HIALEAH, FL – Freshman running back Evan Burgess’ career day – 105 rushing yards on 24 carries – wasn’t enough to propel ASA Miami Saturday afternoon, as the Silver Storm fell 35-7 to visiting Georgia Military College at Ted Hendricks Stadium.
Burgess’ impressive day was completely overshadowed by the Bulldogs’ 282 total rushing yards. Georgia Military gained 7.6 yards per carry Saturday and had rushing touchdowns of 46 and 24 yards.
After trailing 14-7 at halftime and falling behind 21-7 after GMC scored on its third-quarter opening drive, the Silver Storm’s hopes of a rally seemed to go awry midway through the third quarter. Having driven down inside the Bulldogs’ 15-yard line, ASA’s promising drive came to an abrupt halt when Eric Stowers mishandled a handoff and the Georgia Military defense fell on the loose ball.
The Bulldogs converted the ASA turnover into another touchdown – 2-yard scamper Tydarius Elam – to take a 28-7 lead and they completely quelled the Silver Storm’s comeback hopes with a 24-yard Reginald Davenport touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.
Burgess eclipsing the 100-yard mark was the lone bright spot for ASA Miami Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Matt Winzeler, who left the game briefly in the first quarter with an ankle injury but returned at the start of the second, finished 11-of-25 for 168 yards with an interception.
ASA Miami (2-3), which has yet to notch a victory against another junior college opponent this season, fell into a 7-0 hole midway through the first quarter when Georgia Military turned a Silver Storm turnover-on-downs into a 9-play, 67-yard scoring drive with just under seven minutes left in the opening quarter.
That deficit doubled right before the end of the first when the Bulldogs blocked an ASA field goal attempt, which was scooped up and returned 58 yards for a touchdown by GMC linebacker Peter Agabe – who played for the Silver Storm this past season.
The Silver Storm got on the board late in the second quarter, going on a lengthy drive – aided by a handful of Bulldogs penalties – and capped it with a 2-yard plunge by Burgess.
Up Next: ASA Miami is set to host Advance Prep Academy next Saturday (Oct. 6) at Ted Hendricks Stadium at 1 p.m.