CONWAY, S.C. In Coastal Carolinas second football game in the program's brief history, the Chanticleers looked for a repeat of last weekends performance against Newberry, but didnt find it against Morehead State Saturday, losing 31-6 and dropping to 1-1 on the season. The victory also puts the Eagles at 1-1, having dropped their opener to Dayton last weekend.
Morehead State received the ball on the opening possession and scored on its first drive down the field, with Eli Parkes receiving a 14-yard pass into the Coastal end zone from quarterback David Caudill. Parkes would score again with 3:25 left in the first quarter, this time grabbing a seven-yard pass from Caudill to push the score to 14-0.
Freshman Aundres Perkins led the Chants once again in rushing, going 85 yards in 11 tries and scoring Coastals lone touchdown of the game three seconds into the second quarter on a 13-yard run to put Coastal on the board. The Chants failed to get the point after touchdown, however, as Josh Hoke missed the kick, leaving the MSU advantage at 14-6. The Eagles responded on the very next possession as Tyler Slone received the handoff from Caudill and ran for four yards to cap an 80-yard drive and put the score at 21-6.
Coastal then responsed with a drive of their own, marching deep into MSU territory. On a second-and-10 from the Eagles 26, quarterback Tyler Thigpen threw a fade route to Chris Noble in the corner of the end zone that appeared to be a touchdown. However, the official ruled it out of bounds and CCUs drive stalled, leaving the Chants down 21-6 at the intermission. Morehead State would score twice more in the second half, as CCU entered enemy territory just once in the final half.
The Eagles dominated the game, posting 411 yards to CCUs 158 and holding a time of possession advantage of over 17 minutes. Adrian King led the Eagles in rushing with 67 yards on 16 carries, while David Caudill was 19-for-33 for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Seven MSU players had at least 10 yards receiving. Coastals passing game struggled for the second consecutive week, as Thigpen was just 3-for-14 for 44 yards and was sacked three times.
After having played their first two games in Brooks Stadium, the Chanticleers are now on the road for the next two matchups, traveling to take on Jacksonville Saturday, September 20, at 12:30 p.m., and North Greenville, Thursday, September 25, at 7 p.m.
Head Coach David Bennett Quotes
This is a game that we wont soon forget. I take full responsibility for tonight I didnt get them focused and prepared well enough to play tonights game. We will be working harder in practice this week to get ready, as we have another tough game next Saturday.
Just like last weekend, this is just one game. We have to respond and regroup because weve got a game in seven days. We have a very young team, but while we werent ready to play, Morehead State was, and outplayed us. They are a very well-coached and well-balanced team. They will definitely be a force this year.