Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2019
LITTLE ROCK, AK – Whenever someone has a huge challenge looming, it will be said that they have a "monkey on their back".
For ASA Miami's football program, which was riding a nearly four-year losing drought against other two-year junior college programs, it was more like a 400-pound gorilla.
Consider the Silver Storm's back primate-free as ASA Miami snapped the streak in dominant fashion – using freshman quarterback Jaeze Tracy's record six total touchdowns (five passing and one rushing) to spark a 51-20 win over host Arkansas Baptist College Saturday afternoon at Quigley-Cox Stadium.
Not only did ASA Miami (2-0) snap the negative streak, it also broke multiple program records Saturday. Tracy shattered the previous individual mark for passing yards in a game (232) with his 406 passing yards Saturday – which also set a team record for total passing yards in a game. Tracy also put his name in the Silver Storm record books with his six total touchdowns – the most total touchdowns scored in a game by a single player and tied for the most passing touchdowns in a game.
Most impressively, Tracy – who also accounted for four total scores in ASA Miami's week one win – completed his big passing day with zero turnovers.
One of the beneficiaries of Tracy's performance was receiver Devin Mondy, who finished with a game-high five receptions for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Mondy's 124 receiving yards set a new program mark and his 80-yard touchdown reception – which put the Silver Storm up 27-7 late in the second quarter – also set a new record for longest scoring play and longest reception.
The Buffaloes cut ASA's lead to 34-13 with a third-quarter touchdown, but the Silver Storm would put together three more scoring drives in the fourth quarter – including a 71-yard strike from Tracy to Biran Durr Brian Durr, which punctuated game and produced the final 51-20 margin.
ASA Miami, which will travel to Scranton, Pennsylvania on September 21st to face Lackawanna College in a rescheduled game, took control of the game Saturday early on. After Arkansas Baptist (2-3) tied the game at midway through the first quarter, the Silver Storm scored 27 unanswered points before the sound of the halftime buzzer.
The Silver Storm's run began with a 3-yard toss from Tracy to Justin McGriff then, sophomore running back Evan Burgess capped a long scoring drive with a 6-yard jaunt into the end zone. Tracy extended the lead again with 5:26 left in the second with his record-setting connection with Mondy and capped the run with a 4-yard trot past the Buffaloes defense to put the Silver Storm up 34-7.
McGriff had 52 receiving yards to go along with his two TDs; Burgess finished with a team-high 49 rushing yards and 48 receiving yards, and Tim Nelson added four catches for 65 yards.
ASA Miami's defense yielded 305 yards of total offense to Arkansas Baptist while also racking up two sacks and forcing a pair of turnovers (an interception and fumble recovery).