Sorry for the delay in posting this – yesterday was a long day at work and I didn’t get a chance to get on here. So for what it’s worth – here’s a recap.
At first glance of a 48-14 scoreline, one might think that it was all Apps from start to finish. But for the first half of play, that was far from the case. PC scored on their first drive and remained close throughout the entire half. The Blue Hose passing attack kept the Mountaineers on their heels and went in the locker room trailing only 17-14 at the half.
Second half – different story. 407 yards of offense (367 on the ground) and four touchdowns later and the Mountaineers had a nice victory to celebrate. One of the most encouraging aspects of the second half point explosion is that the production came from young, untested players. Virginia Tech transfer Devin Radford racked up 251 yards of offense (179 on the ground, 72 in the air) and three touchdowns. Backup quarterback DeAndre Presley ran the ball 5 times for 37 yards and two scores and also completed a pass for 58 yards.
Fun fact: After his performance on Saturday, Armanti Edwards now sits at third in Southern Conference history with 7,747 total yards of offense in his career.
Here’s this game’s story links:
Mountaineers Rebound (News & Observer)
Big Second Half lifts Mountaineers to win (Winston-Salem Journal)
So what’s next? The non-conference schedule is done and it’s time for the Southern Conference. Five teams are currently ranked. The Mountaineers rose to No. 2 this weekend after Richmond’s loss to Villanova knocked them down a few pegs. James Madison sits atop the poll. Elon is No. 7, Wofford is No. 9, The Citadel is No. 12 and Furman is No. 15. Georgia Southern could easily be ranked as well, losing two very close games to Elon and Wofford.
Four games in and the Mountaineers have yet to put two halves of football together (except for the Jacksonville win – which doesn’t count). All five of these games will require the Mountaineers’ best efforts if Appalachian hopes win a fourth straight conference title. With the strength of the Southern Conference this season, I think it’s a safe bet that you’ll see three SoCon teams get bids to the playoffs. The question remains, can this team finish in the top three?