Well despite traveling again this week for work related projects, my goal is to bring the Paladin mojo back and post everyday this week.
Coastal Carolina rolls into Greenville for their first visit to Paladin Stadium. Both teams come into the game 1-3 and in a bad mood. On paper Coastal is the perfect opponent Furman needs to get back to basics and re-focus for the remaining 7 games.
I’m learning not to take anything for granted this season but playing a team that doesn’t run a unique scheme (like Wofford) will give the Paladins a chance to get their feet settled before taking on the Dogs in Chucktown.
A quick look at Coastal
The Coastal Carolina Defense has been far from dominate this season, giving up over 32 points per game. Opponents are averaging 327 yards rushing but only 79 yards passing per game, total yards allowed per game 406.8.
On offense the loss of Tyler Thigpen has caused the Chants to struggle on offense despite the return of Jerome Simpson. Coastal is averaging 118 yards rushing per game, and 204 yards passing, total offense per game 323.
Against GSU the only game I’ve seen Coastal play this year, it was a game of basically no defense by either team. Jason Foster ran over and around Coastal often dragging their defensive players with him into the endzone.
This should be the game for Jerome Felton to see plenty of yardage production. The key is patience, Furman has to stick to establish the run like they did early against Wofford but not abandon it after success in the passing game.
First half blues
Furman hopefully will take advantage of Coastal’s first half blues. After 4 games this season Opponents have scored 63 points in the first half, compared to 29 points for Coastal. It hasn’t been a lot better in the second half Coastal opponents have put up 68 points in the second half but Coastal has improved their point production averaging 61 points.