Football mutes Marshall offense

The Chanticleers marched into Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Oct. 29 and came away with a 24-13 victory to improve to a 7-1 record on the season.

The Chanticleer offense came sprinting out of the gates, jumping out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead. Quarterback Grayson McCall was responsible for two of the three scores, one being a two-yard run and another via a 37-yard pass to tight end Jacob Jenkins. Quarterback Bryce Carpenter was responsible for the other touchdown on a three yard run.

Like other games, however, the offense stalled after its explosive first quarter. Scoring just three points on a single field goal the rest of the game, the Chants’ defense came up big to hold the Thundering Herd to only 13 points.

Nonetheless, this win on the road was exactly what the Chants were looking for to gain momentum heading into their last four games of the season.

Junior Luke Lehrmann was optimistic about the outcome of the game, expressing a sense of understanding about the lack of offensive performance and cited Marshall’s top 25 defense in the nation.

“They forced Coastal’s defense to show up and I think that this might have been their best defensive outing this year as they gave up just 13 points,” Lehrmann said. “The defense needs to take this week’s performance against Marshall and continue to do what they did against App State, who has a much more explosive offense and will be more difficult to contain.”

The football team will next face off against the Appalachian State University Mountaineers on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.