Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville football hits the road for the third time this season, traveling to Kennesaw, Georgia to take on the Owls of Kennesaw State University.
The Owls are a NCAA FCS (Football Championship Series) team, competing in the Big South Conference with the likes of Presbyterian, Wofford, and Charleston Southern. Saturday’s meeting will be the first between the two programs.
The Owls enter the weekend matchup against the Crusaders with a 2-1 record, their only loss coming to Samford back on August 31st while North Greenville enters the game at with a 3-1 mark after last week’s win over Limestone.
The Kennesaw State Offense
The Owls are scoring 23.3 points per game thus far, scoring six touchdowns on the ground compared to just two through the air. They do most of their damage on the ground, averaging 284.3 yards rushing with a 5.5-yard average, relying on a three-headed monster to get the job done.
Chandler Burks, Darnell Holland, and Shaquil Terry all have at least 100-yards this season led by Burcks who carries the load with 233. Burks has yet to find the end-zone though, a category led by Jake McKenzie and Trey Chivers who have two each. Holland and Terry both have a touchdown each as well.
Burks doubles as the team’s quarterback, dropping in 20-completions on 39-attempts. He has thrown for 339-yards so far this year with a touchdown. Jake McKenzie also has a passing touchdown for the Owls as one of the team’s running backs. Burks has also thrown an interception this season.
His favorite target early on has been Justin Sumpter, a redshirt junior from Tyrone, Georgia. Sumpter is a large target for Burks, standing at 6-3. He has reeled in nine catches this season for 167-yards and a touchdown. TJ Reed accounts for the only other receiving touchdown for the Owls, and has five receptions on the season.
The Kennesaw State Defense
The Owls defense has been the strength of the team this season, allowing just 18.7 points a game while holding teams to 308-yards a contest. Kennesaw’s front seven has been solid, allowing just 76.3 yards on the ground per game. Teams have however had some success through the air against Kennesaw’s secondary, tossing the rock for 232.33 yards a game.
The defense is led by a solid linebacking corps including leading tackler Bryson Armstrong is the team’s leading tackler with 31. Armstrong seems to always be around the ball, picking off two passes and recovering a pair of fumbles. He’s also a threat to quarterbacks, leading the team with three sacks.
Izzy Sam and Anthony Gore are second on the team with 24 and 17 tackles respectively. Each also has a sack for the Owls. Justin Marcus and Paris Bostick are also two names the NGU offensive line will watch for. Both have two sacks on the season for Kennesaw.
The pass defense has been a weak spot, but the Owls do have seven interceptions on the season. As mentioned above, two belong to Bryson Armstrong, but Keon Roman also has a pair of his own. Roman also has a break-up.
Last Time Out
- First Meeting
How to Follow
Saturday's game is scheduled for a 3:30 pm kickoff and will be broadcast live on the Peachtree TV Network. Fans can also follow the action live by clicking one of the links provided below.