A rare Thursday night season-opener for the Dins at Paladin Stadium brought a new sense of hope for Furman football fans. A 52-0 demolition of the local North Greenville Crusaders shed new light on the rejuvenated and energized Furman football squad. The Dins came out strong out of the locker room and never looked back, quickly running away with the game by halftime.
Notable performances include graduate transfer QB Tyler Huff, who led the team in passing (2 TDs on 10/12 passing, 189 yds). His feet worked just as well as his arms, as he also led the team in rushing (94 yds, 1 TD on 5 ATT). His pocket awareness was highly touted as well, being able to scramble quickly out of the pocket, as it seemed he had a sixth sense for the footsteps coming behind him.
TE Ryan Miller also caught a few darts over the top from Huff, leading the team in receiving yards. On the defensive side of the ball, CB Cally Chizik could nab an interception and run it back fifty-six yards to the house. DT Trey Rogers also recovered two fumbles to accompany the already lights-out Paladin defense.
The Dins look next week to another local team, the Clemson Tigers. Ranked #4 in the Associated Press poll, Head Coach Dabo Swiney looks to lead the Tigers to an ACC Championship and a potential College Football play-off berth. The Dins hope to focus more on conference play, which brings on September 17 at East Tennessee State. This upcoming game against the Tigers in Death Valley will be invaluable to the Paladins, as gaining experience from this game will help them drastically down the road. Go Dins!