ASA College played in the first ever Carrier Dome Bowl and lost last season, but in their second trip they managed to win the bowl game as the Avengers beat DuPage 23-3 in Syracuse Friday night.
Avengers’ quarterback Aaron Young led the team with 218 yards passing and three touchdowns, Sullivan Quint, who had 120 yards receiving, caught two of those TD passes as Dahon Taylor grabbed the other one. Donav Williams added 73 yards rushing.
“We were able to win in different ways this year and this was a new way,” said ASA head coach Dennis Orlando. “This game tested our patience but we stayed with our game plan and made some key plays that led to the victory.”
The Avengers took control of this game early as Young threw his first touchdown pass on their very first possession when he found Sullivan open for a 19-yarder that made it 7-0. The score stayed that way until late in the half DuPage made it 7-3 when Nick Bartolotta was successful on a 27-yard field goal. The Avengers got those three points back just 45 seconds later when Dillon Lawson nailed a 41-yarder to make it 10-3 just before half.
ASA wasted no time in the third as they scored just 57 seconds into the second half when Young again found Sullivan, but this time on a 22-yard pass that made it 17-3. It was with 1:35 left in the game when the Avengers tacked on another touchdown, this time a 15-yard pass to Taylor, that clinched the game.
The win capped an amazing season for the Avengers as they finished ranked 10th in the nation and took home the Northeast Football Conference’s title when they beat Nassau Community College.
ASA’s Young finished the season with 1,803 yards passing and 22 touchdowns, both led the NEFC. Williams also finished first in the conference with 1,024 yards and 12 touchdowns. Sullivan finished second in the conference with 522 receiving yards and Olu Izigwire and Jesse Yorke finished third and fourth respectively.