COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Charleston Southern is coming off the high of one of the biggest wins the Buccaneers have ever had to a different kind of emotion of playing a team full of friends.
The Buccaneers take on North Greenville on Saturday, the Division II team coach Jamey Chadwell was with just two years ago.
"It's a team we all know pretty well. A lot of our staff coached at North Greenville. We have guys who played there. They gave me my first start at the head job. I have a lot of love and respect for what they do," Chadwell said.
In other games involving South Carolina's Football Championship Subdivision teams Presbyterian travels to Wofford; Furman hosts Elon; The Citadel is at home with Appalachian State; and South Carolina State plays North Carolina A&T at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
In North Charleston, Charleston Southern (5-0) wants to maintain its sudden popularity on campus by beating North Greenville (4-0).
The Buccaneers beat Appalachian State last week, and several dozen fans were waiting when the bus rolled into campus after midnight to celebrate perhaps the school's biggest win since Charleston Southern beat Coastal Carolina in two overtimes in the last game of the 2005 season to win the Big South Conference title.
"There is a great buzz on our campus for football right now," Chadwell said.
Chadwell coached at the Division II school for three seasons, winning 20 of his last 26 games. The Crusaders already have defeated one FCS team, knocking off VMI 37-24.
"I know they love to play," Chadwell said. "They are going to come down here believing they can win the game."
In Spartanburg, Wofford (2-2) hopes to bounce back from a tough loss as they take on Presbyterian (1-3).
The Terriers had a bye week after a 3-0 loss to Gardner-Webb in a driving rainstorm. Coach Mike Ayers could sense his Terriers were frustrated and he sent them home for the off week with specific instructions.
"I told them when they left — don't even think about football. Just rest and relax. Go home, spend some time with your folks, get some home cooking and come back and get ready for phase two," Ayers said.
Playing the Blue Hose has its benefits, he said.
"It's an opportunity to get that last taste of defeat out of your system and move on," he said.
Both teams spent a long time in Division II and have quite a history. Presbyterian leads the series 40-39-3, but the Terriers have won three in a row.
Presbyterian coach Harold Nichols said he knows Wofford and its triple option offense well enough to have not made a real complicated game plan this week.
"If you go in trying to do too much, you are going to hurt yourself," Nichols said.
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