|Mountaineers make Three-Peat|
|Sunday, 16 December 2007 19:00|
Appalachian State University achieved a three-peat NCAA FCS National Championship victory in Friday night's contest against the University of Delaware with a score of 49-21.It's a feat never before accomplished by an FCS program: Three consecutive National titles- and Coach Jerry Moore stressed what that meant in the locker room after the win.
“RB gave every one of us a link. Don’t ever lose it. You keep that link the rest of your life.
Some place, not just on a key chain. You put it some place that you’ll always remember that we were linked together all year. Don’t ever lose that link!”
Moore congratulated Delaware on their success this season and gave the Blue Hens praise.
“They are a good football team. They come out of a terrific conference up there. They a lot of good tough football teams, just like we do, and it makes them good.
We felt like if we pressured (Flacco) him, and your not going to shut a guy like that completely down. And we knew that. The thing we wanted to do was we wanted possession time of the ball and to keep ‘em off the field if we could.”
Senior Quarterback Trey Elder capped the season and his last game as an Appalachian player with the team's final score of the night.
“I told the guys on the sidelines, I said guy’s I’m about to score a touchdown right here. I didn’t think it was going to be on the first play but it was good man. I don’t think I’ve ever run that fast in my life.”
Moore had nothing but praise for Elder in the locker room.
“For all he’s brought to our program, leadership wise, talent wise, that was a crowning blow for me tonight to see him do that. He’s such a great leader and these players have such great respect for him and it just couldn’t have happened to a better guy. The only thing that might have meant a little more or better than that would be for him to throw a touchdown pass to Blake, his brother.”
The Mountaineers 15 and 2, have accomplished the impossible. Their cheers echoed through the locker room.
“N-O-T-H-I-N-G that’s what haters mean to me. Nothing, absolutely nothing. Woo! Woo! Woo!
N-O-T-H-I-N-G that’s what haters mean to me. Nothing, absolutely nothing. Woo! Woo! Woo!
Whose house? Our House! Whose house? Our House!
You! You! You are! You are! You ain’t nothing but a three time national champion!”
Moore and the players had six hours to reflect on the bus ride home. Once in Boone, they were greeted as champions. While the players and fans have time to celebrate- it’s back to work for Moore.
“We’re already looking at recruiting… we’ve got a chance to have some really special things here.”
Some hope Watauga football star Eric Breitenstein’s next on the list. While Moore said he had talked to Breitenstein, no decision has been made. ASU has a unique recruitment policy.
“We won’t do anything to take away from the kids that are already here. They know that when they’re recruited, and the kids that we’ve recruited and we’ve talked to like Eric know that.”
The playoffs have put actually Moore behind in recruiting- and he has to make up for lost time. He’s scheduled a coaching meeting for Monday.
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