ASA Avengers Notch 70 Points in Convincing Shutout Victory

ASA Avengers Notch 70 Points in Convincing Shutout Victory

The ASA Avengers are on a mission for the 2017 season. And judging by the first two weeks of action, head coach Joe Osovet thinks anything is possible. 

Fresh off its convincing 70-0 win over Wagner JV, on Sunday, the Avengers (2-0) are averaging an incredible 59.5 points per game. While ASA's offense is as dangerous as any JuCo in the nation, its defense may be even more treacherous. Both of ASA's opponents this season, New Jersey Warriors and Wagner JV, failed to score a point. And the Avengers are yielding just 22 rushing yards and 40 passing yards per game.   

Sunday afternoon in Staten Island, New York was more of the same, as Osovet's crew ran up a 50-0 halftime lead before finally cruising for the remainder of the second half. The quarterback play was once again efficient, as freshman starter Stone Labanowitz went 5-of-12 for 95 yards, including a touchdown strike to wideout Edward Morgan early in the second quarter to give the Avengers a quick 21-0 lead.  

Labanowitz soon gave way to fellow freshman Alphonso Howard, who was potent as well. Howard went 9-of-12 for 184 yards and three touchdown passes to go along with team-high 77 yards on the ground. Howard's damage was mostly done in the second quarter when he connected twice with wideout Andre Ridley on scores of 25 yards and nine yards, respectively, and then with Morgan for 27 yards to close out the first-half scoring. Morgan also contributed an 83-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half.    

By the time the halftime scoreboard read 50-0, the only drama remaining was whether the defense would preserve the shutout. Like last week's home win, the defense was more than up for the challenge. 

Led by freshman linebacker Demetrius Powell's 10 tackles and two pass breakups, the Avengers smothered the overwhelmed Wagner JV players. ASA also registered three sacks – one apiece from freshmen linemen De'Anthony O'Neill, Marcus Bowman, and Hozey Haji' Badri – and an interception by sophomore defensive back Jai Dixon, to really provide the impetus for the perfect defensive performance. 

The offense-defense symmetry has been outstanding for ASA to date, which was Osovet's plan all along when he came over from Nassau Community prior to the start of the 2016 campaign. It was an up and down maiden season for him, but so far, so good for an Avengers squad that finished last season with just four wins. 

But if the early results are any indication, ASA will remain one of the best JuCo teams to watch throughout the season and easily justify that No. 10 ranking in the JCGridiron.com preseason "Dirty 30" National Junior College rankings.  

Up next for the Avengers is a road date with Georgia Military College, Sunday, to be played at James Madison University.