Aggies Lose To Elon

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: September 25, 2005

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The NC A&T offense came out strong and confident and even scored a touchdown but the inability to sustain momentum and consistency ultimately led to an ugly 12-9 lost for the Aggies to Elon at Elon’s Rhodes Stadium. If the Aggies offense was inconsistent, it wasnt because of Quante Speight. Speight led the Aggies with 106 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

On their first drive of the game, the Aggies drove 12 plays in 81 yards and took a 7-0 lead thanks to a 16-yard run by Speight with big plays from the much malign quarterback Marshall Glenn. Glenn, who struggled last week against Hampton, was 3-for-3 on the drive, which included two completions to Brandon Trusty and one completion to Doug Brown.

After that initial drive, the Aggies got use to calling on the punt team as the Phoenix defense clamped down on Speight and the Aggies looked as confused and overmatched as they did against Hampton and as they have most of this season. In the process of shutting down the Aggies inept offense, Elon was able to put two field goals on the board to cut the lead to 7-6.

Reggie Hall gave the Phoenix its first lead of the game on a 1-yard touchdown. Hall carried the ball four times on the five-play drive, including a 35 yard run that set up his touchdown that gave Elon a 12-7 lead. Hall ended the night with 180 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries.

The snap was fumbled on the extra point, and Aggies safety Theron Thomas returned the ball 85 yards for a two-point defensive PAT. After the Thomas big play, the Aggies offense showed life on several drives later that led you to believe that they would put more points on the board especially since they seemed to have momentum on their side. Every promising drive, however, ended in frustration.

On a 3rd-and-7 from the Elon 28-yard line, Glenn tried to throw away a pass as he was falling to the ground. It resulted in an Elon interception, which ended the Aggies chances of even kicking a field goal. On the Aggies next drive, Speight’s 35 yard run to the Elon 45 didn’t result in any points because Trusty could not hold on to a 4th-and-6 pass from Glenn.

The Aggies last chance at tying the game or taking the lead ended with two agonizing short yardage plays. On 3rd-and-2 from the Elon 36, Speight ran for one yard. On 4th-and-1, James Newby lost a yard, giving the Phoenix the ball and the game.

“You would think we would have kept moving the ball, but we stop executing,’’ said N.C. A&T head coach George Small “You have to take your hats off to (Elon); they played a good defensive game. I think our lack of execution helped them.”

The Phoenix improved to 3-1 by beating the Aggies for the first time in its last four tries. The Aggies fall to 1-3.

The Aggies head to Indianapolis next week to face Tennessee State in the Circle City Classic a 4 p.m., inside the RCA Dome. Next week’s game will concluded the Aggies non-conference schedule.