• SMARL Racing Action Returns for a 13th Year on the Slopes; Registration Now Open


    November 11, 2019. The popular Monday night Sugar Mountain Adult Racing League (SMARL) is back for another wild ride down the mountain for the 13th year of good times, cold beer and friendly competition. Registration just began for a spot in the 2020 racing league which will begin on January 6 and takes place on six consecutive Mondays in January and February. Registration forms can be picked up in person at Ski Country Sports located at 3149 Tynecastle Highway in Banner Elk or give them a call at 828-898-9786 to register. The cost to join the league has remained the same for each of the 13 years at $40 per person. “We will typically fill up by the first of December so if anybody is interested in signing up, now is the time. This is our 13th year and it has filled up every year,” said Bill Leonard, the owner of Ski Country Sports and founder of the racing league. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Apps Hold Off Gamecocks to Post Another Win Over a Power Five Opponent, 20-15


    November 10, 2019. The Appalachian State Mountaineers held off a valiant South Carolina rally to beat the Gamecocks 20-15 Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC. Appalachian State moves to 8-1 on the season with this non-conference victory. The Gamecocks fell to 4-6. A last-ditch South Carolina drive ended at the Appalachian State 19-yard line. The Gamecocks lacked offensive consistency against the nation’s No. 8 ranked pass defense. South Carolina freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski’s school record streak of 180 throws without an interception ended with 1:51 left in the second quarter when Nicholas Ross intercepted him and returned the ball 20 yards for a touchdown. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • How App State Basketball’s Comeback Fell Short to Michigan in Season Opener


    November 6, 2019. Last night marked the return of college basketball across the country, including the start of Appalachian State’s 2019-2020 season where they began in Ann Arbor, losing a resiliently played game 79-71. While the Mountaineers started off struggling as they gave up 11 straight points to Wolverines’ center, Jon Teske, and found themselves down 46-25 at halftime, there were certainly some positive takeaways for Appalachian to consider postgame, despite the final on the scoreboard. Actually outscoring Michigan in the second half is one of these side notes, as App was able to get some offensive rhythm going in the second half, predominantly thanks to Junior, Justin Forrest. The 6’2 guard out of Decatur, Georgia, was the Mountaineers’ Number 1 offensive go-to as he ended the game with a total of 27 points on a phenomenal 47% field goal percentage at 10-21 shooting overall and going 2-5 from the 3 point line. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Apps Travel To Columbia, South Carolina for Battle With the Southeastern Conference Gamecocks Saturday night


    November 6, 2019. After losing their first game of the 2019 season and the first in their last 13 games, the Appalachian State Mountaineers will look to get back to the normal winning ways when they visit South Carolina in a non-conference game this Saturday night, Nov. 9. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC. The game will be nationally broadcast on ESPN2. For the second straight year, No. 20 Appalachian State took a national ranking into its game with Georgia Southern last Thursday night. And for as many years, Georgia Southern upset Appalachian State and knocked the Mountaineers from the national rankings. This year, the Eagles survived a fourth-quarter comeback attempt and claimed a 24-21 win over host Appalachian State at Kidd Brewer Stadium. As a result of the loss, not only did Appalachian State drop completely out of the Top 25 National Ratings, Coach Eliah Drinkwitz’s Mountaineers (7-1 over-all, 4-1 conference) fell into a tie for first place in the Sun Belt Conference’s East Division with Georgia Southern (5-3, 3-1) and Georgia State (6-2, 3-1). By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Basketball’s Furious Rally Comes Up Just Short at Michigan in 79-71 Loss on Tuesday


    November 6, 2019. Appalachian State men’s basketball cut a 30-point second half deficit to just four points, but fell 79-71 in its season opener at Michigan on Tuesday evening. With 12:59 left in the game, Michigan (1-0) opened a 67-37 lead. From there, App State (0-1) scored nine straight points to cut the Wolverine lead to 67-46 with just over 10 minutes to play. Following a Wolverine three, the Mountaineers scored 18 consecutive points, with 11 coming from Justin Forrest, to pull within six points at 70-64 with 2:23 to play. After a Michigan layup, Adrian Delph drained a deep 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to cut the Mountaineer deficit to five points at 72-67. / Read more…



  • Watauga Pioneers Secure Back-to-Back Conference Championships with Victory over Freedom HS


    November 4, 2019. On Friday’s matchup against Freedom High School out of Morganton, NC, Watauga High School secured a 47-33 win, moving them to 10-1 overall this season and 6-0 in conference play. After the win, the team’s statewide ranking shifted +6 as reported by MaxPreps, and ended at #29 in North Carolina situated between Charlotte Country Day School and Christ School. Finishing the season undefeated in the conference has also impacted the team’s placement among 3A schools in the state, coming in at #8 overall with a #6 Strength of Schedule ranking among the 3A top 10. The win came primarily through Watauga’s ability to dominate the rushing game led by quarterback Anderson Castle, who was recently selected to the North Carolina vs. South Carolina Shrine Bowl, The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas was first played on December 4, 1937 in Charlotte, N.C., making it the oldest high school football all-star game in the nation.  The annual game features many of the top high school players from North and South Carolina is played to benefit the Greenville (South Carolina) Unit Shriners Hospital for Children and the 21 other Shriners Hospitals for Children across the nation. Castle is the 3rd Watauga player in the last 12 years to be selected for the game. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Georgia Southern Upsets Appalachian State, 24-21

    November 4, 2019. Appalachian State fell from the ranks of the unbeaten on a frigid Thursday night at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone and may drop out of the college football’s Top 25 after suffering a 24-21 Sun Belt Conference loss to long-time rival Georgia Southern. The game was played before an announced crowd of 18,796 and a ESPNU national television audience. The run-heavy Eagles rolled up 335 rushing yards to key their upset victory over the No. 20 Mountaineers (7-1 over-all; 4-1 conference) during a game complete with a mix of rain, snow and high winds. Georgia Southern only attempted four passes the whole game, completing one for 16 yards. Running back Wesley Kennedy III led the way for the Eagles, rushing for 145 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Appalachian State mounted a furious rally, scoring two fourth quarter touchdowns to pull within three points. But the Eagles were able to hold off the Mountaineers in the end to improve their record to 5-3 over-all and 3-1 in league play.  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Return to Ann Arbor: Appalachian State Basketball Begins Season Versus Michigan


    November 1, 2019. On November 5, the App State basketball team will kick its season off against the Wolverines of Michigan. While the short history of these athletic programs facing off against one another usually centers on the historic win from Appalachian’s football team at the Big House in 2007, this year, App is hoping to recapture a similar upset only this time on the hardwood. For both teams, this will be the first opportunity for newly hired coaches Dustin Kerns of Appalachian, and Juwan Howard of Michigan, to set a standard for the rest of the season, and establish the beginning precedents of what their team’s identity is all about. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Comeback Falls Short for No. 20 App State


    November 1, 2019. A windy and spooky Halloween night included plenty of rain, flurries of snow and a rare home setback for App State. The first-place and 20th-ranked Mountaineers became the last Sun Belt team to suffer a league loss in 2019, as Georgia Southern used two long touchdown runs early in the second half to gain separation before holding on for a 24-21 victory Thursday night at Kidd Brewer Stadium. App State receiver Corey Sutton’s touchdown catches with 8:22 and 4:47 remaining cut the deficit from 17 points to three, and the Mountaineers had possession twice in the final four minutes. A fourth-and-4 pass from midfield fell incomplete to end one series with 2:16 left, and App State got the ball back at its 16 with 1:10 remaining but no timeouts at their disposal. The game ended with a completion and multi-lateral effort near midfield. At 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference, App State is a half-game ahead the Eagles (5-3, 3-1) and Georgia State (6-2, 3-1) in the Sun Belt standings. The Mountaineers return to action next weekend with a Nov. 9 night game at South Carolina on ESPN2. / Read more…



  • App State’s Fans Weathered Rainy, Windy, Snowy Conditions on a Halloween Evening at The Rock


    October 31, 2019. Temperatures dropped more than 30 degrees from mid-afternoon until the end of the game, but that didn’t stop the fans from coming out in their favorite Halloween costumes and all bundled up to watch Appalachian State take on Georgia Southern Thursday night. Fans dealt with steady rainfall, gusty winds and then some light snowfall throughout the night. The scoreboard might not have gone App State’s way, but a lot of fans still made the most of a rough weather night for football in the High Country. Here are some of the best fan shots from Thursday night’s game.  Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • App State and Georgia Southern Renew One of College Football’s Most Heated Rivalries Thursday Night in Boone


    October 30, 2019. Appalachian State’s Mountaineers continue their rise in the two major college football polls. The Mountaineers (7-0), coming off a 30-3 rout of South Alabama last Saturday in Mobile, AL, are ranked No. 20 in both the Associated Press and the Amway Coaches polls this week. Appalachian State climbed one spot from being ranked No. 21 last week. Appalachian State broke into the poll this year ranked 24th in both polls. It was the second time in two years that the Mountaineers reached the Top 25. In 2018, the Mountaineers were ranked No. 25, but were beaten by Georgia Southern and dropped out of the poll the following week. Eli Drinkwitz picked up the Appalachian State Mountaineers right where former coach Scott Satterfield left them. The first-year head coach has guided the Mountaineers to a 7-0 record, including a 4-0 mark in the Sun Belt Conference. Appalachian State has won 13 straight games. Its last loss was 34-14 to the Georgia Southern Eagles in October 2018. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State vs. South Carolina on November 9th To Kick Off at 7 p.m. on ESPN2


    October 29, 2019. App State’s game at South Carolina, a Nov. 9 nonconference matchup that follows this Thursday’s Sun Belt Conference showdown with Georgia Southern, now has a kickoff time and network designation. The Mountaineers will face the Gamecocks at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. App State (7-0, 4-0) takes a No. 20 national ranking into this week’s Halloween night home game against Georgia Southern (4-3, 2-1). South Carolina (3-5) plays host to Vanderbilt on Saturday before welcoming the Mountaineers to Williams-Brice Stadium the following weekend. / Read more…



  • App State Mountaineers Trounce South Alabama 30-3 to Remain Unbeaten at 7-0

    October 27, 2019. Number 21-ranked Appalachian State eased past South Alabama 30-3 in a Sun Belt Conference game Saturday at rain-soaked Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL, to keep its perfect record intact. And the victory also keeps the Mountaineers alone atop the league standings. They are 7-0 over-all and 4-0 in league action. South Alabama fell to 1-7 over-all and 0-4 in conference play with the loss.  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Football Reflections as the Season Hits the Midpoint; Coaches Show at Café Portofino


    October 25, 2019. This weekend, as the middle of the football season makes it way around the corner, Appalachian State is scheduled for a trip to Mobile, Alabama, where they will face The University of Southern Alabama on their Homecoming Day. While at the opening to this week’s Press Conference, Coach Drinkwitz opened the floor by saying, “Another week in the Sun Belt, another quality opponent on the road,” many questions and focuses from those inside the media and out, revolve around the focus or the energy of the team itself. Maybe it isn’t all that abnormal to take a step back and enjoy the scenery of finding one’s self ranked among the top twenty-one teams in the nation, the highest of Appalachian’s program and of any Sun Belt team in history. Or to become distracted from accomplishing something no team in a conference’s history has been able to accomplish what Drinkwitz has is a single year (albeit a team primarily strung together from the time of Satterfield.) By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • App State Travels to South Alabama Saturday for another Sun Belt Conference Football Tilt

    October 25, 2019. Appalachian State’s Number 21 nationally-ranked Mountaineers face South Alabama this Saturday, Oct. 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL in a game that has a noon kickoff and will be broadcast on ESPNU. The Mountaineers last played in Mobile in 2017 for the Dollar General Bowl, which resulted in a 34-0 victory. The last edition of the Appalachian State-South Alabama series came last year in Boone as the Mountaineers won in a rout, 52-7. The Mountaineers are not just the only team in the Sun Belt Conference with an unbeaten league record (3-0), but are also its only team that is unbeaten in all of its games (6-0). And they will be a prohibitive favorite to remain that way as they face a Jaguars team that has only won one out of seven games this season and is winless (0-3) in conference play. Appalachian State is coming off a dominant 52-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Oct. 19. The Mountaineers roared to 31-7 halftime lead, and outgained the Warhawks 572-213 in total yards and pounded out 302 rushing yards..  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Parkway Roadside Art Turning Heads of Both Residents and Visitors


    October 24, 2019. If you have been to Beech Mountain recently, you have probably noticed the wild and imaginative artwork along the side of the road featuring people stuck in trees, working in the garden and walking on a tightrope. Susie Knepka has been doing contract work for the town of Beech Mountain for around eight years now and has been a permanent resident for 15 years. One of the things that she does is decorate the town with seasonal artwork. It just so happens that autumn features some of the most entertaining work of the year. “I love autumn, it’s my most special time of the year. I just love the change in the seasons, the weather, the leaves, the greenery; I just like to do something that’s fun and make people laugh,” Knepka said. “I think that’s part of my job just to make people happy. I try to express that in whatever way I can.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Fan Shots From Appalachian State’s Victory over ULM Oct. 19th

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    Oct. 21, 2019 Here are some fan shots from Saturday’s 52-7 victory over UL Monroe. With a sold out crowd, rain and the cold did not dampen the excitement of the crowd. App State travels to South Alabama on Saturday, Oct. 26 for their next showdown. Photography by Dennis Mills. / Read more…



  • App State Sets League Records with Latest Top 25 Ranking


    October 21, 2019. For a program familiar with making history, these are heady times even for the Appalachian State Mountaineers. On Sunday, the undefeated (6-0) Mountaineers received a No. 21 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and the No. 22 spot in the Amway Coaches poll, eclipsing last week’s No. 24 ranking in both polls as the highest FBS ranking in Sun Belt Conference and school history. App State, which was already the first Sun Belt school to be ranked on multiple occasions, becomes the first school in league history to receive a Top 25 ranking in consecutive weeks. The Sun Belt was established as an FBS conference in 2001. App State joined the league in 2014. App State’s 52-7 win over west division leader ULM on Saturday marked the first win by a Top 25 ranked Sun Belt team and pushed the Mountaineers to bowl eligibility for the fifth straight season. Only Marshall has made more consecutive bowl appearances after jumping to the FBS ranks (six), and App State is the only program to win each of its first four bowl games in consecutive seasons. / Read more…



  • Mountaineers Shoot Down Warhawks 52-7 to Claim Sun Belt and Homecoming Win

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    October 20, 2019. The Appalachian State Mountaineers kept their perfect record this season intact with a 52-7 homecoming rout of Louisiana-Monroe in a Sun Belt Conference game played on a cold and rainy autumn afternoon Saturday at Boone’s Kidd Brewer Stadium. A sellout crowd of 27,717 attended the game, which was also viewed by thousands, perhaps millions more on ESPN Plus television. Appalachian State (6-0 over-all; 3-0 conference) had little trouble moving the ball against the Warhawks (3-4 over-all; 2-1 conference), rolling up a whopping 572 yards and 27 first downs By Tim Gardner / Photography by David C. Mayo / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Ready to Begin its 100th Season of Men’s Basketball


    October 16, 2019. While Appalachian State’s football team began their 2019 season with some hype around Eli Drinkwitz replacing the now Louisville coach Scott Satterfield, they aren’t the only team this year to begin with a new administration. On Monday this week, Appalachian State’s basketball program kicked off its 100 Year Anniversary and Media Day with introductions and a Q&A from their new head coach, Dustin Kerns. After beginning as a student manager with Clemson, Kearns was an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech beginning in 2002, and then Tennessee University from ’03-’04. Kerns also assisted at Wofford University on two separate stints and was there during the 2014 and ’15 seasons where the school made appearances in the NCAA tournament. On May 23, 2017, Kerns was named head coach of Presbyterian University, where he finished 31-37 including a 20-16 overall record and 9-7 in the Big South Conference last year. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • App State Hosts UL-Monroe for Homecoming in Battle of Sun Belt Division Leaders


    October 15, 2019. Sun Belt Conference Division Leaders clash when Appalachian State hosts Louisiana-Monroe this Saturday, October 19 at Kidd Brewer Stadium for the Mountaineers homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. The game marks the fifth meeting between Appalachian State and Louisiana-Monroe. The Mountaineers lead the all-time series 3-1, including a 2-0 record in games played in Boone. In the last meeting between the schools on Nov. 4, 2017, Caleb Evans accounted for 403 yards total offense and five touchdowns to lead Louisiana-Monroe to a 52-45 win. This year’s game will mark the Mountaineers’ first home game as a nationally ranked Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Major Level team. In the midst of an 11-game winning streak and a 5-0 start to the 2019 season, Coach Eliah Drinkwitz’s Appalachian State team received national recognition in the form of its second Top 25 ranking in the program’s brief FBS history. Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Unbeaten Appalachian State Earns Top 25 Ranking in AP and Coaches Poll


    October 14, 2019. In the midst of an 11-game winning streak and a 5-0 start to the 2019 season, Appalachian State received national recognition Sunday in the form of its second Top 25 ranking in the program’s brief FBS history. At 5-0 overall and 2-0 in league play heading into Saturday’s homecoming game against Sun Belt west division leader ULM (3-3, 2-0), App State is No. 24 in both the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and the Amway Coaches Poll. It’s the highest ranking in any poll in the Mountaineers’ FBS history and the first ranking of App State by the coaches. It also marks the highest ranking for any Sun Belt team since the league was established as an FBS conference in 2001. App State joined the Sun Belt in 2014. As one of 12 unbeaten FBS teams and one of three Group of Five conference teams with an unblemished record, the Mountaineers have defeated East Tennessee State, Charlotte, in-state ACC program North Carolina on the road and Sun Belt foes Coastal Carolina (at home) and Louisiana (on the road). / Read more…



  • App State Gets Past Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns, 17-7 During a Wednesday Night Game

    October 10, 2019 Appalachian State survived a scare at Louisiana Wednesday night, before prevailing 17-7 in a Sun Belt Conference tilt to move to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in league play. The Mountaineers secured the win before 21,012 in attendance and perhaps millions more watching on the nationally-televised ESPN 2 broadcast when quarterback Zac Thomas made his second touchdown run of the game—this one from 7 yards—with 1:55 remaining. Chandler Staton then kicked the extra point for the ultimate tally. The touchdown capped a 19-play drive that lasted longer than 10 minutes. The anticipated offensive fireworks between Appalachian State and Louisiana (4-2 over-all; 1-1 conference) never materialized. Instead, they relied on their defenses to help their offenses capitalize. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Mountaineers To Play Louisiana in Pivotal Sun Belt Showdown Wednesday Night


    October 7, 2019. It’s a given that Appalachian State is the best team in the Sun Belt Conference. And the Mountaineers will play the team that is likely the league’s second-best Wednesday, Oct. 9, when they travel to Louisiana (LaFayette) in a game on Cajun Field (41,426) that will be nationally broadcast on ESPN 2, beginning at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). In fact, this may be the first of two games between the schools as Appalachian State is from the Sun Belt’s East Division and Louisiana is from its West Division and the regular season winners of each will face off in the conference championship game on Dec. 7. The same happened last year with the Mountaineers winning the regular season (27-17) and league championship tilt (30-19) over Louisiana. Ironically, the Mountaineers have never lost to Louisiana, holding a 6-0 lead in the series. Since joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2014, Appalachian State is 35-6 in league play. It is 35-4 in its last 39 league games (after an 0-2 start) and 36-4 in its last 40 games against Sun Belt teams — counting the 2018 title game. In the 35-4 run since 2014, Appalachian State is 16-3 on the road in league play.  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • A Look at Last Saturday’s Appalachian State Win Against Coastal Carolina

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    Oct. 4, 2019 Right before a Saturday with no Appalachian State Football, here’s High County Press’ photographer David Mayo’s look at the big win against Coastal Carolina last Saturday. Photography By David C. Mayo. / Read more…



  • Fan Shots From Appalachian State’s Victory over Coastal Carolina Sept. 28th

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    Oct. 1, 2019 Here are some fan shots from Saturday’s 56-37 victory over Coastal Carolina. With a sold out crowd and a two hour weather delay, it was a long, full day of football. Our fans were excited and ready to watch their team win their first conference game this year. App State travels to Louisiana on Wednesday, Oct. 9 for their next showdown. Photography by Debbie Carter. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Cycling Captures Another SECCC Championship


    October 1, 2019. The Lees-McRae College cycling teams captured the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC) Varsity Championship this past weekend in Columbia, Kentucky. It marks the 13th straight season that the Bobcats have won the league title in the mountain bike discipline. Lees-McRae not only won the team omnium championship over the weekend but it also had two individual champions. Maria Doering won the women’s individual omnium, while David Kahn finished atop the men’s. Additionally, Veronica Laughton (2nd), Andrew Sparks (2nd) and Max Beaupre (3rd) also finished the mountain bike season with top three finishes in the season-long omnium. “All our riders performed consistently well throughout the season, but Maria and David were exceptional. It is exciting to see a freshman and sophomore on the top step wearing our jersey,” said Coach Tim Hall. / Read more…



  • App State Mountaineers Roar Past Coastal Carolina, 56-37 After Two Hour Weather Day

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    September 29, 2019 Appalachian State recorded a win in its Sun Belt Conference opener Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone to remain unbeaten, ripping Coastal Carolina 56-37. Neither Coastal Carolina’s defense, nor a horrid weather delay because of lightning, could slow down Appalachian State’s offense. “It was a unique game today with the delays and having to deal with the lightning,” Appalachian State head coach Eliah Drinkwitz said. “I thought our guys handled the adversity well. We also had the factor of where we spent a lot of energy last week against UNC, so to be able to come back and sustain that energy for as long as we did today made me real proud of our guys.”. By Tim Gardner / Photography by David C. Mayo / Read more…



  • App State Football Coaches to Raise Awareness for Muscular Dystrophy During Saturday’s Game


    September 27, 2019 This Saturday versus Coastal Carolina University, Appalachian State football coaches will be wearing patches supporting Coach to Cure MD, a foundation partnered with the AFCA and PPMD (Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy) dedicated to raising awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Since 1994, PPMD has been dedicated to helping those victimized by MD and invested in a variety of therapeutic possibilities for Duchenne, a genetic disorder that involves progressive muscle degeneration and weakness caused by a lack of dystrophin protein in the body. In 2008, the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) adopted the Coach to Cure MD as one of their primary charity efforts. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Player Spotlight: Corey Sutton


    September 26, 2019. After sitting out of the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer guidelines, Appalachian State wide receiver Corey Sutton was forced to miss the first two games of the season this year due to a violation of team rules. Head coach Eli Drinkwitz has never officially commented very much past giving updates on Sutton’s eligibility status, but the suspension is suspected to be from an arrest for marijuana possession in June following a traffic stop. The incident came after a team-leading season in passes caught at 44, receiving yards at 773, and ten touchdowns, providing vital offensive production during a season where App’s starting running back, Jalin Moore Jr., was injured and missed part of the season. Last Saturday however, Sutton returned as a Senior in Keenan Memorial Stadium versus UNC, and helped win a hard-fought game ending with 8 catches for 78 yards. Not only was Sutton able to make an impact with his own play on the field like catching a tough screen pass in the second quarter for a first down to set a big Darrynton Evans touchdown, his taller frame at 6’4 and quick speed shifts the focus of the defense in ways we haven’t seen yet this year, and allowed for other players like Thomas Hennigan and Malik Williams to be more involved in the passing game than we were accustomed to last season. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Begins Sun Belt Conference Action Saturday, Hosting Coastal Carolina


    September 24, 2019. Appalachian State follows a big non-league win against Power Five conference opponent North Carolina (34-31) this Saturday, September 28 (3:30 p.m.), with another important game: its Sun Belt Conference opener in Boone’s Kidd Brewer Stadium against Coastal Carolina, which also has a P5 victory this season thanks to its 12-7 win at Kansas. Coach Eliah Drinkwitz’s Mountaineers are unbeaten at 3-0 and coach Jamey Chadwell’s Coastal Carolina’s Chanticleers are 3-1. The Chanticleers are coming off a 62-28 rout of UMass. The game is officially sold out, as was the road win at 50,500-seat Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, and Appalachian State’s 12 straight home wins are tied for the eighth-longest active streak in the nation. The Mountaineers are 27-5 in games at Kidd-Brewer as a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) program and 94-17 at home since 2003. Appalachian State holds a 5-0 series lead and a 2-0 lead as Sun Belt counterparts against Coastal Carolina. The Mountaineers’ 37-29 win in 2017 is part of a 4-0 home record, and Appalachian won 23-7 at Coastal Carolina in 2018. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • What Beating UNC Chapel Hill Means for Appalachian


    September 24, 2019. Since the upset when Appalachian State went to “The Big House” at the University of Michigan and cemented the historic win through a field goal block by Corey Lynch late in the fourth quarter, the next decade has not been kind to the football program when facing bigger Power 5 schools. Power 5 referring to “five athletic conferences whose members are part of the Football Subdivision( FBS) of NCAA Division I” the highest level of collegiate football in the United States. The conferences are the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, and Southeastern Conference (SEC). Some of the teams App has faced from the P5 conferences in just the last three years are those such as #22 ranked The University of Tennessee in September of 2016 where they lost 16-20, a few weeks later versus 20th ranked University of Miami FL losing 45-10, 2017 losing 10-31 versus #2 Georgia University, and in 2018 visiting Beaver Stadium and #10 Penn State only to fall short 38-45 in overtime. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • A Look at Saturday’s Appalachian State Win Against University of North Carolina

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    Sept. 24, 2019 Our own Dave Mayo, photographer and huge Appalachian State fan shares his photos from ASU’s historic win over UNC on Saturday, September 21st. Enjoy! Photography By David C. Mayo. / Read more…



  • App State Mountaineers Hold Off North Carolina Tar Heels for 34-31 Victory

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    September 21, 2019. The Appalachian State Mountaineers started the game strong and dominant and used some heroics in the final seconds to defeat North Carolina 34-31 Saturday in Chapel Hill, NC. Defensive end Demetrius Taylor forced a pair of turnovers to help Appalachian State (3-0) build a first-half lead, and running back Darrynton Evans rushed for three touchdowns to also help push the Mountaineers past North Carolina, an in-state and Atlantic Coast Conference program, currently coached by former Appalachian State head coach Mack Brown. North Carolina reached Appalachian State’s 39-yard line with five seconds left and attempted a game-tying field goal to send the game into overtime. But outside linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither rose to the occasion for the Mountaineers and blocked the 56-yarder as time expired. By Tim Gardner / Photography by David C. Mayo / Read more…



  • Quick Recap from App State’s 34-31 Win At North Carolina

    September 21, 2019. What a time for a Black and Gold breakthrough. The kick is blocked — again. Defensive end Demetrius Taylor forced two turnovers to help Appalachian State build a first-half lead on the road, and Darrynton Evans rushed for three touchdowns as the Mountaineers won 34-31 against in-state ACC program North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels reached App State’s 39-yard line with five seconds left, and Akeem Davis-Gaither blocked a 56-yard attempt at a field goal as time expired. The second-ever football meeting between the two schools and first since 1940 drew a spirited, sold-out crowd to Kenan Stadium, and the Mountaineers posted their first win against a Power Five conference team since the historic upset of Michigan in 2007, when Appalachian was a title-winning FCS program. It was App State’s eighth victory against an ACC program and the first since beating Wake Forest 2016 in 2000. / Read more…



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