The Appalachian State Mountaineers (4-2, 2-0) dominated the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (2-4, 1-2) 24-0 Wednesday night at Cajun field. The Mountaineers were able to pick up their second Sun Belt win in as many attempts thanks largely to another impressive performance turned in by the Mountaineer defense, spearheaded by senior Linebackers Kennan Gilchrist and Toronto Thomas, both members of Omega Psi Phi.
Gilchrist is the team’s leading tackler. The Abbeville, S.C. native has lead a stout Mountaineer defense that has yet to allow a touchdown in Sun Belt play. With 51 tackles, including 5.5 TFL’s and a forced fumble, he has made an early case for Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year. Thomas has enjoyed his finest season, including 2.5 TFL’s and a sack.
The Vicious Psi Mu chapter is well represented on the App State roster. Senior Nose Tackle Darian Small and Junior Cornerback Brandon Pinckney have also contributed defensively. Small is an anchor on one of the deepest defensive lines in the country, and Pinckney has contributed a pick to a secondary tied for 8th nationally in interceptions.
Offensively, Junior Wideout Dante Jones averages over 8 yards per catch and Sophomore Running Back Josh Boyd returned from an injury suffered in camp to rush for 42 yards on 7 carries in last night’s win over the Ragin’ Cajuns. The Mountaineers will enjoy a few days off before preparations begin for the Idaho Vandals in next Saturday’s homecoming game.