From Coastal Carolina University
CONWAY, SC – The Coastal Carolina football team, using its preseason scrimmages to simulate games as much as possible, used to final five possessions working on overtime Saturday morning at Brooks Stadium.
After the scrimmage, the team took part in media day (3-5) then had its annual "Meet the Chants" Fan Appreciation Day. Coastal Carolina opens the 2010 season in 14 days, traveling to Morgantown to face the 24th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers.
The offense pulled out the win, 76-61, in the modified scoring system used all preseason allowing for non-traditional scoring means. The offense took control early in the scrimmage, but the defense took a 51-48 lead after two quarters. After halftime, this time practicing for a road game by going to the visitor's locker room, the offense had five possessions, starting from the 15 twice and the 10 twice, scoring on all five drives to secure the win.
Similar to the previous scrimmage, the first offense scored on its first possession. The big play was a 38-yard Zach MacDowall to Jamie Childers pass, followed by an impressive 18-yard touchdown run to the left side by Marcus Whitener. MacDowall finished the day completing 11-of-17 passes for 192 yards and two scores. Childers caught three passes for 86 yards.
After a three-and-out by the two's, the first unit got in scoring position after a 44-yard MacDowall to Brandon Whitley. The defense stiffened, and a 45-yard field goal by Zach McGehee came up short. The second unit used a 15-yard Eric O'Neal run and several defensive penalties to allow Grant Clayton to kick a 42-yard field goal. Clayton connected on all his PAT's and field goals, adding kicks of 42and 47 yards as well.
On its third series, the first unit marched to the two yard line, thanks to a completion to David Duan and runs by O'Neal and MacDowall. However a penalty and a sack by Kent Harper forced a field goal with McGehee splitting the uprights from 31 yards out. The next time out, the offense was threatening again after a nice run by O'Neal made it 2nd-and-1. The defense once again rose to the occasion, stopping the offense on three straight plays forcing a turnover on downs. Jerran Devlin came through on 4th-and-1 for the defense.
The second offense saw its struggles as well over the span, having a three-and-out and losing the ball on a fumble, which Quinton Davis recovered. Then, for the third time this preseason, freshman Phillip George had a blocked punt.
The last two series of the first half were two-minute drills. The first offense was very efficient, getting two big MacDowall to Childers completions (16 and 32 yards). MacDowall capped the drive with a seven-yard slant for a score to Whitley. The second unit was forced to go for it on fourth down, after a Dexter Holman sack on third. Harper came through with the sack on fourth, giving the defense the 5-48 lead at the break.
When the teams returned, starting in the red zone, the first offense got a seven-yard TD reception by Duran and a 26-yard field goal from McGehee. The second offense got a 51-yard field goal by Clayton and a one-yard plunge by Aramis Hillary on third down for a score. The third offense scored on its first play, a 10-yard run by Aaron Jones.
In overtime, the first unit went backwards, but escaped with a 47-yard field goal by Clayton. The second offense also came away with a field goal, a 39-yarder by McGehee. The last three drives had the offense down seven points twice, and a field goal once, meaning the offense had to score. On the first series, the third offense came away with nothing, having an incompletion on fourth down. The first offense, down seven, looked as if it had scored, but a hit by Chris Walls near the goal line, forced a Whitener fumble, which the defense's Dominique Davenport recovered and returned. The last drive was a win for the defense as well, as a 47-yard McGehee field goal sailed wide left.
Coastal Carolina Head Coach David Bennett, Post Scrimmage Quotes
"I think we are getting better each practice, but we still are not quite there yet. We are much better than we have been at this time in the past, but there is still a lot of work to be done. The season starts in two weeks and we still have a lot to improve on before then."
On Zach McDowell…
"Zach looked pretty good today, but he also made some mistakes. He made some bad decisions a few times when we were on the goal line, but I think he is getting better for us each day."
On the tight ends…
"We have a really talented group of tight ends. I think both David Duran and Jamie Childers feed off each other. I think Jamie might have dropped his first pass today, but other than that, he did a great job out there."
On Childers' transition to tight end…
"It's about what we expected it to be. He is very athletic and has great hands and is a hard worker."
On using Childers at quarterback…
"We would like to redshirt Cody Craig this year and use Jamie as our third quarterback. There is going to be some plays and formations where you will see him in there at quarterback."
RUSHING: Eric O'Neal 11-61; Marcus Whitener 5-17, TD; Aaron Jones 4-11, TD; Racheed Gause 5-12; Anthony Frye 1-0; Jeff Allen 2-(-1); Adrian Sullivan 1-5; Aramis Hillary 1-1, TD.
PASSING: Zach MacDowall 11-17, 192, 2 TDs; Aramis Hillary 11-19, 73; Cody Craig 0-5.
RECEIVING: Adrian Sullivan 2-20; Jamie Childers 3-86; Myron Rogers 2-15; Racheed Gause 2-23; Kenny Jones 1-(-1); Trae Long 1-7; Brandon Whitley 3-60, TD; David Duran 2-22, TD; Akeem Wesley 2-5; Aaron Jones 1-(-1); Ben Collins 1-8; Dushawn Davis 1-15; Jonathan Morgan 1-(-1); Eric O'Neal 1-13.