New-look Chants break out ‘The Wave’ at spring game

The Coastal Carolina football team took the field for its first public viewing under the direction of first year head coach Joe Moglia as the Chanticleers played their annual Spring Game at Brooks Stadium on Saturday.

The 1,272 fans in attendance were introduced to the up-tempo, high-speed offensive and defensive philosophies affectionately referred to as the “Coastal Wave” by the players and coaches.

Prior to kickoff Moglia addressed the crowd, informing the fans of the format for the day as well as introducing the coaching staff and their families.

After kickoff quarterback Aramis Hillary led the first team offense onto the field against the first team defense. Starting at its own 25-yard line, the offense moved the ball well as Hillary hooked up with Jeremy Height for a 24-yard completion. The offense would move as far as the 13, but a dropped pass on third and short led to a 31-yard Grant Clayton field goal.

The “twos” took the field for the second series of the afternoon. Sophomore Cody Craig moved the offense with both his arm and legs before finding DeMario Bennett on a 36-yard completion down to the two. Zach Silverberg plowed his way into the end zone on the next play and Alex Catron easily knocked through the PAT.

The defensive units would win the next two series forcing consecutive three and outs. Jamel Davis and Mike McClure each recorded sacks during the second team’s possession.

The “ones” started at the 50 on their third appearance but a holding penalty set up a third and 20 at the offense’s 40; however, Hillary completed a 25-yard pass across the middle to Niccolo Mastromatteo to keep the drive alive. Hillary then rushed for a fourth and one inside the 10. He capped the drive with a touchdown on second down with a 1-yard sneak.

The second team’s next series was started with back-to-back Silverberg runs to convert a first down. Craig moved the offense to the 22 but the defense would hold forcing a field goal. Clayton lined up and drilled the 39-yard attempt.

The first team defense would win the ensuing series from the 50, holding the offense without a yard on a three and out effort.

A mix of second and third team players composed the final drive from midfield. De’Angelo Henderson showed his shiftiness as he picked up 13 yards on three straight runs. Newcomer Michael Church then completed a pair of passes down to the 15. However, two plays later Mark Singleton would pick off sophomore Tyler Johnson at the 6-yard line, ending the scoring threat.

After a five-minute break the offensive, led by Alex Ross, took the field for a red zone opportunity at the 25-yard line. On the first play Ross appeared to hit Bennett on a 25-yard scoring strike but the pass would be ruled incomplete. Ross scrambled for 9-yard gain down to the 16 on the ensuing play followed by an incomplete pass that was broken up the Phillip George. After no gain on third down Ross used his legs one final time to take a fourth down quarterback draw 16 yards to paydirt.

“Our offense did a good job moving the ball today,” said Moglia.  “The defense made some mistakes but overall I think this was a productive day and a good way to cap our 15 days of spring practice.

“The big thing for us over the course of the spring was to start installing the new offensive and defensive philosophies along with getting through without any major injuries and for the most part we accomplished those goals.”

Hillary finished the afternoon 12-of-16 for 106 yards, while adding 6 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Cody Craig led all rushers with 30 yards on six attempts. Bennett caught two passes for 43 yards, while Mastromatteo snagged five for 40 yards.

Phillip George and Andre Jacobs led the defensive units with six and five tackles, respectively. Dawan Thompson finished with four stops, a pass breakup and a punt block.

Spring Game Format
– Four possessions (1,2,1,2) from the minus 25
– Four possessions (1,2,1,3) from the 50
– Two possessions (1,2) from the plus 25
– Special teams segments were held throughout the run of play

Spring Game Stats
Passing
3 | Aramis Hillary – 12-16, 106 yards
13 | Michael Church – 3-3, 17 yards
9 | Cody Craig – 2- 5, 41 yards
12 | Alex Ross – 0-1, 0 yards

Rushing
3 | Aramis Hillary – 5 rushes, 6 yards, 1 TD
12 | Alex Ross – 4 rushes, 15 yards, 1 TD
24 | Jeremy Height – 3 rushes, 13 yards
22 | Bucky Kennedy – 4 rushes, 12 yards
9 | Cody Craig – 6 rushes, 30 yards
15 | Aaron Jones – 1 rush, 3 yards
36 | Zach Silverberg – 5 rushes, 19 yards, 1 TD
31 | De’Angelo Henderson – 3 rushes, 13 yards
34 | Marcus Whitener – 1 rush, 7 yards

Receiving
27 | Sammie Kennedy – 2 receptions, 26 yards
24 | Jeremy Height – 1 reception, 22 yards
20 | Niccolo Mastromatteo – 5 receptions, 40 yards
11 |DeMario Bennett – 2 receptions, 43 yards
7 | Kenny Jones – 1 reception, 5 yards
81 | Adrian Sullivan – 1 reception, 1 yard
85 | Shaquille Lindsey – 1 reception, 9 yards
87 | Richard Pilon – 3 reception, 22 yards
86 | Josh McCall – 1 reception, 2 yards
15 | Aaron Jones – 1 reception, 5 yards

Defense
30 | Quinn Backus – 3 tackles
1 | Denzell Rice – 2 tackles, 1 PBU
50 | Jeffrey Salley – 3 tackles
4 | Dontavais Johnson – 3 tackles
43 | Philip George – 6 tackles, 1 PBU
40 | Andre Jacobs – 5 tackles, 1 PBU
91| Johnny Hartsfield – 4 tackles
6 | Tre Henderson – 1 tackle, 1 PBU
28 | Lorenzo Boyles – 1 tackle
22 | Sean Olukoju – 2 tackles
10 | Mike McClure – 3 tackles, 1 sack for -4 yards
15 | Dawan Thompson – 4 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 punt block
65 | Michael Battle – 1 tackle
26 |Johnnie Houston – 3 tackles
51 | Chris Thomas – 1 tackle, 1 sack for -7 yards
8 |Jamel Davis – 1 tackle, 1 sack for -8 yards
23 |Miles Rankin – 1 tackle
20 | Cedrick Malone – 1 tackle
13 | Andrew Allen – 1 tackle
48 | Tyler McCarthy – 1 tackle
58 | Calvin Hollenhorst – 2 tackles
60 | Mark Bechtel – 1 tackle
24 | Mark Singleton – 1 tackle, INT at 6 yard line return for 17 yards
27 | Demetrious Swinger – 1 tackle

Kicking
35 | Austin Cain – 29 yard punt, 15 yard punt, 33 yard punt
46 | Alex Catron – PAT good, 40 yard punt, 39 field goal good
47 | Grant Clayton – 31 yard field goal good, PAT not good wide right, PAT good

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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