The Georgia Southern football team will travel to Conway, S.C. on Saturday to take on the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina in what will be the final game of the season and Chad Lunsford’s first game since being promoted to full-time head coach.
GS running downhill
Over the course of the current GS two-game win streak, the Eagles have rushed for an astonishing 745 yards, getting contributions from everyone.
Last game against Louisiana, junior running back Wesley Fields rushed for more than 180 yards by himself, aided by senior L.A. Ramsby and freshman quarterback Shai Werts along with freshman slotback Wesley Kennedy and junior running back Monteo Garrett.
Lunsford has found a way to get his team in sync on offense, along with coordinator Bryan Cook. Werts has consistently made good reads running the option, and the gun-option formation doesn’t seem like the detrimental force it did earlier in year, when the Eagles were held to 70 rushing yards on 47 carries against Auburn, or just 111 yards on 38 carries against App State.
On defense, GS shut out South Alabama two weeks ago and held Louisiana in check last Saturday after gaining a comfortable lead early.
Reshirt junior safety R.J. Murray and senior linebacker Chris DeLaRosa lead the Eagles in total tackles with 55 and 54, respectively.
Junior defensive lineman Logan Hunt is the havoc-wreaker in opposing backfields, as he has totaled 10.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks to lead the Eagles.
The defense for the Eagles has the potential to be one of the best in the conference, and has showed it the past two weeks. To get a win against CCU, the same defense that showed up against South Alabama needs to show up again.
Close calls for CCU
The 2-9 Chanticleers may be better than their record would suggest, similar to GS. CCU has lost to SEC foe Arkansas by just one point, 39-38, and Sun Belt Conference co-leader Appalachian State by just a touchdown.
They also beat UMass earlier in the season, a team which blew out GS in Tyson Summers’ final game as head coach. But a lot has changed since both teams played UMass.
CCU senior running back Osharmar Abercrombie has racked up 591 yards this season, including 149 against UMass. Junior wide receiver Malcolm Williams has 673 yards receiving, thanks to the nearly 60 percent passing accuracy rate of senior quarterback Tyler Keane. Keane has tossed 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions along with 1,440 yards.
The game will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday and will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Georgia Southern Sports Radio Network.