Monroe Football Jumps a Spot to No. 14 in Latest NJCAA Poll
CHARLOTTE, N.C., September 9, 2019 – With a quality win over then-No. 19 ranked Nassau Community College on Saturday, the Monroe College football team jumped up one spot to No. 14 in the NJCAA Football Rankings for Week 2, as announced by the NJCAA on Monday. The Mustangs were blistering hot on both sides of the ball in Saturday's contest, going up 44-0 before hanging on to defeat the 19th-ranked Lions by a score of 52-27 at Joseph F. Fosina Field. Quarterback Dominique Shoffner had his second straight five-touchdown game (four passing, one rushing), while running back Clayton Scott reached pay dirt twice and Halim Dixon-King caught two of Shoffner's touchdown throws. On the defensive side, Emmanuel Appiah-Tahkyi had his second straight two-interception performance, while Jahron Gayle registered three sacks. The Mustangs are currently the highest-scoring team in the NJCAA, averaging 61.5 points per game across their first two contests of the season. They rank third in total points with 123, which ranks highest among teams with fewer than three games played. Monroe is third in the nation with 497.5 yards from scrimmage per game. The Mustang defense leads the country in run defense, keeping their opponents to a ridiculous average of -39.0 yards per game on the ground. Shoffner is tied for second in the NJCAA with eight touchdown passes, and holds second to himself with a quarterback efficiency rating of 221.2. Appiah-Tahkyi's four interceptions are tied for the most in the NJCAA. Gayle's 3.5 sacks are tied for the eighth most in the nation, while his 5.5 tackles for loss put him seventh. The Mustangs have a bye week this weekend, but will get back to work on Sunday, Sept. 22, when they hit the road for the first time this season. They will visit Delaware Valley University JV in Doylestown, Pa., for a 12 p.m. kickoff.