Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 35-20 loss to N.C. State

first_imgSyracuse dropped its sixth game of the season to North Carolina State, 35-20. The Orange (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) likely needs to win its final two games — tilts with Florida State and Pittsburgh — to become bowl eligible.Here are three reactions from Syracuse’s loss to N.C. State.Pulled overZack Mahoney started in place of Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey, who was ruled out before the game. Mahoney, whose nickname is “The officer,” completed 13-of-24 passes for 190 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown to Amba Etta-Tawo. Overall, he struggled to get the Orange offense going.SU ran 52 plays for 218 total yards against the Wolfpack, both well under Syracuse’s season averages of 82.2 plays and 463.4 yards per game. The program kept who would start at quarterback under wraps until an hour before game time when Dungey was finally ruled out. He warmed up on the field in a baseball cap, shorts and long sleeve shirt, throwing the ball with teammates. Redshirt junior Austin Wilson also dressed and had replaced Dungey last week after the latter left the Orange’s game with Clemson.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the second straight week, SU struggled offensively. Against the Tigers, SU was shut out, the first time a Dino Babers-led team had been shut out in his career.Third DownPrior to the third quarter, Syracuse had stopped North Carolina State 7-of-11 times on third down. For the rest of the game, the Wolfpack converted 5-of-6. Coming into the game, N.C. State ranked 51st in the country in third-down conversion rate at 41.1 percent. The Wolfpack converted 9-of-17 in total and burned Syracuse on four consecutive third downs in one drive.A Cole Murphy field goal had pushed Syracuse within one point, but N.C. State racked up 14 plays on its next drive. It milked 7:34 off the clock and ended with a 20-yard Matthew Dayes touchdown. None of the third downs the Wolfpack converted on the drive were shorter than four yards and the longest stretched 12 yards. The Orange never brought the score closer than 28-20 after that drive. The Wolfpack later lengthened its lead to 35-20 with a six-play, three-plus minute possession. N.C. State converted a long third down on that drive as well.Bye, Felicia/Bye, GeorgeAfter North Carolina State beat Syracuse last season, former SU offensive coordinator George McDonald tweeted “Bye, Felicia.” McDonald was demoted as SU’s offensive coordinator in former head coach Scott Shafer’s second season after Louisville trounced the Orange, 28-6. On a play from the 1-yard line, McDonald had quarterback Terrel Hunt pitch the ball to Adonis Ameen-Moore and the Cardinals stopped Syracuse for a safety.On Saturday, both teams tried multiple gadget plays. North Carolina State tried a double-throw play, but Syracuse sniffed it out. N.C. State sniffed out an attempted halfback pass. At times, it looked like SU was trying to out-George McDonald with its play calling. Syracuse’s offense struggled in tallying just 218 yards, most of which came on two big passing plays, including Etta-Tawo’s 81-yard touchdown pass.SU’s best, most-complete drive was its first. The Orange drove 61 yards in 7 minutes, 5 seconds, taking a 7-0 lead. Syracuse sustained just one more drive of seven or more plays the rest of the game.McDonald triumphed for the second time in two meetings with his former team. Comments Published on November 12, 2016 at 4:39 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

WHS basketball coach/activities director Brian Buchanan accepts administrative position at Goddard

first_img07-0811-9Brian Buchanan4A1st Round Sub-State boys basketball Brian Buchanan is going to Goddard.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Brian Buchanan, who is the all-time winningest boys basketball coach in Wellington High School history, has accepted an administrative position at Goddard High School.Buchanan will become the new Goddard High School assistant principal and athletic director. He will not be coaching basketball at Goddard.Buchanan came to Wellington in 2003 where he took over the helm as the Crusader coach. In 2007, he then took over as activities director at Wellington High School. Eventually, he would become the Wellington Middle School activities director as well.He has had an active and diverse role in Wellington. One of his last acts at WHS was hiring a new Crusader football coach – the third in his tenure.“I was not actively pursuing another job,” Buchanan said. “The opportunity presented itself and I decided to take it.”Buchanan is an alumnus of Goddard High School, having graduated in 1993. However, he denies that is the reason why he decided to accept the position. This will be a reunion of sorts with former WHS girls basketball coach Kevin Hackerott, who took over the reins as the girls head basketball job in 2013.The resignation will become official at next month’s Wellington school board meeting.Buchanan’s resignation comes during tremendous turnover in WHS athletics. In the past year, Wellington has accepted the resignation of the head football, head volleyball, head track and now boys basketball coach as well as activities director.“I just want to thank the community of Wellington,” Buchanan said. “It has been a tremendous time for me and my family for a community I have called home for many years.”Buchanan had spent three years at Altoona-Midway, a Class 1A school in southeast Kansas, before accepting a head coaching job at Wellington in 2003. The Crusaders had just completed a 2-19 season and had just one winning season since 1993-94.After two losing season, Buchanan would achieve his best records at WHS in the mid 2000s, where he was 13-9 in 2005-06; 16-7 in 2006-07; and 11-9 in 2007-08. Overall, Buchanan would end with a 125-156 record in his 13 seasons.Buchanan coached one team to the Class 4A state tournament in 2014-15 when the Crusaders beat Rose Hill in the Winfield Regional.Records of boys basketball team since 1993: 15-1611-11Brian Buchanan4A – Div. 1Sub-state Runner up 09-108-13Brian Buchanan4A1st Round Sub-State 02-032-19Jeremy Troutman4A1st Round Sub-State 95-96 N/AGlen O’Neil1st Round Sub-State 97-985-16Scott Reekie1st Round Sub-State 01-021-20Jeremy Troutman4A1st Round  Sub-State 10-1111-11Brian Buchanan4A2nd Round Sub-State 08-0910-12Brian Buchanan4ASemi-final Sub-State Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Citizen · 219 weeks ago Best wishes to Brian & his family! Thanks for your work here!! You’ll be missed! Wellington really needs to evaluate the pay scale of teachers & staff in the district. It’s going to be difficult to keep good teachers here with the way things are currently. I don’t know if that’s the reason Brian & the others decided to leave, but I’m sure it plays a part. Report Reply 1 reply · active 219 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 219 weeks ago We can all do our part, as well, by educating ourselves on candidates in the upcoming election and going to the polls to vote. Then the local administrators might be in a better position to examine possible increases in teacher/administrator salaries. Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 219 weeks ago “In the past year, Wellington has accepted the resignation of the head football, head volleyball, head track and now boys basketball coach as well as activities director.” Has anyone looked into if there are any common reasons for why this many people are leaving the district.? Im sure the cost of living in Wellington had nothing to do with it… Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Cherity Small · 219 weeks ago People seem to be in a cloud when it comes to the level of pay for educator’s and teacher support in this town. The city manager who sits on his — gets paid $300,000.00 and the elected city council each get paid. What happened to people being on boards for the sake of helping the community and not for the money? I have served on many boards in my life to better the community and not for a fee. Get a clue people, this town sucks the life out of people and it won’t change until we get educated, caring people for our city council and the school board. Start cleaning house there before we loose all the leaders in our community. Good luck to the Ryan’s and Buchanan’s in their future endeavors. They will be truly missed! Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Megan Rahe · 219 weeks ago Please do not exaggerate figures and pass them along as facts. The city manager is paid somewhere around 100k and city council members are not paid for serving. It is a disservice to the community to spread such rumors. Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 218 weeks ago Good luck Coach. Thanks for the memories Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 218 weeks ago I nominate Coach Eric Adams for new Boy’s head basketball coach. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 05-0613-9Brian Buchanan4ASemi-final Sub-State 06-0716-7Brian Buchanan4ASub-State RunnerUpcenter_img 11-129-14Brian Buchanan4ASub-State Runner Up 13-149-12Brian Buchanan4A1st Round Sub-State 93-947-14Jamie Ybarra1st Round Sub-State 12-135-15Brian Buchanan4A1st Round Sub-State 04-057-14Brian Buchanan4A1st Round Sub-State 00-015-18Jeremy Troutman4ASub State Runner Up 14-1512-11Brian Buchanan4A – Div. 11st Round State 03-043-18Brian Buchanan4A1st Round Sub-State YEARRECORDCOACHCLASSIFICATIONPOST SEASON 94-957-16Jamie YbarraSub-State RunnerUp 99-004-17Scott Reekie4A1st Round Sub-State 98-992-19Scott Reekie4A1st Round Sub-State 96-975-16Brian Lee5A1st Round Sub-Statelast_img read more