McCarty said David Moore filled in well and even snared a pass for a 59-yard touchdown run.
Southern Nazarene, McCarty said, is an improved team over a year ago. You can't tell that from its 0-4 start, but the ECU coach says — perhaps diplomatically — “They'll beat somebody, if not this year, then certainly next year.”
If that sounded like a disguised prediction, McCarty insists it's not. "We take it one game at a time," he said.
At least this week, the Tigers will have a friendly homecoming crowd for their 4 p.m. kickoff.
McCarty, launching into his weekly metaphorical dialogue, compared the Tigers' shortcomings last Saturday to “a rolling blackout” with some areas of light which could be seen from a distance — but mostly, there were the blackouts.
He also called these errors mental lapses that had a tendency to spread over certain areas of the team.
The fix, he said, has to be more focus from his players. McCarty planned to focus on that this week.
The “light” he hopes will be restored to full capacity against Southern Nazarene.
The team from Bethany can be expected to spread the field with its offense with four receivers going out on almost every play.
Designed to be a high-scoring, ball control offense, the Crimson Storm are averaging just 15.5 points per game while allowing 60.8.
Opponents are piling up 590 total yards against the Storm defense, while the offense is being limited to 290 yards a game.
Southern Nazarene is led offensively by former Konawa High School star, Dylan Terry, who has thrown for 577 yards this season.
SNU gets 205 yards a game passing, but Terry has been sacked 14 times for for 67 yards in losses and has thrown five interceptions.
The Crimson Storm's leading rusher is Chris Hunter with 90 carries for 339 yards after four games.