JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 18, 2018) – For the second week in a row, the ETSU football team held a Saturday night scrimmage under the lights inside William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium as part of its 2018 fall camp.
The Bucs are now two weeks away from their 2018 season opener against Mars Hill on Sept. 1 in Johnson City, ETSU’s first game under head coach Randy Sanders.
COACH SANDERS ON SATURDAY NIGHT'S SCRIMMAGE
Below are the highlights from Saturday’s scrimmage…
Quarterbacks Austin Herink (Cleveland, Tenn.) and Logan Marchi (Bristol, Conn.) accounted for 20 completions for 224 yards. Herink finished with 123 passing yards, while Marchi recorded 101 yards through the air. Freshman Trey Mitchell (Knoxville, Tenn.) completed one pass for 18 yards.
The run game accounted for all three ETSU touchdowns. Freshman Jacob Saylors (Jasper, Tenn.), who recorded the lone interception as part of the defense last week, led the backfield with six carries for 118 yards and two scores as a running back, averaging 19.7 yards per carry. On back-to-back third down scenarios, Saylors broke out a couple of 55-yard touchdown runs.
Much like last week’s scrimmage, redshirt senior Matt Thompson (Morristown, Tenn.) shined in the backfield with four carries and 78 yards, including an explosive 40-yard run that set up a five-yard touchdown plunge on the second drive of the day. Redshirt freshman Quay Holmes (Powder Springs, Ga.) added five carries four 40 yards, while true freshman DJ Twitty (Inman, S.C.) had four carries for 11 yards.
Fourteen ETSU players accounted for the 19 receptions for 242 passing yards, led by redshirt junior Quan Harrison (Greeneville, Tenn.) with three receptions for 69 yards. The freshman trio of Paul Miller (Sugar Hill, Ga.), Will Huzzie (Duluth, Ga.) and tight end Nate Adkins (Knoxville, Tenn.) each reeled in two catches for double-digit yardage. Adkins brought in the longest catch of the night, putting ETSU in the red-zone with a 44-yard catch from Marchi.
The Bucs totaled 50 tackles, six of which were for loss, two sacks, four pass breakups and six quarterback hurries during the open field and third-down conversion segments of Saturday night’s scrimmage.
Senior defensive back Domenique Williams (Charlotte, N.C) led the Bucs with five tackles in scrimmage play — all of which were solo tackles.
Dylan Weigel (Pickerington, Ohio), Ed Davis (Farmville, Va.), Tyree Robinson (Gainesville, Ga.), Jared Folks (Harrisburg, Pa.) and Zach Yancey (Opelika, Ala.) each recorded three tackles for ETSU.
Junior Austin Rowan (Knoxville, Tenn.) and redshirt sophomore Colton Lakes (Loveland, Ohio) had ETSU’s two sacks on the night against a tough ETSU offensive line — with Rowan’s sack resulting in a seven-yard setback.
Redshirt junior defensive lineman Jason Maduafokwa (Seymour, Tenn.) had two QB hurries for the Blue and Gold, while Davis, JD Griffin (Kodak, Tenn.), Artevius Smith (Birmingham, Ala.), Dru Bowens (Palm Coast, Fla.) and Kendall Wright (Indianola, Miss.) each had one.
Karon Delince (Phenix City, Ala.), Jeremy Lewis (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Chris Armstrong (Foley, Ala.) and Dilan Henderson (Pinson, Ala.) recorded one pass breakup apiece in Saturday’s scrimmage.
The Bucs will now work towards its season opener at home, set for Sept. 1 against Mars Hill at 7:30 p.m. inside 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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