Furman compiled a 2-1 record in a short round-robin tournament Feb. 22 hosted by the Citadel.
They bested the College of Charleston from start to finish 24-5 in the first contest. The team moved the ball very well and dominated set pieces.
In the second contest Furman was frustrated by Coastal Carolina, dropping a 5-3 decision. Furman missed one makeable penalty kick and squandered several scoring opportunities while the Chanticleers took advantage of their foray into Furman territory.
The pace of the contest, filled with scrums and penalties, prevented the Paladins from finding any offensive rhythm.
In the final contest, the Paladins roared out to 17-0 lead over the Citadel but surrendered two late trys to the feisty cadets for 17-10 final.
All the games consisted of a single 30-minute half.
“It is hard to make any adjustments or find any rhythm in this kind of format,” said Furman Coach John Roberts. “Our main goal this weekend to was to get our new players a taste of the game. We played well, particularly in our off-loading, in parts of the Charleston and Citadel games. But we had some poor lapses on defense, too.”
Roberts said all of those who made the trip to Charleston will be on the roster next fall.