DELAND, Fla. – Presbyterian hardly needed an offense to defeat Stetson 26-3 on Saturday.
Led by sophomore defensive back Jeffrey Smyth, who returned not one but two interceptions for touchdowns, the Blue Hose won decisively a game that was shaped by defense and special teams.
PC’s first score was a kickoff return of 88 yards by Oka Emmanwori in the first quarter after the Hatters opened the scoring with a 33-yard Cameron Gillis field goal.
Stetson (0-3) never led again.
Smyth, from Beaufort, is the second Presbyterian player to record 2 interceptions in a single game (Div. I era, 2007-), let alone return both of them for scores, striking from 30 and 52 yards. His was the PC first pick-6 since 2018.
Emmanwori’s kickoff return was the first such score since 2013. Colby Campbell tied the (modern) school record for sacks with his 13th and had 14 total stops.
Of course, Presbyterian and Stetson did field offenses, but both shone brightest when the other had the ball. The Hatters outrushed the Blue Hose, 174-118, led by Jordan Younge-Humphrey with 96 yards, but the starting quarterback, Alex Piccirilli, connected on only 7 of 22 throws for 64 yards.
Quarterback Tyler Huff, back from a week’s quarantine, passed for 166 yards, 91 of them attributed to Keith Pearson’s 6 receptions. The latest total put Pearson over 2,000 yards in his record-setting career. Delvecchio Powell III rushed for 82.
Though he missed an extra point, Parker Maddrey kicked field goals of 33 and 21 yards.
PC wraps up its home schedule next Saturday, April 10, at 1 p.m. when Davidson visits Clinton for an encore of the teams’ game, won by the Wildcats, earlier in the year.