The Campbellsville football team is back on the road for the second-straight week as it travels to Ave Maria, Florida to face Ave Maria University on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ET from Gyrene Field.
Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs to the game, as seating space will be limited due to bleacher damage from Hurricane Irma. There will be no admission charged for the game, but there is a $10 charge for parking. Saturday’s game was originally scheduled for Sept. 16, but the landfall of Hurricane Irma forced the game to be postponed.
Fans can tune into the CU Sports Network, 88.7 The Tiger, starting at 9:30 a.m. ET with The Tiger Tailgate Show. In addition, Ave Maria is providing live video.
Campbellsville is off to its best start since 1991 and enters the contest with a record of 5-0. The Tigers picked up a 48-7 win over Cincinnati Christian University last week to stay unbeaten. Following the victory, the Tigers moved into the top 25 of the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time since the 2016 preseason rating.
In Campbellsville’s last game, it generated 264 rushing yards and 254 passing yards – which was the first time the Tigers racked up more rushing yards then passing yards since Sept. 19, 2015 against Union College. Hunter Brown threw for 242 yards in just over two quarters of work. Brown also completed 20-of-25 passes, tossed four touchdown passes and rushed in for a score.
On defense, Campbellsville allowed the Eagles to cross midfield just five times in 14 drives with the last three occurrences coming off Tiger turnovers in their own end.
During the first five games this season, Brown has guided Campbellsville to the best passing attack in the nation with a NAIA-best 370 passing yards per game, while Brown leads the nation as individual with 357.6 passing yards per game. Keanu Young has caught 37 passes for the Tigers this season for 430 yards – both lead the team. In the running game, Wade Holtsclaw has racked up 365 yards and seven touchdowns for Campbellsville. His seven touchdowns are career best and he is also tied for the team lead with 42 points with Bradley Bates.
Justin Manning and BJ Pelt have anchored the Campbellsville defense this season. Manning is second in the nation and tops in the Mid-South Conference with 13 tackles per game. Pelt have five interceptions this season, which is second country and his interception per game is tops in the NAIA.
Ave Maria is 2-4 on the season and dropped it last two games after starting the season 2-2. The Gyrenes lost their last game to Warner University 30-23 on the road. Ave Maria scored the first 16 points of the game before the Royals scored 30-striaght points. The Gyrenes scored with 59 seconds to play and recovered the ensuing kickoff, but a late interception put an end to the comeback attempt.
Randy Schroeder leads Ave Maria this season with 840 passing yards and five touchdowns, but he has thrown nine interceptions and completed 51.5 percent of his passes. Brian Byrd has six of the team’s eight receiving touchdowns this season, while Mahlique Booth has 177 yards on the ground. Booth is one of three Gyrene running backs with over 100 yards rushing this season.
Jordan Barrow leads the Ave Maria defense with five interceptions in six games this season to rank second in the nation. He also is tied for fourth on the team with 23 tackles. Sharmoni St. Kitts leads the Gyrenes with 38 tackles and Shar’Quez Hamilton has nine tackles for loss – three sacks – for Ave Maria.
This is the first all-time meeting between Ave Maria and Campbellsville. The Gyrenes are the 56th different opponent the Tigers will face in program history. Campbellsville is 27-28 against teams for the first time.
The Tigers are making their third trip to the state of Florida, where they are currently 0-2 in games played in the state. Campbellsville’s last two games in Florida came against Webber International University, where the Warriors defeated the Tigers in 2006 (36-0) and 2015 (35-25).
First kick on Saturday is set for 10 a.m. ET from Gyrene Field in Ave Maria, Fla.
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