Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
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SCRANTON, PA – Playing on the road is tough enough – especially when the road trip is a nearly 24-hour bus ride – but falling into an early deficit on the road creates an almost insurmountable hurdle.
ASA Miami fell into a 26-point hole in the first half and, despite a spirited fourth-quarter push, ultimately fell 40-25 to host No. 6 Lackawanna College Saturday afternoon at Valor Credit Union Field at Scranton Memorial Stadium.
The Silver Storm (2-1, 1-1 JuCo) trailed as much as 33 midway through the third quarter before outscoring the Falcons 25-7 the rest of the way. ASA cut the deficit to 15 after Lackawanna muffed a punt and defensive end Ali Allu recovered the loose ball in the end zone with just over four minutes left to play, but the Falcons were able to run out the clock on the ensuing drive – sealing the final 40-25 score.
Sophomore running back Evan Burgess put ASA Miami on the board with just over six minutes left in the third quarter when he capped an 11-play, 83-yard drive with a 2-yard plunge into the end zone. Burgess scored twice Saturday – the third quarter run and a 39-yard scoring reception in the fourth – while also totaling a game-high 111 total yards from scrimmage.
ASA Miami's undoing was its inability to generate productive plays through the air. Having just set new records for total passing yards and longest pass play just a week before, the Silver Storm offensive line had trouble protecting freshman quarterback Jaeze Tracey. Tracey, who also set the single-game record for most total touchdowns in a single game this past week, was sacked four times and hurried seven times and was only able to complete 10 of his 25 passes for 79 yards with an interception and a fumble.
Tracey left the game during the second quarter and ASA head coach Roosevelt Williams turned to freshman Keanu Kong. Kong fared slightly better, going 14 of 31 for 247 yards with a pair of touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. Both of Kong's touchdowns throws came in the fourth – the 39-yarder to Burgess and a 23-yard connection with Tim Nelson early in the fourth quarter.
Nelson finished with two receptions for 32 yards; Biran Durr led all Silver Storm receivers with six catches for 79 yards; Christian Simon added 63 yards on six catches and Justin McGriff finished with five receptions for 67 yards.
Statistically, ASA Miami – which will play four of its next five games at home beginning with next week's game against Georgia Military College – outgained Lackawanna, possessed the ball longer, and totaled more first downs. However, the Falcons benefitted from long scoring plays – striking on plays of 43, 52, and 47 yards.