HIALEAH, FL – ASA Miami got back to its winning ways Saturday, putting on a dominant performance to manufacture a 56-0 win over visiting Advance Prep Academy at Ted Hendricks Stadium.
The Silver Storm (3-3), who will have a week off this coming weekend before going on the road to face Louisburg College on October 20, flexed their muscles – holding the Panthers to negative (-10) total yards of offense and forcing six turnovers while jumping out to a 35-0 lead at halftime.
With the Silver Storm’s 35-0 lead and the Panthers’ lack of depth (APA had less than 25 players available Saturday), the teams agreed to play the second half with 12-minute quarters and a running clock.
Despite the altered conditions, ASA’s second and third teamers tacked on three more scores in the second half – a third-quarter pick-six by freshman defensive back De’Andre Armstrong, an 8-yard jaunt into the end zone by backup quarterback Eddie Yearby and 1-yard plunge by reserve tight end Abraham Rosenfeld late in the fourth quarter to push the final margin to 56-0.
Saturday’s win was the ASA Miami’s second over Advance Prep this season. The Silver Storm downed the Panthers 41-0 in their season opener and have allowed a combined negative (-92) rushing yards in the two contests.
ASA also got a season-high four interceptions Saturday. Armstrong, Sydney Sheppard, Terrell Williams and Tomas Ward all got their hands on APA passes – nearly equaling the number of passes (5) that Panthers receivers caught Saturday. The Silver Storm defense also had six tackles for loss and got a touchdown from sophomore defensive back and team captain Ahmad Lyons when he scooped up a fumble and returned it for a second-quarter score.
ASA Miami sophomore quarterback Matt Winzeler had one of his best performances of the season Saturday, completing 9 of his 14 passes for 126 yards and accounting for three total touchdowns. The Ohio native did all his work during the second quarter – scoring the team’s first touchdown of the day with a 1-yard dive over the line of scrimmage then he punctuated consecutive scoring drives with scoring passes to Angelo Mayo and Skailar Hage respectively.
While the Silver Storm ground game accounted for 123 yards Saturday, it took a significant hit when it lost freshman running back Evan Burgess late in the first quarter with an upper extremity injury. Burgess, who came into Saturday’s game with a team-high 356 rushing yards, carried the ball just five times Saturday for negative (-1) yard.
A committee of ball carriers stepped up in Burgess’ absence.
Having an extra week off – due to the University of Fort Lauderdale canceling its Oct. 13 showdown with the Silver Storm – will help ASA recuperate and prepare to hopefully capture its first win against a junior college opponent this season.