CLINTON, S.C. (Presbyterian College) – The Presbyterian College football team rolled to a Homecoming victory on Saturday, knocking off the visiting Point Skyhawks at Bailey Memorial Stadium, 49-19.
PC improves to 3-4 on the year and will host Charleston Southern in a Big South Conference showdown on Saturday, November 2 at 2 p.m. Point falls to 3-5 overall.
The Blue Hose scored a touchdown on each of their first four drives for a 35-3 lead at halftime en route to the victory. The final score marked the second straight game with 49 points for PC, tied for the most in a single Division I game in program history.
PC’s rushing attack and offensive line carried the day. The Blue Hose racked up 341 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, two Division I records for the program. Blake Roberts (Cumming, Ga.) set a new career-high with 146 yards on 12 attempts to lead the rushing corps and LaQua Mayes (Rose Hill, Kan.) picked up 89 yards on nine careers to set a new career-best while at PC. Two of PC’s rushing touchdowns came from wide receivers Tobi Antigha (Tampa, Fla.) and Arthur Williams (Baxley, Ga.).
Quarterback Heys McMath (Savannah, Ga.) went 9-for-10 with two touchdowns and 160 yards before Tamyn Garrick (Williston, S.C.) came in to go 3-for-4 with four yards. The Blue Hose threw only two incompletions on the day. Jeremiah McKie (Mauldin, S.C.) caught five passes for 82 yards and Antigha hauled in two for 63 yards. Both receivers grabbed one touchdown apiece. PC did not commit a turnover or allow a sack.
Defensively, Fred Marshall (Ocilila, Ga.) and Mitchell Anderson (Tucker, Ga.) each contributed eight total tackles. Darius Norfleet (Memphis, Tenn.) and Derrick Washington (Milledgeville, Ga.) each picked up a sack and Kevin Crawford (Advance, N.C.) grabbed an interception.
PC wasted little time drawing first blood, scoring on its sixth offensive play of the day. McMath found McKie on a short route and the junior receiver did the rest, hugging the left sideline on the way to paydirt. Key blocking made the play happen, particularly a big block from Antigha to spring McKie for the score. The play gave PC a 7-0 lead with 11:04 left in the first quarter.
The Skyhawks answered on the next series. A 49-yard screen pass to Rufus Mason set up Point for a 27-yard field goal and the visitors converted, cutting into PC’s lead for a 7-3 score midway through the first quarter. Mason ended the day with 80 yards on 27 attempts.
PC turned to its wide receivers again for another touchdown on its next drive. A 28-yard rush from Demarcus Rouse (North Augusta, S.C.) put the Blue Hose in the red zone and the offense handed the ball to Antigha on the following play. The receiver found room through the middle and stretched over the goal line for a 16-yard rushing score to extend PC’s lead to 14-3 with 3:59 remaining in the opening quarter. The play marked Antigha’s second straight game with a rushing touchdown.
Another big Blue Hose run gave PC another crack on the end zone. Roberts took the ball 59 yards into the red zone and Seth Moreland (Conway, S.C.) took it from there, running three straight times to take the ball in and give PC a 21-3 lead shortly before the end of the first quarter.
Special teams came up big for PC to start the second quarter as Ed Britt (Greensboro, N.C.) blocked a 50-yard point field goal attempt and Joshua Polk (Lithonia, Ga.) scooped up the loose ball and ran it all the way to the Point seven yard-line. The Blue Hose cashed in immediately, handing the ball to Williams for a short touchdown rush. PC led, 28-3, on the second play of the second quarter.
The PC defense halted a promising Point drive midway through the quarter. On the 12th play of the series, Crawford stepped in front of a Jeremy Uzee pass at the PC 10 for his first career interception to give the ball back to the Blue Hose. Uzee finished with 181 yards passing before Kier Houston came in to throw two touchdowns and 138 yards on a 8-for-14 performance.
PC capped the first half with its fifth touchdown of the game late in the quarter. The Blue Hose used nine plays to march 73 yards—helped by a 25-yard rush by Mayes—and Rouse went head-over-heels on a one-yard rush to give PC a 35-3 edge heading into the halftime break.
The Blue Hose struck quickly to start the second half, taking the opening drive 79 yards on five plays for a score. McMath connected with Antigha and the receiver sped down the left side for a 37-yard touchdown, his second time in the end zone and first receiving score of the day.
Point picked up a touchdown midway through the third quarter, taking the ball methodically down the field on a 14-play, 73-yard drive that ended with a Kier Houston 12-yard pass to William Eichman in the back of the end zone. The play cut into the PC lead, 42-10.
The Skyhawks followed up with a 23-yard field goal at the nine-minute mark of the fourth quarter to make it 42-13. Point appeared headed for the end zone, chugging down the field on 10 plays, but the PC defense repelled the visitors inside the red zone to force the field goal.
Mayes capped the day with a 10-yard rush on a short drive thanks to a big McKie punt return to ice the victory, 49-13. Point converted a short passing touchdown to Antony Armstong with 2.3 seconds left to take the score to its final tally, 49-29.
PC honored its Homecoming Court at halftime and named Maggie Carson the 2013 Homecoming Queen. Carson represented Sigma Sigma Sigma. Dr. Roy Campbell (History department) and Ms. Yolanda Cancel (Sodexo) were named this year’s Mr. and Ms. Blue Hose.