Monroe Football Falls to No. 14 in NJCAA Rankings after First Defeat of Season
CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 14, 2019 – On the heels of the team's first loss of the season, the Monroe College football team dropped seven spots to No. 14 in the Week 7 edition of the NJCAA Football Rankings, as announced by the NJCAA on Monday. The Mustangs' first defeat comes at the hands of Northeast Football Conference foe, and No. 3-ranked Lackawanna College, this past Saturday evening at Joseph F. Fosina Field. After the Mustangs took a 7-3 lead in the first quarter, the Falcons scored 14 straight points to go up, 17-7, but a field goal by Monroe made it a 17-10 game heading into halftime. A field goal for Lackawanna made it 20-10, but another Mustang touchdown brought them back within three. The Falcons then closed it out with 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for a 30-17 win. Lackawanna remained No. 3 in the NJCAA Rankings after the win, but received a first-place vote for the first time this season. Despite the loss, he Mustangs remain the highest-scoring team in the NJCAA, averaging 51.2 points per game across their first six contests of the season. Monroe is ninth in the nation with 432.3 yards from scrimmage per game, while ranking 15th with 193.5 rushing yards per game and 16th with 238.8 passing yards per game. The Mustangs are tied for second with 23 rushing touchdowns on the season. Monroe leads the country in total defense, allowing just 151.3 yards from scrimmage per game, and still lead the nation by allowing just 27.7 rushing yards per game.