Charleston Southern’s young football team begins a stretch of three straight road games Saturday when it plays Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C.
This will be the first true road trip for the Buccaneers this season. They opened the season with a 32-29 victory at The Citadel, which amounted to a 20-minute bus ride to Johnson Hagood Stadium. Last week, CSU improved to 2-0 with a 23-15 home win over Shorter.
CSU visits Campbell for a 6 p.m. kickoff. The Bucs then play at Norfolk State (Sept. 21) and Appalachian State (Sept. 28).
First-year head coach Jamey Chadwell is interested to see how his team handles playing on the road.
“I’m looking forward to being on the road, a real road trip,” said Chadwell. “We’ve got three in a row coming up. I think this will be good for us in terms of continuing to create the type of chemistry that we’re working on with this group.
“When you go on the road, you have to rely on a closeness and a bond to overcome the adversity of a road game in a hostile environment.”
Campbell, a non-scholarship FCS program that competes in the Pioneer League, is 1-1 this season and opened the home portion of its schedule with a 56-21 win over Virginia-Wise before a crowd of nearly 6,000 fans last week. Campbell head coach Mike Minter, a former Nebraska All-American and 10-year NFL veteran, is in his first season as the head coach.
Chadwell scoffs at the idea that his team is favored just because his program offers scholarships.
“For us, for where we are at in terms of developing this program, there is no game on our schedule that we have circled as a win,” he said. “We are still growing and learning as a team and we know that we have to show up Saturday night and play well.”
Campbell set school records last week with 659 yards in total offense and 513 rushing yards.
“They’re a typical pro-type, power football team and they are very physical,” said Chadwell. “They come right at you, offensively and defensively. It’s definitely a challenge for us. They have created a lot of excitement in the community and their campus so it will be a hostile environment.”
For Chadwell, this week is another opportunity for his young team to show improvement and consistency. While the defense has created some turnovers and is playing fairly well through two games, the CSU offense has struggled to find consistent production for an entire game.
“We had a good half against The Citadel and a good half against Shorter, but that’s not going to cut it for us,” the coach said. “We continue to work very hard to see if we can put together four quarters. I’m interested to see what kind of offense we can be with a four-quarter effort.”