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Offense Rallies To Win Spring Game PDF Print
Written by Mike Flynn   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 08:41

Quarterback Kameron Bryant (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) capped a three-play, 65-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run on the next-to-last-series to lift Appalachian State University football’s offense to a 75-74 victory over the defense in an entertaining Spring Game on Friday evening at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The game pitted Appalachian State’s offense and defense and featured a modified scoring system to determine a “winner” and holder of bragging rights throughout the offseason.

 

 

Appalachian’s defense led for much of the game and was clinging to a 66-61 advantage with two series to go before Bryant engineered the go-ahead drive. Bryant opened the series with a 15-yard pass to Bobo Beathard (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield), followed by a 48-yard run by Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) that moved the ball to the three-yard line. On the very next play, Bryant ran it in to give the offense a 72-66 lead.

 

The defense had a chance to pull out the victory on the final series when a bad snap sailed over quarterback Logan Hallock’s (Ferguson, N.C./West Wilkes) head and a scrum for the ball ensued. However, Hallock was able to fend off several defenders for the loose ball and the offense held on to win by the slimmest of margins.

 

In addition to what proved to be the game-winning touchdown run, Bryant also threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) and finished the evening with 165 yards on 13-of-26 passing. Hallock threw a two-yard pass to Dante Jones (Raleigh, N.C./Southeast Raleigh) for the offense’s only other touchdown. The offense also got 36- and 34-yard field goals from Zach Matics (Jacksonville, N.C./Southwest-Onslow) and a 46-yarder from Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona, Fla./Warner Christian Academy).

 

The defense also scored a touchdown when redshirt freshman Dustin Anderson (Hiddenite, N.C./Alexander Central) forced and scooped up a fumble by Eric Davidson (Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford) and returned it 51 yards to paydirt.

 

Cox ran for 121 yards on 15 carries to highlight the offensive statistically while nose tackle Tyson Fernandez (Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina) led the defense with 11 tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss.

 

 

SCORING SUMMARY • OFFENSE 75, DEFENSE 74

Offense No. Pts.

Touchdowns (6 points) ....................................................................3 18

Field Goals (3 points) ........................................................................3 9

Runs of 15+ yards (2 points) ..........................................................2 4

Passes of 20+ yards (2 points) .......................................................5 10

Two-point conversion (2 points) ..................................................0 0

First downs (1 point)........................................................................32 32

PAT (1 point) ........................................................................................2 2

 

 

TEAM STATISTICS

Total Offense ...........................................................................................................593

Rushing

Yards .................................................................................................................209

Attempts ...........................................................................................................69

Touchdowns .......................................................................................................1

Yards Per Rush ................................................................................................3.0

Passing

Yards .................................................................................................................384

Completions-Attempts ..........................................................................28-50

Interceptions ......................................................................................................0

Touchdowns .......................................................................................................2

Yards Per Attempt .........................................................................................7.7

Yards Per Completion ................................................................................13.7

First Downs

Total ....................................................................................................................32

Passing ...............................................................................................................17

Rushing..............................................................................................................14

Penalty ..................................................................................................................1

Sacks ...............................................................................................................................7

Tackles for Loss ............................................................................................................8

Fumbles Forced/Lost .............................................................................................1/1

 

 

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSIVE STATISTICS

Passing Comp. Att. Int. TD Yds.

Kameron Bryant 13 26 - 1 165

J.P. Caruso 8 15 - - 110

Logan Hallock 7 9 - 1 109

 

 

Rushing Att. Yds. TD Avg.

Marcus Cox 15 121 - 8.1

Eric Davidson 15 57 - 3.9

Chris Simpson 10 35 - 3.5

Kameron Bryant 10 -16 1 -1.6

Terrence Upshaw 9 46 - 5.1

Logan Hallock 7 -32 - -4.6

J.P. Caruso 3 -2 - -0.7

 

 

Receiving Rec. Yds. TD Avg.

Tacoi Sumler 4 128 - 32.0

Simms McElfresh 4 88 1 22.0

Bobo Beathard 4 48 - 12.0

Jacob McCann 3 24 - 8.0

Dante Jones 3 23 1 7.7

Chris Simpson 3 4 - 1.3

Malachi Jones 2 23 - 11.5

Trey Anderson 2 17 - 8.5

Trey Kavanaugh 1 20 - 20.0

Jaquil Capel 1 7 - 7.0

Eric Davidson 1 2 - 2.0

 

 

Defense No. Pts.

Touchdowns (6 points) ....................................................................1 6

Turnovers (5 points) ..........................................................................1 5

Three-and-outs (3 points) ..............................................................4 12

Blocked kicks (3 points) ...................................................................0 0

Stopped drive - not three-and-out (2 points) ........................10 20

Sack (2 points) ....................................................................................7 14

Tackles for Loss (2 points) ...............................................................8 16

Two-point conversion after defensive TD (2 point) ..............0 0

PAT after defensive TD (1 point) ...................................................1 1

 

 

TOUCHDOWNS/FIELD GOALS

OFF - Bryant 51 pass to McElfresh (Matics kick good)

DEF - D. Anderson 51 fumble return (Matics kick good)

OFF - Matics 36 field goal

OFF - Hallock 2 pass to D. Jones (Matics kick good)

OFF - Matics 34 field goal

OFF - Critcher 46 field goal

OFF - Bryant 3 run (Matics kick missed)

 

 

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Name TT Sacks TFL FF FR Int. PBU

Tyson Fernandez 11 1 1 - - - 1

Levi Duffield 10 1 1 - - - -

Osvaldo Sombo 10 1 1 - - - -

Kennan Gilchrist 9 - - - - - -

Doug Middleton 9 - - - - - -

John Law 8 - - - - - -

Thomas Bronson 7 1 1 - - - 1

Nic Shriner 7 - - - - - -

Toronto Thomas 7 - - - - - -

Lee Wright 7 - 1 - - - -

Ronald Blair 6 1 1 - - - -

Dustin Anderson 5 1 1 1 1 - -

Treyon Garnett 5 - - - - - -

Aaron Krah 5 - - - - - -

Joel Ross 5 - - - - - -

Dante Blackmon 4 - - - - - 3

Caleb Fuller 4 - - - - - -

Cody McKinney 4 - - - - - -

Brandon McGowan 4 - - - - - -

Denzel Ward 4 - - - - - -

A.J. Howard 3 - - - - - -

Stephen Machanic 3 - - - - - -

Olawale Dada 2 1 1 - - - -

Mike Counts 1 - - - - - -

Brandon Pinckney 1 - - - - - -

Tashion Singleton 1 - - - - - -

Devan Stringer 1 - - - - - -

Kevin Walton 1 -

 

Photo Courtesy: Marcus Cox, ASU Athletics

  
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