Just as the ASA football season ended, the Avengers' offense began taking off. And while the season was an up-and-down affair, there's promise on the horizon for head coach Joe Osovet and co.
Saturday's tilt, a 74-32 conquest of Hocking College, was the second-consecutive game in which ASA (4-6) racked up 70 points or more in a game. The previous week featured a 76-12 home thrashing of Gattica.
The Hocking win was especially impressive for ASA, as the Avengers took their high-powered offense on the road to the Ohio campus, and took command from the onset. Quarterback Ryan Barabe (10-of-19 for 207 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception) threw three touchdowns before the Hawks knew what hit them. The sophomore quarterback connected with wideouts Brian Ingram and Mike Quinn for 19 and 13 yards, respectively, before hitting tight end Josh McCoy for a 31-yard score. ASA tacked on another score in the first quarter when sophomore defensive back Joe Johnson took a kickoff 90 yards for the touchdown. By then, the result was essentially in hand and the Avengers were on its way to earning a dominant victory.
Defensively, ASA was led by linebacker Mike McGinnis's eight tackles (including a sack), three tackles for loss, and a pass breakup. Defensive lineman Najee McKenzie contributed with six tackles, a sack, and a pass breakup for a defensive front seven that racked up five sacks and held Hocking to just 81 rushing yards on 29 attempts.
And despite Osovet's high standards and tough grading, the secondary provided three interceptions in all to stifle any comeback attempt by the Hawks.
ASA now heads into the offseason with some spring in its step after totaling 150 points in its final two games. Future opponents – and major Division 1 colleges looking for playmakers – take notice.