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  • Ian Brooking

Coastal looks to end four-game skid on road

For the first time since 2012, the Coastal Carolina football team are facing a four-game losing streak. They will look to end this when they travel to take on Arkansas State on Oct. 14. The Chanticleers are also off to their first 1-4 start since the 2010 season. That team would go on to close out the year with a 6-6 record. Coastal showed many signs of promise in their 27-21 loss to Georgia State on Oct. 7, but the special teams still have a bit of work to do. For the second straight game, the Chanticleers allowed the opposing team to score on a kickoff return. The defense did step up big time in the third quarter after being on the field for a majority of it. The team held their own, which led to a missed field goal for the Panthers that ultimately would keep the Chanticleers in the game for the time being. However, the Chanticleers must not rely on the defense. While the old saying goes, “defense wins championships," it is hard to do that when your offense can’t put points on the board. Things must get better on the offensive side of the ball. There were definitely some moments of promise throughout the game on the offensive side of things, but there needs to be consistency. Coastal has been going three-and-out way too many times this season. Another thing that needs to change is Coastal’s problem in getting penalized. Coastal is averaging 7.2 penalties a game and have accumulated 347 yards in penalties. That is 69.4 penalty yards the team is giving to their opponents. If the team can clean that up, as well as find that offensive spark to help out the defense, the team should be able to turn this season around. Coastal is traveling to Jonesboro, Arkansas to take on the Red Wolves of Arkansas State on their Homecoming night. It would be great for the Chanticleers to spoil the festivities, get their first Sun Belt conference win and give themselves a huge confidence boost going into their next game at Appalachian State. Kickoff for the Arkansas State game is yet to be announced.

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