Chanticleers put Catawba away early in 20-3 win

Matt Hazel and Aramis Hillary scored first-quarter touchdowns and Coastal Carolina held on to defeat Catawba 20-3 on Saturday night at Brooks Stadium.

Facing his former school for the first time, CCU coach David Bennett may have taken it easy on the Division II Indians after the Chanticleers flexed their muscle early.

Catawba’s opening drive resulted in a punt that was blocked by sophomore Tyler McCarthy and recovered by Mike McClure on the Catawba 14, setting up a field goal by Grant Clayton for a 3-0 lead.

Coastal converted another turnover into points midway through the first quarter when Jeffery Salley forced a fumble and Philip George recovered. Two plays later, Aramis Hillary hit a streaking Matt Hazel down the right sideline for a 52-yard touchdown.

Catawba scored its only points on a 38-yard field goal from Thomas Trexler , but Hillary marched the Chants back down the field and scored on a 3-yard rushing TD that put the Chants up 17-3 with 49 seconds left in the first quarter. A Clayton field goal in the second quarter capped the day’s scoring as CCU emptied the bench in the second half.

Hillary finished the night 12-of-24 for 220 yards and a touchdown for his first 200-yard passing performance of his career as the Chanticleer offense. He rolled up 308 total yards.

The Chants (2-0) face a much tougher test when they return to action on Saturday, Sept. 17 against the Georgia Bulldogs (0-2) in Athens, Ga.

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