BOONE, N.C. – The Appalachian State Sun Belt Co-Champion football team departs Tuesday for Mobile, Alabama, to participate in the 2017 Dollar General Bowl.
The Jones House, the Downtown Boone Development Association, the Boone Police Department and the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce have arranged a community send-off for the team Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 11:45 a.m. in downtown Boone.
Fans, downtown merchants and customers are encouraged to wear their Black & Gold, bring flags, and display signs at the Jones House or along King Street at 11:45 a.m. The convoy of buses will depart Kidd Brewer Stadium, turn left on Rivers Street, and progress to King Street on their way out of town.
The Jones House will open at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday and will offer hot cider and cookies. The first 250 guests will receive pom poms provided by the Appalachian State Alumni Association. For more information visit joneshouse.org.
The Dollar General Bowl will be a rematch of last year’s back-and-forth Camellia Bowl, which the Mountaineers won 31-28. App State never trailed, four times taking a seven-point lead, only to see Toledo tie the score in each instance. Michael Rubino kicked a 39-yard field goal with 5:14 left to break the final tie.
Appalachian State (8-4, 7-1 Sun Belt) won its second straight Sun Belt Championship thanks to a 63-14 victory against Louisiana-Lafayette. This year’s team enters the postseason on a hot streak, as it has rushed for 933 yards, allowed only 364 rushing yards and outscored its opponents 121-30 in the last three games. Appalachian State ranks among the top 20 teams nationally in fewest sacks allowed (No. 2), passing efficiency (No. 19), fewest passes had intercepted (No. 13), defensive interceptions (No. 18), sacks (No. 19) and turnover margin (No. 18).
Appalachian State will face Toledo on December 23 in the 2017 Dollar General Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff is at 6″00 p.m. CT (7:00 p.m. EST), televised by ESPN.
Bowl tickets can be purchased through the App State Athletics Ticket office by calling 828-262-2079 or visiting appstatesports.com/tickets. Tailgate packages are available through the Appalachian State Alumni Association.
-Information Provided by Appalachian State Athletic Strategic Communications-