Led by quarterback Tyler Huff and ubiquitous linebacker Colby Campbell, Presbyterian snapped a 16-game losing streak and a 10-game dry spell in the Big South Conference with a 24-14 victory over Gardner-Webb at Bailey Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Huff rushed for 86 yards in 15 carries and passed for 145 yards, hitting 15 out of 24 passes. Campbell made 11 tackles, giving him 117 for the season.
The Bulldogs bookended the Blue Hose conference victories. Presbyterian ended the 2017 season with a 31-21 victory over Gardner-Webb. Next week’s visit by Charleston Southern will mark PC’s final football game in the conference. The rest of the Blue Hose athletics teams will remain in the conference while football makes a transition into the Pioneer Football League in 2021.
Presbyterian (1-9, 1-4 Big South) held Gardner-Webb (3-7, 1-4) to just 36 rushing yards. Statistically, the game was a stalemate as the Bulldogs had 278 yards of offense to the Blue Hose’ 274.
Two Gardner-Webb quarterbacks, Kalen Whitlow and Keegan Smith, combined for 25 completions in 39 attempts for 242 yards, but each threw a pair of interceptions, as did PC’s Huff.
Gardner-Webb took a 14-10 lead to halftime, but Presbyterian blanked the Bulldogs during the final two quarters and executed two touchdown drives, one of which was the team’s longest of the season in plays (15), yards (80) and time of possession (8:19).
Parker Maddrey put the Blue Hose on the board first with a 27-yard field goal with 7:19 left in the first quarter. The Bulldogs responded with a 10-yard, Whitlow-to-Izaiah Gathings, score.
Donte Meyers hauled in a 12-yard pass from Huff to put the Blue Hose back on top, but G-W scored in the final minute of the half on A.J. Moses’ 1-yard run.
That was it for the Bulldogs.
Presbyterian scored in the second half on TD runs of one yard by Jarius Jeter and four by Huff.
Gathings and Devron Harper each caught 10 passes for the Bulldogs. Keith Pearson snagged six of Huff’s completions and Meyers caught five.
Presbyterian continues its three-game, concluding homestand next Saturday when the Blue Hose welcome Charleston Southern to Bailey Memorial Stadium for a 1 p.m. kick. The game will be shown on ESPN+ and broadcast on WPCC 96.5 FM and Fox Sports 98.3 FM.