Football Drops Homecoming Battle to Liberty
CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College football team fell in its Homecoming matchup against Liberty at Bailey Memorial Stadium on Saturday, 56-7.
Liberty (2-4, 2-0 Big South) gained 692 yards against PC (2-5, 0-2 Big South), who did not commit a fumble or interception on the day.
The Blue Hose head to Charleston Southern next for a 1:30 kickoff on Saturday. Liberty returns home to host Concord on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Kaleb Griffin (Florence, S.C.) made his first career start at quarterback and delivered a solid performance, connecting on 28 of 38 attempts for 194 yards and a touchdown.
Lance Byrd (Jacksonville, Fla.) led PC on the ground with seven rushes for 33 yards while 10 different Blue Hose caught at least one pass. Michael Ruff (Whitmire, S.C.) led the receiving corps with 60 yards and a touchdown. Anderico Bailey (Mauldin, S.C.) grabbed a career-high nine catches for 38 yards.
Defensively, Isaiah Lynn (Fort Lawn, S.C.) made seven stops to lead PC. Cedric Byrd (Tyrone, Ga.) forced a fumble in the red zone that Rickey Floyd (Jacksonville, Fla.) recovered to stop a Liberty drive in the second quarter.
Liberty’s Josh Woodrum went 15-for-21 through the air for 232 yards and a touchdown. Aldreakis Allen ran for 183 yards and four scores while Sirchauncey Holloway gained 128 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Liberty struck three times in the first quarter to take a 21-0 lead into the first break. Sirchauncey Holloway finished a four-play, 65 yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run on Liberty’s first drive before Aldreakis Allen ran one in from 59 yards out on the team’s next series.
The Flames capped their first-quarter scoring on an eight-play, 81-yard drive that ended with a Justin Gunn two-yard touchdown reception with 4:01 remaining.
Nicky Fualaau found the end zone next for Liberty late in the second quarter. The fullback punched in a one-yard run to give the Flames a 28-0 advantage.
The Blue Hose proved able to answer. PC worked its way up the field and Griffin connected with an over-the-top pass to Ruff, who hauled in a ball over his shoulder for a 32-yard score. The play capped a six-play, 70-yard drive for the Blue Hose.
Liberty returned the favor two plays later as a 45-yard reception set up a 10-yard Allen touchdown rush, his second of the day.
Punter Patrick Morgano (Greenville, S.C.) made sure Liberty didn’t score again before the intermission. The senior uncorked a beautiful 69-yard punt that rolled and stopped at the one-yard line to send the teams into halftime with Liberty ahead, 35-7.
Aldreakis Allen ran for two more touchdowns in the third quarter to give Liberty a 49-7 lead heading into the final period.
With 1:52 remaining in the game, D.J. Abnar sealed the decision by capping a 10-play, 80-yard drive with a one yard run. The score moved the margin to its final result, 56-7.