Chants rally past PC to snap three-game losing streak

Playing its final home game of the 2011 season, Coastal Carolina senior Jamie Childers threw a 35-yard touchdown to DeMario Bennett with 4:44 left to give the Chanticleers a 15-8 win over Presbyterian College on Senior Day at Brooks Stadium Saturday evening.

Childers played a key role in a game where he was only set to see spot duty at tight end coming off a four-week knee injury. Childers would end up starting at tight end on Senior Day, but would be called into action as the quarterback midway through the second quarter when CCU starter Aramis Hillary was sidelined for the game with an ankle injury.

Childers would only complete two passes, on 14 attempts, for 49 yards and a score. Hillary was 7-of-8 for 76 yards before leaving with his injury.

Fellow senior Josh Norman also had a big game in his final time at Brooks Stadium, getting an interception (the 13th of his career), forcing a fumble, blocking a field goal attempt (his fourth career blocked kick) and getting a quarterback hurry on the second-to-last play of the game.

The Chants took the opening kickoff and drove 64 yards to take an early 7-0 lead. The drive nearly stalled on the PC 39, but Hillary picked up three yards on fourth-and-one to move the chains. Hillary then hit Chris Presley for a 21-yard gain and, two plays later, found Dushawn Davis for a 17-yard gain to the two. Hillary capped the drive with a two-yard plunge into the endzone and Grant Clayton added the extra point for the 7-0 lead.

The Blue Hose threatened on their first possession but Josh Norman picked off a pass. However, Coastal would fumble the ball the ball back when Derren Evans sacked Hillary with Xavier Boatwright recovering the ball. PC started its drive on the 14, but Coastal’s defense would only allow four yards and the Blue Hose would settle for a 27-yard Aaron Maves field goal, making the score 7-3.

Midway through the second half, Presbyterian cut its deficit to one, 7-6, when Maves split the uprights from 37 yards outs. The 13-play drive took 5:28 off the clock.

Presbyterian punter Patrick Morgano had a 46-yard punt which rolled out of bounds at the CCU one. On the next play, Donelle Williams, who had a game-high eight tackles with two TFL, dropped Coastal’s Travis Small in the endzone for a safety and an 8-7 PC lead.

After a Coastal punt, PC was in scoring range before quarterback Ryan Singer fumbled the ball and recovered it for a seven-yard loss on the 25 yards line. Maves came on to attempt a 42-yard field goal, but Norman blocked the kick and Philip George returned the loose ball to the PC 49 on the final play of the third quarter. Ultimately, Coastal could not take advantage as its 42-yard field goal sailed wide left.

Neither offense would move the ball over the next three possessions. Then, with under five minutes to play and Coastal facing third-and-six, Childers hit DeMario Bennett down the right sideline for a 35-yard touchdown. Cody Craig came on at quarterback and ran in the two-point try to give Coastal a 15-8 lead.

PC returned the ensuing kickoff eight yards to its own 25 with 4:44 remaining in the game. After an incomplete pass and a six-yard sack by Derrick Frasier, PC was faced with a third-and-16. Singer completed a 20-yard pass to the PC 39 to keep the drive alive. The Blue Hose would go on to convert two fourth downs in the drive, including a fourth-and-five (getting six yards) and a fourth-and-eight (getting 19 yards). On the Coastal 16, with under a minute left, PC gained two yards, had a false start penalty and gained five yards. Then, with 23 ticks left, Singer was forced to throw the ball away on third down before throwing an incompletion on fourth to turn the ball over on downs and seal the win for the Chants.

Singer completed 18-of-32 passes for 137 yards with an interception. Lance Byrd added 94 yards on the ground for PC.

The game was the final home game for CCU seniors Brooks Barbaree, Jamaul Boswell, Bryan Brooks, Jamie Childers, Dushawn Davis, David Duran, Eric Emerson, Chris Floyd, Tim Franklin, Derrick Frasier, Brian Harrison, Corey Hawkins, Dexter Holman, B.J. Jenkins, Mike Limoli, Marcus Lott, Chad McField, Josh Norman and Desmond Steward as well as student managers Jerran Devlin, Myron Rogers, Santuan Stanley, Brock Snyder, Josh Painter, Jason White, Corey Bauer and Sharon Wright.

Coastal will hit the road for its final two games of 2011. The Chanticleers will conclude Big South play next Saturday (Nov. 12) at Charleston Southern. Kickoff is set for 1:30 pm.

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