Chanticleers try to put past behind them, focus on G-W

In the game of football, it helps to have strong legs, powerful arms and, perhaps most of all, a very short memory.

That’s what Coastal Carolina is counting on in Saturday’s homecoming game against Gardner-Webb. Following last week’s 63-27 blowout loss to Liberty, the Chanticleers need to hit the rest button on their brains.

“We’re just trying to forget about last week and look toward to Gardner-Webb,” Coastal’s Dushawn Davis said. “We are just trying to forget about what happened last week.”

Never mind that the defense gave up NINE touchdowns and more than 500 yards in total offense. Forget about the fact that it was 42-0 before the Chants got on the scoreboard. It was only a dream – a real bad one.

“As their coach said after the game, that’s the best they’ve ever played,” CCU coach David Bennett. “It might have been the worst we’ve ever played.  If you put those two together, you don’t have a real good combination.  It was kind of like a bad nightmare.”

But there are too many lingering effects for it not to be real. Top players Josh Norman, David Duran, Jamie Childers, Corey Hawkins and several others were left battered and bruised from the blowout.

“We’re banged up. We’ve got some kids out,” Bennett said, reading off a laundry list of players who won’t play due to injuries. “We’ve got to play by committee. We’ve got to rise to the occasion.”

The physical damage is something Coastal will have to cope with, but Bennett hopes his team will put aside the emotional scars.

“The real mark of who you are is how you respond after a loss,” he said. “We can still have a great season.  I think it’s in the back of your mind, but the quicker you can put it behind and move on to the next opponent, the better you are.”

The Chants (4-2 overall, 1-1 Big South), who beat the Bulldogs 30-27 in overtime last season for their seventh, have to get back on the winning track if they hope to defend their Big South Conference title.

“You never know what could happen. We have to keep fighting as if our chances are still alive,” Bennett said.  “Every day, we’ve got to keep fighting.  All we can do is control what we can control – what’s left of our season.”

That’s the gameplan for Saturday – forget the past and, as Bennett said, “Run the table and see what happens. That would be great.”

Chants take doubleheader, reach Sun Belt title game

Chants take doubleheader, reach Sun Belt title gameThe Chanticleers scored nine runs over the first three innings [more]

Seahawks let state golf title slip from their grip

Seahawks let state golf title slip from their gripSports can be both heartwarming and heartbreaking. The full range [more]

Chants use walk-off home run to stay alive in Sun Belt

Chants use walk-off home run to stay alive in Sun BeltZach Biermann's third home run of the night with two [more]

Myrtle Beach's Doty heads to nation's top QB camp

Myrtle Beach's Doty heads to nation's top QB camp Luke Doty’s Myrtle Beach legacy already includes some gaudy numbers, [more]

CCU drops Sun Belt debut; faces elimination Thursday

CCU drops Sun Belt debut; faces elimination ThursdayCoastal Carolina baseball surrendered eight runs over the last three [more]

MB Track and Field Club makes big season debut

MB Track and Field Club makes big season debutEighteen members of the Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club [more]

Chants win season finale; host Sun Belt tournament

Chants win season finale; host Sun Belt tournamentA two hour and five minute-lightning delay nor two Appalachian [more]

Clemson hammers Coastal with early offensive barrage

Clemson hammers Coastal with early offensive barrageSimilar to the two teams' first meeting back on March [more]

Seahawks claim state title in tribute to late coach

Seahawks claim state title in tribute to late coach John Ed Cahill queued up an old voicemail from his [more]

MB golf team flying high, riding ties to state tourney

MB golf team flying high, riding ties to state tourneyThe Myrtle Beach High boys golf team is tying its [more]

Lynch-inspired Seahawks advance to 4A state final

Lynch-inspired Seahawks advance to 4A state finalLL Coach. The somewhat cryptic rallying cry (Long Live Coach) was [more]

Soccer: MB, Socastee fall in lower state semifinals

Soccer: MB, Socastee fall in lower state semifinalsMyrtle Beach’s season came down to about three minutes. In that [more]

South Aiken stops Lady Seahawks state title run

South Aiken stops Lady Seahawks state title runThe closest thing to a blemish South Aiken had on [more]

Green Wave sinks Sharks in Lower State opener

Green Wave sinks Sharks in Lower State openerIn any other game, St. James coach Robbie Centracchio may [more]

Soccer: Braves, Seahawks reach Lower State semis

Soccer: Braves, Seahawks reach Lower State semisThe Socastee High boys soccer team crushed Cane Bay 5-0 [more]

Seahawks go from funeral to Lower State title match

Seahawks go from funeral to Lower State title matchEven after his death earlier this week, longtime Myrtle Beach [more]

Illing steps down as Socastee football coach

Illing steps down as Socastee football coachDoug Illing struggled with the emotions. He even fought himself trying [more]

Sharks top Swamp Foxes, reach lower state tourney

Sharks top Swamp Foxes, reach lower state tourneyIt took a little longer than St. James fans may [more]

CF girls fall in first round for season-ending defeat

CF girls fall in first round for season-ending defeatHeading into the playoffs, Carolina Forest’s girls soccer team hoped [more]

Seahawks draw inspiration from fallen coach Lynch

Seahawks draw inspiration from fallen coach Lynch John Edward Cahill III occasionally glanced at a spot at [more]

MB girls stun Hilton Head to reach Lower State semis

MB girls stun Hilton Head to reach Lower State semisFor all of the dominant results, all the blowouts and [more]

Seahawks lose legendary tennis coach, mentor Lynch

Seahawks lose legendary tennis coach, mentor LynchCookie Goings was barely a teenager, an eighth grader running [more]

Local club hosts another solid Coast Spring Classic

Local club hosts another solid Coast Spring ClassicMore than 400 teams from six states completed in the [more]

Renfrow claims NFL dream as Raiders' fifth-round pick

Renfrow claims NFL dream as Raiders' fifth-round pickFormer Socastee High and Clemson standout Hunter Renfrow was selected [more]

Lady Panthers charge into playoffs as region champs

Lady Panthers charge into playoffs as region champsWhen Katie Kulick drove the ball past the West Florence [more]

Chants take doubleheader, reach Sun Belt title game

Chants take doubleheader, reach Sun Belt title gameThe Chanticleers scored nine runs over the first three innings [more]

Seahawks let state golf title slip from their grip

Seahawks let state golf title slip from their gripSports can be both heartwarming and heartbreaking. The full range [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach