Appalachian State University football put together a dominating performance and picked up its first-ever Sun Belt Conference victory with a 53-14 rout over five-time Sun Belt champion Troy on Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
After falling into an early 7-0 hole, Appalachian State (2-5, 1-2 Sun Belt) scored 53 of the game’s final 60 points – including 29 unanswered to close it out – and finished with a 551-308 advantage in total yardage in the win, its first over an NCAA Division I FBS opponent since its historic 34-32 win at No. 5 Michigan in 2007.
Aided by two penalties and a conversion on fourth-and-eight, Troy (1-6, 1-2 Sun Belt) scored on its opening possession to grab the early 7-0 lead but it was all Mountaineers from there.
App State needed exactly one play to draw even as, for the second-straight game, the Mountaineers scored on their first offensive snap when Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) found Malachi Jones (Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett) for a 59-yard touchdown pass to knot the score at 7-7.
The Mountaineers’ touchdown on their first offensive play opened a 24-point onslaught over the next 15 minutes that gave App State a commanding 24-7 lead less than six minutes into the second quarter. The early scoring barrage included a 37-yard field goal by Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona, Fla./Warner Christian Academy), defensive end Olawale Dada’s (Columbus, Ga./Shaw) 20-yard return of a fumble forced by outside linebacker Osvaldo Sombo (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) and the first of three touchdown runs by Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula), a two-yarder that gave Appalachian the 17-point advantage with 9:56 still left to play in the first half.
Troy cut the Apps’ advantage to 24-14 on a 99-yard kickoff return by Chandler Worthy (his second kickoff return for a touchdown in as many games) but that would be the last points the Trojans’ would score.
App State took a 26-14 lead into halftime thanks to a bizarre safety on the final play of the first half. With 13 seconds to go in the half and Appalachian on Troy’s eight yard line, Lamb completed a pass to wideout Montez McGuire (Beech Island, S.C./North Augusta) near the goal line. As McGuire tried to stretch the ball into the end zone for a touchdown, he fumbled into the arms of Troy defensive back Mark Wilson. When he caught the ball, Wilson ran back into Troy’s end zone where he was tackled by App State center Graham Fisher (Waynesville, N.C./Tuscola) that stretched the Mountaineers’ lead to 12 points with one second remaining on the first-half clock.
As dominant as Appalachian State was in the first half, it was even more so after the break when it outscored the Trojans, 27-0, to finish off the romp. Cox scored on runs of 33 and one yard, Lamb ran it in from 16 yards out and backup quarterback Kameron Bryant (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) closed out the scoring on a three-yard run with 10:22 still left in the ballgame.
Appalachian State’s 551 yards included a whopping 441 on the ground, good for the Mountaineers’ highest rushing total since they ran for 448 yards against Jacksonville on Sept. 6, 2008.
For the second-straight week, Appalachian’s ground attack featured two 100-yard rushers in Cox (123 yards on 16 carries) and junior Ricky Fergerson (Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina), who came off the bench to amass 107 yards on 10 carries. The Mountaineers nearly had four 100-yard rushers, as Lamb ran for a career-high 98 yards on eight carries and Terrence Upshaw (Duluth, Ga./Northview) rushed 11 times for 82 yards before leaving the game with a minor lower-body injury in the third quarter.
Defensively, Appalachian State forced four turnovers, limited Troy to a 7-of-20 conversion rate on third and fourth downs and surrendered just one touchdown in the win. The Mountaineers also held the Trojans, who rushed for 360 yards in last week’s 41-24 win over New Mexico State, to just 79 yards on 32 carries (2.5 avg.).
True freshman cornerback Latrell Gibbs (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb) headlined the stout defensive performance with career-high eight tackles and the first two interceptions of his career, the first of which set up an Appalachian State touchdown. Inside linebacker D.J. Ward (Elizabeth City, N.C./Northeastern) led the Mountaineers with a career-high nine tackles.
Appalachian State has a bye next Saturday before returning home to host Georgia State on Saturday, Nov. 1. Kickoff for App State’s Family Weekend contest is set for 3:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
NOTES: Appalachian State, which is in its first season as a member of NCAA Division I FBS, beat an FBS team for the first time since its historic 34-32 victory over Michigan on Sept. 1, 2007 … the win snapped Appalachian’s 10-game losing streak against FBS opponents … the Mountaineers snapped a four-game losing streak with the win and avoided dropping five-straight games for the first time since 1977 … App State moved to 2-2 all-time against Troy and 2-1 at Veterans Memorial Stadium … the Mountaineers’ 39-point margin of victory was its largest in a conference game since it toppled Wofford, 70-24, in a Southern Conference matchup on Oct. 31, 2008 … the 39-point margin of victory was also the second-largest in a Sun Belt game this season, behind only Arkansas State’s 52-10 win over Georgia State last Saturday … the Mountaineers’ 441 rushing yards were the second-most by a Sun Belt team this season, behind only Georgia Southern’s 564 rushing yards against Savannah State on Sept. 6 … only a sophomore, Cox moved into Appalachian State’s all-time top 10 on Saturday for rushing touchdowns in a career … his 24 career rushing touchdowns are tied for seventh in school history with Alvin Parker (1980-83) … with three touchdown runs on Saturday, Cox surpassed D.J. Campbell (22 – 1989-92), Richie Williams (22 – 2002-05) and current head coach Scott Satterfield (23 – 1992-95) on Appalachian State’s all-time rushing touchdowns list … Fisher, a senior that has never played a position outside of the offensive line during his collegiate career, has a safety and a reception to his credit – in addition to Saturday’s safety, he had a 13-yard catch on a deflected pass against Montana in 2012.
The No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (7-0, 4-0) remained unbeaten on the year after pinning a 23-10 defeat on Newberry (2-5, 1-4) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Setzler Field.
With the score tied at seven midway through the second quarter, Lenoir-Rhyne junior defensive lineman Placid Ajoku (Powder Springs, Ga.) returned a fumble 70 yards for a score to give the Bears the lead for good while senior placekicker Justin Powell (Connelly Springs, Ga.) kicked three field goals in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the second-best rushing team in NCAA Division II, finished with 391 yards on the ground. Senior quarterback Miles Freeman (Sacramento, Calif.) rushed for a season-high 165 yards while senior running back Jarrod Spears (Bunnlevel, N.C.) added 114 yards on the ground for the Bears in the win.
Freeman scored from two yards out on Lenoir-Rhyne's opening possession to culminate a 16-play, 90-yard drive in the first quarter while Spears crossed the century mark for the second straight game.
Lenoir-Rhyne put the contest away with two more field goals after halftime while the Bears' defense held the Wolves without a point after intermission and to just 217 yards of total offense on the day. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore defensive back Marcus Kincaid (Morganton, N.C.) finished with a team-high 13 tackles in the win.
For Newberry, quarterback W.T. Murden (West Columbia, S.C.) found wide receiver Jalen Cook (Lexington, S.C.) for a 23-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter for the lone touchdown of the game for the Wolves. Murden finished with 121 yards through the air.
Lenoir-Rhyne is now 20-1 in its last 21 games and won its 17th consecutive South Atlantic Conference regular season game.
Lenoir-Rhyne also defeated Newberry for the fourth straight year and held on to the Bishops' Trophy, the annual game between the two Lutheran schools of North and South Carolina.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference game next Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.
The Wingate Volleyball Team (21-1, 14-0), the eighth-ranked team in NCAA Division II, made it 15 wins in a row with a 3-0 triumph over Lenoir-Rhyne (14-7, 8-6) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs won by scores of 25-22, 25-17 and 25-23 and ran its winning streak in league regular season matches to 51.
Wingate was led by Susie Murach (Burke, Va.) with a match-high 13 kills to go along with 11 digs while Alison Cooke (Davidson, N.C.) added 38 assists as the Bulldogs completed the season sweep of the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) finished with a team-high nine kills and junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) totaled 24 assists in the loss.
Junior defensive specialist Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) also finished with 11 digs for the Bears, who hit just .106 for the match.
Lexi Potter (North Liberty, Iowa) and Abby Saehler (Iowa City, Iowa) each totaled nine kills as well for the Bulldogs, who improved to 134-2 in its last 136 conference matches as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne now plays its next four matches on the road beginning on Tuesday against Newberry in Newberry, S.C., in a South Atlantic Conference contest at 7:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s soccer dropped a tough game on Friday evening to UL Lafayette, 2-1.
“We learned a lot about ourselves tonight,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “We created chances and had opportunities. We need to find a way to finalize that last shot and really believe that we can do this. The girls deep down know that they are a great team and they are going to pull it together.”
Strickland continued, “I thought Aubrey Fletcher (Berryville, Va./Clark County) worked hard and created some chances. Julia Holz (Marietta, Ga./Walton) played great and was really shining out wide.
The Mountaineers (6-9, 3-3 Sun Belt) scored the games first goal in the 24th minute when Holz sent a blast from 25 yards out on an angle from the outside corner of the box.
The ball would be placed perfectly in the upper 90. Merlin Beckwith (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) was credited with the assist on the play.
App State would go into the locker room with the one goal lead, but in the 53rd minute the Ragin’ Cajuns’ Natalie Newman shot a ball from about 25 yards out and it snuck in the lower left corner of the frame to tie the game at 1-1.
Then in the 73rd minute, UL Lafayette’s Yazmin Montoya would net the game-winner on a free kick blast from 40 yards out that snuck underneath the crossbar for the 2-1 lead.
Appalachian dominated stat categories, but could only muster the one goal. App State led in shots 22-6, but shots on goal was in the Apps’ favor by just a 6-5 margin. The Mountaineers also took seven corner kicks to the Ragin’ Cajuns’ five.
Holz led the team with five shots, including one on goal. Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) tallied four shots on the night. Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) made three saves in the effort.
The Mountaineers will be back in action on Sunday, Oct. 19 when they host UL Monroe at 1 p.m. It will also be Senior Day and the players will be recognized for their contributions to the program.
Appalachian State University took down UL Lafayette on Friday night, going into four sets with scores of 19-25, 25-21, 25-22 and 25-20.
The Mountaineers (16-4, 6-4 Sun Belt) beat the Ragin Cajuns (15-7, 5-6 SBC) after falling to them in four sets in their previous match up on Sept. 26.
The first set began with UL Lafayette scoring four-straight points to take a 9-4 lead. The Mountaineesr found a few points but the Ragin Cajuns continued to dominate, fnding three-straight kills to lead 16-7.
The Apps would find six-straight points toward the end of the set to to come within five points, but UL Lafayette would close out the set, taking the first 25-19.
The second set would feature five tied scores at the beginning until Appalachian would pull ahead. The Mountaineers scored four-straight points with two kills from Lauren Gray to lead 10-6.
The Ragin Cajuns came back from a timeout with determination, finding two service aces to help them tie the set at 12. The second-half of the set included five tied scores. With the score tied at 21 the Mountaineers took charge, scoring the last four points to take the second set 25-21 and tie the match 1-1.
UL Lafayette took a quick 7-3 lead in the third set, but Appalachian would find a way to tie the set 10-10. From there the Apps took control, finding kills from Emily Corrigan to take a 15-12 lead. The Ragin Cajuns were not done yet, going on a 6-2 run to take an 18-17 lead.
The Mountaineers found two kills from Gray to pull ahead 21-18 and finished out the third with a 25-22 victory to lead the match 2-1.
The Mountaineers dominated the beginning of the fourth set by taking a 5-1 lead, but the Ragin Cajuns suddenly found six kills to help them pull ahead 10-9. The Apps would come back from a timeout and with new energy, finding kills from Corrigan, Jacqui Spurgeon and Cassidy Stephenson to help them to a 17-13 lead.
From there Appalachian seemed to have control of the set, until UL Lafayette scored four-straight points to trail 23-20. The Apps would not be fazed, scoring the next two points to take the set 25-20 and win the match 3-1.
Corrigan led the team with 21 kills, followed by Gray and Spurgeon's 11 each.
Paige Brown recorded 43 assists on the night, while Meghan Mahoney found 18 digs. Kati Stammen had 13 digs in the win. Gray and Caroline Wainright each had five blocks to help the Apps to the 3-1 victory.
The Ragin Cajuns were led by Stacey Reilly's 12 kills and Andrea Hole's 52 assists.
The Mountaineers hit .200 on the match with UL Lafayette hitting .201. The Apps had ten blocks to ULL's eight.
Appalachian is back in action Sunday when they take on UL Monroe at 2 p.m. in the Holmes Center.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams competed Friday afternoon in the Blue Ridge Open at State Farms.
The women’s squad finished seventh overall for the Bears while the men’s team place eighth.
On the women’s side, Appalachian State took home team honors while Coastal Carolina’s Letitia Saayman placed first in the 5K race with a time of 18:03.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior Chloe Newell (Tucson, Ariz.). Newell finished 25th overall with a time of 19:40.
In the men’s competition, High Point was the top team while Northern Kentucky’s J.J. Webber place first overall. Webber ran the 6.4K course in 20:03 while Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Aubrey Hite (Pelion, S.C.) finished in 22:38, good for 66thh-place overall.
The Bears next host the Lenoir-Rhyne Cross Country Invitational on next Saturday, October 25, at Southside Park in Newton, N.C., beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Meanwhile, the Appalachian State University women’s cross country team claimed its third meet win of the season on Friday afternoon at the Blue Ridge Invitational.
The Mountaineers were led once again by Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) who placed second overall in a time of 18:14. Justine Stocks (Asheville, N.C./North Buncombe) was not too far behind and placed seventh overall with a time of 18:48.
Brittany Williams (Simpsonville, S.C./Maudlin) and Samantha Campanaro (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt Tabor) finished in 11th and 12th place, respectively. Williams finished in a time of 18:54, while Campanaro ran a time of 18:55.
Rounding out the top five for the title winners, Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) finished in 20th with a time of 19:19.
The Appalachian State University men’s cross country finished in fifth place at the Blue Ridge Invitational on Friday afternoon.
The Mountaineers were led by Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School), Josh Cox (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) and Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt Tabor) in the 6,400 meter race. Finishing highest for the Apps was McFoy in 22nd place with a time of 20:55. Cox was right behind in 23rd at 20:58, while Ellis was in 24th with a time of 20:59.
Cade Zimmerman (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) finished 28th with a time of 21:08 and Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./Quince Orchard) finished in 21:22 and was 36th.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 25th when they travel to Hickory, N.C. for the Lenoir-Rhyne Open.
2014 Blue Ridge Cross Country Open
October 17, 2014 – Final Results
State Farm Fields
1. Appalachian State 38
2. Wake Forest 44
3. Coastal Carolina 88
4. High Point 114
5. East Carolina 123
6. Northern Kentucky 173
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 190
8. Gardner-Webb 195
9. Winston-Salem State 284
10. Lees-McRae 291
25. Chloe Newell 19:40
50. Paige Smith 20:36
63. Lauren Bourne 21:14
68. Marie Mauhar 21:25
72. Hope Rust 21:46
78. Erin Illich 22:29
82. Jessica Rumple 22:48
84. Julia Bennett 23:13
86. Blakely Gantt 23:22.08
87. Taylor Keyes 23:22.60
1. High Point 29
2. Wake Forest 54
3. Furman 75
4. Northern Kentucky 106
5. Appalachian State 112
6. East Carolina 163
7. Coastal Carolina 197
8. Lenoir-Rhyne 229
9. Lees-McRae 267
66. Aubrey Hite 22:38
69. Zach Gross 22:50
70. Kyle Barry 23:00
72. Jack Stuart 23:11
76. Derek Chavis 23:44
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (14-6, 8-5) got back on track with a 3-0 sweep of Coker (3-17, 0-13) in South Atlantic Conference action Friday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bears defeated the Cobras by scores of 25-10, 25-14 and 25-22 and swept the season series from Coker.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) with 35 assists while senior outside hitter Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.) added a match-high 11 kills.
Sophomore defensive specialist Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.) added 10 digs for the Bears, who hit .310 for the match and finished with seven service aces in the victory.
Coker was led by Megan Hardy (Lancaster, N.Y.) with 10 kills while Samantha Celek (Charleston, S.C.) totaled 10 digs in the setback. The Cobras hit just .023 for the match in suffering their 15th straight loss in the process.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face eighth-ranked Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 21
Fred T. Foard: 41
South Caldwell: 10
St. Stephens: 49
Hickory: 43, OT
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 0
East Rutherford: 35
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 49
Bunker Hill: 2
West Lincoln: 28
West Caldwell: 24
Appalachian State University football's Nov. 1 home game versus Georgia State will kick off at 3:30 p.m., Appalachian State athletics and the Sun Belt Conference announced on Thursday.
Television arrangements for the first-ever meeting between Appalachian State and Georgia State will be determined on Monday.
A limited number of reserved seats remain for the Family Weekend contest and can be purchased online at appstatesports.com/tickets.
The 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn continued today with the third and fourth Greater Hickory Kia Classic pro-ams. Top finishers are below; full results are attached.
Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn Thursday-morning Pro-Am:
Pro: Jim Rutledge; Amateurs: Gary Zarzycki, Tim Dyson, Allen Hester, Kelly Hoover – 51
Pro: Bill Glasson; Amateurs: Omer Tomlinson, Mark Gould, John Stacy, Rob Fowler – 51
Pro: Esteban Toledo; Amateurs: John Taylor, Will Myer, Jim Schumacher, Will Cavlder – 52
Note: The Rutledge group won the card playoff with an eagle on hole 18 to take first place. The Toledo group won the card playoff to break a tie for third with birdie on the 17th hole.
Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn Thursday-afternoon Pro-Am:
Pro: Jim Thorpe; Amateurs: Colin Brady, Moore Patton, Tom East, Dick Finch – 51
Pro: Kenny Perry; Amateurs: Harold Nunn, Rick Whitesell, Jim Martin, Ellis Martin – 53
Pro: Dan Forsman; Amateurs: Kevin Phillips, Ted Phillips, Mitch Mitchell, Lee Mitchell – 53
Note: The Perry group won the card playoff with a birdie on the 13th hole to break the second-place tie.
Official tournament play in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn will begin with tomorrow’s military tribute, flag raising and opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on the 10th tee of the Champions Course (first tee of Jones Course). JROTC departments from Bandys High School, Newton-Conover High School, Rutherfordton-Spindale Central High School, Maiden High School and St. Stephens High School as well as the Newton-Conover High School marching band will participate in the event. Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient Todd Hilbert will participate in the ceremony while riding horseback. Hilbert is a member of the Horses for Heroes program, a therapeutic riding program sponsored by Rising Hope Farm in Claremont, N.C. This 501(c)3 non-profit program provides therapeutic aid to military veterans who suffer from some form of physical or emotional challenge as a result of their service to our nation.
Youth Golf Clinic:
The Youth Golf Clinic presented by the Rock Barn Golf Academy is set for 4:30 p.m. Friday on the Rock Barn practice range. Champions Tour professionals John Harris, Bobby Clampett and Skip Kendall are tentatively scheduled to participate. In addition, Trent Scruggs, ninth in the world in the current Long Drive Rankings, will provide tips on hitting long tee shots. Clinic admission is free of charge with tournament admission. For those people attending the clinic but not the first round of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, admission and parking will be free of charge after 3:30 p.m.
Breast Cancer Awareness:
The Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn is recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the tournament’s final round on Sunday. Proceeds from all general admission tickets sold at the tournament on Sunday will be donated to Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. In addition, Champions Tour professionals will wear pink ribbons during Sunday’s final round.
In Memory of Rocky Hobday:
Last year at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, Champions Tour golfer Mark McNulty’s caddie, Rocky Hobday, was fighting stomach cancer. That tournament became Hobday’s final Champions Tour event on McNulty’s bag. Hobday passed away last weekend, and in his memory, Champions Tour professionals will wear black ribbons during the first round of the tournament on Friday.
8 a.m. Gates Open
9:30 a.m. Military Salute and Flag Raising Ceremony – No. 10 tee, Champions Course
10:40 a.m. First round of official tournament play begins on No. 1 tee and No. 10 tee
4:30 p.m. Free youth golf clinic presented by the Rock Barn Golf Academy with Champions Tour professionals on Rock Barn practice range.
Admission: $20 for a daily ticket; $60 for a weekly badge
The full tournament schedule is available here: http://www.greaterhickorykiaclassic.com/tournament-schedule