JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 5, 2018) – After three weeks of practice, the ETSU football team wrapped up its spring season by holding the Ballad Health Blue-Gold game on Thursday night at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium.
The Blue team – which featured the Bucs’ No. 1 offensive unit – scored 28 points, while ETSU’s No. 1 defensive unit shutout the Gold team.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Bucs combined for 414 yards of total offense (329 passing/85 rushing), while totaling four touchdowns.
Quarterbacks Austin Herink (Cleveland, Tenn.) and Logan Marchi (Bristol, Conn.) nearly put up identical numbers … Herink finished 14-of-19 for 154 yards and one touchdown, while Marchi ended 14-of-20 for 158 yards and one touchdown … Herink also totaled four carries for 24 yards and Marchi rushed for 10 yards on five carries … Tyrique Sandusky (Memphis, Tenn.) and Trey Mitchell (Knoxville, Tenn.) combined to go 3-for-8 for 17 yards.
Kobe Kelley (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the ETSU receivers with eight catches for 93 yards, while all-SoCon selection Quan Harrison (Greeneville, Tenn.) and Braxton Richburg (Hoschton, Ga.) both registered touchdowns … Harrison – who finished with six receptions for 73 yards – scored the final touchdown of the night when Herink found him for a 44-yard score … Richburg tallied four catches for 41 yards and scored on a 25-yard pass from Marchi.
Freshman running back Quay Holmes (Powder Springs, Ga.) found the end zone for the second straight scrimmage … Holmes scored the first two touchdowns of the game … The Powder Springs, Ga. native capped off a 9-play, 75-yard drive with a five-yard scamper on the opening series of the game, while adding a 1-yard run to finish a 12-play, 75-yard drive.
Sophomore Dontavius Monroe (Delray Beach, Fla.) led the Buccaneer running backs as he averaged four yards per carry on Thursday night … Monroe rushed six times for 24 yards and was not tackled behind the line of scrimmage.
The Buccaneer top defensive unit pitched a shutout behind a strong presence from linebacker Jared Folks (Harrisburg, Pa.) … The Temple transfer totaled two of ETSU’s three sacks on the night and also added three tackles … Jason Maduafokwa (Seymour, Tenn.) added the Bucs’ other sack … Both Folks and Maduafokwa each tallied a quarterback hurry.
Defensive back Cameron Butler (Millington, Tenn.) led the defensive unit with 10 tackles, while linebacker Zack Yancey (Opelika, Ala.) added seven tackles and one quarterback hurry.
Freshman defensive linemanMiles Manigault (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished with six tackles and one tackle for loss.
The Alabama duo of Artevius Smith (Birmingham) and Chris Ross (Enterprise) combined for nine tackles … Smith finished with five and Ross added four.
The Bucs open the 2018 season at home against Mars Hill (date to be determined), while then taking on Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 8, in Knoxville.
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