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HIALEAH, FL – Hard work is supposed to be its own reward – do a good job for the sake of doing a good job.
But a pat on the back every once in a while is appreciated.
Following its historic win over Georgia Military College this past Saturday, ASA Miami's football team received the best kind of recognition for its hard work – earning its highest appearance in the NJCAA National Football Rankings, as the No. 17 ranked team in the country Monday afternoon.
Each week, the NJCAA releases a top 25 ranking of the top junior college football teams across the country and it is the second time in the program's five-year history that the Silver Storm (3-1) have been included in the NJCAA's weekly poll – a monumental achievement for the only two-year junior college football program in the state of Florida. ASA Miami made its first appearance in the NJCAA top 25 on October 2015, ranking No. 20.
ASA Miami earned the top 25 rankings following its 24-14 win over GMC, which came into the weekend's contest as the No. 10 ranked team. Sophomore running back Evan Burgess rushed for a season-high 153 yards and a crucial fourth-quarter touchdown on a career-high 32 carries and freshman quarterback Jaeze Tracey finished with 164 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes to lead the Silver Storm over the Bulldogs – ASA's first win over GMC in eight contests.
ASA Miami head coach Roosevelt Williams said the team's highest ranking is a result of an overall cohesiveness within the program.
"It means that we have a great group of players and coaches," said Williams, who's in his first season as the Silver Storm's head football coach after serving as the defensive coordinator in 2018. "Accomplishments like this shows that we all have the common goal of winning on and off the field – even when the chips are stacked against us."
The Silver Storm will look to strengthen their case to move up the rankings when they travel to face Louisburg College on Saturday, October 5th in Savannah, Georgia.