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Two NEFC?Teams Ranked in Top 5
 October 31, 2012

Oct. 30, 2012 - In today’s NJCAA?poll, two Northeast Football Conference teams have cracked the Top 5 as Nassau is now third while ASA is fifth. Louisburg, after its loss at Nassau, slipped to 19th and Dean remains receiving votes.
The league has two contests this week as ASA?and Louisburg meet Saturday in North Carolina and Lackawanna travels to Massachusetts to face Dean. In nonconference play, Nassau plays Globe Saturday while Sunday sees Erie play Monroe and Hudson Valley hosts the Hartwick JV.

Top Ranking:?Following a review of the NJCAA?polls, Nassau’s current ranking at third is the highest by a NEFC?school. The Lions were fourth in the final poll of the 2010 season and were fourth in the Oct. 11, 2005, edition.

What’s Left?: Following Saturday, the lone league game is:
• Nov. 10 - Nassau at ASA

Who Could Be Champ?: Nassau’s win last week puts the 5-0 Lions in the driver’s seat with just one league game remaining. ASA, which is 4-0, has Louisburg and Nassau left.

NJCAA Stats:?The NEFC?has several individuals ranked among the nation’s statistical leaders. In rushing yards per game, ASA’s Hosey Williams is fourth with 124.1 yards per game and Nassau’s Louis Johnson is 10th at 104.8. Nassau’s Travis Lock and Williams are tied for seventh with 12 rushing touchdowns while Johnson and Dean’s Adriell Mays are tied for 10th with 10 rushing TDs. In receiving yards per game, Louisburg’s Demarques Martin is eighth at 87.7 while ASA’s Ouslet Volcy is ninth with eight touchdown receptions. Dean’s Trevor Vasey is ninth in passing yards per game at 231. Lackwanna’s DeChavon Hayes is fifth in kickoff returns, averaging 32.4 yards per return and he is one of four players in the nation to have returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. Dean’s Rodney Whitehead leads the nation with a 22.8 yard average in punt returns and he is one of three players to have returned two punts for scores. ASA’s Tevin Grant (15.0) and Lackawanna’s Michael McGrue are 10th (14.1).

In the team categories, the league has three teams in the top six in rushing offense. Nassau is second at 284.8 yards rushing per game while Lackawanna is fourth (279.6) and ASA?sixth (268.5). In scoring, ASA?is second (56.7 points per game) and the Avengers are ninth in total offense, 455.4 yards per game.

On the defensive side, ASA?is first in total defense, allowing 89.1 yards per game. Lackawanna is fourth, allowing 192.5. The Avengers also lead the nation is rushing yards allowed, 16.8 per game. Lackawanna is eighth at 73.1. ASA is second in scoring defense, allowing 6.0 points per game. Nassau is fifth (10.6) and Lackawanna is 10th (12.5). In passing defense, ASA?is second (72.4). Nassau is sixth with 18 interceptions and Louisburg is tied for ninth with 14 interceptions.

Last Week: Nassau’s Travis Lock and Louis Johnson each ran for two touchdowns and more than 100 yards as No. 5 Nassau handed No. 15 Louisburg a 45-6 loss.

Adriell Mays ran for three touchdowns and caught another score as Dean rolled past Globe, 44-6. Mays finished the game with 116 rushing yards. Rodney Whitehead returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown.

NEFC?Numbers: Here is a look at the top performances by individuals this season:
• Most rushing yards - 225, DeChavon Hayes, Lackawanna vs. Monroe; 210, Jacob Wins, Erie vs. Dean • Most rushing TDs - 3, Branden Stout, ASA vs. Wagner JV; DeChavon Hayes, Lackawanna vs. Erie; Travis Lock, Nassau vs. Georgia Military; Adriell Mays, Dean vs. Globe • Most passing yards - 386, Trevor Vasey, Dean vs. Louisburg; 309, Madison Mills, Louisburg vs. Dean • Most passing TDs: 5, Dan Pietrangelo, ASA?vs. Dean; Trevor Vasey, Dean vs. Louisburg • Most receiving yards - 250, Ouslet Volcy, ASA?vs. Dean • Most receptions - 9, Demarques Martin, Louisburg vs. Dean • Most receiving TDs - 4, Ouslet Volcy, ASA?vs. Dean • Most field goals - 3, Ryan Samuels, Louisburg vs. Hudson Valley • Longest field goal - 52, Tyler Blackburg, Erie vs. Louisburg; Cherchen Aloema, ASA?vs. Wagner JV • Longest punt - 70, Gordie Pine, Hudson Valley vs. ASA • Longest punt return - 84, Marc Mauro, Nassau vs. Hudson Valley • Longest kickoff return - 97, DeChavon Hayes, Lackawanna vs. Nassau • Most interceptions - 3, Fred Howard, Louisburg vs. Hudson Valley • Longest interception return - 98, Marc Mauro, Nassau vs. Erie; Amara Kamara, Nassau vs. Georgia Military • Most tackles - 18, Malcolm Cater, Hudson Valley vs. Nassau • Most sacks - 4, Felix Small, Lackawanna vs. Monroe • Most tackles for loss - 7, Patrick McElveen, Louisburg vs. Nassau

Players of the Week: Nassau’s Travis Lock and Dean’s Rashard?Simmons and Rodney Whitehead were named the NEFC’s Players of the Week. Here’s a recap of their performances:

Offense - Lock—a 6-foot, 225-pound freshman running back from Lynbrook, N.Y./Lynbrook—made the most of his four carries in the Lions’ 45-6 win over No. 15 Louisburg College. Lock ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns, scoring on runs of 63 and 91 yards.

Defense - Simmons—a 6-5, 227-pound sophomore defensive end from Bradenton, Fla./Manatee—recorded 4.5 tackles for loss in the Bulldogs’ 44-6 win over Globe. Simmons finished the day with six tackles (four solo). He made three sacks for a loss of 15 yards and broke up one pass.

Special Teams - Whitehead—a 5-9, 164-pound return specialist from Manassas, Va./Osbourne—returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ win. He finished the game with 98 yards on three returns. Whitehead has now won the award three times this seasonn.

NJCAA?National Players of the Week: After Louisburg defensive back Jeffery Richardson was named the NJCAA?Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 26, the NEFC?has had four players honored. ASA?wide receiver Ouslet Volcey was chosen Oct. 12 while Nassau defensive back Marc Mauro was picked Sept. 26 and Erie defensive back Dorian Polk was the Sept. 19 selection.

More Rankings: ASA?rose to 10th in the rankings by JCGridiron.com while Nassau is now 12th. Dean has fallen out of the rankings after appearing at 27th last week. 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.

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