Defense Holds Upper Hand in Annual Spring Game
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina University football program concluded the spring practice season with the black-clad defense getting the better of the white-clad offense in the annual Spring Game on Saturday afternoon. The game, which was played Brooks Stadium, was followed by a meet and greet session between the Chanticleers and fans in attendance.
Head coach Joe Moglia, recipient of the 2015 Eddie Robinson Award, opened the day welcoming the crowd to Brooks Stadium and explaining the day's format.
Following 20 minutes of warm-ups and individual position drills the team came together to start the scrimmage.
The first segment of action was focused on special teams with the punt, punt return, punt block, kickoff and kickoff return units all taking a rep.
The first team offense, led by All-American De'Angelo Henderson, then took the field against Jabarai Bothwell and the first team defense for a scripted seven-plays from the offense's 30. The offense netted 16 total yards through the first six plays of the series before Richie Sampson picked off Tyler Keene on the seventh play.
Austin Bradley then led the second team offense out against the second defensive unit for seven plays. The drive netted 28 total yards with Bradley's 16-yard completion to Miguel Valdes highlighting the series.
Henderson and the first units returned to the field with the ball placed at the 50-yard line. After an incomplete pass, Henderson rushed four straight times for 14 yards a first down. The drive would stall at the 34 and Ryan Granger's 44-yard field goal missed wide left.
The twos then took over at the 50-yard line. The offense moved the ball inside the red zone with the help of a pass interference call. However, the defense held strong and forced a 37-yard Evan Rabon field goal, which was partially blocked.
The final segment featuring the ones started with the offense 35 yards away from paydirt. The series started with an incompletion and a Bruce Mapp five-yard reception before Dwayne Price dropped Keene for a nine-yard sack. Two plays later the drive was extended with a defensive pass interference call, setting the offense up on 17. Osharmar Abercrombie carried for four yards then Keene hit A.J. Sattinger with nine-yard pass down to the four. ON first and goal Sederick Palmer burst through the line for an eight-yard sack, but the offense responded two plays later as Keene connected with Chris Jones in the corner of the endzone for a 12-yard score. Granger converted the PAT, giving the offense a 7-0 lead.
The twos wrapped up their final series with the offense moving from its own 35 to the 32 of the defense. The series featured 10-plus rushing yards by Kenneth Daniels and Marcus Outlow along with an 18-yard Bradley to Trey Gattison connection. But it was defensive tackles Nick Foley and Seamus Tully putting the exclamation point on the series with back-to-back sacks to end the drive.
The event closed with the threes and fours on the field for the final two segments..
13 | Tyler Keane - 1 rush, 6 yards
16 | Austin Bradley - 3 rushes, 9 yards
21 | Marcus Outlow - 2 rushes, 14 yards
31 | De'Angelo Henderson - 7 rushes, 21 yards
32 | Osharmar Abercrombie - 4 rushes, 12 yards
34 | Ra'Quan Bennett - 1 rush, 7 yards
38 | Marquiese Jones - 5 rushes, 14 yards
40 | Kenneth Daniels - 5 rushes, 13 yards
07 | Dae'quan Harrison - 1 catch, 9 yards
08 | Chris Jones - 1 catch, 12 yards, 1 TD
15 | A.J. Sattinger - 3 catches, 21 yards
18 | Bruce Mapp - 1 catch, 5 yards
21 | Marcus Outlow - 1 catch, 5 yards
24 | Thaddeus Cooper - 1 catch, 5 yards
26 | Manny Smalls - 1 catch, 1 yard
38 | Marquiese Jones - 1 catch, 1 yard
40 | Kenneth Daniels - 1 catch, 5 yards
45 | Mark Brame - 1 catch, 3 yards
83 | Trey Gattison - 1 catch, 18 yards
87 | Miguel Valdes - 2 catches, 20 yards
1 | Eric Church - 1 tackle
2 | Dontay Hears -PBU
4 | C.J. Thompson - 2 tackles
6 | Kerron Johnson -4 tackles, 1 TFL (-1 yards)
9 | Shane Johnson - 2 tackles
10 | Darrell Malone Jr - 1 tackle
14 | Preston Carey - 1 tackle
20 | Kamron Summers - 1 tackle
22 | Austin Murillo - 1 tackle
23 | Richie Sampson - 5 tackles, INT (11 yards)
24 | Samson Baldwin - 1 tackle, PBU
25 | Alex Scearce - 2 tackles
34 | Fitz Wattley - 5 tackles
42 | Re'Shaun Myers - 1 tackle
44 | Sedrick Palmer -1 tackle, 1 sack (8-yard loss)
45 | Jabarai Bothwell - 3 tackles
46 | Myles White - 1 tackle, 1 sack (5 yard-loss)
47 | James Heft - 2 tackles
50 | James Patterson - 2 tackles
51 | Marcus Williamson -2 tackles
53 | Nick Foley - 1 tackle, 1 sack (3-yard loss)
54 | Seamus Tully - 1 tackle, 1 sack (8-yard loss)
66 | Ronald Arbertha - 1 PBU
90 | Dwayne Price - 1 tackle, 1 sack (7-yard loss)
95 | Tarrol Stafford - 1 tackle
96 | Tyquan Ross - 1 tackle, 1 sack (6 yard-loss)
7 | Dae'quan Harrison - 15-yard kickoff return
8 | Chris Jones - 3 punt returns, 7 yards, 2 kick returns, 43 yards
35 | Evan Rabon - 37-yd FG missed
89 | Ryan Granger - 43-yd FG missed, 1 PAT