Mountaineers ready for home opener

By Nathan Ham - [email protected]

BOONE — The Mountaineers are hoping that there are no lingering effects from last Thursday’s overtime loss at Tennessee when Old Dominion comes to Boone this Saturday.

“I thought our guys went out and played extremely hard, unfortunately we didn’t make enough plays there at the end to win the game. Nevertheless I loved the effort the guys put in,” said Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield.

While the loss was certainly a tough one to stomach for fans, players and coaches alike, the Mountaineers can’t get caught looking back at what might have been, or looking too far ahead to the looming showdown against Miami.

“This team does a great job of staying in the moment. We talk about it all the time,” Satterfield said. “Our guys are anxious to get back on the field. We’ve got a bad taste in our mouth not finishing the deal against Tennessee. We’re excited to get back on the field and prove we’ve got a really good football team.”

Old Dominion enters this week’s contest with a 1-0 record after cruising to a 54-21 victory over Football Championship Subdivision foe Hampton.

ODU quarterback David Washington threw for 187 yards and four touchdowns while leading rusher Ray Lawry ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on just 14 carries. Lawry averaged almost eight yards per carry.

Through the air, all four of Washington’s touchdown passes went to four different receivers. Zach Pascal led the Monarchs with five grabs for 63 yards and a score. Lawry added two catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. Jonathan Duhart had two catches for 60 yards and a touchdown and Joey Verhaegh had one catch for a 32-yard touchdown.

This weekend marks the home opener for the Mountaineers and Satterfield is expecting the Monarchs to give his squad their best shot.

“We’re excited about the opportunity this weekend to host Old Dominion at our place, a team that we know is coming in 1-0. We’re obviously looking forward to a great game and a great turnout here at our stadium,” he said.

App State will hope to get another good performance from the ground attack that had the Tennessee Volunteers on their heals for much of the night.

Marcus Cox had 115 of the Mountaineers’ 184 rushing yards. Jalin Moore only had 17 yards on the night but has proven to be an important part to the rushing game after closing out last season with 528 rushing yards in the final four games of the season.

Kickoff from Kidd-Brewer Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m. The game can be watched live online through the WatchESPN App and televised on the American Sports Network.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.

By Nathan Ham

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