JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY Harrisonburg, VA----The ASA football team won a thriller this afternoon, defeating #9 Georgia Military 27-24 in overtime. The Avengers improve to 2-1 on the season. GMC suffered their first loss and fall to 3-1. It is the first time ASA has beaten the Bulldogs in three tries. ASA opens Northeast Football Conference play at Monroe College on Saturday, September 19th. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 PM at City Park in New Rochelle, NY.
Freshman kicker Ross Hoffman kicked the game-winning field goal from 39 yards out in overtime. Prior to Hoffman's heroics, the Avenger defense held GMC to a missed field goal attempt that hit the cross bar on the first possession of overtime. It happened to be the first overtime game in ASA's six-year history as a program.
Clinging on to a touchdown lead, the Bulldogs would block ASA's punt inside the 20-yard line, taking over at the ASA eight-yard line. Despite stopping the Bulldogs on their first three downs, GMC ended up scoring on fourth down on three yard rush with :16 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 24-24.
The Avenger defense, which was resilient all afternoon long, extended their lead to 21-10 with 5:49 left in the third quarter. Defensive lineman Rashad Brandon would pick up a GMC fumble and chugged his way 20 yards "to the house".
The offensive headline of the day was the incredible performance of sophomore running back, Deon Tidwell. The fire hydrant from Arkansas set an ASA single-game rushing record with 273 yards on the ground. He would also catch two passes for 25 yards, keeping him just shy of a 300 yards on the day. Tidwell scored on a 43-yard rush that would give the Avengers the lead back early in the third quarter.
ASA held the GMC offense to 267 yards total offense and only 83 yards rushing. Freshman defensive tackle Teair Tart-Spencer infiltrated the GMC backfield time and again throughout the afternoon finishing with three tackles for a loss with two sacks costing the Bulldogs 19 yards.
Room for improvement – Penalties
19 penalties that did not offset cost the Avengers 145 yards.
NEXT UP: NFC Opener @ Monroe College | Saturday, September 19th | 5:30 PM | New Rochelle, NY