Wednesday, September 13, 2023

ECU at App State Leads Saturday Schedule

The East Carolina Pirates and App State Mountaineers are set to face off in an exciting college football game this Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina. The game is expected to draw a large crowd, following the Mountaineers's impressive performance in their home opener against Gardner-Webb and a thrilling double-overtime game on the road against No. 17 North Carolina.

The upcoming game holds special significance as it marks East Carolina's first visit to Kidd Brewer Stadium since November 3, 1979. The Mountaineers and Pirates agreed to a four-game series in January 2017, with App State hosting games in 2021 and 2023, while ECU will host games in 2024 and 2026. The 2021 game was the first meeting between the two teams as members of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). In their previous encounter two seasons ago, a Thursday night crowd of 36,752 witnessed an exciting matchup between the Pirates and the Mountaineers in Charlotte. App State emerged victorious with a 33-19 win after overcoming an early ECU touchdown.

The overall series between East Carolina and Appalachian State has been closely contested, with the Mountaineers holding a slight advantage. Out of the 29 meetings that took place between 1932 and 1979, App State won the first ten games and seventeen of the first twenty. However, ECU turned the tide with a 38-21 victory in Boone in 1979. The two teams did not face each other again until 2009 when ECU secured a 29-24 home win. Notably, star quarterback Armanti Edwards was sidelined during that game due to a preseason injury. In another matchup in 2012, ECU emerged victorious with a 35-13 win at home.

The upcoming clash between East Carolina and Appalachian State promises to be an intense battle between two talented teams. Both sides will be eager to secure a victory and build momentum early in the season. Fans can expect an electric atmosphere at Kidd Brewer Stadium as they witness this historic rivalry unfold.

North Carolina A&T at Elon 

The Elon Phoenix are set to host the North Carolina A&T Aggies in Elon’s long-awaited home opener on Saturday, September 16, 2023. The game will take place at Rhodes Stadium in Elon, North Carolina, and is expected to be an exciting matchup between two talented teams. Elon Phoenix has a record of 5-0 at home from the previous season, marking the first time they have posted an undefeated home season inside Rhodes Stadium. They will be looking to extend their six-game win streak at home. On the other hand, North Carolina A&T Aggies have been very comfortable inside Rhodes Stadium in their program history, winning 4-of-5 games. In total, the Aggies lead the all-time series with Elon 8-4, including a 24-21 victory in 2019 – the last meeting between the two programs. The game is scheduled to start at 6:00 PM ET and can be streamed on FloSports or watched on My48. Taylor Durham, Dr. Khirey Walker, and Hannah Bradey will be on the call. North Carolina A&T enters Saturday night’s game with an 0-2 record, following losses to UAB (35-6) and North Carolina Central (30-16). A&T has thrown for just 67 yards in the first two games of the season 2. This game will be North Carolina A&T’s first CAA game in program history. The Aggies joined the conference following membership in the Big South Conference.

Mars Hill at Catawba

Mars Hill and Catawba are set to face off in a South Atlantic Conference matchup Saturday night in Salisbury. Both teams are coming into the game undefeated and a win by either will put them in a great early position in conference play. Landon Honeycutt and Damipi Lamboni lead a Mars Hill defense that seeks to slow down a Catawba offense has averaged 40+ points over the first two weeks of the season. Preston Brown has throw for 575 yards and nine touchdowns to lead this explosive start to the season for Catawba. Kickoff is set for 6pm and will be broadcast on FloSports.