Elon @ Appalachian State
by, 10-09-2010 at 02:15 PM (1636 Views)
BOONE, N.C. — The leaves are changing, the traffic is crawling and an overflow crowd of record proportions is still making its way into Kidd Brewer Stadium on a sun-splashed day for a homecoming game between Appalachian State and Elon.
It's a perfect day for a Southern Conference showdown between the two teams that have battled for league football supremacy in the past two years.
This time, No. 19-ranked Elon is trying to hang onto hopes for its first SoCon football title with a 2-3 overall record and a 1-1 mark in league.
There is almost no room for error for the Phoenix. A loss pretty much eliminates Elon from playoff consideration.
Appalachian State (4-0, 2-0) advanced back into the No. 1 spot in the national polls this week for the first time this season. The Mountaineers haven't missed a beat without two-time Payton Award winner Armanti Edwards at quarterback.
Edwards was selected in the third round of the NFL draft last spring by the Carolina Panthers and should see his first regular-season action on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
In his place, junior DeAndre Presley has emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the Football Championship Subdivision.
ASU coach Jerry Moore warned his team that they would be playing a desperate team this week and that they needed to bring their fullest focus to this game.
The Mountaineers delivered an excellent week of practice in response.
Hopefully, the desperation of the Phoenix and the intensity of the Mountaineers will make for an another excellent FCS game.