#7 Avengers Shake Off Slow Start, Pull Away From Erie
BROOKLYN, NY --- The #7 ASA College Football battled back from a sluggish start and their first deficit of the season to remain undefeated after besting Erie CC 24-10 on Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Avengers' record to 8-0, the most wins in program history, and keeps them tied for first place in the Northeast Football Conference with a 4-0 conference record.
ASA would get on the scoreboard first in the game, turning an 11-play, 59-yard drive into a 37-yard field goal for sophomore K Cherchen Aloema to go up 3-0 midway through the first quarter.
Erie wouldn't back down from the Avengers, as the Kats turned their aggressive play into a golden opportunity early in the second period. After ASA was forced to punt at the end of the quarter's first drive, Erie would block the ensuing kick and rush the ball in for a touchdown on their next play, giving ECC a 7-3 lead. It was the first time in 30 quarters that ASA fell behind an opponent during a game.
The deficit would be short lived, however, as the Avengers bounced right back and scored on the next series. Sophomore TE Dahon Taylor capped a 7-play, 72 series with his first reception of the season - a 16-yard touchdown from freshman QB Daniel Pietrangelo to put ASA back up, 10-7.
Erie and ASA would trade a pair of failed possessions before the Kats ended the first half by connecting on a 50-yard field goal, tying the score at 10-10 heading into intermission.
The second half was played as tough as the first, but the Avengers finally seemed to get things rolling. After an Alexander Ajanaku-Wells interception on Erie's first drive of the third quarter, sophomore RB Hosey Williams carried ASA into the end zone on an 8-yard touchdown, putting the Avengers ahead, 17-10. The score capped a 5-play, 50 yard drive where Williams carried the ball on three of the five plays.
Williams, who has 12 scores on the year, is now only seven yards away from recording ASA's first 1,000-yard rushing season.
ASA would finally gain some breathing room from Erie early in the fourth quarter. Sophomore RB James Kenner scored his seventh touchdown of the season, punching in the game's final touchdown with 13:43 remaining in the game.
The ASA defense, which shut out Erie in the second half, was led by sophomore S Zedrick Gardner, who recorded a season-high and team-leading 10 tackles in the contest. The Avengers recorded nine tackles for loss and two sacks - both by sophomore DE Gary Scruggs.
ASA will have a bye this upcoming week before heading to North Carolina to take on Louisburg College on November 3. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 12:00PM.