ASA/Lackawanna Headlines NEFC ActionOctober 11, 2012
Oct. 9, 2012 - For the second-straight week, a team holding the top spot in the Northeast Football Conference standings has suffered a loss. A week after Dean knocked Louisburg from the league’s top spot, the Bulldogs suffered a 69-14 loss at ASA. With Nassau playing a nonconference foe this week, the Avengers now find themselves in that precarious position. ASA?is 2-0 in league play and attempts to move to 3-0 by playing at Lackawanna this week.
The ASA/Lackawanna game could either be a defensive masterpiece or an offensive display as both schools are ranked among the nation’s best in several offensive and defensive categories.
Elsewhere in league play, Erie plays at Dean. In nonconference play, No. 7 Nassau hosts Georgia Military, which is receiving votes in the poll, while Hudson Valley meets Monroe in Troy, N.Y. Louisburg is off.
National Rankings:?Nassau and ASA?remain in the top 10. The Lions are now seventh while ASA?climbed two spots to eighth. Louisburg rose to 14th following a win over Monroe in nonconference play. Dean is now in the receiving votes category. The poll includes the Football Computer Rankings which is worth 33 percent of the poll with the other 67 percent coming from the voters.
NJCAA Stats:?The NEFC?has several individuals ranked among the nation’s statistical leaders. In rushing yards per game, Nassau’s David White is fourth at 133 yards while ASA’s Hosey Williams is fifth with 10 rushing touchdowns. In receiving yards per game, ASA’s Ouslet Volcy is fourth with an average of 110.8 yards and Louisburg’s Demarques Martin is fifth at 108.6. Volcy is third with eight touchdown receptions.
In the team categories, the league has three teams in the top seven in rushing offense. Lackawanna is third at 314.6 yards per game while ASA?is fourth at 292.8. Nassau is seventh at 245. ASA?is seventh in total offense, 486 yards per game. In scoring, ASA?is second (63.3 points per game), Lackawanna is fifth (47.2 ppg).
On the defensive side, Nassau has the nation’s top scoring defense, allowing only 4.7 points per game. ASA?is fourth (5.8) while Lackawanna is sixth (8.4). In yards allowed per game, ASA?is first (87.3) while Lackawanna is fourth (139). In passing defense, ASA?is fourth (83.2), Lackawanna eighth (111.8) and Erie, 10th (119.7). ASA?and Lackawanna are 1-2 in rushing defense, allowing 4.2 and 27.2 yards per game, respectively.
Players of the Week: ASA’s Ouslet Volcy, Lackawanna’s Dayron Wilson and Louisburg’s Ryan Samuels were named the NEFC’s Players of the Week. Here’s a recap of their performances:
Offense - Volcy--a 5-foot-10, 175-pound sophomore wide receiver from Miami, Fla./Miami Northwestern--caught eight passes for 250 yards in the Avengers’ 69-14 win over nationally ranked Dean. He had scoring receptions of 27, 44, 53 and 63 yards.
Defense - Wilson--a 5-10, 196-pound sophomore linebacker from Woodbridge, Va./Garfield--recorded 11 tackles (6 solo/5 assists) as Lackawanna recorded a 50-6 win over Erie. Wilson also recorded three tackles for loss of 16 yards, forced a fumble, and intercepted a pass in the contest. In case he sounds familiar, Wilson won the award last week.
Special Teams - Samuels--a freshman kicker/punter from Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax--made two field goals, including one from 42 yards, in the Hurricanes’ nonconference win over Monroe College. Samuels also made three extra-point conversions, and recorded five punts for a 39.4 average. He placed one of those punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. Samuels is also a repeat selection as he won the award Sept. 24.
Last Week: No. 10 ASA exploded for 49 first-half points in its 69-14 win over No. 16 Dean. Sophomore running back Hosey Williams ran for game-high 166 yards and two scores. Sophomore wide receiver Ouslet Volcy made eight catches for 250 yards and four touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Daniel Pietrangelo threw for 293 yards and five touchdowns on 12 completions.
DeChavon Hayes scored four touchdowns in leading Lackawanna to a 50-6 win over Erie. Hayes' first score came on 28-yard reception of a Davonta Farrell pass with 52 seconds left in the opening quarter. Hayes followed that score with TD runs of 20 yards (2nd quarter, 10:02), 59 yards (8:38, 4th quarter) and 24 yards (5:30, 4th quarter). Besides his four scores, Hayes gained a season-high 159 yards on 12 attempts.
Devante Watkins caught two touchdown passes as Louisburg downed Monroe, 27-3. The ‘Canes defense recorded six sacks, a fumble and an interception. Zebulon Perkins led with two sacks while Stephen Williams recorded 11 tackles.
Nassau’s David White ran for 176 yards and two scores while Travis Lock added 108 rushing yards and a score in the Lions’ 47-0 win over Hudson Valley. Troy Jones threw three TDs for Nassau.
NJCAA?Defensive Player of the Week: Nassau defensive back Marc Mauro became the second-straight NEFC?player honored as the NJCAA?Defensive Player of the Week. Mauro was chosen Sept. 26. Erie defensive back Dorian Polk was the Sept. 19 selection.
More Rankings: ASA?rose to 16th in the rankings by JCGridiron.com. Nassau is now 19th while Dean is 29th. The poll includes the NJCAA and California programs.
Bowl is the Goal: The Carrier Dome Bowl, sponsored by the NEFC, takes place Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. The game features the NEFC champion against an opponent to be named later.