"Times have never looked more bleak"
EDITORIAL: PC Football Needs Fans To Help Break a 16-Game Losing Streak W- PREVIEW INFORMATION PC WINS, 24-14.
The times have never looked more bleak for the Presbyterian College Football program.
Carrying a proud tradition of more than 100 years, the Blue Hose are riding a 16-game losing streak. It is the longest continuous losing streak currently running in NCAA Division I FCS football - the woeful Northwestern teams of a while back had the longest losing streak in history at 34 games.
The Blue Hose need fans - and they need them right now. They need them to show up this Saturday, Nov. 9. We are pleading for even fair-weather fans to show up at Bailey Memorial Stadium for this game - if PC loses, you have permission to never come back. But our support is essential right now - When the team emerges from the field house, it needs to see a substantial number of people in the stands ready to watch it battle Gardner-Webb, a Big South opponent. Students? where are you?
If they get fans, and they get better and are uninjured, and the opponents are off their game just a little -- PC Football can win the final three games of THIS season. 2019 will be “salvageable” then we turn the corner to Independent and then to the Pioneer Football League where nobody offers athletic scholarships for football. It is the only NCAA DI conference in the nation like that - we can lose all our non-conference games (hopefully, a few “money” games), then win 3 or 4 conference games, and consider it an OK season.
We clearly are not going to beat many (any?) teams that offer scholarships for football.
We stand a chance against teams that do not offer scholarships for football - IF, and this is a gigantic if, the PC program heavily recruits South Carolina and Georgia. It’s going to have to find a special kind of player -- a player who has not invested his whole playing life in becoming a scholarship student-athlete.
Then, it’s going to have to develop that player, and hope he gets bigger, stronger, faster.
PC Football’s final three opponents of this season are: Nov. 9, Gardner Webb; Nov. 16, Charleston Southern; Nov. 23, St. Andrews. All three games are at HOME. We will need a full house at each game to facilitate a win.
The last time PC won a football game was Thursday, Sept. 28, 2018, 10-0, over Lindsey Wilson College. In fact, it was back-to-back wins for the Blue Hose, which defeated Bluefield College the week before, 41-10.
Since then, PC has not gotten even close to 41 points.
Back to now - Akron has the longest losing streak in FBS - 13. Three teams in the two divisions, FCS and FBS, have 10+ game losing streaks; they are New Mexico St., Texas Southern and Eastern Illinois.
The PC Football 2020 schedule is not yet posted on-line. We believe they have scheduled Erskine, the Due West college that is resurrecting football after a long absence. We believe they should look into scheduling Anderson University, which will start its first-ever football program in 2021. PC lost a golden opportunity to schedule Limestone before their football program got good (recruiting powerful Gaffney High School). In 2020, PC should schedule Georgia Southern for a game here - quarterback Shai Werts’ fans would turn out to see the Clinton-Newberry product play, if he decides to return for his senior season.
Of course, Presbyterian College Football should schedule Newberry College Football - we’ve outlined the reasons for that game many times.
PC Football clings to the belief that, some day, they are going to defeat a DI program that offers athletic scholarships. That might be true - if they schedule Akron. A lot of this is tied up in money.
If PC schedules a top-tier DI FCS team, it gets paid; if it schedules a DII or DIII opponent, it pays them - these are the teams we can beat, maybe (with the exception of Valdosta State).
The simple question is this, does PC have the will any more to invest money in football.
HOME THIS SATURDAY:
The Presbyterian College football team return home for their first home game since Oct. 19 on Saturday when they welcome in Gardner-Webb for a 1 pm kickoff at Bailey Memorial Stadium. The game will be shown on ESPN+ and broadcasted on WPCC 96.5 FM and Fox Sports 98.3 FM.
WHAT: Presbyterian (0-9, 0-4 Big South) vs Gardner-Webb (3-6, 1-3 Big South)
WHERE: Bailey Memorial Stadium (Clinton, S.C.)
WHEN: Saturday, November 9th (1:00 pm)
THE SERIES: Gardner-Webb leads 23-19
LAST MEETING: In the 2018 meeting, the Bulldogs picked up a 38-20 win over the Blue Hose in Boiling Springs. In the contest, wide receiver Keith Pearson caught seven passes for 103 yards and linebacker Colby Campbell led the defense with 11 tackles.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
WATCH: ESPN+ (Chris Doski, John Orck)
LIVE STATS: Statbroadcast.com
Last Time Out
• The Presbyterian College football team dropped its 2019 road finale on Saturday by the count of 40-17 against the host Hampton in Big South action.
• Keith Pearson led the offense with eight catches for a career-high 116 yards.
• Colby Campbell led the defense with his seventh 10+ tackle performance of the season with 10 tackles and a tackle for loss.
Campbell Continues To Write History
• On Saturday, junior Colby Campbell became the sixth Blue Hose in D1 history to record 100+ tackles in a season with his 10 tackles at Hampton.
• Campbell sits fourth in the D1 career record book for tackles with 215. He needs 43 more tackles to jump Ed Britt for third on the list.
• Linebacker Colby Campbell needs just nine tackles to set the Blue Hose D1 single season record for tackles in a season. Campbell currently has 106 tackles on the year and would pass Antwan Thomas for most tackles in a season with 114.
• Campbell needs just two more sacks to surpass Adam McKinnet for the Blue Hose D1 single season record for sacks in a season. Campbell enters play on Saturday with 6.0 sacks on the season.
Jeter Racking Up The Yards
• Sophomore running back Jarius Jeter sits fifth in the league averaging 67.3 yards per game. He's fifth in yards with 606 yards on the season.
• He has had 100 yard games three times this year and he is one of only four running backs in the league to eclipse the 100-yard mark 3+ times this season.
• Jeter is tied for fifth in the Blue Hose D1 record book with his three 100 yard games.
Blue Hose in the Ranks
• Colby Campbell is currently leading the league with 106 tackles on the season and is averaging a conference-high 11.8 tackles per game.
• Jarrett Nagy ranks fourth with 75 tackles on the year.
• Campbell is second in the conference with 11.0 tackles for loss. He is also second with 6 sacks on the season.
• Jarius Jeter sits fifth in the league with 67.3 yards per game and 606 rushing yards on the season.
• Keith Pearson is third in the league with 5.1 catches per game.
• Dohnte Meyers is tied for ninth with four receiving scores after his 42-yard touchdown reception against Hampton.
Scouting the Runnin' Bulldogs
• Gardner-Webb enters at a 3-6 clip following a tough 30-27 loss to Charleston Southern last time out.
• Kalen Whitlow leads the GWU offense with 1431 yards passing and 13 touchdowns.
• Jayln Cagle leads the Bulldog backfield with 778 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns.
• Izaiah Gathings has 666 receiving yards and seven touchdowns to lead GWU wideouts.
• Gardner-Webb's defense is led by Darien Reynolds with 97 total tackles and 3.0 tckles for loss. Cade Hamilton is second with 62 tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss.
• Presbyterian continues its three-game home stand next Saturday when the Blue Hose welcome in Charleston Southern to Bailey Memorial Stadium for a 1 pm kick. The game will be shown on ESPN+ and broadcasted on WPCC 96.5 FM and Fox Sports 98.3 FM.