Can Chants put loss behind them for trip to Stony Brook?

Four days after the Coastal Carolina football team folded its homecoming game against Gardner-Webb, the last-minute meltdown was still difficult for coach David Bennett to talk about.

His Chanticleers had grabbed a 24-23 in the final 2 minutes and were one defensive stop away from victory. Instead, they committed three unsportsmanlike penalties before the Runnin’ Bulldogs ran a single play to put them in game-winning field goal range.

End result: G-W 26, CU 24. Lingering result? Well, that’s up to the Chants when they visit Stony Brook on Saturday.

“I guess if you’re in this thing long enough, there are going to be some great wins and some tough losses,” said Bennett. “That one has to rank with one of the toughest losses.
“It was a heart breaking loss for us, for our university, but you’ve got to put it behind you, move on and be ready for the next one.”

That may be easier said than done against the Seawolves, who have won four straight games and are 3-0 lifetime against Coastal. Last year’s 38-28 home loss actually sparked the Chants to run the table on the rest of the regular season, but they can’t afford another loss this season if they hope to repeat as Big South Conference champions.

That’s already a long shot after suffering back-to-back league losses to Liberty and G-W. For the Chants to have any chance, they need to run the table again and have Stony Brook beat Liberty to win some sort of bizarre tiebreaker at the end of the year.

But Coastal can’t afford to look that far down the road. It was that sort of premature celebration and loss of control that put them behind the 8-Ball to begin with.

“We’re not trying to focus on that at all. We’re just trying to take it one game at a time,” senior defensive tackle Chad McField said. “That’s been our motto this season. We aren’t dwelling on the past. We’re just looking forward, pushing on and focusing on one game at a time.”

“We just have to be disciplined, stay focused,” said senior wide receiver Jamaul Boswell. “We know that last week we lost, but I feel that we have an upbeat team still. We just have to stay in the moment and stay focused.”

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