Dropping its first two games of the season, Campbell (0-2) looks to catch a win Saturday when it hosts former Big South Conference opponent Presbyterian College.
BUIES CREEK — Dropping its first two games of the season, Campbell (0-2) looks to catch a win Saturday when it hosts former Big South Conference opponent Presbyterian College.
The non-league matchup marks a second-straight home contest after CU played five consecutive road games dating back to last season’s shortened slate.
The Camels’ home debut was spoiled by Elon as they saw a double-digit lead vanish in the fourth quarter, eventually leading to a 24-23 loss.
Caleb Snead hauled in two more touchdowns with 62 yards on three catches, including CU’s final score of the evening to draw them within a point. The redshirt senior now owns seven receptions for 132 yards with three TDs this season, and has posted 18 career touchdowns in only 22 games.
Campbell coach Mike Minter took a concerned tone in the postgame press conference last Saturday and was candid about Snead having a bigger role in the offensive gameplan each week.
“I mean, you see what he can do. The man caught three balls and two of them were touchdowns. It’s tough to guard this guy,” Minter said.
“We got to make it tough on corners and defenses. We got to make them double him all night long – not just sometimes – all night. We got to force the issue, I believe, in those situations with him.”
Meanwhile, Hajj-Malik Williams surpassed 3,000 career passing yards, becoming the second Campbell quarterback to hit the milestone. But, Williams and company also suffered two costly turnovers in the fourth period.
A standout special teams effort saw Reece Moulton notch Campbell’s first blocked punt since 2019. It was just the second time the Camels have blocked both a field goal and a punt in the same game.
The Camels defense showed grit on third- and fourth-down situations, but ultimately allowed Elon to total 382 yards from scrimmage.
Phoenix quarterback Davis Cheek completed 22-of-37 passes for 269 yards and two scores, nearly outpacing Campbell’s 282 yards.
Off to a 2-0 start, Presbyterian has outscored its opponents 152-46 the past two weeks.
PC quarterback Ren Hefley is averaging 443 passing yards per game, tossing 14 touchdowns on the season, including 10 against St. Andrews. Matthew Rivera and Jalyn Witcher have combined for seven TDs and 391 receiving yards.
“You are not gonna get a break with them. It’s like 7-on-7 with 11 people on the field,” Minter said about the high-octane offense. “It’s non-stop action and so, it’s not gonna be a regular football game.”
On defense, Jayden Martin notched a team-high 12 tackles with an interception.
Still a Big South member in other sports, PC and Campbell matched up as conference foes in 2018 and 2019, with the Camels winning both bouts. The Blue Hose, however, lead the all-time series 3-2, taking the first three matchups.
PC was originally scheduled to make a trip to Buies Creek in 2020, but the game was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Single-game tickets for each of Campbell’s home dates this season are on sale at www.gocamels.com/Tickets, as well as in person at the CU Athletics Ticket Office.
Watch the Camels take on the Blue Hose on ESPN+, or listen locally at 88.3 WUAW FM.
Kickoff from Barker-Lane Stadium is set for 6 p.m.
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