Vikings vs. Cougars Preview

The Avery Vikings take a 2-7, 1-3 record on the road this week to Burnsville to play the Mountain Heritage Cougars on Halloween night.  The Vikings are coming off the best all-around game of the season for senior QB Adam Pate, and a great defensive effort in the elements last Friday night against the Madison Patriots.  The Cougars come into the game boasting a 7-2, 3-1 record, coming off of a 21-6 win over the Mitchell Mountaineers, and look to defeat the Vikings for the first time since the 1990s.

The Cougars come into the game riding on a running game that has been amazing this season, led by Jesse Ballew who has already amassed over 1,200 yards this season, as well as putting 12 across the goalline.  They have also received great play from many other aspects, and one of which is their defense who has stepped up this season compared to the last few.

The Vikings stand a great chance to win and according to Coach Darrell Brewer can win if they get the same performace out of Pate as last week, as well as a great effort from the defense, who, states Coach Brewer, “must have their best game of the season.”

In order for the Vikings to pull out the victory on friday night they must do two things well….Protect and Punish.  Protection of the football is key: they must hold on to the ball and not allow the turnovers that have plagued them all year; Protection of the Quarterback: we saw last week what Adam Pate can do when given the time to perform; and Punish the running game for the Cougars: meaning that they need to step up defensivly and hold the cougar running game (namely Jesse Ballew, who had just shy of 200 yards against Mitchell) to as minimal production as possible.  If Avery can put these together like they have at times this year, its likely they could walk out of Briggs Stadium victorious on Halloween Night.  Post Pick – Avery by 7.

Live from App State! ‘Neers vs Paladins…

Appalachian State and Furman face off today in what looks to be another classic in the series.  This is always a special game for both of these teams, and today looks to be no different.  The series has a historied background dating back for years, with many memorable moments; most notably the ‘Miracle on the Mountain’ game from 2002.

Today looks to be special as the Apps go in an attempt to make this one memorable, going for Coach Moore’s 200th career victory. Former Avery Viking Josh Johnson will be on the field for the Mountaineers, and taking on a tough D from the Furman squad.  Looks to be another classic, keep checking back as we’ll be trying to keep you updated throughout the afternoon.

UPDATE: 5:00 PM  -HALFTIME

Appalachian State 13  Furman 7

ASU has had a great battle from the Paladins; as always its a struggle when the two of these teams battle.  On Black Saturday, here at the Rock, the Mountaineers have been out gained by the Paladins 224-207, but have also forced 2 turnovers to take the halftime lead.  Devin Radford has 2 carries for 87 yards to lead the Apps.

UPDATE: 6:26 PM – FINAL

Appalachian State 26 Furman 14

In a game for the ages, the Apps pull out the victory by holding off a tough Furman team and get that Milestone victory for Coach Jerry Moore.  200 could have never been so sweet as it came in what would be considered one of the conference’s biggest rivalries; as well as in his first attempt to achieve the goal.

The Apps were out gained on the day, but they were not to be denied as they capitalized on 4 Paladin turnovers to claim victory.  They got on the board first just two and a half minutes into the game when Armanti Edwards scurried in from 14 yards out; a missed extra point attempt, and the score would be 6-0 in favor of the Mountaineers.

They would then go up 13-0 after a 4 yard run from Josh Jackson that came on the heels of an 84 yard scamper from RB Devin Radford.  Six minutes later the Paladins would get on the board with a dive in from 4 yards out making the score 13-6 in favor of the Mountaineers.

Coming out in the second half was much of the same as the Apps were getting outgained on the ground, but forcing turnovers and making the most of the opportunities.  After a scoreless 3rd Quarter, the Paladins would get on the board again on Tersoo Uhaa’s second TD run of the game, this one from 2 yards out.  They would add the PAT and take the 14-13 lead over ASU, taking the air out of a packed house on Black Saturday.  But the deflation wouldn’t last long as Armanti Edwards would strike right back with a 44 yard completetion to WR Brian Quick.  This followed by a 17 yard pass to TE Ben Jorden in the endzone to make the score 19-14 and only take 1:01 off the clock.

They would add another touchdown on a pass from Edwards to TJ Courman later in the 4th Quarter to cap the scoring, and take a 26-14 victory for Jerry Moore’s 200th career victory.  App State was held to just 314 yards on the day, while giving up 354 yards, and only gaining 133 yards of that on the ground (84 of which were on one play).  The defenses for both teams were the story, as the Paladin D held the Apps on the day, and the ASU D stepped up and forced 4 TOs en route to a victory.

App plays Halloween night in what is shaping up to be the game of the year.  ASU takes on Wofford in a conference matchup under the lights of Kidd Brewer Stadium.  Wofford coming off a huge victory against Elon in a #3 vs #4 game, winning it 55-20 on the road.  Gametime will be 7:30 next Friday night, and airing on ESPN2.

Congrats Coach Moore!

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Vikings Out Battle Patriots for 2nd Win of Season

Viking QB Adam Pate

Viking QB Adam Pate

In a tough battle, and in the toughest of conditions, the Avery Vikings put a second game in the win column on Friday night against the Madison Patriots at MacDonald Stadium in Newland.  Taking the best that the Patriots had to offer, the Vikings fought off mistakes, turnovers, and injury to take a 22-14 win going away.

On a cold, rainy night in Newland, Avery blocked a punt deep in Madison territory and struck first when QB Adam Pate powered in from 4 yards out to get the Vikes on the board, following a blocked PAT, the Vikings would take a 6-0 lead with 5:37 remaining in the quarter.  After a kickoff that would travel through the endzone, the Patriots would begin their drive at their own 20 yard line, and take just 2 mins to get on the board themselves; this following a 70 yard scamper by RB Cameron Garrison, and then a 2 yard run by FB Corry Heath Miller for the touchdown.  Madison would add the extra point and make the score 8-6 in their favor.

The Patriots would hold Avery on a fourth down deep in their territory, and following a couple of penalties and a tackle for loss, they would take a snap on a punt, turn and run out the back of the endzone as time expired in the first.  Following the free kick, Avery would strike quickly and Pate would run in from 1 yard out for his second score of the night, putting the Vikings up 14-8.

Viking RB Chase Arrowood

Viking RB Chase Arrowood

The Vikings would strike again in the 3rd quarter on Pate’s 3rd TD scamper of the evening, again from 1 yard, and add a 2-point conversion from RB Chase Arrowood to make the score 22-8.  Defense was the story in the second half for the boys from Avery as their D would hold the Patriots until the last few seconds of the game, where Madison would run one in from 4 yards out making the score 22-14.  Arrowood and Pate would combine for 118 yards on the night (72 from Arrowood, 46 from Pate) and Pate would end his night leaving no question if his hamstring injury was nagging him; a question he answered with a resounding NO.

The Patriots fall to 0-9, 0-4 on the season and will take on the Mitchell Mountaineers next week.  The Vikings improve their record to 2-7, 1-3 and will travel to Mountain Heritage to take on the Cougars next friday night, gametime will be 7:30 PM.

Avery JV falls to Madison in Marshall

The Vikings JayVees took their 3-game win streak into Marshall on Thursday night in their bid for 4 straight, but comes up on the short end of a 20-14 final.  The Vikings faced a tough battle from the opening Kickoff as the Madison team came out strong, and continued pushing every play.

The Patriots got on the board first with 6:11 remaining in the first quarter on a 47 yard run from Ethan Ball, but came up short on the 2-point conversion, making the score 6-0.  The Vikings would then answer right back with a 65 yard scoring drive of their own capped off by an 8 yard run by Kenny Hicks; however they missed the PAT, keeping the score 6-6.

Kenny Hicks scores touchdown to put Vikings on the board.

Following a defensive battle for the rest of the first half, the Vikings Remington Austin would force a fumble with :52 seconds left and Tyler Long would scoop up the ball and then scamper 37 yards to paydirt making the score 12-6 in favor of the Vikings.  Alex Villanueva would complete a pass to Andy Gonzalez to convert the 2-point attempt and lead the Vikes into halftime with a 14-6 advantage.

The second half would be a defensive battle again, with the Patriots answering the defensive touchdown with one of thier own on Special Teams on a muffed punt by return man Trent Mitchell and recovered in the endzone for thier second TD of the evening.  The 2-point again was stopped by the Vikings making the score 14-12 in favor of the Vikings.

The game would continue as a defensive battle until late in the game when Madison RB Ethan Ball, with under 2 minutes remaining, would break off his second long run of the night, this time 50 yards, to put the Patriots up 18-12.  After converting the 2-point conversion, Madison would lead 20-14.

On the ensuing drive the Vikings seemed to be calm and collected, until an injury to Alex Villanueva with 1:14 remaining would deflate the sails for the Vikings.  On a 2nd and long play, Alex would take a bad snap, run around the end, and then on a cutback get caught blindside from a Madison defender, and leave the game.  The Vikings would get a first down following the injury, but the Patriot D would stand strong, and on 4th and long the Vikings would line up with Kenny Hicks at Quarterback; he would drop back and lay up a pass intended for Hunter Shields, who seemed to have the ball in his grasp, but was unable to come down with the ball, and the Madison JV squad was able to kneel out the clock.

The JVs will be in action next Thursday evening against the Mountain Heritage Cougars at MacDonald Stadium, gametime will be 7 PM.

Viking Soccer closes Season vs. Mitchell

Andrew Ingram Controls the Ball at Mitchell

The Avery Viking Soccer team closed their season in Ledger Wednesday night against the Mountaineers of Mitchell.  Andrew Ingram would score 2 goals for the Vikes, but it would not be enough as the 0-14 Mitchell squad would win the game 4-2, 3 goals scored in first 8 minutes of action.  This marks the end of Coach Lou Brancourt’s run as Viking coach.  Thanks for the great service Coach Lou, and good luck on your move out west.

Andrew Ingram Controls the Ball at Mitchell

Lady Vikings finish playoff run; Lose to Swain 3-0

The Avery Lady Vikings played tough, but just didn’t have enough to defeat the powerhouse of Swain.  Swain who came into the match with a 25-1 record for the season, as well as great leadership from a well-seasoned group of seniors, proved to be too much for the Lady Vikings.  The Vikings have nothing to hang their heads over, they have played a tough schedule with many state competetors on the slate (Mountain Heritage, Polk, Hendersonville – just to name a few).  We’ll update as more information becomes available.

Volleyball Preview

 

Katie Ellis goes for the Kill

Katie Ellis goes for the Kill

The Avery Lady Viking Volleyball team will be traveling to Swain County to take on the 25-1 Marron Devils in their second round of the state playoffs.  The Lady Devils come into the match on the heels of their 5th straight Smokey Mountain Conference Championship.  The team from Swain has done very well the last few years, and has lost in the playoffs each of the last 3 years to the eventual state champ Hendersonville Lady Bearcats.  Avery played the Hendersonville squad tough this year, and has played very well over the past couple of games.

 

With Katie Ellis’ leadership on the court and the play of the others on the Lady Viking squad, you can bet that they will go out there and give it their all.  Coach Kim Hayes says that she is very pleased with the effort that they gave this past Saturday against Highlands, and it will take the same type effort Tuesday evening to overcome the Maroon Devils.  A victory in this match-up is one that could be used to propel the Lady Vikings deep into the playoffs.  Good luck ladies!