JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 11, 2018) – The ETSU football team went under the lights to hold its first scrimmage of 2018 fall camp on Saturday night inside William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium.
The Bucs, who are less than three weeks away from their season opener against Mars Hill on Sept. 1, got in a lot of work despite the scrimmage being halted by a 30-minute lightning delay.
COACH SANDERS ON SATURDAY NIGHT'S SCRIMMAGE
The Bucs totaled 100 tackles, nine sacks, one interception and six quarterback hurries on Saturday night.
JD Griffin (Kodak, Tenn.), Domenique Williams (Charlotte, N.C.), Artevius Smith (Birmingham, Ala.) and Thomas Henderson (Dublin, Ohio) led the Blue and Gold with six tackles each … Griffin and Williams both combined for a half-sack.
Redshirt junior defensive lineman Jason Maduafokwa (Seymour, Tenn.) added four tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss for the Blue and Gold.
Sophomore Blake Bockrath (Loveland, Ohio)finished with three tackles and had one of the Buccaneer sacks, while Alonzo Francois (Ooltewah, Tenn.), Tremond Ferrell (Washington, Ga.), Olajuwon Pinkelton (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Javion Heard (Monroe, Ga.) all registered a sack on Saturday night.
Freshman defensive back Jacob Saylors (Jasper, Tenn.) forced the lone turnover as he intercepted a pass during red zone drills.
Trejuan Purty (Maryville, Tenn.), Jeremy Lewis (Lawrenceville, Ga.), and Zack Yancey (Opelika, Ala.) all registered four tackles, while Purty also posted two tackles for loss and a sack … Yancey also added a sack.
Quarterbacks Logan Marchi (Bristol, Conn.) and Austin Herink (Cleveland, Tenn.) accounted for 21 completions for 234 yards and three touchdowns (two rushing/one passing) … Herink finished with 132 passing yards and Marchi recorded 102 yards through the air … Following the lightning delay, Herink drove the Blue and Gold down field and scored on a 10-yard run, while he later found senior Kobe Kelley (Knoxville, Tenn.) for a nine-yard score during red zone drills … Marchi scored on a two-yard run to cap off his work in the red zone … Freshman Trey Mitchell (Knoxville, Tenn.) went 4-for-4 for 44 yards during his time behind center.
Redshirt senior Matt Thompson (Morristown, Tenn.) led the running backs with eight carries for 47 yards, including the longest play of the night when he broke a 30-yard run … Fellow redshirt senior Cory Colder (Ashburn, Va.) finished with 31 rushing yards and had one reception for 14 yards … Freshman Jalyn Williams (Swainsboro, Ga.)totaled 22 rushing yards and scored on a 1-yard run up the middle.
Fourteen different Bucs accounted for the 25 receptions for 278 yards, with Kelley pacing the group, registering six catches for 66 yards and the touchdown … Redshirt junior Andrew Heyward (Powder Springs, Ga.) hauled in three catches for 59 yards, which included the longest catch by a receiver as Herink found him for a 29-yard completion … Braxton Richburg (Hoschton, Ga.) and Keith Coffee (Miami, Fla.) combined for six receptions for 58 yards.
Following an off day on Sunday, the Blue and Gold return to practice on Monday morning at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium.
ETSU fans are reminded that they can order season tickets now for the 2018 season by clicking here or by calling the ETSU ticket office at (423) 439-3878. Along with a six-game home schedule that features matchups with Mars Hill (Sept. 1), Furman (Sept. 22), Chattanooga (Sept. 29), Gardner-Webb (Oct. 6), Western Carolina (Oct. 27) and Samford (Nov. 17), the Bucs will also hit the road for the program’s first-ever trip to Neyland Stadium to take on Tennessee on Sept. 8.
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