Bucs Drop Season Finale to Blue Hose 38-14

by CSU Sports Information

CLINTON, S.C. – The Charleston Southern Buccaneers (0-11, 0-6) couldn’t overcome injuries to both starting quarterbacks and numerous other starters, falling by a score of 45-15 to the Presbyterian Blue Hose (4-7, 3-3) at Bailey Memorial Stadium in Clinton on Saturday afternoon in the season finale.

Since the season began, starters Brad Sweatt, Chris Kuzdale, Gabe Middlebrook, Estevan Cintron, Brandan Davis, Teddy Allen and Tray Dorsey all suffered either season-ending injuries or injuries that caused them to miss significant amounts of time. Malcolm Dixon was injured in the Bucs’ loss to Liberty and was replaced by Richard Mounce for the next three games. Both Mounce and Dixon were hobbled entering today’s match up and split time at quarterback.

The two combined for a total of 137 passing yards, going 7-for-23 as the Bucs put up a 270 yards of offense. Dixon went 4-for-6 with 79 yards in the air, including a 52-yard bomb to Carson Leshin. Mounce was 2-for-17 on the day with three interceptions. However, it was running back Teddy Allen that threw the lone passing touchdown of the day, a 34-yard trick play to Corvaughn Archie. Chase Jones and Mike Davis each had a catch as well. Keelyan Bryant led the ground attack, rushing 10 times for 52 yards while Allen had nine carries for 35 yards and a rushing touchdown. Zack Frazier also had 10 carries for 44 yards.

Mike Chocholousek was again one of the defensive leaders for the Bucs, with 10 tackles, a tackle for a loss of three yards and a fumble recovery for 12 yards. Matt Hardy (three tackles) had the lone interception of the day, along with a pass break up and a quarterback hurry. Michael Parker had six tackles and a TFL of 12 yards, while O’Brian Campbell recorded three stops and a TFL as well. The Bucs allowed 225 rushing yards and 291 passing yards for a total of 516 yards on the day.

A promising kickoff return by Chase Jones to start the game was called back due to a facemask penalty, and the Bucs struggled from there, going three-and-out on their first drive. The Blue Hose had better luck, getting the ball on their own 37-yard line after a CSU punt. A 44-yard pass from Brandon Miley to Jeremiah McKie helped to make quick work of the short field, paving the way for a 1-yard touchdown run by Lance Byrd. Aaron Mayes PAT put PC ahead 7-0 with 10:46 to go in the first quarter.

Allen and B.J. Hackworth combined for 25 yards and a first down on the ground, but consecutive incompletions by Dixon forced a CSU punt. A 68-yard rush by Byrd set up back-to-back short gains for Seth Moreland, brining up first-and-goal at the CSU 9-yard line. A two-yard run by Ryan Singer put six more on the board for the Blue Hose before a PAT put them ahead 14-0 with just under five to go in the first quarter.

On the next drive Dixon looked to Jones to pick up the first down on a 21-yard catch, moving the chains to the CSU 46. A 52-yard pass to Carson Leshin gave the Bucs another first down at the PC 2-yard line. Allen then ran it in for the score, with TJ Higgins adding the extra point to cut the deficit to a touchdown at 14-7 with 2:42 to go in the first half.

The Blue Hose went three-and-out on their next possession, but made up for it with a Josh Polk strip sack of Dixon, with the Blue Hose recovering the fumble. The turnover resulted in a 37-yard field goal by Maves to make it 17-7 in favor of PC to start the second quarter.

Just three minutes later, it was the Blue Hose who again found the end zone, this time on a 65-yard pass to Michael Ruff. Maves hit the PAT to stretch Presbyterian’s lead to 17 at 24-7.

The second half started off with another bomb, as Singer hit McKie on a 58-yard pass for a touchdown less than a minute in. Maves’ kick made it 31-7. The Bucs again picked up a penalty on the kick return, bringing it back to their own 9-yard line. Glears was able to pick up the first down with a seven yard catch, but three incompletions forced a CSU punt.

Again, PC went three-and-out on their next drive but forced a CSU turnover when Matthan Burton intercepted Mounce at the PC 43-yard line. However the Buccaneers held strong on defense as the Blue Hose were unable to move the chains and punted the ball back to CSU. Bryant started things off with a 14-yard carry for the first down and added in six more yards on another carry to bring up third-and-two at the CSU 30. A pass interference call on the next play gave CSU the first down, with Bryant moving the chains once again on a 13-yard rush to the PC 34. Mounce then pitched the ball to Allen, who threw it to Corvaughn Archie for the 34-yard touchdown. Higgins nailed the PAT to make it 31-14 in favor of PC with just under four to go in the third quarter.

Neither teams accomplished much on their opening drives in the fourth quarter. The Blue Hose failed to convert on fourth-and-one at the CSU six, turning the ball over on downs. However, Mounce’s pass was intercepted by Antarius Terrell, who ran it back 15 yards for a pick six. Maves’ kick gave Presbyterian the 38-14 lead with 7:47 to go in the game.

The Buccaneers didn’t have an answer to the PC scoring drive, punting the ball away. On PC’s next drive, Miley found Ryan Hall for a 35-yard completion to bring up first-and-ten at the CSU 22. Seth Moreland scored on a 16-yard carry to put PC up 45-14 after the successful PAT with less than a minute to go in the game. The Bucs were unable to get in another drive, taking the 45-14 loss to end their season.


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