After getting a big win against Kansas, Coastal Carolina came back home to Brooks Stadium and beat the Norfolk State Spartans 46-7 on Saturday.
“Very thankful for the win,” Head Coach Jamey Chadwell said.
The Chants took the opening kickoff and went on an eleven play, 52-yard drive, capped off by a 41-yard field goal by kicker Massimo Biscardi, giving Coastal a 3-0 advantage with 10:41 to go in the first quarter. The Chants had three first downs on the drive and were two of three on third-down conversions.
The Spartans offense quickly went three-and-out on its first possession and the Chants responded with a twelve-play, 56-yard drive highlighted by running back Reese White’s first career touchdown making it 9-0 in favor of the home team.
The Spartans second drive ended in disaster with Coastal cornerback Chandler Kryst intercepting a pass from Norfolk State quarterback Juwan Carter giving the Chants great field position. Biscardi later made a 32-yard field goal upping the Coastal lead to 12-0.
The first quarter ended with the Chants leading time of possession, 12:42 to 2:18. The Chants also led with 106 rushing yards.
The Chants first drive of the second quarter ended with a fumble by running back CJ Marable, allowing the Spartans to capitalize with a seven-play, 42-yard drive ending with a touchdown catch by tight end Anthony Williams from Carter narrowing the lead to 12-7.
With 1:12 to go until halftime, Coastal went on a nine-play, 36-yard drive ending with a touchdown pass from quarterback Bryce Carpenter to tight end Isaiah Likely making it 19-7. Coastal had another chance to score right before the break, but quaterback Fred Payton was tackled at the one-yard line with no time left on the clock.
Coastal had 261 offensive yards at halftime compared to Norfolk State’s 50. The Chant’s defense limited the Spartans to only one first down on offense during the first half.
On the Spartan’s first drive after halftime, Coastal free safety Kameron Burton intercepted Carter, putting the Chants in great field position. A six-yard run touchdown by running back Jacquez Hairston upped the lead to 26-7.
At the 8:16 mark of the third quarter, there was a 44-minute lightning delay. Coastal came back from the delay with a 13-play, 58-yard drive highlighted by a touchdown run by Marable.
“I thought the second half, we handled the lightning delay pretty well,” Coach Chadwell said. “We got a turnover right away and were able to score.”
White scored his second touchdown of the day at the 12:43 mark of the fourth quarter, capping off a five-play, 32-yard drive. Chants Freshman quarterback Grayson McCall came into the game and threw his first career touchdown pass to receiver Jai Williams with 6:09 in the game making it 46-7.
The Chants had 521 offensive yards on the day, mostly on the ground. Marable led the way with 101 yards rushing on 19 attempts, marking the first time in his career that he has eclipsed the century mark in consecutive games.
Coastal’s defense limited Norfolk State to only five first downs on offense. Linebackers Teddy Gallagher and Jamar Darboe led the way with five tackles apiece.
Coach Chadwell knows the team still has some work to do if they want to make some noise in the Sun Belt Conference this year.
“We had some chances to make some really big plays and we’re not doing it consistently right now,” Coach Chadwell said. “So, we have a lot of work to do if we are going to be a really good team this year.”
Coastal (2-1) will travel to play UMass (0-2) next Saturday, Sept. 21 with a 1:00 p.m. scheduled kickoff.