October 31, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Warner00099
ETSU2177742
Scoring
1st Quarter
ETSUTD11:34D. Ponchillia 40 Yd Pass From Austin Herink (JJ Jerman kick)
ETSUTD06:45Jajuan Stinson 1 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
ETSUTD02:06Austin Herink 8 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
2nd Quarter
ETSUTD11:47Nick Sexton 1 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
3rd Quarter
ETSUTD09:24Jajuan Stinson 2 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
4th Quarter
ETSUTD13:07Cory Colder 11 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
WARNERSAF09:26Elevisi Halapio
WARNERTD02:42Raheem Phillips (Angel Puente kick)
Stats at a GlanceWARNERETSU
1st Downs1022
3rd Down Conversions2-115-9
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Passing (Comp-Att)101 (13-23) 166 (11-13)
Rushing (Att)71 (25) 291 (52)
Total Yards172457
Penalties6-507-75
Turnovers32
Fumbles Lost21
Interceptions11
Possession25:1134:49
PREVIEW: ETSU VS. WARNER
PREVIEW: ETSU VS. WARNER
Friday, October 30, 2015

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 30, 2015) – Coming off back-to-back road games, the ETSU football team returns home to host Warner on Saturday afternoon at Kermit Tipton Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. 

PROMOTIONS  

  • Children 12-and-under who wear their Halloween costumes to the game will receive a free ticket to the contest with a paying adult thanks to sponsorship from Just Jump of Johnson City. In addition, tailgaters are encouraged to participate in a special “trunk or treat” in the parking lots surrounding Kermit Tipton Stadium to help celebrate the Halloween holiday, and ETSU cheerleaders will be tossing candy to the crowd during the game. 
  • ETSU students are also asked to wear costumes to the game to participate in a special contest at halftime. Five students will be chosen to participate on the field and be judged on their costumes. The winner will receive a special ETSU Nike gear prize pack. 
  • All former ETSU football players on Saturday will be honored. Former players are asked to arrive at a special gathering at 11 a.m. near the start of the Buc Walk at Parking Lot A on the south end of Kermit Tipton Stadium. Those in attendance will then participate in the Buc Walk, which is set to begin for 11:25 a.m. and will end on the field. Players who wish to remain on the field after the Buc Walk will be allowed to do and can stay throughout pregame warm-ups. The group will be honored during a pre-kickoff letterman recognition. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS

Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop threw for three touchdowns and running back Chad Newell rushed for a pair of scores as the 21st-ranked Bobcats downed ETSU, 63-7, last Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium … Turnovers and special teams miscues haunted the Blue and Gold as the Bucs turned the ball over four times, had a punt blocked (another go for 10 yards) and surrendered a 97-yard kickoff return, resulting in 42 points for Montana State … ETSU’s offense moved the ball as it totaled 376 yards (170 rushing/206 passing), while the Bucs held the ball for over 33 minutes … The 170 rushing yards marked the second-most for ETSU this season (267 vs. Maryville), while Tony Drew (Nashville, Tenn.) finished with a season-best 77 yards on eight carries … As a team, the Bucs registered 13 plays of 10-plus yards on offense, including a 37-yard reception to Chad Pritchard (Elizabethton, Tenn.), a 36-yard yard catch by Malik Styles (Dandridge, Tenn.) and a 24-yard run from Tony Drew … Jajuan Lankford (South Pittsburg, Tenn.) also had four carries for 22 yards, including his first collegiate touchdown on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter … Dalton Ponchillia (Nashville, Tenn.) and Drake Powell (Clinton, Tenn.) both kept their streak of having at least one reception alive … Ponchillia led the Bucs with four catches for 64 yards and Powell hauled in one catch … Defensively, linebacker Dylan Weigel (Pickerington, Ohio) paced the Blue and Gold with 12 tackles, while safety Tony Welch (Pickerington, Ohio) added seven hits and linebacker Austin Gatewood (Ooltewah, Tenn.) finished with four (one for a loss) … It marked the second straight game ETSU allowed 300 yards passing and the 63 points were the most given up since Miami (Fla.) scored 66 back on Sept. 5, 1998. 

ABOUT WARNER

After winning its first two games of the season, Warner (2-6) has lost its last six, including a 45-14 setback at San Diego last week where the Royals were held to 90 yards on the ground and 195 passing yards … Defensively, Warner allowed 526 yards (247 rushing/278 passing) and was outscored 24-0 in the final 40-plus minutes of the game … The Royals averaged 38 points in their first two wins, while holding the opponents to 12 points per game in those contests … During this six-game losing streak, Warner is allowing 41.3 points per game and averaging 16.8 points per game … Overall, Warner’s defense has forced 20 turnovers (10 INTs/10 fumbles) on the season and have forced at least one turnover in each of its first eight games, including a season-best six turnovers in the season-opening win over Concordia … They have also forced multiple turnovers in five of its eight games … Junior linebacker Loronza Smith is a first-team all-conference selection and led the conference with 119 tackles in 2014 and ranked seventh in the NAIA in tackles per game (11.9) … This season Smith leads the team with 70 tackles (four for loss) and has two interceptions … The Royals’ defense held Concordia College to 134 yards (40 rushing/94 passing) in its season opener … Offensively, Warner ranks second in the Sun Conference in pass offense per game (199.8) and third down conversion (40%), while sophomore quarterback DJ Davis ranks second in total offense per game (186.1), total offense (1,489) and passing (1,318) … Warner rushed for a season-high 217 yards in the win at Union College, while passing for a season-best 255 yards in the loss at Belhaven … They have passed for multiple touchdowns in four of its eight games.

SERIES HISTORY

This marks the first-ever meeting between the two programs. 

COVERAGE

Saturday’s game will be video streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network as “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos will handle the play-by-play and former Buccaneer quarterback Matt Wilhjelm will be the color analyst. Jessica Larkin will be the sideline reporter. Click here for live video.    

Fans can also listen to the radio call on WXSM-AM 640 The Extreme Sports Monster or on 104.9 NASH Icon. The Buccaneer Sports Network will launch its pregame broadcast one hour and 30 minutes prior to kickoff with the 30-minute long Eastman Credit Union Tailgate Show, followed by the Carl Torbush Pregame Show powered by Ford which will lead up to 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The First Bank and Trust Company Countdown to Kickoff will then lead into the final moments before kickoff. An audio stream will be available via ETSUBucs.com or by clicking here.   

In addition to following the Bucs on your mobile device and/or tablet with live audio and video, fans can get up to the minute stats by following the action via StatBroadcast. Fans can access live stats on their computers, mobile devices or tablets by visiting BucsStats.com or clicking here.   

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SATURDAY’S GAME 

  • Parking lots open at 8 a.m. – Click here for tailgating guidelines 
  • Gates to the stadium will open at 11 a.m.
  • The Buc Walk begins at 11:25 a.m. 
  • There is NO re-entry into Kermit Tipton Stadium. 
  • Students need to enter through the south or east gates of Kermit Tipton Stadium 
  • A complimentary shuttle will run from ETSU’s campus to Kermit-Tipton Stadium beginning two hours prior to kickoff. The shuttle will drop off and pick up riders on the lower level driveway near Freedom Hall Civic Center. Click here for shuttle schedule.  
  • Click here for more Game Day information. For additional information, please download the ETSU Game Time app. Click here for iOS users and here for Android users.  

TICKET INFO

Tickets still remain for Saturday's game. Silver level tickets are $25 and Bronze level seats are $20 each.   

Click here for seating map.  

To purchase tickets, call the ETSU Ticket Office at (423) 439-3878, or click here to purchase them online.   

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TEXTCASTER

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UP NEXT

The Bucs hit the road for back-to-back games beginning next Saturday, Nov. 7, at Robert Morris … Kickoff is slated for noon at Joe Walton Stadium. 

For more information on Buccaneer football, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the football page.