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August 24, 2019
HIALEAH, FL – ASA College-Miami opened the 2019 season in the same way it has for the past two years – with a huge win at home.
Led by freshman quarterback Jaeze Tracey's four total touchdowns (three passing and one rushing), the Silver Storm ran roughshod over visiting Advance Preparatory Academy in a 34-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Milander Park.
It was the sixth total meeting and third straight season-opening matchup between the two programs. ASA Miami (1-0) remained undefeated against the Panthers and pushed the series scoring total to 265-8 over those six meetings.
Saturday's game, which was delayed 50 minutes due to a pregame lightning warning, also marked the first official victory for ASA Miami head coach Roosevelt Williams. Williams, who was promoted to head coach in April after serving as the team's defensive coordinator in 2018, said that he was just glad to have made it through the day relatively unscathed.
"I'm just glad it's over," Williams said with a sigh of relief. "Don't get me wrong, I was very excited and was looking forward to today and to the game because of all the work that my coaching staff and these players put into getting ready for the season, but I wanted to just make it through today without anything bad happening – on or off the field."
"Overall, I was OK with how we performed today. I saw a lot of things that we need to clean up – on both sides of the ball…some of that can be attributed to first-game jitters. So, we'll watch the film and coach these guys up, hopefully have a great week of practice, and get ready for [Lackawanna College]," Williams said.
The Silver Storm will travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina next Sunday (Sept. 1) to take on Lackawanna College (Pa.) at Brooks Stadium on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.
One thing that should give Williams a reason for optimism was the performance of his freshman quarterback.
Tracey, a Pahokee High School alum, put together a solid performance Saturday – completing 12 of his 24 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound signal caller seemed like a hand-in-glove fit in offensive coordinator Eddie "Rabbit" Brown's up-tempo offense, getting the ball out quickly and spreading it around to multiple receivers.
Seven different Silver Storm receivers registered catches Saturday, led by Devon Mondy's four receptions for 74 yards and a pair of touchdowns – including an 18-yard grab that he hauled in after it ricocheted off a teammates' hands to put ASA Miami up 7-0 early in the first quarter.
Justin McGriff added 52 receiving yards and a touchdown, Decosta Ford had three catches for 26 yards, Donnie Crum also had three catches for 16 yards, and running back Evan Burgess caught a pair of passes for 28 yards to go along with his game-high 69 rushing yards.
Tracey threw all of his touchdown passes in the first 15 minutes of the game, giving ASA Miami a 20-0 lead before Advance Prep had earned three first downs. The Panthers earned what ended up being its only points of the day thanks to a "freshman mistake", when Tracey – already deep in his team's territory – continued to drop back into his own end zone while looking for an open receiver before succumbing to pressure and taking a safety midway through the second quarter.
Tracey pushed the Silver Storm's lead to 27-2 with a 4-yard scoring scamper late in the third quarter and Burgess punctuated the scoring with a 2-yard, untouched trot into the end zone early in the fourth quarter.
ASA Miami's defense flexed its muscle Saturday, too.
The Silver Storm not only kept Advance Prep out of the end zone, but they also clamped down on the Panthers' run game. Advance Prep finished with a negative (-44) rushing yards total and just 133 passing yards. ASA Miami also notched four sacks and intercepted three passes.
While the victory Saturday got the Silver Storm's season off on the right foot, ASA Miami will be put a much tougher test this coming weekend. Lackawanna College had an undefeated season in 2018 and is once again one of the top junior college football programs in the country.
"We have to limit big plays," Williams said of the upcoming matchup, which will also be his first game against another JUCO program. "Limit their big plays and stay on schedule with our offense and I think we'll be fine."