Sept. 1, 2012
CONWAY - Senior quarterback Aramis Hillary threw for one score and ran for another from a yard out to lead Coastal Carolina to a season-opening 29-13 win over North Carolina A&T Saturday night at Brooks Stadium. Hillary finished the game with a career-high 274 yards on 19-28 completions and gave rookie head coach Joe Moglia his first win on the Chanticleers' sideline.
Hillary threw 33 yards for a score to junior receiver Matt Hazel early in the third quarter to put Coastal on top 24-10. After that, Coastal fed senior running back Jeremy Height, who responded with a career high 109 yards on 20 carries that included a first half scoring run of 22 yards.
Coastal led from the 4:49 mark of the first quarter when Hillary pushed his way into the end zone from a yard away. And following Dontavais Johnson's second interception of the half, Coastal moved again to score quickly. Height's scoring run capped a 57-yard drive made the score 14-0 at the close of the first quarter and the Chanticleers looked like they were on their way to an easy win. But the Coastal didn't put the Aggies away until the fourth quarter.
The two teams traded field goals in the second quarter before North Carolina A&T drove 72 yards to score on a 23-yard pass play with just three seconds left in the half to make the score 17-10.
Hazel's scoring reception helped Coastal regain the momentum to start the second half, as it finished off a 10-play, 72-yard scoring drive.
Junior receiver Niccolo Mastromatteo helped the offense with a career high 114 receiving yards on seven catches, including two of more than 30 yards. Defensively, Johnson grabbed a third interception late in the game and junior linebacker Mike McClure led the way with 12 tackles.