Coastal Football Records wins 150th program to kick off 20th season

CONWAY, South Carolina – In front of a record crowd of 21,165 at Brooks Stadium, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers defeated the Army West Point Black Knights 38-28 for the program’s 150th victory Saturday night in Conway, SC

With the win, the Chanticleers start the season 1-0 for the third consecutive year, while Army fell to 0-1 to start the year.

The Chanticleers beat the Black Knights 437-344, running 70 offensive plays to Army’s 47 total plays. Coastal edged the ground army 263-202.

CCU also held a decisive advantage 36:16 to 23:44 in possession time.

Coastal’s offensive attack was led by a senior running back’s career night Reese White, who carried the ball 21 times for 133 yards and had three touchdowns, two receiving and one rushing. Fellow running back CJ Beasley also had a career night, as the second in the red shirt carried the ball 19 times for 91 yards, both career highs.

In addition to the running offense, the redshirt junior quarterback Grayson McCall was 12 of 17 for 174 yards and three touchdowns through the air and also added 27 yards and a rushing score in the victory.

Stepping up for Chants in the passing game were receivers Tyson Mobley (4 catches, 42 yards), Sam Pinckney (3 catches, 69 yards, 1 TD), and Jared Brown (2 catches, 29 yards), all of whom saw significant time on offense for the first time as Chants.

Most of Army’s yards came from three big plays, as the Black Knights had plays of 73, 70 and 54 yards on the night.

Slotback Tyrell Robinson led Army with nine carries, 135 yards and a rushing touchdown, while Tyson Riley and Jacobi Buchanan finished with 29 yards for the game, with Buchanan adding a score.

The Black Knights threw for 142 yards through the air, as Cade Ballard came off the bench to go 3 for 5 for 88 yards and a touchdown, and Tyhier Tyler was 1 for 3 for 54 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Defensively, the Chants held Army to just 202 yards rushing, well below their average from last year, and had 67 total tackles, including 5.0 tackles for loss.

Leading the way was the bandit’s end Josaiah Stewart, Shane Bruceand Manny Stokes Jr. with six total tackles each, Stewart adding 1.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback in a hurry.

Companion songs J.T. Killen, Adrian Hopeand Kennedy Robert all finished with five tackles apiece in the win, while tavin jackson recorded his first career interception as a Chant in the second half.

The Black Knight’s defense was led by double-digit tackles from Marquel Broughton and Leo Lowin with 12 and 11 saves each respectively.

After both teams opened the game with a punt on their first offensive possession of the 2022 season, Army hit the former in big fashion midway through the first quarter as Robinson slipped away midway through the Carolina coastal defense for a 70-yard touchdown run. to put the Black Knights on top 7-0 with 7:25 left in the first quarter.

Coastal methodically roamed the field on their ensuing offensive streak as the Chants ate 6:14 from the clock, rushing for 85 yards on 12 plays to tie the game on a six-yard touchdown pass from McCall to White on a fourth-and-1.

During the scoring campaign, the Chants converted two fourths and one attempts, both from the Army side, and were highlighted by a 12-year-old pass from McCall to Brown to cross midfield.

After a three-and-out by the “Black Swarm” defense, the offense regained the upper hand, going through the air again with an 18-yard pass to Mobley, a 23-yard catch by Pinckney and a 26-yard touchdown. yards. pass and catch from McCall to Pinckney to put the Chants up 14-7 with 12:21 left in the second quarter.

The six-game, 65-yard drive took just 2:33 off the game clock and was Pinckney’s first career touchdown as a Chanticleer after a stellar career at Georgia State.

Army went for their bread-and-butter triple option to tie the score at 14-14, as the Black Knights used 15 rushing plays to go 75 yards in 9:02 of the game clock, highlighted by a 30 meter scamper. of Robinson. Four straight runs from Buchanan capped off the long drive with a one-yard dive down the middle with 3:09 left in the first half of the game.

Neither team would find pay in the remainder of the first half to send both teams to the locker room tied at 14-14.

The Chants, who won the coin toss and carried over to the second half, opened the second half with the ball and immediately entered the scoreboard. Led by McCall and White, the home side drove to the Army 29-yard line before McCall found an opening Tyler Robert for 14 yards for a first down.

After three consecutive runs, the Chants reached the five-meter line, the army was able to force the Chants to settle for a 25-meter basket of Kade Hensleyhis first career field goal, to put the Men in Teal ahead at 17-14 with 8:30 left in the third quarter.

However, just like in the first half, the Black Knights responded with their own score, this time going through the air for a 54-yard pass from Tyler to Ay’Jaun Marshall behind the coastal defense to give the visitors a 21 – 17 advance with 5:23 to play in the third frame.

The back-and-forth affair continued, as it was the Chanticleers’ turn to find the end zone next on their ensuing possession.

The Chants responded quickly, rushing for 65 yards in just eight plays and 3:56, as McCall again found an open White, this time in the end zone, for a 14-yard score to restore the lead. Home team at 24. -21 with 1:27 to go before the fourth quarter.

The “Black Swarm” defense played a big part in Army’s next offensive series, as Jackson powered a pass from Tyler along the Carolina Coast sideline to return the ball to the attack to start the fourth quarter.

The “Teal Team 6” offense capitalized on the turnover, as the Chants used a mix of passing and rushing plays to go for 56 yards on 11 plays and push their lead to 10 at 31-21 on a two-yard touchdown executed by White. . White’s third touchdown of the game came with 9:51 left in the contest.

It was more than enough time for the Black Knights to respond, as the visitors in white and gold again used a big play in the air, as Ballard connected with a wide open Braheim Murphy for a touchdown pass from 73 yards to cut the Coastal lead to three at 31-28 with just under nine minutes left in the game.

Coastal did not flinch since the duo McCall and Bryce Carpenter helped lead the offense downfield, picking up five first downs along the way before a five-yard McCall’s touchdown capped the 10-play, 75-yard run to cut the Chants’ lead to 10 at 38- 28 with 5:57 to play.

The defense would seal the win with a three-and-one on Army’s next possession, stopping the Black Knights on a fourth-and-a-nine game to return the ball to the attack with just over a minute and a half left. game clock. .

The Chanticleers (1-0) return home next week to host Gardner-Webb (1-0) on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. ET.

Remarks

  • Coastal improved to 13-7 all-time in the season opener with the win.
  • CCU have gone a perfect 6-0 at home to independent FBS schools since moving to FBS level in 2017.
  • The win extended Coastal’s winning streak to 11 straight in non-conference regular season games, with the last loss dating back to 2019.
  • With this victory, the Chants start the season 1-0 for the third consecutive year and the 11th time in the last 13 years.
  • coastal Sam Pinckney recorded his first career touchdown as a Chanticleer in the second quarter.
  • At Kade Hensley’s The 25-yard field goal in the third quarter was the first of his career.
  • Reese White recorded two career-high receiving touchdowns on the night.
  • With his three touchdowns, Reese White tied his career-high set against Kansas last year.
  • Manny Stokes Jr. (6) and Kennedy Robert (5) all had career highs in tackles on the night.
  • tavin jackson recorded his first career interception in the third quarter.
  • CJ Beasley recorded a career-high 91 rushing yards for the game.
  • Tyson Mobley (42), Jared Brown (29), and Tyler Robert (14) hit career highs in receiving yards in the win.

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