HIALEAH, FL – Nothing helps a team get over a tough loss like a big win.
With its arduous 2,600-mile road trip to Ephraim, Utah that ended with a 44-point loss to Snow College in the rearview mirror, ASA Miami earned its second win of the season Sunday afternoon with a 61-0 victory over visiting Gordon Fine Arts and Sports Academy at Ted Hendricks Stadium.
The Silver Storm (2-2) completely overmatched the Panthers, who traveled from Oklahoma by bus and trotted out a roster of just 16 players.
ASA Miami wasted little time flexing its muscles.
After opening a 27-0 lead in the first quarter and pushing it to 40-0 by halftime, the Silver Storm played much of the second quarter and the entire second half with a running clock to accommodate the Panthers’ lack of available players.
It was an efficient day for ASA Miami’s offense – being dealt short fields after an abundance of Gordon Sports Academy turnover on downs – finishing with 246 total yards of offense on just 32 offensive snaps. Also, the Silver Storm never attempted a punt, only had four incomplete passes and only one negative rush from the line of scrimmage.
The Silver Storm defense also feasted on the opponents’ shortcomings.
ASA forced six turnovers (four interceptions and two fumbles) and turned two into points – with freshman defensive lineman Titus Duncan scooping up a loose ball and returning it 18 yards for a score and redshirt sophomore Tomas Ward earned himself the “Pick Six Pinky Ring” when he stepped in front of a pass a returned 21 yards to the end zone.
Ahmad Lyons, De’Andre Armstrong, and Ryan Henry also had interceptions Sunday. Henry’s had his chance at the “Pick Six Pinky Ring” with his first-quarter interception but fumbled the ball out of the end zone for a touchback before he crossed the goal line.
Freshman quarterback Eddie Yearby put the punctuation on the Silver Storm’s rout with a 3-yard romp into the end zone late in the fourth quarter.
Freshman running back Aaron Edmunds finished with game-high 37 rushing yards on just two carries; Julian Robinson was right behind with 32 yards, all of which he gained on a second-quarter touchdown run; and Evan Burgess ended with 28 yards and three touchdowns.
ASA Miami head coach Chris Boden was able to use three of his quarterbacks Sunday. Sophomore starting quarterback Matt Winzeler went 5-of-7 for 73 yards and a 4-yard touchdown strike to Kedrick Greene to go along with a 1-yard touchdown plunge in just over a quarter of action. Nicholas Patrizi completed his two passes on the day for 30 yards and Yearby finished 2-of-4 for nine yards in two quarters of action.