PIKEVILLE - The University of Pikeville football team will open the 2014 season at Bluefield on Aug. 28.
UPIKE’s current roster features Prestonsburg High School graduates Kinsey VanDine and Kain Collins along with Prestonsburg native D.J. Ousley, a Johnson Central High School graduate.
The UPIKE football program enjoyed a successful spring. George Bowen completed 12-of-19 passes for 254 yards and a touchdown and Seth Millar rushed for 49 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown to lead the Orange squad to a 28-7 win over the Grey in the annual University of Pikeville Spring Game at the Hambley Athletic Complex in early-May.
Three quarterbacks, seniors A.J. Graham and Bruce Haynes, along with the redshirt freshman Bowen, took snaps with both teams, wearing black jerseys to limit contact with the signal callers.
Bowen and a strong cast of receivers stole the show for the Orange as they pushed to an easy win. The Versailles native completed over half of his passes and had just one miscue that led to a pick six for the Grey’s Derek Harris. It would be their only score of the game.
The top targets for the Orange were sophomore Mikal Howard with three catches, including two touchdowns, for 54 yards and sophomore Western Kentucky transfer Aaron Jackson hauling in five catches for 101 yards. Freshman Louisville transfer Chad Conway also impressed at tight end with four catches.
Following Millar’s lead on the ground, Jeffree Pruitt also had a big day for the Orange with 34 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Graham also kept the ball three times for 32 yards for both the Orange and Grey.
While none of the receivers on the grey side made it into the end zone, they still got big plays from newcomer Austin Pray with four receptions for 30 yards and senior Shawntay Zachary hauling in two catches for 24 yards.
Among the other two quarterbacks, Graham completed 9-of-19 passes for 62 yards and Haynes was a perfect 4-for-4 for 44 yards and a touchdown pass to Howard.
Harris highlighted the play of the defense with his pick six, while sophomore linebacker Jordan Mattingly paced all players with six tackles for the grey squad. Behind him were senior Nik Lacey with five tackles and his classmate Michael Norton with five as well. Junior defensive lineman Quintin Salley and sophomore corner Dario Bennett finished with four tackles each.
Junior corner Jack Hopkins and redshirt freshman safety Brandon Williams led the Orange defense with three stops each.