Newark, NJ----The ASA football team lost a heartbreaker this evening, falling to NJCAA independent #16 Globe in the final minute of the game, 43-38. ASA drops to 6-4 overall on the season. The Avengers will look to wrap up the 2015 season at Nassau CC on Saturday, November 7. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM at Mitchell Field in Uniondale, NY. A will secure a second-place finish in the Northeast Football Conference.
Trailing 37-17 with six minutes remaining in the game and a lot of things going right for the Knights, a comeback didn't look too promising for the Avengers. However, the Avengers were able to capitalize on turnovers to get back into the game and even take their first lead of the game, 38-37, with 1:23 left in the game.
Unfortunately for ASA, Globe was able to get to midfield after a solid kickoff return. On the second play of the drive, Globe would score the winning touchdown on a 47-yard bomb to the end zone.
Playing catch-up all night, the Avengers saw themselves down 37-10 five minutes into the second half.
Sophomore wide receiver Kendall Thomas played a key role in keeping the Avengers optimistic for a comeback. He would score ASA's first touchdown on a 97-yard kickoff return. The Brooklyn native also scored on a 14-yard reception with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter, sparking the Avengers' comeback for the lead in the fourth quarter.
Starting quarterback Angelo Nocciolo finished the game, which turned into a shootout in the latter minutes of the game, with 181 yards passing and three touchdown tosses.
Sophomore defensive lineman Darius Roper did a little bit of everything on the other side of the ball. He would finish with three tackles including a sack and an interception ASA's end zone.
Globe quarterback Anthony Cruz finished with a monster performance, which included 346 passing yards and four touchdown passes. He also finished with 67 yards rushing.