Defensive Battle Wins ASA NEFC Title; Third In Program History

Defensive Battle Wins ASA NEFC Title; Third In Program History

10 points was all the Avengers needed to win the defensive battle against the rival Monroe Mustangs. With the 10-7 victory, ASA college clinched their third Northeast Football Conference title in program history.  The ASA Avengers trailed 3-7 at halftime, but scored quickly, with help from their defense to maintain the lead. 

The two teams combined for only 17 points, with 13 total punts in the game. ASA's defense held Monroe to 84 total yards of offense on 54 plays. Monroe finished the game 1-12 (8-percent) conversion rate on third down. 

Marquis Bzemore led the defense with nine tackles along with a sack. Demetrius Powell and Najee Stevens-McKenzie continued to standout on defense, both with eight tackles. Both players also recorded 2.5 sacks.

The Avengers #BOLTOFFENSE saw successes in spurts, with 265 total offensive yards, 155 of them through the air from Stone Labanowitz. Stone completed 16 of his 23 attempts, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions.

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After receiving the opening kickoff, ASA moved the ball well, getting deep into Monroe's territory before a tipped pass turned into an interception.  ASA would get the ball right back with an interception of their own, by Malachi Timberlake, his first of the season.  ASA would score off of the turnover, with a 21-yard field goal by Alessandro DeBlasi

ASA's defense kept Monroe's offense quiet, stopping them on four straight plays following a 79-yard kick return.  The Avengers stopped Monroe on four straight downs causing a turnover after Monroe began on the ASA 13-yardline.

A defensive quarter ended with ASA on top 3-0.

After a back-and-forth second quarter, Monroe got on the board with a 10-yard rushing touchdown with 11 seconds remaining in the half. 

ASA kicked off to start the second half, but would force a three-and-out.  A short punt along with a personal foul on Monroe gave ASA great field position, starting at Monroe's 28-yardline. Stone Labanowitz went on to find Edward Morgan for the 16-yard touchdown, his 9th in just seven games played.

Defense was the key, with neither team moving the ball down the field during the remaining 11:46 in the third quarter. ASA held a 10-7 lead at the end of three.

The Avengers defense continued to show their dominance, limiting Monroe's offense to only 4 total yards in the fourth quarter on two separate drives. 

UP NEXT: The Avengers will play a neutral site game at the University of Massachusetts against Milford on Friday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM under the lights.