Here come the Owls.
Kennesaw State, the reigning Big South champion, will arrive at Bailey Memorial Stadium bearing a No. 4 national NCAA Football Championship Subdivision ranking, a 5-1 record and a 45-23 victory over Charleston Southern in its back pocket. Presbyterian (0-6, 0-2) is appropriately celebrating Homecoming, having played three consecutive games on the road and been outscored in them by a combined score of 114-35, in the 2:30 p.m. game on Saturday.
The Blue Hose haven’t scored against the Owls since 2016 and fell 56-0 last year and 28-0 the year before. With scholarships gradually diminishing, PC is leaving football competition in the Big South at year’s end, and all they can do is man the Bailey ramparts as best they can.
After Homecoming, Presbyterian goes back on the road for two more weeks, then finishes the season with consecutive home games against Gardner-Webb, Charleston Southern and St. Andrews.
The Blue Hose’ leading tackler, junior Colby Campbell (Montmorenci/South Aiken High), will be busy. He has made 10 or more tackles in six of his past nine games. He’s averaging 10.7.
Jarius Jeter (Pacolet/Broome) has rushed for 427 yards, and Keith Pearson (Enoree/Woodruff) leads the team with 32 catches.
Two Kennesaw State rushers, Bronson Rechsteiner and Isaac Foster, have combined for 967 yards. The Owls average 365.2 yards on the ground, No. 1 in all of FCS. The Owls are seeking their 12th consecutive Big South victory and a third straight conference championship.
Kennesaw State also leads the FCS in total defense, yielding 255.8 yards a game. Its only loss was in overtime, 26-23 against Kent State on Sept. 7. Head coach Brian Bohannon, who initiated the KSU football program, is 42-13 in five years.