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Tech Football Preparing for Tough OVC Stretch

Golden Eagles running back David Gist (21) celebrates with his teammates. Gist had 127 yards and two touchdowns against Virginia-Lynchburg. Tech had this past week off as they prepare for a road game against Murray State, and then Homecoming and senior day against UT Martin. Photo provided by Doug Burt.

Tech football enjoyed this past week off and is preparing for a game on the road against the Murray State Racers on Nov. 6. The Racers enter the game with an overall record of 3-5 and a 0-3 in OVC play.

On Saturday, Nov. 13, Tech will welcome in OVC leading UT Martin in for homecoming and senior day. Currently UT Martin is 7-1 and 3-0 in conference play.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, Tech improved to 3-5 on the season with a 56-13 win over Virginia Lynchburg.

The Golden Eagles finished with 105 passing yards, 299 rushing yards, and 404 total yards. Tech had 3 turnovers and 18 first downs. Virginia Lynchburg had 133 passing yards, 23 rushing yards, and 156 total yards. Virginia Lynchburg also had one turnover and 10 first downs.

Coach Dewayne Alexander said, “I am proud of the practice that they have had this past week and how we have practiced this season. “

Virginia Lynchburg just came off a loss to Norfolk State last week with a score of 42-14. Tech was also coming off a loss last week against Tennessee State with a final score of 20-13 in overtime.

This past game against Virginia Lynchburg Tech’s quarterback Willie Miller was the leader in passing yards with 90 total yards. Miller also had one touchdown and one interception. Running back David Gist, number 21, had the most rushing yards for Tech with 127 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tight end Hunter Barnhart had the most receiving yards with 46 yards and one touchdown. UVAL’s Chacai Campbell had the most passing yards with 133 yards and one touchdown. Myles Ratliff had the most rushing yards with 31 yards. Joshua Gray had the most receiving yards with 56 yards.

Alexander said, “We were able to get some guys in the second half. Really, some of these guys are the heart and soul of the team like Colby Long from nearby Jackson County High School. Long was a walk-on player and has been on this team for three years and fought his tail off and does every bit of community service we ask him to do, and he loves being on this team and this is only the third game he has dressed out for in his entire career and his first college action so great for him to get in and play. Overall, it was a good day for the Golden Eagles, and I am really proud of them and of the team as well as how they have handled this past week.”

Alexander said, “We have a big three-game OVC stretch coming up. All we can do is roll our sleeves up and see what three wins in those games would do. Right now, we are going to take advantage of the bye week to get healthy and take care of academics. Keep sharp, stay sharp is what I tell the guys and then get ready for a great week of practice for Murray State. I am proud of how they have practiced this past week as well as how hard they have worked this season.”