Loading...
Sounds like the current crop of Democrat Presidential hopefuls is aiming to bring the rich folk down to our level. We...

Pirates win big on senior night

111818ECUfootball-12.jpg
1 of 10

East Carolina's Colby Gore celebrates after making an interception during their game against Connecticut on Nov. 17, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

111818ECUFootball-4.jpg
111818ECUFootball-7.jpg
111818ECUFootball-2.jpg
111818ECUfootball-8.jpg
111818ECUfootball-3.jpg
111818ECUfootball-2.jpg
111818ECUfootball-6.jpg
111818ECUfootball-1.jpg
111818ECUfootball-16.jpg
Loading…

By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Freshman quarterback Holton Ahlers dazzled again, ensuring that East Carolina’s football seniors had their time to celebrate during senior day at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

ECU got its expected and much-needed win Saturday night, stopping a five-game losing streak with a 55-21 victory over a Connecticut team that remained winless in the American Athletic Conference and winless against FBS opponents this season. UConn fell to 1-10, while the Pirates (3-7, 1-6) picked up their first league win ahead of challenging road games against Cincinnati and N.C. State to complete a tough season.

Ahlers became the first ECU QB to rush for more than 100 yards in a game since David Garrard in 2000. He ran 12 times for 130 yards and a touchdown, and he also was 22-of-31 passing for 242 yards and four touchdowns.

Fellow freshman Tyler Snead, a surging walk-on slot receiver, was his favorite target with six receptions for 62 yards and three TDs.

The rookie connection helped make sure the seniors didn’t lose their final home game.

“I don’t think I could paint a better picture,” right tackle and senior offensive captain Garrett McGhin said. “It was kind of surreal just moving the ball like that and it felt amazing. I didn’t get caught up in it until the fourth quarter and somebody told me that I only have one more quarter left in Dowdy-Ficklen.

“It was awesome. One of the things that was really rewarding was seeing guys like Snead get three touchdowns and Holton Ahlers get his first career win, just to say I was part of stuff like that.”

ECU’s run game produced 415 yards on 54 carries versus the worst-ranked defense in the country. The total yards finished 657-274.

The Pirates trailed 7-0, 14-7 and 21-14 early in the night, but they used a flurry of 20 unanswered points during the second quarter to take control of the contest. It was 48-21 going into the final period.

“It has been about the seniors all week and really emotional last couple of days for our seniors and not only for me, but for some of our younger players,” Pirate coach Scottie Montgomery said. “It was the first game where we really played well together offensively, defensively and on special teams. I thought we adjusted in the second quarter a little bit defensively and once we got the lead, we really started to play well.

“Offensively it was probably our best performance of the year by far. I really liked some of the innovation in our run game and we showed a lot of new looks.”

Senior reserve running back Anthony Scott put ECU in the lead for good, 28-21, on a 5-yard TD with 2:03 until halftime. Two Jake Verity field goals made it 34-21 at the break.

Scott (six carries, 67 yards) also had one rushing touchdown against North Carolina and Old Dominion, which are ECU’s other two wins.

Senior defensive end Nate Harvey brought down three sacks to continue his banner campaign. He broke the American Athletic Conference single-season record for tackles for loss, formerly held by Houston’s Ed Oliver, when he reached 24 TFLs for the year during the second half.

“Coach just told me and it feels good,” Harvey said. “But I’m just glad I could help my team in any way possible and glad it was this way (in a win).”

The Pirate defense forced three turnovers, including Harvey’s strip-sack and fumble recovery of his own. Freshman Damel Hickman’s interception ended the game.

Trevon Brown caught one of Ahlers’ touchdown passes and hit the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the second straight year.

The Pirates honored Brown, Harvey, Scott and 16 others before the game, then started six seniors on defense.

But defense was mainly an afterthought, for both teams, during a high-scoring opening quarter filled with quarterback highlights.

Ahlers had a 25-yard run and an even longer dash early in the second, when he spun and juked his way up the field for 38 yards to set up a 24-yard touchdown pass to Snead for a 14-14 tie. Snead also caught a touchdown from Ahlers on the Pirates’ first offensive series.

UConn took a 21-14 edge on David Pindell’s third TD toss of the game with 11:16 until halftime. The Huskies were shut out the rest of the way.

Pindell finished 15-of-25 for 156 yards, and was held to 3 rush yards to stop a string of four straight 100-yard rushing outings. He had 184 rushing yards last week.

ECU responded immediately from the 21-14 deficit, this time with Ahlers finding little-used tight end Xavier Smith for a few clutch pass plays on a drive before the QB went over the top of a defender and into the end zone for a 2-yard TD run and 21-21 deadlock. That was the final tie of the game.

“He has the Superman in him, no question, and sometimes he pulls out that cape out,” Montgomery said of his QB’s flip into the end zone.

Ahlers and Trace Christian (13 carries, 102 yards) each rushed for more than 100 yards.

The announced attendance was a season-low 27,234.

“We’re going to get those fans back and start winning here,” Ahlers said. “They deserve it and this town and this program and these coaches deserve it.”

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

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

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

ECU

May 20, 2019

East Carolina needs a new women’s golf coach, which is an unfamiliar position for the Pirates.

Kevin Williams, who started the ECU program in the fall of 2000, officially resigned Monday to join Kalen Anderson’s staff at South Carolina as an assistant coach.

During his two-tenure, 17-…

050118ECUGolf-6.jpg.jpg

May 20, 2019

As expected, East Carolina baseball’s record-breaking season was officially recognized by the American Athletic Conference on Monday.

Jake Agnos earned the AAC pitcher of the year award, just four days after he set a new league single-season record for strikeouts with 124 in 83.0 innings this…

051719ECUbaseball-7.jpg

May 20, 2019

East Carolina announced program-record grade point averages in football and men’s basketball for the spring semester, one week after those teams were close to the cut line for NCAA administered penalties because of their multi-year academic progress rate scores released by the NCAA from 2017…

020719ECUbasketball-5.JPG

May 18, 2019

East Carolina lost its final regular season baseball game of this season, yet some fans stuck around at sunny and steamy Clark-LeClair Stadium after Memphis’ 10-9 victory on Saturday afternoon to see the Pirates collect their trophies and to show appreciation for what ECU accomplished…

051919ECUbaseball-10.JPG

May 17, 2019

East Carolina spent the last few months proving its worth as the best baseball team in the American Athletic Conference.

On Friday night, seventh-ranked ECU succeeded in its chance to put another historical stamp on its campaign.

The Pirates defeated Memphis, 5-3, at Clark-LeClair Stadium, giving…

051719ECUbaseball-7.JPG

May 16, 2019

In what will be celebrated this weekend as a historic regular season for East Carolina baseball, Jake Agnos was at the forefront and dominant Thursday at Clark-LeClair Stadium despite the game’s final score later ballooning to 19-10. 

ECU’s left-handed junior pitcher vaulted up ECU…

051719ECUbaseball-2.JPG

May 16, 2019

East Carolina is set to send eight athletes to the track and field NCAA East preliminary meet, scheduled for May 23-25 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Senior Grace Sullivan, the school-record holder in the steeplechase, enters the regional with a No. 12 ranking. She ran her season-best time of 10 minutes, 12.…

040719ECUtrack-1.JPG

May 16, 2019

East Carolina used seven different outfielders in Tuesday’s come-from-behind win to beat Campbell 4-3 and begin a four-game final week of the regular season.

The starting lineup for the No. 7 Pirates began with Bryant Packard at designated hitter, Alec Burleson in left field, Bryson Worrell…

042819ECUbaseball-12.JPG.JPG

May 14, 2019

Campbell is rarely an easy team to put away in baseball.

The Camels proved it again Tuesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium, where No. 7 East Carolina’s only lead in the game was the final score of 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Seldom-used senior Chandler Jenkins sparked the No.…

051519ECUbaseball-1.jpg

May 14, 2019

WINTERVILLE — Davis Kirkpatrick doesn’t like for his Brunswick Community College pitchers to call him Davis or Coach Kirkpatrick.

Like his father, it simply is “DK.”

Kirkpatrick is in his first season as pitching coach for Brunswick Community College, a gig he secured merely…

060318Regionalgame4-13.jpg
243 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 25
        Next Page»   Last Page»