- By Jacob Bashura and Tyler Connolly
CCU football declares another win after playing Georgia Southern
Coastal Carolina’s first game as a top 25 ranked team was this past Saturday, Oct. 24. The Chanticleers beat Georgia Southern, 28-14, improving to 5-0 on the season and 3-0 in conference play.
The headline of the game was starting quarterback Grayson McCall’s inability to play due to injury. Backup quarterback, junior Fred Payton, threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, as well as two interceptions. So far this season, each CCU football game has been televised on an ESPN channel.
The game was tied at 14 going into the fourth quarter, with neither team scoring in the third. One touchdown was a 24 yard catch by senior running back CJ Marable, and the other was a 20 yard rush by sophomore running back Reese White.
Coastal’s wideouts were impressed with receiver Jaivon Heiligh, finishing the game with 107 yards receiving; his second straight game with over 100 yards. Running back CJ Marable also caught four passes for 38 yards and a score. While wideout Sam Denmark only recorded a single catch, of which was a 72-yard touchdown.
The Chanticleers defense recorded four sacks, a forced fumble and two interceptions, both by cornerback D’Jordan Strong.
The Chanticleer’s defense has only given up 108 points and 17.0 sacks through their five games. They have also recovered two fumbles and caught seven interceptions during the season.
The win moved the Chanticleers up five positions from their previous ranking of No. 25 in the national rankings. The win also marks the Chants third Sun Belt win, and for the first time, the Chanticleers have won more than two games within the Sun Belt conference in program history.
The Chanticleers look to add to the win column against a 2-2 Georgia State on Oct. 31, before returning home on Nov. 7 to face South Alabama.