Avengers Pull Out 21-14 Victory At Lackawanna

Sophomore receiver Olu Izegwire celebrates after scoring the game's winning touchdown.
Sophomore receiver Olu Izegwire celebrates after scoring the game's winning touchdown.

Peckville, PA---The ASA College football team remains undefeated after beating fellow NFC member, Lackwanna, this afternoon 21-14.  ASA is now 4-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play.  With the victory, the Avengers set the all-time record of conference wins in a row with 13.  The Avengers tied the record last weekend against who previously held the record for their string of wins between the 2007 to 2009 seasons.  ASA will be back in Pennsylvania on Monday, October 20th, to take on St. Francis University JV.  Kickoff is set for 4:00 PM.  

Sophomore receiver Olu Izegwire scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:51 left in the game on a one-handed 25-yard grab at the back of the end zone from sophomore quarterback, Angelo Nocciolo.  The touchdown was Izegwire's second of the game, scoring his first in the third quarter on a wildcat rush from 8 yards out giving ASA the 14-6 lead.  The possession of his first touchdown came on the heels of a Monte Taylor fumble recovery on Lackwanna's 15-yard line.  

The Avengers struck first with a little over three minutes remaining in the first period on an Andrell Payne touchdown reception from Noocciolo capping a 9-play, 59 yard drive.  

LC's special teams answered just before the end of the first half.  The Falcon's Doucet Kapri recovered a high snap on an ASA punt attempt in the end zone for the score.  However, the Avengers were able to block the extra point attempt to hold on to the advantage.  

The ASA defense would come up with two key 4th down stops in the second half that played a big part in the outcome of the game.  The first came with a little under four minutes to go in the third quarter where the Avengers were able to stop the Falcons for four downs when they started at the ASA 7-yard line.  The second came with 9:46 to go in the contest when the Avengers stopped LC at the ASA 19-yard line.  

Following these stops, the Falcons made things interesting by scoring on a 79-yard reception and run down their sideline cutting the ASA lead to 14-12.  LC then tied the game on the two-point conversion on a crossing pattern in the end zone.  3:42 remained in the game.  

The home team's dramatics were outdone less than two minutes later.  ASA's defense held strong on Lackawanna's last attempt to tie the game again.  The Avengers took over on downs to end the game.