On Saturday evening, East Carolina took on the Western Carolina at home to kick off the season.
The Pirates played an all-around great game defensively and offensively, secured a 52-7 victory behind the play of Philip Nelson and Anthony Scott.
Western Carolina came out ready to play going with a hurry-up style offense. The Cattamounts drove down the field into the red zone until a key play was made when defensive back Trevon Simmons intercepted the ball ending Western Carolina's drive. ]
The turnover led to ECU's first touchdown of the game with a 7-yard rushing touchdown by quarterback Philip Nelson. This drive was set up by a beautiful 33-yard third down pass to Zay Jones.
James summers proved to be the most versatile player on the team. He lined up from everywhere from quarterback to wide receiver. The system that head coach Scottie Montgomery has put in has been fully able you utilize his abilities. Also with Anthony Scott's ability to change the tempo of the game, he proved to be invincible in the Pirates' opening game .
The defense was dominant all night with nine third down stops. ECU defensive back Trevon Simmons set the tone in the secondary with his interception at the beginning. Yiannis Bowden was also a dominant force controlling the defensive front with quarterback pressure and two tackles for loss. At linebacker Jordan Williams was all over the field, finishing with a team-high 10 tackles.
By the middle of the second quarter the Pirates were ahead 17-0. Nelson scored his second touchdown of the game with a 4-yard pass to Quay Johnson.
On the next drive the Catattamounts' Detrez Newsome scored on a 13-yard run. Once ECU got the ball back, the Pirates went on a 73-yard touchdown drive, led by Nelson and Scott. Capping off the drive with a 5-yard pass to Scott from Nelson making the score 24-7.
After the defense made back to back stops on second and third down, the offense went on a long drive. Philip Nelson used all his weapons, connecting with Steve Baggett , Zay Jones, Anthony Scott and Quay Johnson. Nelson finished his drive with a 21-yard pass to Zay Jones, who then found his way to the end zone, making it 31-7.
As the fourth quarter started, coach Montgomery did not want to change the pace. Running back Anthony Scott caught another pass out the backfield and raced in for an 18-yard score, extending the lead to 38-7. Just when you thought the barrage of touchdowns was over, Nelson capped it off with a 31-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jimmy Williams.
To put the nail in the coffin, Anthony Scott ended his night with a 3-yard touchdown run, which was his third score of the game, ending the game 52-7
The Pirates will return to the field Saturday to host archrival NC state.null