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Apps Extinguish Pheonix, 27-10 PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Saturday, 14 November 2009 13:51

Appalachian State was able to secure their fifth consecutive Southern Conference Championship this afternoon with a 27-10 win at Elon.


The Mountaineers were led by senior quarterback Armanti Edwards who went 21-24 through the air for 281 yards and rushed for 73 yards and three touchdowns.  Edwards, who left the game late in the second quarter with a minor knee injury only to return in the second half, was a key topic of discussion during Sports South’s broadcast of the game.  Super Bowl winning head coach and color commentator for Sports South, Sam Wyche, said he believes Edwards can perform at the quarterback position in the NFL.  Wyche also reported there was at least one NFL scout in attendance at the game.


Edwards’ favorite targets throughout the evening proved to be junior receiver Matt Cline and sophomore Brian Quick.  Cline hauled in eight catches for 104 yards, while Quick snagged 6 of Edwards’ passes for 99 yards.


Another key storyline in Saturday’s game was the way ASU’s defense stalled Elon’s aerial offensive attack.  The catalyst to Elon’s offense is senior wideout Terrell Hudgins, who has the most 100-yards receiving games in FCS history.  The Mountaineer defense did give up 127 receiving yards to Hudgins, but kept Elon’s go-to receiver out of the endzone the entire afternoon.


Elon’s junior quarterback Scott Riddle went 20-34 for 212 yards and a touchdown through the air, but was sacked five times and threw three interceptions in the first half.


The defense was anchored by junior linebacker D.J. Smith and senior defensive back Cortez Gilbert, who notched 15 and 7 tackles respectively.  Senior defensive lineman Anthony Williams added two sacks, and junior defensive back Mark LeGree had two interceptions on the afternoon.


With the win, the Mountaineers extended their SoCon winning streak to 19 games and earned an automatic bid in the FCS playoffs.  Elon’s Rhodes Stadium also saw a record attendance of 14,167 Saturday afternoon.


The Mountaineers have a date with the longtime rival Western Carolina Catamounts on Saturday afternoon to see who will keep the Old Mountain Jug until next football season.  Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 at Kidd Brewer Stadium.  Broadcast time for the Appalachian ISP Sports Network is 1:30 Saturday afternoon on AM 1450 WATA.


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