Mountaineers Scrimmage, Meet with Fans Saturday (2018-08-19 13:41:02)

BOONE, N.C. — After the skies dumped a healthy amount of rain on the Appalachian State campus Friday night and Saturday morning, the clouds broke apart just in time to shine a spotlight on the Mountaineers’ second fall scrimmage, as the football team prepares for its Sept. 1 opener at No. 9 ranked Penn State (3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network).


Coaches and players returned to the Kidd Brewer Stadium field in the evening to show appreciation to App Nation and take part in the Mountaineers’ annual Fan Fest.


The offense, directed by first-string quarterback Zac Thomas, started Saturday’s scrimmage with a 13-play drive capped by a 12-yard Darrynton Evans touchdown in which he took the handoff, made one cut and beat the defensive backs to the right pylon.


After that first drive, the App State defense, which has ranked as one of the nation’s better units over the last three seasons, took over.


“The defense that we’re playing is a really good defense,” head coach Scott Satterfield said. “Our guys are flying around. Our defense has seen (our offense) every day, and that makes it tough on the offense.


New defensive coordinator Bryan Brown’s side kept the offense out of the end zone for most of the rest of the scrimmage, save a 30-yard strike from Thomas to sophomore Corey Sutton that may or may not have been a two-hand-touch sack (depending on whose sideline you were on) and a couple of goal-line situation dives by true freshman running back Camerun Peoples and sophomore QB Jacob Huesman.


Defensive highlights included a big third-down sack by senior DB Austin Exford, a couple of Cllifton Duck swats to break up would-be touchdowns and a goal-line situation sack by sophomore DL Chris Willis.


Speaking of goal-line situations, there were a couple of plays there by Peoples, a 6-foot-2 freshman back from Lineville, Ala., that particularly caught the eye of his new head coach.


“Cam got his helmet knocked off, got kicked in the face, came out and came right back in there and had a hard, tough run to score a touchdown,” Satterfield recalled. “That’s the kind of stuff I’m looking to see. When it’s tough and hard, who’s going to keep going? And who’s going to shut it down? That play told me a lot about him.”


The Mountaineer coaches used Saturday’s scrimmage to focus on the kicking game, including punts, field goals and coverages.


Sophomore Xavier Subotsch and redshirt freshman Clayton Howell are neck-and-neck in the battle for starting punt duties. Subotsch handled those duties last year, but Howell has impressed on the field this fall with a strong right leg.


The combination of sophomore Chandler Staton and junior Michael Rubino converted all but one field goal successfully during the scrimmage, and the one miss was due to a low snap.


The coaching staff will work on narrowing down the first- and second-string squads and Penn State travel roster Monday, the last day of fall camp before App State classes begin Tuesday.


MSOC: App State 1, Campbell 1

BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University men's soccer bounced back with an improved performance on Saturday evening against Campbell at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

The Mountaineers and Camels ended in a 1-1 tie before playing an extra 30 minutes in which App held a 1-0 advantage over the visitors.

"I was really pleased with the complete team effort tonight," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "We certainly got better from our last game, which is the goal to get better every day, week and month. Campbell is a well-coached, talented team, and our guys will grow from this experience tonight. We now turn our attention to Jacksonville and opening night."

Appalachian's freshmen all had a hand in both scores, as Dimitris Moraitakis (Athens, Greece/AEK Football Club) found a sprinting Charlie Baird (Nottinghamshire, England/Outwood Academy) who found a wide-open net inside the box for the score. Aldo Tarantini (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) scored his goal in the extra session inside the box. App held an 8-6 advantage in shots with three of those shots on goal. Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga) played all 90 minutes for the Black and Gold between the posts.

App will open the regular season on the road with a pair of matches in Florida, beginning with Jacksonville on Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. before ending the weekend on Sunday, Aug. 26 against North Florida at 7 p.m

LMC MWomen’s Cross Country picked to finish 10th in Conference Carolinas Preseason Poll

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's cross country program was picked to finish 10th in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Women's Cross Country Coaches' Poll the league office announced Friday afternoon. In addition to the announcement of the preseason poll, the league also announced that Jordyn Halvorsen, Sarah Bowman and Tahlia Schreiber were named as runners to watch for Lees-McRae this fall.

Halvorsen is the lone senior for the Bobcats this fall. The Moravian Falls, N.C. native saved her best for last in 2017 as she ran a career-best time in a 6K race at the Conference Carolinas meet in late October (25:51.5)...Her time at the conference championship was good enough to give her a 28th place finish in the event, which was also a season-best.

In her second season as a Bobcat, Bowman raced five times...Her best finish came at the conference championship meet with a 41st place finish...In terms of time, Bowman's top performance of her sophomore season came at Furman's Gene Mullin Invitational where the Burlington, N.C. native logged a time of 23:11.0 in a 5K race.

Schreiber is one of six freshmen on Lees-McRae's roster. Schreiber, who is from Pipersville, Pa., is joined in her freshman class by Maegan Prettyman, Kiley Krasley, Brianne Heard, Delaney Colangelo and Raven Lewellen.

Friday's poll looked very similar to the final standings from the 2017 campaign. Defending league champion Mount Olive topped the poll with 80 points and 10 of the 11 first-place votes. Following UMO were Belmont Abbey (82 points), Southern Wesleyan (77 points), North Greenville (70 points) and King (62 points) within the top five in the poll.

Limestone was next up with 59 points followed by Converse (43 points), Emmanuel (38 points) and Barton (38 points). Despite being picked to finish tied for eighth place, the Lions did pick up the last first-place vote. Next up was Lees-McRae with 21 points and then Erskine (15 points) closed out the poll.

LMC will kick off its 2018 season on September 1 when it travels to Salisbury, N.C. to compete in the Chik-Fil-A Cross Country Invitational.

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LMC Men’s Cross Country pegged for a second place finish in Conference Carolinas Preseason Poll

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's cross country team was picked to finish second in the annual Conference Carolinas Preseason Men's Cross Country Coaches' Poll on Thursday. Along with the team receiving the second place nod, the trio of Austin Thompson, Joshua Hall and Nolan Capps were all named as runners to watch for the Bobcats this season.

Thompson comes into his final season as a Bobcat as one of the more decorated runners in program history. Thompson, who is a two-time All-Conference Carolinas runner during his time in Banner Elk, owns seven of the top 20 times in the history of LMC men's cross country.

Hall has competed in a total of 12 races so far during his career at Lees-McRae. The Ferguson, N.C. native set new career-bests in each of his last three races of 2017. Hall started by setting a new personal-best in a 5K race at Furman's Gene Mullin Invite followed by top personal marks in the five mile run and 10k race, respectively.

Rounding out Lees-McRae's runners to watch is Nolan Capps. Capps, who transferred to LMC prior to last season, was routinely one of the team's top runners from a season ago. Capps's top finish of 2017 came at the Conference Carolinas Championship where he placed 14th with a time of 27:06.0 to claim All-Conference Carolinas Third Team honors.

Headlining the league's preseason poll was defending league champion, Mount Olive. The Trojans collected eight of the nine first-place votes and 80 points overall. Nipping at UMO's heels are the trio of Lees-McRae (72 points), North Greenville (63 points) and Emmanuel (50 points). These three programs along with the rest of the schools within the conference will try to snap Mount Olive's streak of six straight conference championships.

The final five spots of Thursday's poll went to King (49 points), Barton (46 points), Limestone (45 points), Belmont Abbey (35 points) and Southern Wesleyan (28 points).

LMC will kick off its 2018 season on September 1 when it travels to Salisbury, N.C. to compete in the Chik-Fil-A Cross Country Invitational.

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