Presbyterian College football returns home to host Bluefield College in the 2014 home opener for the Blue Hose on Saturday at 7 p.m.. Both teams will look for their first win as PC dropped a Thursday night matchup at Northern Illinois, 55-3, while Bluefield fell at home to Pikeville 62-40 on Thursday.
Immediately following the end of the game, fans can enjoy a fireworks extravaganza that will light up the night sky over Bailey Memorial Stadium.
Saturday’s game marks a notable night in PC football history as the campus will host its first PC night game since Oct. 27, 1990, when the Blue Hose faced the Wingate Bulldogs in Old Bailey Stadium. PC will aim to bounce back from Thursday’s game, in which the visitors broke up the Huskies’ shutout bid with a field goal late in the third quarter.
The matchup also marks Bluefield’s first visit to Laurens County and the Rams boast several connections with Presbyterian College. New PC assistant athletic trainer Tara Shelley spent three seasons at Bluefield before coming to PC and former Blue Hose assistant women’s basketball coach Corey Mullins recently took the top women’s job with the Rams.
PC dropped its season opener at Northern Illinois on Thursday night, falling to the Huskies, 55-3. The Blue Hose broke up the Huskies’ shutout bid with a quality drive late in the third quarter. Quarterback Kaleb Griffin found Daryl Wilson for a 27-yard completion as part of a nine-play series that set up a 31-yard Brandon Morrow field goal. Cory White and Donelle Williams led PC with 12 total tackles apiece.
Scouting the Rams
Bluefield set a program record for points on Thursday, falling to Pikeville in a 62-40 loss. Ashten Dixon led the Rams through the air with 10 completions on 17 attempts and two touchdowns. Marion Harris paced the team on the ground with 79 rushing yards. The Rams did not win a game in 2012 or 2013.
Senior wideout Jeremiah McKie compiled a team-high 125 all-purpose yards on Thursday to eclipse 2,000 for his career. His 2,082 yards puts him third in PC Division I history behind Michael Ruff (2008-12) with 3,600 and Lance Byrd’s (2009-12) 3,006.
Donelle Williams made five assisted tackles on Thursday, moving him 104 for his career and overtaking Chris Bowman (2007-09) for top assistant tackles in PC Division I history. Justin Bethel leads unassisted tackles with 199.
Up and Good
Freshman kicker Brandon Morrow kicked a 31-yard field goal in his first career try. The successful kick marked PC’s first since November 2, 2013 against Charleston Southern.
PC committed only two penalties against Northern Illinois in the season opener for 12 yards. The last time officials tagged PC for only two infractions came against Coastal Carolina on November 16, 2013.
PC welcomes Furman to campus next Saturday, September 13 at 7 p.m. The Blue Hose will aim to avenge a narrow 21-20 loss at the hands of the Paladins in Greenville last season.