App State looks for first win Saturday
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
The Mountaineers, faced with the possibility of an 0-3 start of the 2013 seaosn, play their first Southern Conference game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Elon.
The Mountaineers are off to their first 0-2 start since 2009. They risk their first 0-3 start, should they lose to Elon, since 1993.
Appalachian State has had two weeks to correct any mistakes made in the first two games they plays -- a 30-6 loss to Montana and a 24-21 at home to North Carolina A&T. Mountaineers head coach Scott Satterfield seems to think his team has done that.
"We had things to be corrected that we've been messing up on," Satterfield said. "It was good for the guys to relax and watch some football and we got a good start on Elon. It's our last year in the Southern Conference and we're looking back to getting on the field and right what we've done wrong in the last two games."
Elon goes into the game with a 1-2 record, which includes a 23-10 loss to North Carolina A&T on Sept. 14. The Phoenix was pummeled 70-0 by Georgia Tech and beat Division II West Virginia Wesleyan 49-7.
The game Saturday features the Top two passing teams in the SoCon. Appalachian State leads the conference in passing with 258.0 passing yards per game.
Elon is close behind by averaging 253 yards per outing.
The teams are similar in running the ball, but on the other side of the yardage list. Elon is eighth in the conference with 121.7 yards per game, while App State is dead last in the SoCon with 95.0 yards per game.
Satterfield said Elon quarterback Mike Quinn leads the conference in passing. Quinn had completed 71-of-115 passes for 709 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.
"We're still a young offense," Elon coach Jason Swepson said. "We're still learning how to line up right and what to do. The good thing is we did all that (against A&T) and now we've got to go learn as a young offense how to make a big play."
App State backup Kameron Bryant is second in the league in passing. He has completed 29-of-43 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns.
Mountaineers starter Jamal Londry-Jackson is fifth in the league, having completed 24-of-41 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown. Satterfield said he had not picked a starter as of this week.
"Thursday, we'll have a good idea of who will start," Satterfield said. "You always have to have two who are ready to go. We've always had a practice regiment with that."
Satterfield said for the third straight week that standout receiver Sean Price will not play Saturday. Price was suspended for breaking team rules.
Bryant and Jackson throw to the Top two receivers in the SoCon. Tony Washington leads the conference with 17 receptions for 182 yards. Andrew Peacock is second with 14 catches for 108 yards.
Right behind them in third and fourth place are Elon's Rasaun Rorie and Kierre Brown. Rorie has 13 catches for 142 yards and Brown has 12 catches for 85 yards.
Satterfield said Elon's offense relies on Quinn's passing, while N.C. A&T quarterback Kawshaun Quick extended plays by scrambling and by running with the football.