Colby Campbell had a lot of tackles Saturday, and there were a lot of tackles to be had.
The NCAA Football Championship Subdivision’s fourth-ranked football team came to Bailey Memorial Stadium for Presbyterian’s Homecoming. Kennesaw State (6-1, 2-0 Big South) left with a 55-10 victory.
Campbell, a junior linebacker from Montmorenci, made 20 stops, the most by a player since PC moved into Division I.
The Owls scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters, leading 28-10 at half, and then vanquished the Blue Hose with 27 third-quarter points. KSU put eight rushers in double-figure yards, adding up to 275, and quarterback Tommy Bryant completed three passes, all for touchdowns, in four tries.
For all that, statistics were not that lopsided. Kennesaw gained 362 total yards. Presbyterian (0-7, 0-3) had 219, but the Blue Hose lost three fumbles, and one of Tyler Huff’s passes was intercepted. Jarius Jeter rushed for 58 yards, and the Blue Hose’ leading receiver, Keith Pearson, threw the only touchdown pass, a 35-yarder to Dohnte Meyers.
Kennesaw State scored four touchdowns via the rush, three via the pass and one via a fumble return.
A week earlier, PC lost at Monmouth. On Saturday, Kennesaw visited. Next week the Blue Hose travel to Merrimack. It reads like a tour of battlefields.
The Merrimack Warriors reside in North Andover, Mass., and the kickoff there will be at 1 p.m.