Pirates end practice with 'victory'
By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector
Friday, August 16, 2019
East Carolina’s football practice Friday morning ended with center Branden Pena snapping to quarterback Holton Ahlers in the victory formation, and then the Pirates celebrated. Kicker Jake Verity also made a 57-yard field goal during a late-game sequence.
On the day before an important scrimmage to officially end preseason camp, the Pirates spent the last half of Friday’s practice working on a variety of late-game situations.
“A last play, a hurried field goal, a whistle-kick, no timeouts, it was just a lot of situations that you encounter, and we’ll try to work those at least three times before we go to Raleigh (Aug. 31 versus N.C. State) for our opener,” Pirate coach Mike Houston said. “Those plays, when you think of it, those are some of the biggest plays that you have sometimes during a season. ... We have had a solid week of practice and where we have come from Aug. 1 to now, we have made great strides, but we want to see it on the field tomorrow in a game situation.”
ECU’s coaches want the scrimmage in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to be as game-like as possible, which will include an overtime simulation and some coaches sitting in the TowneBank Tower press box.
“I want to see us, offensively, play a little faster,” offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick said. “I hope we’ll be a little more efficient and a little smoother. One of my biggest things is going to be working with those guys (in the press box) because we do have new guys a little bit in the staff who have new roles. We have to work on communication and signals and that kind of stuff."
ECU classes begin Monday. The Pirates also will shift into their in-season afternoon practice schedule beginning Tuesday.
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