That initial win against another junior college team continues to elude the Silver Storm.
After falling into a 13-point hole midway through the fourth quarter, ASA Miami cut its deficit down to six points twice in the final seven minutes but could never completely overcome Louisburg College – falling to the Hurricanes 23-17 Saturday afternoon at Louisburg High School Field.
Trailing 16-3, ASA Miami (3-4) sliced into the deficit when sophomore quarterback Matt Winzeler capped a five-play drive with a 15-yard scoring strike to tight end Skailar Hage to bring the Silver Storm within six points.
Louisburg pushed its lead out to 13 again (23-10) – thanks to a 55-yard touchdown pass – with just under four minutes left on the clock. ASA responded on the ensuing drive – a 58-yard connection between Winzeler and receiver Kedrick Greene – and trailed by six with 1:28 left in the game.
The Silver Storm attempted an onside kick, but the Hurricanes (4-2) recovered and were able to run out the clock.
It was a slow start by the ASA offense that thwarted things Saturday. Prior to the fourth quarter burst, Winzeler had trouble steering the offense against the Hurricanes defense. He had four passes intercepted and was sacked four times before ultimately finishing 11-of-28 for 197 yards.
As he has all season, freshman running back Evan Burgess led the Silver Storm ground game by finishing with a game-high 72 yards on 21 carries. DeVarens Valcin finished with a team-high four catches for a game-high 88 receiving yards.
The ASA defense did its part early, keeping Louisburg out of the end zone the entire first half. However, the Silver Storm couldn’t generate the same pressure it has typically been able to on opposing quarterbacks Saturday – only notching one sack (by Ryan Henry) and allowing Louisburg’s Nathan Harden to complete 16 of his 22 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
Saturday’s loss continues the trend of ASA Miami struggling to notch a victory against another JuCo program this season. All three of the Silver Storm’s win this year have come against prep (post-graduate) teams – outscoring opponents by a combined score of 158-0. Conversely, ASA Miami has lost its four games against other two-year colleges by a combined 159-58 score.
The Silver Storm return home this coming week where it will take on Nation Christian Prep Saturday (Oct. 27) at Ted Hendricks Stadium.