GAMEDAY College Football

Coastal Carolina 52, Citadel 14

By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer

CONWAY, S.C. - Grayson McCall threw for 262 yards and a touchdown and No. 22 Coastal Carolina scored on its first seven possessions in a season-opening 52-14 victory over The Citadel.

The Chanticleers were among the biggest surprises last season, going 11-1 and winning the Sun Belt Conference's East Division after being picked last in the preseason.

They earned their first preseason ranking this year and made sure they lived up to the billing.

McCall, last year's Sun Belt offensive player of the year, directed an efficient, dynamic offense that scored touchdowns the first four times it had the ball. After a field goal to close the opening half, the Chants scored TDs on its first two series of the third quarter.

McCall completed 16 of 19 passes before coming out early in the third quarter.

Reese White had scoring runs of 4 and 16 yards, before McCall, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound sophomore, connected with Javion Heiligh on a 30-yard scoring pass to make it 28-0.

Heiligh had six catches for 133 yards, his third straight game with 100-plus yards receiving. Shermari Jones also had two touchdowns and ran for 100 yards for Coastal Carolina.

The Chants didn't punt until the start of the fourth quarter. By then, they had outgained the Bulldogs 537-153.

The Citadel was fourth in FCS rushing nationally last year and managed 200 yards, 100 of it coming from quarterback Jaylan Adams. But the defense had no luck slowing down the Chants. Even when they were in position to make a play, it didn't work like when tight end Isaiah Likely leaped over a defender for a 16-yard catch and a first down to keep a TD drive alive in the second quarter.

Coastal Carolina athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter CitCoastC
CoastC TD 8:40 Shermari Jones 2 yard TD run (Massimo Biscardi Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter CitCoastC
CoastC TD 14:08 Reese White 4 yard TD run (Massimo Biscardi Extra Point) 0 14
CoastC TD 8:38 Reese White 16 yard TD run (Massimo Biscardi Extra Point) 0 21
CoastC TD 2:48 Jaivon Heiligh 30 yard TD pass from Grayson McCall (Massimo Biscardi Extra Point) 0 28
CoastC FG 0:00 Massimo Biscardi 34 yard field goal 0 31
Third Quarter CitCoastC
CoastC TD 13:17 Shermari Jones 38 yard TD run (Massimo Biscardi Extra Point) 0 38
Cit TD 6:08 Nathan Storch 1 yard TD run (Colby Kinter Extra Point) 7 38
CoastC TD 3:45 Xavier Gravette 49 yard TD pass from Bryce Carpenter (Massimo Biscardi Extra Point) 7 45
Fourth Quarter CitCoastC
Cit TD 7:10 Raleigh Webb 8 yard TD run (Colby Kinter Extra Point) 14 45
CoastC TD 2:29 Braydon Bennett 4 yard TD run (Kieran Colahan Extra Point) 14 52
Team Stats
  Citadel Coastal Carolina
First downs 17 28
  Rushing 16 13
  Passing 0 14
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-12, 25% 4-6, 67%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 55-223 32-262
Passing Yards 9 348
Return Yards 107 43
Completions-Attempts-Int 3-6-0 20-24-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-2 1-13
Punts 6 1
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 2-30 4-40
Citadel Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Hampton 2 3 11 0 0
J. Adams 1 3 -2 0 0
Coastal Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. McCall 16 19 262 1 0
B. Carpenter 2 2 54 1 0
J. Guest 2 2 32 0 0
Citadel Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Adams 16 100 6.3 0
N. Storch 23 65 2.8 1
D. Hampton 4 20 5.0 0
J. Douglas 2 11 5.5 0
R. Webb 1 8 8.0 1
L. Braucht 2 8 4.0 0
N. Njoku 2 8 4.0 0
S. Llewellyn 1 3 3.0 0
C. Wallace 1 0 0.0 0
K. Sessions 2 0 0.0 0
Coastal Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Jones 9 100 11.1 2
R. White 7 62 8.9 2
B. Bennett 5 49 9.8 1
G. McCall 2 24 12.0 0
I. Connelly 4 21 5.3 0
B. Carpenter 3 12 4.0 0
Citadel Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Webb 2 11 5.5 0
N. Storch 1 -2 -2.0 0
Coastal Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Heiligh 6 133 22.2 1
I. Likely 5 64 12.8 0
X. Gravette 2 54 27.0 1
B. Bennett 3 33 11.0 0
D. Fountain 1 31 31.0 0
K. Brown 1 17 17.0 0
T. Mobley 1 15 15.0 0
T. Roberts 1 1 1.0 0
Citadel Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Coastal Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Citadel Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Campbell 6 241 40.2
Coastal Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Ouverson 1 33 33.0
Citadel Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Coastal Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Heiligh 2 18 9.0
Citadel Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Wallace 5 107 21.4
Coastal Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Stokes Jr. 1 25 25.0
Citadel Missed FG
Player Length
Coastal Carolina Missed FG
Player Length




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