Sunday, August 31, 2014

Spoiling a Chanticleer homecoming

Liberty looks to extend its winning streak when they travel to rival Coastal Carolina in a key conference game

In last year’s game against rival Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, the Flames won 63-27 in front of a homecoming crowd. This year, Liberty enters a hostile environment against a Chanticleers team with nothing but revenge on its mind.

Liberty has won the last three out of four meetings against Coastal.

Ground Attack

The Flames are riding a three-game winning streak, and the key to their recent success is the participation of running backs Aldreakis Allen and Sirchauncey Holloway. Two weeks ago, both running backs eclipsed the 100-yard mark against Presbyterian. The two almost pulled off the same feat against the Concord Mountain Lions.

Combined, Allen and Holloway have rushed for 1,215 yards and 10 touchdowns for the year. They also combine for 1,428 all-purpose yards. Over the last two games, quarterback Josh Woodrum has been able to manage the offense behind a solid running game. Coastal Carolina also has a poor run defense, which allows 189 yards per game. The Flames game plan will be to exploit this weakness.

Woodrum’s Progress

In his first season as the Flames starting quarterback, Woodrum has put up decent numbers. Over the course of the season, he has thrown for over 300 yards. In five starts, he also produced 1,359 yards in the air with eight touchdowns and has a 73.5 passing percentage. The only thing that has plagued the redshirt-freshman had been turnovers. In those five starts, Woodrum also has five interceptions.

Chanticleer Offense

Chanticleer quarterback and South Carolina transfer Aramis Hillary has been efficient in his seven starts. Hillary has thrown for 1,657 yards and has 11 touchdowns and four interceptions on the season.

Coastal Carolina has many wide receivers who contribute to their offense. The Chanticleers have five receivers with over 15 receptions. They have also found new life in the running game. Against Virginia Military Institute, the Chanticleers also ran for more than 300 yards in its 34-7 victory.

The Flames travel to Coastal Carolina Saturday, Oct. 27. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

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