Elon, N.C – In its 2014 home-opener, the Phoenix battled in-state rival North Carolina A&T until the end but Elon gave up a late Touchdown run and could not recover as the Phoenix lost 17-12.
Elon’s John Gallagher booted a career-high four field goals but despite numerous chances, the Phoenix could not punch the ball in the end zone.
“The obvious thing that sticks out is the red-zone productivity or lack of productivity,” said Elon head Coach Rich Skrosky. “You know being held to four field goals and having one blocked.”
Rhodes Stadium has been quiet for the past few seasons but Skrosky has gone out of his way to interact with the Elon student body and it showed Saturday night.
“It was a great game,” said Skrosky. “It was a good atmosphere, the band and the fans.”
Elon (0-2) quarterback Mike Quinn threw for 253 yards but N.C. A&T (2-1) held the Phoenix to just 86 yards on the ground.
On the defensive side, Jonathan Spain led Elon with 10 total tackles.
Elon will return home to Rhodes Stadium next Saturday night, as the Phoenix will host Charlotte at 7 p.m.