D.H. Conley standout Holton Ahlers shines in ECU debut

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Former D.H. Conley standout and current ECU quarterback Holton Ahlers shined in his college football debut Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

"That guy is a beast," said ECU sophomore running back Darius Pinnix. "He's 6-4, 250. Don't nobody want to tackle him. That dude is a beast."

The true freshman tallied 36 rushing yards and two touchdowns in ECU's 41-19 victory over UNC.

"Holton [Ahlers] really gave us a boost," said ECU head coach Scottie Montgomery. "His package is large, much larger than people think. He can throw it really well."

The highly-touted local product added a wrinkle into the Pirates' offensive scheme, which highlighted holes within the Tar Heels defense.

Sophomore quarterback Reid Herring even said after the game that Ahlers brought a different dynamic and definitely helped the Pirates get the big win.

"We like to see each other succeed," said Herring. "That also helps us compete, so it was a great feeling to see him get in the end zone two times with two big plays for us; one on a fourth down that brought a lot of energy into the game."

Ahlers was a part of an ECU rushing attack that finished with 220 yards on the ground against UNC.

But the coolest part of Ahlers' debut was that his father, Morgan, got to announce his son's first career collegiate touchdown over the loud speakers at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Morgan is the PA announcer for ECU football.