It didn't take long for ASA head coach Joe Osovet to earn his first win as the Avengers' new lead man, as he saw his team rough up Wagner JV, 55-7, in just his second game in charge.
The Avengers (1-1) raced out to a 27-7 halftime lead and never looked back, as they decimated the Seahawks via the pass and run. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Barabe had the most efficient afternoon that any Avenger signal caller has had this season, as he went 21-of-27 for 275 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. His favorite targets were wideouts Adeola Oni (94 yards) and Javin Tandy (78 yards), as they combined for nine receptions. Oni, a freshman, added a touchdown, while the sophomore Tandy had a game-high three touchdowns.
Freshman running back Jeremiah Miller wasn't to be outdone, as he had a game-high 94 yards on just eight carries, including an electric 58-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
The game on Staten Island was already on ice by halftime, but what really sealed the Avengers' victory was a third-quarter blitz by ASA that saw three touchdowns in the third quarter alone. Barabe hooked up with Tandy for a 29-yard touchdown early in the stanza. The quarterback then added a three-yard scamper, which was soon followed by Miller's jaunt.
Making the score seem all the more amazing is the fact that ASA's offense never completed a third-down conversion, going 0-of-4. But any limited stalling of the offense was completely backed up by its stellar defense -- one that was gashed just a week ago in a 32-14 rout at the hands of Navy Prep in the team's season opener.
The Avengers allowed over 400 yards rushing in that defeat, but Wagner JV wasn't afforded the same courtesy, as ASA yielded just 134 total yards. The defense had six sacks -- from six different players -- two interceptions, a blocked kick, and a fumble recovery to get its unit back on track.
Up next for a rejuvenated Avengers squad is a 1 p.m. Sunday date against Georgia Military College, at James Madison University.