Tech wraps up football season with loss to EKU

Tech wraps up football season with loss to EKU

By Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech football team closed out its 2018 season falling to Eastern Kentucky 37-6 on Saturday afternoon at Tucker Stadium.

Tech finishes with a 1-10 record, 1-7 in the Ohio Valley Conference, but despite the record, the foundation has been built towards future success, starting with the 12 seniors honored before the game.

There were positives against the Colonels, who were still making push of their own for a Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth in the final week of the campaign. Tech kept well within reach against EKU with a scoreless first quarter, then trailing 13-3 at the half.

With true freshman quarterback Bailey Fisher sidelined with a lower body injury suffered against UT Martin, Luke Ward and Adam Browner put together efforts to try to get Tech's offense moving. Browner had the most success, completing 14 of his 31 passes for 129 yards.

Josh Cunningham caught six passes for 49 yards and Andrew Goldsmith had 59 yards rushing on 12 carries.

Nick Madonia was 2-for-2 on field goals, knocking them through from 45 and 20 yards out. He was named the First National Bank of Tennessee-Special Olympics Player of the Game.

Defensively for Tech, Shannon Fayne recorded nine tackles, while Jake Warwick and Josh Poplar each had eight.

EKU freshman quarterback Parker McKInney completed 31 of his 42 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns, while B.K. Smith caught 12 passes for 163 yards.

Aaron Patrick and Gavin Bryant each had six tackles to pace the Colonels.

Photo by Tony Marable