Fourth-quarter rally pushes Panthers past Campbell in season opener, 12-6

Box Score

BUIES CREEK, N.C. A one-yard rush from sophomore quarterback Joe Thigpen and a 48-yard pass from Thigpen to freshman receiver Luke Chapman, both in the fourth quarter, lifted the Birmingham-Southern (1-0) football team to a 12-6 victory over Campbell (0-1) in the season opener for both teams, Saturday, at the newly minted Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C.

The Panthers had a few miscues early.  A fumble by sophomore wide receiver, Michael Franklin, on BSC’s first drive of the game; and a couple of missed field goals in the second quarter put BSC in an early hole.  Campbell would strike first off a 30-yard field goal with only eight seconds remaining in the first quarter, capping a 14-play, 67-yard drive for the Camels.

Coach Garfinkle must have said something really inspiring in the locker room at the half, because the fourth quarter was all Panther.  A 3rd-and-5 completion from quarterback Joe Thigpen to Tay Walker as the third quarter expired would keep the drive alive going into the final frame.  Eight plays later the Panthers would score the first touchdown of the game off a 1-yard rush from Thigpen to give BSC a 6-3 lead.  The rest of BSC’s points would come five minutes later off a 48-yard bomb from Thigpen to freshman Luke Chapman who took it all the way in for six.

The Panther defense deserves a lot of credit for keeping Campbell out of the end zone for the entire game.  They piled up five sacks for 32 yards, four break-ups and an interception from Brad Stockdale at the end of the game to seal the victory for Birmingham-Southern.

BSC will return to the grid-iron next Saturday, September 6 at Vestavia Hills High School, kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 noon.