Buies Creek, NC – (Presbyterian SID)
The Presbyterian College football team used 24 first-half points to top Campbell, 31-14, on Saturday night at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C. The Blue Hose earn their first win of the year, going to 1-2 overall, while Campbell suffers its first loss to go to 2-1 on the season.
Head Coach Harold Nichols’s Take
“We took that opening drive and scored a touchdown and that’s big when you are able to do that. You are able to establish an identity early. That’s a really good football team that we played tonight. Going in to it, our focus was on getting first downs and consistency on offense and I was really pleased to see the guys make some plays on offense. Not only that but make some plays on third down and extend some drives. I thought we were a little better on first and second downs, which certainly helps you on third down, and we were consistent throughout the game. We had a little lull there in the third quarter but the defense came out and made some plays. Then we were able to get a drive going and pop Darrell (Bridges) on a long run there and make it a three-score game. It’s good to be able to go on the road and get a win like this”
On the performance of quarterback Will Brock
“I was really proud of Will Brock tonight. He came in at the end of the game against Chattanooga last week and played well. He’s a really accurate passer and has grinded through the program and done a great job. He has a great personality, all of his teammates like him and they kind of rallied around him tonight and made some plays for him. I’m really happy for him to come out and have this experience and play well.”
Presbyterian used a pair of second quarter touchdowns to extend its lead to the halftime margin of 24-6 to give itself a healthy cushion heading in to the second half of action. Darrell Bridges got the first one with a six-yard TD run to make it 17-0 at the time. Will Brock then followed later on in the quarter with a one-yard score on the ground to give PC its 18-point first half lead.
How It Happened
PC got it going early in the game, putting together a 13-play, 69-yard drive on its opening possession, capped off by a 21-yard touchdown pass from Will Brock to Cedric Frazier. The Blue Hose would score again on its next possession, this time on a 26-yard field goal by Brett Norton to push the lead to 10-0 through one quarter.
PC made it a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter, as Darrell Bridges scored his first touchdown of the season from six yards out. Campbell answered with a five-play, 73-yard drive that resulted in a 23-yard touchdown from Elijah Burress to Jared Joyner but the PAT was no good to make a 17-6 game. The Blue Hose responded with one more score before the break, as Brock rushed for a one-yard touchdown to push the margin to 18 points at the half with a score of 24-6.
Campbell was able to cut in to the lead early in the fourth quarter, as DeShawn Jones capped off a 14-play, 76-yard drive by the Camels that elapsed over 6:00 off the clock with a one-yard run to make it 24-14 after a two-point conversion. PC would close out the game with a five-play, 75-yard drive, highlighted by a 48-yard rush by Bridges and capped off by a 17-yard touchdown by Darquez Watson on a pass from Brock.
Stat of the Game
PC totaled a season-high 346 yards of total offense with 217 rushing and 129 passing. The 346 is PC’s highest offensive output since November 1, 2014 when the Blue Hose racked up 415 yards of total offense against Monmouth in an 18-12 victory. Its 217 rushing yards is also the most since 2014 but came two weeks earlier against Coastal Carolina, when the Blue Hose rushed for 232 yards.
Darrell Bridges led the offensive attack on the ground, amassing 159 yards on a career-high-tying 32 carries with one touchdown. The total is the second-highest total of his career, trailing only his 186 rushing yards against Coastal Carolina last season. Bridges has now totaled eight games of at least 100 rushing yards in his career and scored the 11th rushing touchdown of his career. Additionally, his 48-yard run in the fourth quarter was the longest play of the season by PC.
Nick Moss, playing in just his third game at PC, totaled a team-high nine tackles out of the middle linebacker position. The total is tied for the most tackles in a game by a PC player this season and the most by a freshman.
– Will Brock made his first career start at quarterback in today’s game. The redshirt junior completed 11 of 21 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing eight times for 29 yards and a touchdown. He is the first PC quarterback to throw two touchdowns in a game since Heys McMath threw for three touchdowns against No. 3 Coastal Carolina in 2014.
– Darquez Watson totaled a career-high five receptions for a career-high 58 yards, including his first career touchdown, a 17-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
– Cedric Frazier recorded his first career reception in tonight’s game, a 21-yard catch, which went for a touchdown on PC’s opening drive.
– Zola Davis rushed seven times for a career-high 28 rushing yards in the contest, as the primary backup to Bridges in the game.
– The Blue Hose converted six of its 14 third downs in the contest, its best mark of the season. PC had managed just five third downs on 32 attempts through the first two games.
– PC scored 31 points in tonight’s game, its most since 2014. That season, PC defeated Bluefield 69-14 at home. Its PC’s most points in a road game since November 13, 2010 when PC scored 39 points in a loss to Charleston Southern.
– PC recorded its first road win since November 15, 2014 at Gardner-Webb. The Blue Hose topped the conference foe 14-7 to earn its second road win of the season that year.
– Kevin Green grabbed the first interception of his career in the second quarter of today’s game. He added three tackles in the victory.
– Kamren Mack recorded 1.0 sack in the game to push his season total to 3.0, a team-high on the year. He finished the game with four total tackles.
– PC’s defense held the Camels to 2-of-11 on third downs in tonight’s game. On the season, PC has held its opponents to 5-of-29 (17.2 percent). The Blue Hose entered the week ranked in the top five in the FCS in the category.
Presbyterian hosts Florida Tech in its home opener next Saturday, September 24, at 7 p.m. at Bailey Memorial Stadium. The game is designated as Family Day and Scotsman Club Day.