Coastal Carolina posted its longest winning streak of the season.
Too bad it consisted of the year’s final two games.
Coastal was able to avoid last place in the Sun Belt Conference by beating Georgia Southern 28-17 Saturday.
The Chanticleers finished the season with a 3-9 record and 2-6 in Sun belt play.
“Our guys have a lot of pride,” interim head coach Jamey Chadwell said. “They’ve won a lot of games here, and I don’t think they wanted anybody coming in here and taking over or trying to take it to us here. I think there was a lot of motivation going on.”
Quarterback Kilton Anderson credited the defense for establishing momentum.
“They got fumbles and they got interceptions,” he said.
“It really sets the tone for us. So I think it gets both sides of the ball going and brings energy to the team. It got us pumped during the whole game.”
While it was senior day, the underclassmen had a field day, putting points on the board on both offense and defense. Anderson completed 9-of-17 passes for a season-high 180 yards and two touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Malcolm Williams had 120 yards receiving on the day and scored two touchdowns.
Coastal’s running back, senior Oshamar Abercrombie, scored two touchdowns on the ground, going for 133 yards rushing.
“This made my day!,” tweeted Coastal alumnus and current Denver Bronco De’Angelo Henderson. “I’m so happy for Osh on senior day!”
The defense played its part as well. Redshirt freshman CJ Brewer forced a fumble in the first quarter that was recovered by sophomore Myles White on Georgia Southern’s own 28. In the final quarter of the game, sophomore Preston Carey snagged an interception in the red zone, securing Coastal’s win with just over five minutes to play.
Although this season wasn’t what Coastal fans wanted for their inaugural Sun Belt venture, Chadwell remains optimistic.
“I’m very thankful for this team and the way they kept fighting and laying us a great foundation as we go into this offseason,” he said. “We had a young team this year and went through some growing pains, but we weathered a lot of the storms and can build off what we’ve done now and I like the direction we’re headed.”
Coastal will have most of this squad returning next fall, including Anderson, who seems to have cemented his role as the starting quarterback in Conway.
“It’s a tough situation,” Anderson said. “But I think I’ve set a good foundation. The seniors set a good foundation. I think we got the ball rolling and going into next year we’re going to have a great team.”