Charlotte, NC – Sunday afternoon, the Lackawanna College Football team kicked off their 2018 season with a 30-7 win over ASA – Miami. The contest was the inaugural game played between these two NJCAA powerhouses.
The Lackawanna scoring started in a unique way. After kicking to ASA to start the game, Lackawanna stopped the Avengers deep in their own territory forcing them to punt. The subsequent snap sailed over the punter's head and out of the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 nothing lead with 13:28 left in the first quarter.
On the ensuing drive, Lackawanna drove the ball 60 yards on eight plays which ended with a one yard scoring rush by freshman running back Calvin Bell. Isaiah Howard's point after touchdown gave the Falcons a 9-0 advantage with 7:18 left in the initial quarter.
ASA bounced back with a 53 yard scoring run on their next drive. Their extra point narrowed the score to 9-7 with 3:52 left in the quarter, which would also be the score at the end of the period.
In the second quarter, Lackawanna increased their lead, as Shane McLaughlin hit Jael Negron with a 12 yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone. Another Howard extra point gave the Falcons a 16-7 lead with 11:21 left in the half. The score was the last of the period and gave Lackawanna that 16-7 margin going into half time.
The Falcons expanded their lead to 23-7 as they drove the ball 70 yards to score with 9:46 left in the third period. Lackawanna's score came on a two-yard run by Reggie Jean-Charles and Howard's extra point kick. There was no further scoring in the period
Lackawanna's final score of the day took place with 7:33 left in the game. McLaughlin threw his second scoring pass of the game, a 39 yard strike to Norval Black. Howard's XP gave the Falcons' a 30-7 with 7:33 left in the game. Neither team score for the remainder of the quarter.
The Lackawanna defensive team played a superb game shutting out the Avengers after their first quarter score. The highlight of the day for the "D" was an interception by Sylvanus Waibogha in the third period.
The Falcons play again next weekend when they travel to Staten Island, New York to play the Wagner College Junior Varsity. Next weekend's game is scheduled for Sunday, September 9th with Kick off scheduled for 1:00 PM.