Coastal seeks to end long scoring draught vs. Aggies

Coastal Carolina football coach David Bennett is an eternal optimist. Give him lemons and he’ll make lemon-pepper pork chops with mashed potatoes and gravy.

So it should come as no surprise that the Chanticleers coach is upbeat coming off last Saturday’s 59-0 defeat at Georgia. We’re moving on, as he likes to say.

Bennett found three reasons for his players to hold their heads high going into Saturday’s game at North Carolina A&T, which is exactly a field goal more than the total number of points the Chants put on the scoreboard in Athens.

“We give thanks for three things that happened, though. We always try to find the positive,” Bennett said at Wednesday’s press conference. “The positive is, we stayed pretty healthy. The other positive is we got a nice paycheck for the school. The third positive is it was a humbling lesson.”

Health, wealth and a “you better check yourself – not a bad goodie bag to bring back from between the hedges, except some boiled peanuts would be nice.

But those alone won’t be enough to beat the Aggies (1-1) and first-year head coach Ron Broadway this weekend. For starters, the Chants (2-1) will have to score, something they haven’t done in their past 90 minutes of football.

The Bulldogs shut out the Chants and Division II Catawba kept Coastal scoreless in the second half. The guys in the Chess Club have been scoring more than the football team lately.

“I think our offense has something to prove this week and get things back going,” Bennett said. “We had a pretty good game, offensively, the first game of the season. First half wasn’t bad in game two. However, we have not scored in three halves.”

Coastal will return to its two-quarterback rotation of Aramis Hillary and Jamie Childers to lead the offense, but the Chants need to establish their running game early to fend off the Aggies.

Coastal is averaging just over 100 rushing yards per game, or about 8 feet per carry, which should be much higher with an offensive line that has a combined 76 starts under its belt.

The CCU defense has played well despite allowing the 59-point outburst by the Bulldogs last week. The D kept Catawba out of the end zone in a 20-3 win and held Furman in check late in the game to get the 30-23 win.

But to quote Bennett, you have to look at the positive, and that is the Chants are undefeated against schools of equal or less size and have the look of a team that finds ways to win, and you can get a lot of mileage out of those kinds of lemons.

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