Western Carolina Defeats East Tennessee State 20-6 in SoCon Opener

Saturday, September 22, 2001

Johnson City, Tenn. -- Western Carolina sophomore running back Fred Boateng ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns as the Catamounts downed the East Tennessee State Buccaneers for the first time in Johnson City since 1991, 20-6 Saturday night from Memorial Center. The sophomore back powered the Catamount offense, gaining 186 yards on 33 carries. Boateng moved into 13th place on the WCU all-time rushing list in the fourth quarter. The Bucs opened up the scoring on their first drive of the game, capping a 14 play, 65 yard drive with a Con Chellis 31-yard field goal. Western Carolina answered right back with a field goal of their own, a Show Rowser 41-yard kick to tie the game with 4:47 remaining in the first stanza. Western Carolina would score 10 unanswered points, with a Rowser field goal of 40 yards with :10 remaining in the first half and a Boateng 11-yard run on the first drive of the second half. he Bucs would get back on the board as Chellis would kick another field goal of 32 yards with 10:49 remaining in the fourth quarter. But Boateng would come right back and finish the scoring with a five yard scamper with 5:00 remaining in the game to provide the final margin of victory. Matt Wilhjelm had a tough night under center for the Bucs, going 8-23 through the air with two interceptions. Brian Gaither led Western Carolina through the air with 86 yards on 6-13 passing. On the ground, the Bucs were led by sophomore Corey Carter's 31 yards on 10 carries. In addition to Boateng's 186 yards, Donnie Bryant also rushed for 68 yards on 11 carries for the Catamounts. Senior tight end Nick Hendrickson led the ETSU receivers with three receptions for 29 yards. The Catamounts were led by Michael Banks, who finished with six receptions for 70 yards. Another story of the game was the Catamount defense. The Catamounts allowed just 145 total yards to the Bucs and just 80 yards after the first drive of the game. Rod Dunlap led the Catamounts with seven tackles and Justin Fryer and Marquail Wells picked off Wilhjelm passes. Western Carolina also had six tackles for losses on the evening. The Buccaneer defense was led by linebacker Andrew Foerster who had 12 tackles and one pass breakup. The Buccaneer cornerbacks played well as Allen Davis had six tackles and an interception while Tony Tiller three tackles and his SoCon leading third interception. The Bucs return to action Saturday at 2 p.m. as they face SoCon rival Appalachian State from Boone, N.C. Western Carolina hosts Furman at 6 p.m. from Cullowhee, N.C.
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