By Luke Weir. September 2, 2017. ATHENS, GA — After a game in which Appalachian State punted nine times, managed only a dozen first downs and never held a lead, small mistakes were head coach Scott Satterfield’s main concern after a 31-10 loss to the University of Georgia in Athens Saturday.
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“Defensively we played well, but offensively we couldn’t get a lot going,” Satterfield told Blowing Rock News after the game. “Then we shot ourselves in the foot with penalties and too many mistakes.”
On defense, Satterfield recalled an offside penalty and two pass interferences, as well as false starts and a 15-yard hands-to-the-face penalty on offense during a crucial drive early in the match.
There are some positives we can take away from this game, like how we finished out.
“We made too many mistakes. Just looking back, we had 11 penalties over 100 yards,” Satterfield said. “You can’t do that against an average football team and expect it to turn out very well, especially against a caliber team like Georgia.”
After holding the home team to a 7-0 score at the end of the first quarter, Appalachian State gave up two more touchdowns off big plays in the second quarter, and ten more points in the third quarter during what was otherwise a statistically close contest.
Penalties aside, Appalachian State still managed to pass for one more yard than the Bulldawgs, in addition to snagging two interceptions which resulted in the team’s 10 points.
Appalachian started three true freshmen at both receiver and center due to injury, and still turned the ball over only once off a quarterback scramble.
“There are some positives we can take away from this game, like the way we finished out,” Satterfield said. “What we did in the fourth quarter, that’s going to make our football team, and we’ll build off that.”
“We’ll come back and have a great practice tomorrow,” Satterfield said. “Every time you lose like this you can’t wait to get back out on the field. We’ll come back strong next week.”