CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – The Coastal Carolina football has had a good deal of time off recently. A scheduled off week last Saturday followed by Hurricane Matthew resulted in ten straight days of no activity for the team. Though for local players, football had to be set aside to help out at home.
"We put our couches on bricks so the water wouldn't affect the couches (in case of flooding)," said defensive back and Georgetown native Michael Billings. "Then the night before on Thursday my brother and I put wood on the windows so the branches wouldn't affect the house."
Once the storm arrived, it became a matter of riding it out, regardless of vantage point.
"(I) wasn't really scared," said Summerville native Deangelo Henderson, who went home to his family's house. "My folks stayed in the same spot when (Hurricane) Hugo hit. This one wasn't supposed to be bad as Hugo."
"The storm itself was crazy," said quarterback and Myrtle Beach native Tyler Keane. "It kind of took your head out of football and kind of looked at the bigger picture. "
Head coach Joe Moglia's condo in Myrtle Beach gave him some unique perspective.
"I have a view of the ocean and I was really able to watch the storm come in, which was really kind of intriguing and very interesting," he said.
No player on the team was affected enough that it will warrant missed time as preparation begins for Gardner-Webb this weekend. It was just a matter of waiting out the weather and the power.
"I was down there with my parents," Henderson said. "We played some board games, listened to a lot of radio, talked a lot, and of course the power went out. So I fried some fish before the power went out, and ate good."
After a stay at the Marriott in Grande Dunes, and a practice at Doug Shaw Stadium earlier this week, the team is back to work in Conway, and well rested after a long layoff.
"The end of practice Tuesday, I felt pretty good," Moglia said. "We're a little rusty, we're not sharp, but I was pleased with our progress."
Moglia has never lost to Gardner-Webb while at Coastal – the average win margin for the Chants in the last four years against the Bulldogs is 29.8 points. Kickoff from Boiling Springs is Saturday at 1:30