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September 10, 2013

ECU impressive in Week 1 win

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• A magnificent 80-yard pick six return by defensive back Qumain Black.

• Another magnificent 58-yard pass interception by Black, which he took to Monticello's 5-yard line.

• A 40-yard punt return by Black.

• A post-game bulletin: Black, a 6-1, 185-pound junior cornerback and former Ada Cougar, was named Defensive Player of the Week in the GAC conference.

Any questions? 

The Roadrunner will get his chance down the road if anybody can catch up to him. Let's continue with more of the big plays:

•  A 97-yard rushing effort by senior running back Justin Todd — another former Ada High star — on just nine carries.

•  A defensive line and backer effort that resulted in steel wall resistance, as in 23 yards rushing for the Weevils for the night. (It took 32 rushes for Monticello to get that much.)   

• A 54-yard kickoff return by LaQuan Harper.

• A 45-yard run by Snell to the UAM 35.

• A Fred Gaines interception at the Tigers’ 10 to end a promising Monticello drive.

• A fourth-quarter Jamal Whitney interception to thwart yet another Monticello drive.

You won't see this many big plays in most NFL games. Were the Tigers perfect? 

Heck, no. 

The newest Tiger model gave coaches plenty of bugs to fret about along the way, not the least of which were 13 penalties for 106 yards. 

But first and foremost, as coaches look under the hood for a thrown rod, will be the special teams group responsible for kickoff and punt return coverage.

As a unit, it was horrendous. Head coach Tim McCarty said it was "terrible." Here's why:

The Boll Weevils returned seven kickoffs for 170 yards and four punts for 65 yards. Do the math, and you'll get 235 mostly unacceptable yards.

McCarty may just bring this up at the next practice.

"We had a lot of great plays tonight,” he said after the lights went out in the still, humid night air.  

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