Brooklyn, NY – The Lackawanna College Falcons traveled to Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night to face Northeast Football Conference rival ASA Brooklyn. The previous weekend both teams scored a combined 191 points against their opponents. However, it was evident from the beginning that the two defenses were determined not to let the offenses put up those kind of numbers. The 1st quarter was a back and forth battle, with both teams creating turnovers. ASA Brooklyn attempted to get on the scoreboard first, however, freshman DeJahn Warren blasted through the line to block the kick. At the 8:51 mark, Lackawanna freshman kicker Cameron Ceccotti, would connect on a 38 yard FG for the first score of the game. This would be the only scoring in the first half and the Falcons took the 3-0 lead into the locker room.
Both defenses came out in the 2nd half and continued their strong play, with Lackawanna holding ASA Brooklyn to a FG midway through the 3rd quarter. The Avengers would finally get things going when they scored the first touchdown of the game and took a 10-3 lead, with a little under 5 minutes remaining in the quarter. Whatever momentum the Avengers had just grabbed, was quickly gone when sophomore Quentin Sanders returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 10-10. KeShaun Moore and the rest of the defense would stop the Avengers, putting the ball back in the offense's hands towards the end of the 3rd quarter. Falcons QB Matt Cavallaro wasted no time and connected with Norval Black for a 60 yard touchdown to take a 17-10 lead. This would be all Lackawanna would need as they would not relinquish the lead the rest of the game.
ASA Brooklyn had numerous opportunities to move the ball in the 4th quarter, but the Falcon defense would not break. Greg Rose led the team with 7 tackles and 2 sacks, KeShaun Moore recorded 6 tackles, Gianni Gamble had an interception and Brandon Hickerson-Rooks recovered a fumble. They were all instrumental in the last quarter as they continued to disrupt ASA Brooklyn's QB and kept the Avengers out of the end zone.
With the win, the Falcons move to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the Northeast Football Conference. Next week, they will once again travel to New York, where they will face Monroe College in another pivotal conference match up. Kickoff in New Rochelle, NY is scheduled for 6:00pm.