 1 p.m.
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The ASA College football team used a four-touchdown second half for a 40-16 victory at Army JV. The non-conference win helps the Avengers improve to 2-1 overall. ASA will be back to NEFC play next weekend as it travels to Franklin, Mass., to take on Dean. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.
The Avenger defense would start the game forcing a three-and-out. This would lead to an 11-play, 66-yard drive capped by a Donavan Williams touchdown run from 1-yard. Williams finished with 148 yards. After another ASA stop, Army would eventually take the lead on defense intercepting an Aaron Young pass and returning it 30 yards to the end zone. The Black Knights converted on the two-point conversion for the 8-6 lead to end the first quarter.
The Avengers would retake the lead for good after a 65-yard drive ending with on a 30-yard Olu Izigwire receiving touchdown from Young. Izigwire had a career day finishing with 103 yards receiving on eight catches. ASA closed the half with the 13-8 lead.
Young and the offense didn't waste time to open the second half, scoring on their first drive. �After five plays and 75-yards, ASA found itself in the end zone on �Phil Hogan 41-yard pass reception from Young.
The Avenger defense once again forced Army to punt, which never left the punter's foot and would be downed at Army's own 21-yard giving the Avengers excellent field position. �ASA took advantage of the opportunity, scoring on an eight-yard Xavier Wilson reception from Young.
Giving the Army JV offense fits all afternoon, ASA sophomore defensive back Alexander Ajanaku-Wells would take care of the remainder of the Avenger scoring. Wells picked up a fumble forced by defensive lineman Torey Hendrick taking it 20 yards to the house. Later in the fourth quarter, Wells struck again intercepting an Army pass and returning it 20 yards for the score.
Sophomore interior defensive linemen Cory Johnson and Wayne Williams were a load to handle for the Army line, combining for 11 solo tackles.
LOUISBURG, N.C. - Louisburg College, ranked 20th in the nation, returned home Saturday where it hosted Lackawanna College in the 2013 homecoming game that gave the packed crowd what they came for as the Canes came from behind late in the game and held on to win 19-18 as Lackawanna had a chance to end it in the final seconds but missed a field goal sealing the deal for the 4-0 Hurricanes.
The Falcons got the first score of the game which came midway through the first quarter. LC responded by blocking the extra point which would be a theme for the game as only one point after try would be made in the conference match up. The only good extra point came off of the foot of Louisburg kicker Ryan Samuels when the Canes scored midway through the second quarter as Shikee Brooks hauled in a Madison Mills 16-yard pass. Lackawanna closed out the half with a late score but the Canes' defense stood strong and stopped the Falcons two-point conversion attempt.
The Falcons opened the second half with a 66-yard touchdown on their first possession. Louisburg would again stop the two-point convert attempt, but trailed 18-7 going into the fourth quarter.
With 7:18 left, the Hurricanes would cut into the Falcons lead as Sean Campbell finished a LC possession with a one yard touchdown run. The Falcons would stop the Canes two-point conversion attempt but LC would march back down the field on their next possession and score again when Mills hit Bubba McDowell on an 11-yard pass.
On the day, Mills passed for 135 yards on 15-27 passing. His top target was McDowell who caught five passes for 49 yards and the one score. Chris Brown was the leading rusher for the Hurricanes as he went 104 yards on 16 carries.
Stephen Williams led the defensive crew as he made 11 solo tackles and assisted on seven others. The sophomore linebacker also had two tackles for loss and forced a fumble. Justus Hoffman also had a big game as he made six solos, had two assists and picked up a pair of the Canes' three sacks. Jervon Christopher had the other LC sack to go along with his five solo, two assisted tackles and an interception.
The Hurricanes (4-0, 1-0 NEFC) will hit the road next week when they travel to Dean College which is also 4-0, 1-0.
PURCHASE, N.Y. - ASA scored four touchdowns in the second half against Monroe to cruise to a 41-7 win this evening at SUNY Purchase. The win marks ASA's first win of the season and gives it a 1-0 record in the Northeast Football Conference. Overall, the Avengers improve to 1-1.
The Avengers jumped out of the gate on the very first kick return of the game with freshman Olu Izegwire taking it to the house--96 yards. The Mustangs would respond on their first offensive drive of the game, knotting the score at seven on a 10-yard run to complete a 62-yard drive. The score would remain tied until late in the first half.
After a David Gutzmore interception return to Monroe 38-yard line, ASA would take over for one last chance to take the lead going into the half. The Avengers took advantage of the opportunity scoring on a 4-yard run by running back Donovan Williams.
The ASA defense opened the second half forcing a three-and-out situation, giving the Avenger offense the opportunity to add to the one score lead early in second half. The offense marched 74 yards and capped the drive with another Williams rushing touchdown, this time from two yards out. The run was setup by a 32-yard Quinton Sullivan reception from quarterback Aaron Young. ASA closed the third quarter with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Young to tight end Shane Letukas giving ASA the 27-7 lead going into the final quarter.
After another solid defensive stance to start the fourth quarter by the ASA defense, the Avenger offense would put together just as solid of a drive. After another 32-yard pass reception by Sullivan, the Avenger offensive line and running backs would finish the job, capped by a one-yard rushing touchdown by Williams for his third of the game.
ASA's defense rose to the occasion again on Monroe's next possession. Sophomore defensive back Alex Ajanaku-Wells would intercept a pass and returned it 86 yards before being tackled at the Monroe 8-yard line. ASA then scored on the first play of the drive on freshman running back Phil Hogan's first carry of the contest.
The Avengers will be back on the gridiron Sept. 29 at Army JV.
TROY, N.Y. - The Hudson Valley Community College football team (0-2) lost to Dean College (4-0) 20-17 on Saturday afternoon.
The Vikings struck first when Nick Casale hit Jarrid Wilkinson for a 24-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Casale then ran it in to convert on the two-point conversion to put the Vikings up 8-0. Hudson Valley took an 8-0 lead into the half, as the defense shut down Dean's offense, including a crucial fourth-down stop.
Coming out of the half, Casale ran in a two-yard touchdown on fourth down to give the Vikings a 14-0 lead in the third quarter. Dean answered with an 11-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a 17-yard touchdown run.
In the fourth quarter, Dean's 50-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright to keep the score at 17-7. After a Hudson Valley fumble on their own 19 yardline, the Bulldogs scored on the very first play on a 19-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to three. After a Viking punt, Dean drove the field to the 33 yardline to attempt another 50-yard field goal, but this time Chris Boteler drilled it to tie the game, 17-17. The Vikings received the ball back with under two minutes left in the game, but a costly interception on third down proved to be the difference. Dean drove it down to the eight and converted on a 25-yard field as time expired to take a 20-17 victory.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Sept. 14 - Down by less than a touchdown (13-7) as the third quarter ended Saturday at the Mitchel Field Complex, Monroe thought it had the ninth-ranked Nassau Lions right where it wanted them. Even when Nassau added a TD on a 46-yard catch-and-run to put the score at 20-7 with 11:07 left, Monroe was still in the game, answering the challenge with a gutty 71-yard drive that put the ball on the Nassau eight yard-line.
But that's where it came crashing down, as a Mustang fumble gave the ball back to Nassau. On the ensuing possession, the Lions scored a touchdown and then added another on a pick-six interception return and Monroe's upset dreams were dashed, 34-7. The Mustangs are now 1-2 in their second varsity season.
As it did in last week's game against Dean College, Monroe had the first score off a long first quarter drive. Freshman running back Donald Thomas rumbled up the middle for 20 yards to give Monroe a 7-0 lead with 9:27 to go in the first quarter.
But that evaporated in an eye blink as less than a minute later Nassau's Travis Lock burst through for a TD on a 56-yard run from scrimmage, tying the score at 7-7.
Nassau's placekicker Connor O'Sullivan, the NJCAA National Player of the Week for special teams, was deadly, connecting on a 42-yarder in the second quarter and from 48 yards in the third quarter, setting up the fourth quarter sequences that iced the game.
Monroe QB Michael Campbell was 11/25 for 49 yards. Thomas was Monroe's leading rusher, amassing 64 yards on 14 carries.
Monroe will host rival ASA on the Mustangs home field at SUNY Purchase next Saturday. Kickoff is 6 p.m.
In other action, Dean defeated Western New England College JV, 48-14, and No. 7 Georgia Military defeated No. 10 ASA, 22-15.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The #10 ASA College football team came up a little short against #7 Georgia Military. The Bulldogs defeated the Avengers 22-15 to improve to 4-0 on the season.
GMC would strike first would strike first, scoring on the first drive of the game, with a 55-yard rune. In the second quarter, the Bulldogs would add to the lead with a 36-yard field goal and a safety at the 10:23 mark. Georgia Military would go into the half with the 12-0 lead.
The Avengers would settle down in the second half, dictating the pace on both sides of the ball. ASA cut the lead to 12-7 on a Shaquille Joyner fumble recovery and a Dillon lawson extra point. Georgia Military answered with its second field goal of the game from 41 yards out for the 15-7 lead.
Led by freshman quarterback Aaron Young, the Avengers would regain the momentum of the game in the beginning of the fourth quarter on 77-yard drive capped off with a Jesse Yorke 6-yard touchdown reception. ASA would tie the game at 15 on a two-point conversion play-action pass from Young to Olu Izigwire.
The ASA defense would stop the Bulldogs on their next offensive possession. However, ASA fumbled inside its own 10-yard line. Georgia Military would regain the lead for good on the next play.
Sophomore defensive back Alexander Ajanaku-Wells anchored a secondary that only allowed 78 yards with the pass. He would finish the game with a game-high 12 tackles including a forced fumble.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Louisburg played its first road game of the 2013 season and the Hurricanes defeated Gray Military Academy 30-16 Sunday afternoon.
GMA scored the only points of the first quarter but the Canes responded by scoring nine points of their own in the second quarter, taking a 9-3 lead into the halftime break. LC would again outscore Gray Military in the second half, 21-13.
Madison Mills took the bulk of the snaps where he would throw for 127 yards on 8-19 passing. Mills also threw a pair of touchdowns and a pair of picks. John Wheatley was the top receiver for Louisburg as he caught three passes for 63 yards, and he snatched both of Mills TD passes. Chris Brown scored the Hurricanes other touchdown as he rushed for 41 yards on 10 carries.
Hurricane linebacker Justus Hoffman led the defense in tackles as he had ten solo tackles in the nonconference win. RJ Freeman also had a good night on D as he made six solos and assisted on two others. Defensive lineman Anthony Orr overpowered the GMA line as he broke through making three of the Canes seven sacks. Outside linebacker, Kendall Wright had a very busy game as he made five solo tackles, two assists, broke up three War Eagle passes and had a sack.Balance Powers Lackawanna
TROY, N.Y. - Lackawanna College head coach Mark Duda directed a multi-faceted offense to a 41-14 victory over Hudson Valley Community College. The Falcons had three running backs rush for 48-or-more yards, three quarterbacks pass or rush for one-or-more touchdowns, and seven receivers with two-or-more catches.
Kahleel Artis rushed 12 times for 90 yards and a TD; Tidquan Grant ran 15 times for 87 yards and Teju Ishola had eight carries for 48 yards. The quarterbacks rushed or passed for a combined 235 yards and played a part in five of the six touchdowns.
Ed McKensie completed 10 of 15 passes for 107 yards and 2 scores. He also rushed eight times for 44 yards and 2 TDs; Dylan Pasik completed 9 of 13 passes for 75 yards and a scoring pass; and Zach Graville ran the ball twice for 9 yards and a touchdown.
Richard Grimes led the receivers with four catches for 60 yards while DeAndre Black caught three passes for 29 yards.
On defense, Gabe Tillman led in tackles with seven. He also broke up a pass. Both Raynard Revels and Andre Davis recorded a sack, while Austin Copeland registered an interception.
The win leaves the Falcons 2-1 overall. They start their conference schedule Saturday when they travel to Louisburg (N.C.) College for a 11 a.m. kickoff.
PURCHASE, N.Y. - Three defensive touchdowns and two safeties powered Dean College to a 33-23 win over Monroe College in the Mustangs' home opener - and first-ever Northeast Football Conference game - at SUNY Purchase Saturday.
Down 33-16, Monroe quarterback Michael Campbell, who entered the game when starter Clayton Thomas left with an injury, lofted a pass to the back of the end zone where sophomore Peter Ramanand hauled it in, just getting his feet down in time, pulling Monroe within 10 with 8:53 left.
The Mustangs were unable to stop the Dean running attack all night and on the ensuing drive it swallowed large chucks of the remaining time - more than six minutes - with a 12-play, 39-yard run-only drive before being forced to punt. The Dean rushing game was dominant as the Bulldogs amassed 258 yards on the ground.
Monroe had opened the game with a surgical ten-play 68-yard drive that was capped off by a Derrick Goliday one-yard TD plunge.On the next drive, Dean's Ralph Stovall intercepted a pass and ran it in from 35-yards.
The Bulldogs recorded a safety before Tyree Holmes gave the Bulldogs a 15-7 lead with a nine-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
The Mustangs continue NEFC play as they will travel to Nassau CC for a noon start.
UNION CITY, N.J. - Kaleel Artis sprinted five yards into the end zone to clinch a Lackawanna College 25-19 double overtime victory over Globe Institute of Technology Saturday.
The Falcons took a 9-7 lead at halftime as Paul Prendergast booted a 36-yard field goal on the last play of the half. However, the third period was all Globe's as they scored 12 unanswered points to take a 19-9 lead. Early in the fourth quarter, Lackawanna generated a nine-play, 46-yard drive, culminating with a Jaymar Anderson 10-yard TD run. Later in the period, the Falcons went 43 yards in 11 plays to tie the game when Prendergast kicked a 20-yard field goal to with 2:50 left in the game.
Lackawanna failed to score as Prendergast missed a 37-yard field goal int he first overtime session. Globe's initial overtime drive ended when Shahid Lovett intercepted a Jujaun Battle toss on the Falcon 5-yard line.
In the second overtime, Lackawanna recorded two sacks to thwart Globe. Lackawanna then went on a methodical eight-play, 40-yard drive ending with Artis' five-yard run. The key play in the game-winning drive came when the Falcons, facing a 4th and 5 on the Globe 35, used a Daylin Pasik 19-yard pass to Richard Grimes for a first down on the 16-yard line to keep the drive alive.
Anderson ran 25 times for 113 yards and a touchdown while Ed McKenzie had 14 completions in 24 attempts for 146 yards and a touchdown. DeAndre Black led the receivers with 9 catches for 85 yards.
Defensively, Rahiem Rolling led the team in tackles with 9; while Andre Davis and Raynard Revels led in sacks with 2 each. Lovett had the games only interception.
Lackawanna is on the road again next week as it travels to Troy, N.Y., Saturday to play former Northeast Football Conference member Hudson Valley Community College.
LOUISBURG, N.C. - The Louisburg College Hurricanes football team improved to 2-0 as it knocked off Fork Union Military Academy, 43-18.
The Hurricanes were firing on all cylinders in the nonconference game but the Canes really shined on defense and special teams as the first two LC scores came off interceptions returned for touchdowns. Darshaun Ford got the first pick-six which was a 70 yard score. Stephen Williams returned his pick for 65 yards.
Ryan Samuels, an All-Northeast Football Conference punter in 2012, booted the Canes first score of the second quarter, a 30-yard field goal. Quarterback Madison Mills then hooked up with John Wheatley on a 14-yard pass play. The Canes would go to the break with a 30-0 lead after Karon Simmons pounded the ball through to the end zone.
Louisburg would score three more times in the third quarter. Samuels hit a pair of field goals (20 and 28 yards) and Bubba McDowell returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown.
The LC defense had 11 tackles for loss and sacked the FUMA quarterbacks twice. Markeith Dews led the defense in tackles as he had seven solos which was just ahead of Kendall Wright who had five.
The Hurricanes will play their first road game of the season next Sunday when they travel to Columbia, S.C., to take on Gray Military Academy.
LOUISBURG, N.C. - The Louisburg College Hurricanes football team took to the field Saturday afternoon for the first time in 2013. After some early mistakes, the Canes settled down and took care of business, defeating Virginia Beach Institute, 41-12.
The first score of the season came by the way of the LC defense as they earned a safety midway through the first quarter. Late in the same quarter the Hurricane offense got in on the act as they capped off a 6-play, 40-yard drive with a RJ Washington two-yard plunge into the end zone.
Louisburg doubled up the Stallions in the second quarter as LC outscored VBI, 12-6. Ryan Samuels hit a 32-yard field goal and the special teams unit earned another two points as the Canes blocked a point-after try that was returned by Kenny Watt. Louisburg finished the half with its longest play of the game when Madison Mills hooked up with John Wheatley on a 75-yard pass play. The Hurricanes went into the break with a 21-6 lead.
The Canes had three scores in the third quarter; two by the air and one on the ground. Mills hit Amir Williams on a 63-yard pass play while Sean Campbell got some snaps and made the best of them hitting Bubba McDowell on a 35-yard score. Washington got the other third-quarter score as he made a 15-yard run.
The Hurricanes defense played well in their first regular season test and they were led by Stephen Williams who had five solo tackles and assisted on six others. Williams also picked up a sack and made three tackles for loss, totaling 13 yards. Watt did some damage on special teams and he also picked off a couple passes.
The Canes will return to the field next Saturday when they host Fork Union Military Academy at Old Franklinton HS. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Peckville, Pa. -Aug. 31 - The Lackawanna College football team dropped its season opener after Navy Prep put together a 94-yard drive in its final possession to claim a 31-28 victory over the Falcons. Navy took a 25-13 lead in the first half; only to see it evaporate as Lackawanna scored 15-unanswered points to take a 28-25 lead with 9:10 left. The Falcons looked like they placed the game on ice when they downed a Paul Prendergast punt on the 6-yard line with 6:20 left. The defense held Navy to 8 yards on the next three plays only to see Navy hit on a 44-yard pass from the 14-yard line, on 4th-and-2. The pass sparked Navy's offense as it continued its drive and scored with 37 seconds left. Lackawanna did not give up as it moved downfield only to see the game end on the 20-yard line after a 41-yard pass from Ed McKenzie to Brad Wilson on the last play.
Scoring for Lackawanna were DeChavon Hayes on runs of 15 and 83 yards. Also putting points on the board for Lackawanna where Jackson Miller on a 5 -yard pass from McKenzie; a McKenzie TD on a 2-yard quarterback sneak and two points on a Andre Davis safety.
Hayes led the Falcons in rushing with 267 yards on 22 attempts while Wilson led the receivers with 4 catches for 100 yards. McKenzie completed 11 passes in 20 attempts without an interception.
On defense, Austin Copeland, Andre Davis, QuVaughn Jones and Gabe Tillman led the team in tackles with five.
The Falcons look to bounce back next week when they travel Union City, N.J., to take on Globe Institute of Technology Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Aug. 29 - On the game's final scrimmage play, a spectacular 99-yard TD interception return by freshman cornerback Jarell Hicks (Newark, N.J.) put the exclamation point on a convincing 28-0 Monroe Mustangs season-opening victory over Wagner (JV) at the Seahawks' Hameline Field Thursday afternoon.
But it was a pair of Mustang freshmen running backs who stole the show. Derrick Goliday (Akron, Ohio) scored two rushing TDs and Donald Thomas (Bronx, N.Y.) had one, as well as the game's longest rush from scrimmage, a 46-yard jaunt down the sideline in the third quarter, to power the Mustangs.
Starting quarterback Michael Campbell (Bloomfield, Conn.) drove the Mustangs to their first score on their first possession, clicking on two clutch third-down plays along the way.
On the drive's seventh play, he handed it to Goliday who blasted up the middle for a nine-yard, second-effort TD run that gave the Mustangs their first score in their second season of football.
As the quarter ended, Goliday put the finishing touches on a five-play 67-yard drive with an eight-yard TD run. That score was set up by Thomas' 46-yard dash.
Thomas finished with 109 yards on 10 carries to lead Monroe and Goliday netted 77 yards on 11 carries.
Next Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., the Mustangs will open their home season against Dean College at SUNY Purchase.