Mountaineers take on Phoenix
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
The Mountaineers (0-2) went into their Southern Conference showdown at Elon Saturday with a three-game losing streak dating back to the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. They took on an Elon team that went into the game with a 1-2 record, but the Phoenix's lone victory was against Division II West Virginia Wesleyan.
The result of the game was not available by presstime. It is available on http://www.wataugademocrat.com.
Starting the season at 0-2 doesn't necessarily mean that the Mountaineers are headed for a disastrous season. In 2009, the Mountaineers won their next 11 games before falling 24-17 to Montana in the semifinals of the FCS season.
There will be no playoffs this season, since Mountaineers are making the move to the Football Bowl Subdivision and have more players on scholarship than the 63 limit that the FCS teams must carry.
The Mountaineers can still put together a winning record. They continue that goal Sept. 27 with a home game against Charleston Southern.
The last time Appalachian State was 0-3 was in 1993 when the Mountaineers lost their first four games and finished 4-7. It was the only losing season during the 24-year tenure of former coach Jerry Moore.
Appalachian State was not the only team at Elon's Rhodes Stadium Saturday. The Phoenix is also leaving the Southern Conference to join the Colonial Athletic Association next season.
Appalachian State led the series with Elon 31-9-1, but is 17-0 in games dating back to 1965. The Mountaineers were also 10-0 since Elon joined the Southern Conference in 2003.
Appalachian State beat the Phoenix 35-23 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in 2012.