A 28-14 loss at Campbell at least brought a bad pattern to an end for the Presbyterian College football team.
Since an opening season 45-7 loss to Mercer – a game that wasn’t even scheduled until the opener at Stetson was canceled – the Blue Hose lost in succession by margins of 10 (30-20), 15 (35-10) and 20 (41-21) points. A two-touchdown loss to the Camels at least turned that progression around a bit.
PC (0-5, 0-1 Big South) goes on the road for the third consecutive week for a 1 p.m. game at Monmouth, a school that is part of the Big South in spite of being located in West Long Branch, N.J.
The game will be played at the Hawks’ Kessler Stadium.
Monmouth (3-2, 0-0) opens its conference schedule against Presbyterian, with whom it holds a 3-2 series advantage. The Hawks defeated the Blue Hose 24-14 last year. PC’s most recent win was by a score of 17-13 in 2016.
Thus far, Monmouth has lost to an FBS team, Western Michigan (48-13), and an FCS power, Montana (47-27), while defeating Lafayette (24-21), Albany (38-35) and Wagner (16-14).
Monmouth boasts the Big South’s leading rusher in Pete Guerriero with 534 yards. The quarterback’s no slacker, either. Kenji Bahar has passed for 1,288 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Blue Hose have the conference’s leading tackler in linebacker Colby Campbell, who is averaging 11.6 per game, and its second leading receiver in Keith Pearson with 5.6 catches per game. Running back Jarius Jeter is fourth among Big South rushers with 79.0 yards per game and 395 total.
The Blue Hose will return to Bailey Memorial Stadium on Oct. 19 for a 2:30 p.m. game against Kennesaw State.