BME(Bless my ears). I am 69 and admit to hearing loss but why can prime time tv shows not have the same sound quality...

Herring, Gore expected to play vs. ODU


East Carolina's Reid Herring, left, enters the game for Holton Ahlers against North Carolina on Sept. 8, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


The Daily Reflector

Monday, September 24, 2018

East Carolina cornerback Colby Gore is probable to return to action this weekend against Old Dominion, and starting quarterback Reid Herring also is expected to play despite nursing a sore ankle from Saturday’s 20-13 loss at South Florida.

Pirate coach Scottie Montgomery confirmed those details Monday during his weekly news conference, saying that Herring should be ready to face the Monarchs but backups Kingsley Ifedi and Holton Ahlers also could remain in the mix as the team monitors its quarterbacks this week during practice. Ahlers has been used as a short-yardage specialist and complement to Herring for the Pirates (1-2), who will host ODU (1-3) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. after the Monarchs just pulled a major upset by knocking off Virginia Tech, 49-35.

“We’ll find out, but I think Reid is going to be fine,” Montgomery said. “I think we are talented enough at receiver, whether it’s Kingsley or Holton. For Holton, every week that he can practice he gets a little better and the hardest part for quarterbacks, especially young quarterbacks, is managing game-type situations.”

ECU’s third-year coach then noted that Ahlers was in for Herring near the end of the first half against USF, and he was sacked but should have been looking for a quick pass to the flats or to throw the ball out of bounds.

Montgomery also was asked about the possibility of Ahlers doing more passing.

The freshman and former D.H. Conley star leads ECU with three rushing touchdowns. Against USF he was the team’s top rusher and the only player to score a TD, diving in for a 2-yarder on the opening drive before the Pirate offense had to settle for two field goals the rest of the way.

Herring finished 21-of-48 for 253 yards and an interception. The sophomore has 852 yards, three touchdowns and three INTs for the season.

Ahlers was 1-for-2 for 3 yards against the 4-0 Bulls. He is 1-for-3 for the year, and Ifedi is 1-for-1 for 5 yards.

“At the beginning of the second half I was very close to putting (Ifedi) in because I thought Reid wouldn’t be able to be mobile, but of course Reid talked us out of it,” Montgomery said. “We went with Reid. … If we get typecast (with Ahlers) that is something I’m not really worried about because I just know that when he has the ball on fourth-and-1 or third-and-1 or third-and-2 situations, he is the best option we have.”

At running back, Darius Pinnix, Anthony Scott and Hussein Howe continue to work in a rotation for carries. Montgomery also lauded quality rotations at defensive line and the defensive secondary working well for ECU.

Gore has been out since suffering a hit to the head during the game against North Carolina on Sept. 8. Junior college addition and first-year Pirate Michael Witherspoon started for Gore against USF and recovered a fumble.

“More people are getting opportunities and we have a lot more depth and that is helping us, so we are in a little better shape than we were last year,” Montgomery said of the Pirates’ injury report that Monday still featured only reserves Ben Norris and Donovan Noel as definitely out.

ODU’s upset of the Hokies was sparked by backup QB Blake LaRussa, who replaced Steven Williams during the contest and finished 30-of-49 passing for 495 yards and four touchdowns along with rushing for a TD. The junior is slated to make his first start of the season, and fifth of his career, versus the Pirates.

“We saw him come in and really throw the ball effectively down the field and also add different elements to the passing game that quite frankly we hadn’t seen before last week,” Montgomery said. “That’s the one advantage that we’ll take from the Old Dominion-Virginia Tech game.”

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


February 23, 2019

Alec Burleson looked in midseason form in willing No. 11 East Carolina to a 3-1 Game 1 victory over Monmouth at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Saturday night, using exactly 100 pitches for a command performance on the mound and he also was 3-for-3 with two walks as ECU’s leadoff hitter and…


February 23, 2019

Cincinnati went wire-to-wire on the East Carolina women’s basketball team on Saturday, dealing the Pirates a 68-57 loss in Minges Coliseum and never trailing in the American Athletic Conference clash.

The Bearcats (18-9, 10-4 AAC) dominated possession, tempo and the Pirates (13-14, 4-10), who…


February 23, 2019

American Athletic Conference basketball has a unique opportunity in New Orleans tonight with one team bound to achieve a breakthrough victory.

East Carolina is 0-9 in road games this season heading into its matchup with Tulane, which is 4-21 overall and has not won an AAC game all season at 0-13.…


February 22, 2019

Mother Nature has affected East Carolina baseball’s schedule for another weekend.

ECU announced late Friday morning that it will not play Monmouth on Friday, but instead will begin a doubleheader Saturday at 4 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium. 

The No. 11 Pirates (3-1) played Wednesday…


February 22, 2019

Another weekend series at Clark-LeClair Stadium, this time against winless Monmouth, begins an eight-game homestand for the No. 11-ranked East Carolina baseball team, and it comes just a few days after the Pirates suffered a rare midweek setback at Campbell.

It was cold and misty and damp at…


February 21, 2019

Erin Poepping brought some fire with her from Minnesota to North Carolina, and it’s been catching with the red-hot East Carolina softball team early in the season.

While the late-winter temperatures here are a far cry from her suburban Minneapolis home, the 8-1 Pirates and their sophomore…


February 20, 2019

LILLINGTON — Many of the Major League Baseball scouts who arrived to Jim Perry Stadium early and packed the seats behind home plate to key on starting pitching were not around to see a wild ninth inning Wednesday night.

They missed No. 11 East Carolina hit two clutch home runs in the…


February 20, 2019

The bottom fell out for the East Carolina women’s basketball team on Wednesday night in a 63-50 loss to South Florida.

The game was not the blowout at seemed, except for a dreadful stretch in the game’s critical minutes in the fourth quarter. After the Pirates (13-13, 4-8 American…


February 20, 2019

East Carolina’s home-heavy end to the women’s basketball regular season comes into shape tonight when the Pirates, who are 3-2 in their last five games, host South Florida in Minges Coliseum.

ECU (13-12, 4-8 American) split two road games in Texas last week, most recently falling 63-52…


February 18, 2019

East Carolina bas­ket­ball’s Jay­den Gard­ner col­lected his fifth Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence fresh­man of the week honor Mon­day af­ter post­ing his ninth dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son Sun­day against Tulsa with…

259 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 26
        Next Page»   Last Page»