Apps Win Both Games of Saturday Doubleheader

Football Moved on, and Basketball was victorious over Campbell

Football Moved on, and Basketball was victorious over Campbell

“The Apps were 2-0 today, its a great day!”  Those the words of Basketball Coach Houston Fancher following the Mountaineer victory over the Camels from Campbell University, 79-66 on Saturday evening.  That victory was on the heels of the Apps 37-21 win over the Bulldogs from South Carolina State in the first round of the NCAA Division 1 Championship.

The Football team got things started with the victory over the Bulldogs in what proved to be a hard fought battle, and one that was not indicative of the final score.  The Bulldogs got on the board first following a series of turnovers in the opening moments of the game.  App took the opening kick-off driving down the field relativly easy, but was unable to reach pay-dirt when TE Ben Jorden fumbled the ball deep in SC State territory.  Then, on the first play from scrimmage for the Bulldogs, QB Malcolm Long would throw up a pass that was taken down by S Mark LeGree, his 10th interception of the season – tying a conference record last accomplished in 1975.

On the next play from scrimmage, QB Armanti Edwards would throw his first interception in 176 attempts (last interception on September 20 at James Madison).  The Bulldogs would then drive the field and put it in the end zone on a 19 yard pass from Long to WR Octavius Darby with 6:29 remaining in the 1st quarter, and put the Dogs up 7-0.  App would then take just three minutes to drive the field and answer, putting in a score of their own on a 6 yard lob from Edwards to Jorden in the back corner of the end zone, and evened the score up at 7.  They would then add a field goal from K Jason Vitaris early in the 2nd quarter and take a 10-7 lead over the Bulldogs.

CoCo Hillary heads in on 27 yard reception for TD from Edwards

CoCo Hillary heads in on 27 yard reception for TD from Edwards

The Bulldogs would answer right back on their next drive, again capping it with a 15 yard pass from Long to Darby for the score, and after the PAT making the score 14-10 in favor of SC State.  The Apps would add a score before the break, taking the lead 17-14 on a 27 yard pass from Edwards to WR Coco Hillary.

Edwards would put the Apps up by 10 on a 2 yard scamper halfway through the 3rd quarter, making the score 24-14.  Following a blocked punt attempt by P Neil Young, the Bulldogs would scurry in for another score on the legs of RB William Ford from 13 yards out.  The 4th quarter would be all Appalachian with two touchdown passes from Edwards to WR Brian Quick.  The first would be a 2 yard pass with 7:21 remaining in the contest, after adding the PAT the score would be 31-21 Appalachian over SC State.  The second would come in the waning moments of the game following some interesting clock management from the Bulldogs.  With 2:20 remaining in the game the Bulldogs would turn the ball over on downs to the Apps, which is where the questions would start.  The Bulldogs chose not to use any of their three timeouts, essentially appearing to be conceding the victory to the Apps – who were content to run out the clock.  That was until the Bulldogs, who seemingly thought there was a chance for comeback took timeouts following 2nd and 3rd down plays with 18 and 12 seconds remaining on the clock.

Following the 2nd timeout, the Mountaineers added the closure that SCSU appeared to be looking for on a record-breaking pass from Edwards to Quick for a 33 yard score.  Following the missed PAT the score would be 37-21.  Armanti Edwards would close the day 29 of 41 passing for 433 yards, 4 TD and 2 INT setting 3 postseason records (433 yards passing, 29 completions, 4 passing TD) for App, and setting a School record for passing yardage, breaking the record set by Richie Williams in 2004 against Furman (413). Edwards also added 19 carries for 48 yards and finished the day as only the 26th player in FCS History to top the 10,000 total yard mark, completing this as a junior in his 36th game.

Isaac Butts goes up for 2 of his 14

Isaac Butts goes up for 2 of his 14

The Basketball team would continue the winning ways for the Apps in thier victory over the Camels on Saturday evening.  Riding the 14 point performance from Isaac Butts and 13 points from Eduardo Bermudez, the Mountaineers would over come the 24 point performance from Jonathan Rodriguez for Campbell en route to the 79 – 66 win.  The Apps would jump out quickly to a 12-2 lead, and never look back, taking a 14 point lead into the half, and leading by 19 at one point.

The story of the night, other than Butts’ performance was the free throw line.  The Charity stripe would prove to be the difference in the game.  The Apps would go to 30-44 from the stripe, where the Camels would only attempt 21 making 17 of those.  Campbell coach Robbie Laing in a statement following the game said, “Lets see, they attempted 44, us 21, they made 30, us 17, that’s a difference of 13…we lost by 13, but we were on the road.”

The ASU Men’s Basketball team heads into conference play this week hitting the road at Furman and Wofford; opening with Furman on Wednesday night at 7 PM.  The Mountaineers continue thier FCS playoff run next Saturday against the Richmond Spiders in the 2nd round of the D-1 Championships, scheduled for a 12 Noon start at the Rock.

Avery at Watauga Postponed until Mid December

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The basketball games between Avery and Watauga scheduled for this evening at Watauga High have been postponed until December 17 due to inclement weather in the area.

The games that were originally scheduled for December 16 at Avery between the two teams have been rescheduled to Monday, December 15th.  The games originally scheduled for this evening are now on Wednesday, December 17, and they will play as scheduled on Friday, December 19th against Patton High School at Avery.

We’ll keep you updated of changes if/when they take place.

#2 Mountaineers Begin Playoffs at Home vs. South Carolina State

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DJ Smith and Co. are ready to take on the Bulldogs Saturday at The Rock.

The Apps will being their playoff run toward a fourth straight National Title in NCAA Division 1 FCS on Saturday, November 29, at 12 Noon.  The Mountaineers will take on South Carolina State in the first round of the 2008 playoffs.  A victory would mark the Apps 13th straight post season victory, who already hold the record for consecutive post-season victories, as well as keep up the winning tradition in Boone.

The Match-up looks to be a tough one for the Mountaineers as they will be facing a 10-2 Bulldog team who finished the season undefeated in FCS competition; the only two losses they faced came to opponents from the FBS division (Central Florida and Clemson).  They are led by the 12th ranked tailback in the nation, William Ford, who led the MEAC with 1,382 yards on the season. Defensively, the Bulldogs rank in the top 6 nationally in total defense, scoring defense, passing defense, tackles for loss and sacks.

This will mark just the second time these two teams have met, despite the fact that they are only 228 miles apart.  The only other time the two teams faced off was November 17, 1984 with ASU slamming the door and shutting out the Bulldogs 24-0.  The road to number 4 will go through The Rock, as long as the Apps show life, as they are the 2 seed, and will only be considered the visiting team if they have a rematch with JMU in Chattanooga.

The basketball game scheduled for 3 PM against Campbell has been moved to 5 PM to accommodate for the game, and allow students and spectators the opportunity to attend both.  The Game will air at 12 Noon on Saturday on ESPNU.  Tickets are still available on-line by clicking here. You may also pick up tickets this week at the Holmes Convocation Center Ticket Office or by phone (828) 262-2079, 9 AM – 4 PM Monday, Wednesday, or Friday of this week.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 3-12 and $5 for currently enrolled ASU students.

AVERY HIGH WRESTLING POSTPONED

The wrestling match scheduled for tonight at Avery High against Draughn High School has been postponed due to weather.  The match has been rescheduled to December 17.  They are scheduled to wrestle Mountain Heritage that evening at 6 PM, and will then take on Draughn following that match.

Mountaineers Top Charlotte in 2OT

Courtesy: Appalachian Sports Information
Release: 11/19/2008

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Kellen Brand poured in a game-high 23 points to lead the Apps past Charlotte. (photo courtesy goasu.com: Dave Mayo)

BOONE, N.C. – Led by 15 points and 17 rebounds from Isaac Butts, Appalachian State University men’s basketball opened the home portion of its 2008-09 home schedule in thrilling fashion with an 87-84, double-overtime victory over Charlotte before a raucous crowd of 3,210 at the Holmes Center.

There were nine ties and 13 lead changes in the back-and-forth affair. Appalachian opened the second half with a 13-2 run to take a 12-point lead, but Charlotte scored 16 of the final 26 points in regulation to send the contest to overtime harkening back to the two teams’ last meeting in the Holmes Center when ASU prevailed 103-100 in three overtimes on November 25, 2002.

In the first extra period, ASU led by three in the final minute, but Charlotte’s Ian Andersen hit a three-pointer with 35 seconds remaining to send the contest to double overtime. ASU appeared poised to clinch the win with nine seconds left on a layup from Ryann Abraham, however, as the ball fell through the twine Abraham was whistled for the charge giving the 49ers a shot at the win. Charlotte’s shot at ending the game in one extra period was thwarted by Eduadro Bermudez, who blocked An’Juan Wildnerness’ shot with two seconds to go.

The play was one of many big contributions from the senior who, while only scoring five points, added five rebounds, five assists and a career-high seven steals.

The Mountaineers (1-1) never trailed in the second overtime, as Kellen Brand scored the first three points of the period on his second three-point play of the evening and Abraham sealed the triumph by sinking 4-of-4 free throws in the final 12 seconds. The pair combined to score nine of ASU’s 12 points in the second overtime.

In addition to Butts’ second double-double in as many games, Brand poured in a game-high 23 points, Josh Hunter added 15 in his Holmes Center debut and Abraham chipped in with 10 to round out four Mountaineers in double-figures. Wildnerness paced Charlotte (1-2) with 17 points while Ian Anderson scored 15. Brand’s 23 points come after dropping 27 on the 49ers in last year’s meeting.

The Apps jumped out to an early 15-5 lead in the first half courtesy of an 11-0 run fueled by two three-pointers from Brand. However, the Niners answered later with a 13-0 run take a 20-16 lead with just under 10 minutes left in the half with Lamont Mack and RaShad Coleman combining for 11 of the points during the run.

The two offense stagnated for the next series of possessions until ASU rattled off a 7-0 run capped by a rare three-pointer from Tyler Webb to take a 31-28 lead with 3:46 left in the half. Ryann Abraham helped key the run for ASU blocking a three-pointer on the defensive end of the floor that spurred five-straight points for the Apps. The squads traded buckets before a Brand three-pointer with 32 seconds left followed by a tough-defensive stand gave the Apps a 36-35 lead at halftime.

That momentum didn’t stay in the locker room though, as ASU opened up the second half with a 13-2 run over the first 2:20 of the second half to take a 12-point, 49-37, lead behind seven points from Brand. Seven-straight points from the 49ers later cut ASU’s lead to two at 51-49 but a spot-up three from Sims followed by a driving layup from Andre Williamson nipped the Charlotte rally. Those two plays couldn’t take all the wind out of the 49ers’ sails as they closed within one point, 60-59, with less than eight minutes to play and took the lead moments later on a big three-pointer from Andersen.

A three-point play from Hunter put the Apps back in the lead at 64-62 with 4:43 left and the next two minutes were played scoreless until DiJuan Harris scored back-to-back buckets off turnovers to give Charlotte a 66-64 lead with 2:12 left. ASU which committed 20 turnovers in regulation, only coughed up the ball twice in the overtime periods.

ASU tied the game and later took the lead with 11 seconds left off of free throws from Hunter and Donald Sims, respectively. After a Charlotte timeout to draw up the final play yielded the game-tying bucket from Wilderness, ASU’s last second shot was off the mark to send the contest into overtime.

After playing back-to-back overtime games for the first time since the 1998-99 season, the team will have little time to enjoy the emotional victory as preparations begin for Saturday’s game at Niagara. The Apps will have revenge on their minds after falling,76-75, to the Purple Eagles on a buzzer-beating three-pointer last season in Boone. Tipoff at the Gallagher Center is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Avery Wrestling Schedule Change, Middle Schools still on!

The Avery High Wrestling match scheduled for this evening at 6 PM at the High School has been moved to tomorrow evening at 6 PM due to scheduling conflicts with Middle School Basketball.  The Wrestling team will take on Draughn tomorrow evening, November 21, at 6 PM.

Avery Middle takes on Bowman tonight at the High School starting at 5 PM, while Cranberry will take on East Yancey at Home at 5 PM.

Pairings are set, Vikings vs. Bearcats.

The pairings are out, and here they are.  Avery has made the playoffs and gets familiar conference foe Hendersonville in the first round of the NCHSAA playoffs for class 1-AA.  Avery played tough against Hendersonville earlier in the season, and looks to play well against them Friday night as well.  Keep posted here if anything changes, but Gametime  looks to be 7:30 PM on Friday Nov. 14 from Hendersonville, NC.

NCHSAA STATE PLAYOFF PAIRINGS 2008
NOVEMBER 14, 2008 – PAIRINGS
CLASS 1-AA WEST
(10) Polk County (7-3) at (7) East Surry (9-1)
(15) West Wilkes (2-8) at (2) Murphy (10-0)
(11) West Columbus (5-5) at (6) Siler City Jordan-Matthews (9-1)
(14) Avery (2-8) at (3) Hendersonville (10-0)
(9) Kernersville Bishop McGuinness (7-3) at (8) West Montgomery (7-3)
(16) East Wilkes (2-8) at (1) Thomasville (10-0)
(12) Swain County (5-5) at (5) Cherryville (4-6)
(13) South Stokes (3-7) at (4) Albemarle (10-0)

CLASS 1-AA EAST
(10) Pamlico (6-4) at (7) Hampstead Topsail (9-1)
(15) Gates (2-8) at (2) East Bladen (10-0)
(11) Southeast Halifax (6-4) at (6) Pender (6-4)
(14) Rocky Point Heide Trask (3-7) at (3) Louisburg (10-0)
(9) North Johnston (5-5) at (8) Newton Grove Midway (9-1)
(16) Wallace-Rose Hill (2-8) at (1) Warsaw James Kenan (10-0)
(12) East Columbus (5-5) at (5) Ayden-Grifton (8-2)
(13) Dixon (4-6) at (4) Camden (9-1)