Coastal's Offense Made Big Plays, But Defense Responded
Aug. 17, 2011
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CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina football team had its second scrimmage of the 2011 preseason camp Wednesday morning at Brooks Stadium. Quarterback Aramis Hillary and tight end Jamie Childers, who also played well at quarterback, teamed up for the big play of the day, a 67-yard touchdown on the first drive
"After two scrimmages, I can see we are getting better, but we still have a lot of work to do," said head coach David Bennett. "We have to do a better job as coaches, getting these players ready to scrimmage. I know it was early in the morning after two practices yesterday, but there has to be more excitement, enthusiasm and communication. These scrimmages are very valuable in getting ready for the season and we just have one-and-a-half scrimmages left. We cannot afford to waste these opportunities or use them to the fullest."
On the first drive, Hillary led the first offense down the field versus the second defense, making key runs himself as well as having Marcus Whitener run the ball well. Hillary's first pass was to tight end David Durandown the middle of the field, but thrown just beyond the senior's reach. On the next play, Hillary went to the other side, hitting Childers on the same route. Childers caught the ball on the 30, made one man miss and scored a 67-yard touchdown.
Childers then had the tough task of turning right around to play quarterback against the Chanticleers' first defense. As much success as the first offense had on drive one, the first defense responded with a three-and-out.
"The defense, especially the first team, has done a good job all camp," Bennett said. "(The first unit) set the tone early by forcing a three-and-out the first time they took the field. Later, when they went against the first offense, the first team defense gave up a couple big plays. However, they put together back-to-back sacks to force a long field goal, which was missed."
Sophomore quarterback Logan Hall had his turn under center and moved the offense, thanks to a 20-yard completion to freshman tight end Thomas Pauciello. However, an illegal procedure call versus the offense later in the drive backed up the unit and the drive would end with a punt.
The first time the first offense faced the first defense, Coastal made a four-yard run and a five-yard run. On third and short, Johnnie Houstoncame up and made a stop for no gain to force a punt.
Childress, working with the first unit against the second defense, Jeremy Height made a first-down run and Childers reeled off three-straight completions to move the chains, including a 16-yard strike to Chris Floyd on the left sideline. The offense moved inside the 10 before Tyler McCarthybroke up a pass in the endzone to force a field goal, which was missed.
Hillary moved under center with the second group to face the first defense and also moved the team into scoring position. Hillary completed two first-down passes, including an 18-yard swing pass to Bucky Kennedy. However, Jeffery Salley and Quinton Davis, along with pressure from the rest of the defensive line, registered back-to-back sacks, forcing a 47-yard field goal, which missed.
Freshman quarterback Alex Ross made his first appearance and led the offense to a touchdown. Zach Silverberg picked up some tough yards to help move the chains and Ross completed two passes for first downs, including a 24-yarder to Pauciello to the two yard line. Two plays later, Aaron Jonescapped the drive with a two-yard score.
"We focused a little more on running today and I think our backs ran hard, picking up some tough yards when they needed to," said offensive coordinator Kevin Brown. "I was pleased too with the offensive line in helping our run-game today."
The final set of downs was an overtime scenario, starting just 25 yards from paydirt. First, the first offense, facing the first defense, scored on a 37-yard Grant Clayton field goal. The second offense, facing the second defense, used a 22-yard Childers-to-Kennedy pass to set-up a three-yard Jones run. The final series ended with freshman safety Denzell Ricepicking off a pass in the endzone.
Coastal Carolina will use the remainder of this week to wrap-up camp before classes begin Monday (Aug. 22) and the focus turns to Furman. The Chanticleers and Paladins will open the season Sept. 3 with kickoff at Brooks Stadium set for 6 pm. The last time Furman came to Conway, a Brooks Stadium record crowd of 10,013 saw Coastal upset then #3 Furman, 29-27. The Paladins then defended their home turf with a 27-17 win in Greenville the following year.
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Receiving: Childers 1-67, TD; Ronnie Moses 3-21; Thomas Pauciello 3-50; Zach Silverberg 1-6; David Duran 3-16; Dushawn Davis 1-6; Akeem Wesley 1-8; Chris Floyd 1-16; Jamaul Boswell1-12, Buky Kennedy 2-39.
Defense: Denzell Rice 4 tackles, 1 INT; Chris Thomas 4 tackles; Johnny Hartsfield 4 tackles; Mark Bridges 4 tackles; Desmond Steward 3 tackles; Quinn Backus 3 tackles; Dexter Holman 3 tackles; Derrick Frasier 3 tackles; Philip George 3 tackles; Pernell Williams 2 tackles; Marcus Lott 2 tackles; Calvin Hollenhorst 2 tackles; Jeffery Salley 2 tackles, Sack; Lorenzo Boyles 1 tackles; Jamel Davis 1 tackle; Tre Henderson 1 tackle; Johnnie Houston 1 tackle; Moon Edwards 1 tackle; LaDarius Hawthorne 1 tackle; Brian Harrison 1 tackle; Andrae Jacobs 1 tackle, Terrence Jenerette 1 tackle; Quinton Davis 1 tackle, Sack; Matt Johnson 1 tackle