BY ANDREAS BUTLER
For the second straight week, Bethune-Cookman came from behind to win a football game. This time it was against South Carolina State 27-14 in the MEAC opener for both teams.
South Carolina Stated led 14-0 after the first quarter behind touchdown runs from Asheton Jordan and Jalen Simmons. The Wildcats responded by scoring the game’s next 27 points.
“We dug ourselves into a hole and worked out of it. We are still yet to play four quarters of good football,” commented Jenkins.
B-CU tied the game at 14-14 on Isidore Jackson’s four-yard second quarter touchdown run. The Wildcats took a 20-14 lead into halftime behind a pair of Sven Hurd field goals.
The Wildcats took control at 27-14 on Rodney Scott’s three-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Interceptions and sacks
The Wildcats outgained the Bulldogs 343 to 236 in total offense, including 180-69 in the air.
B-CU’s defense forced four South Carolina turnovers. Dion Hanks had two interceptions and LeBrandon Richardson had two sacks for the Wildcats.
“We worked on perfecting our defensive schemes. Our defensive line really did a good job penetrating, which helped us defend the pass,” responded Hanks.
Both quarterbacks Jackie Wilson (125 yards passing) and Broderick Waters (55 yards passing) saw action for the Wildcats.
“It’s exciting. I just want to stay focused. We talked about alternating. When I’m not 100 percent, I need his help. We have a good bond,” remarked Wilson.
Added Jenkins, “I thought that both guys played well. I’m proud of both of them. We feel comfortable with both guys under center. They are also supportive of one another.’’
Jackson led B-CU with 81 rushing yards while Scott added 42 rushing. David Blackwell caught three passes for 60 yards, Eddie Poole had four catches for 55 yards and K.J. Stroud had two receptions for 44 yards.
Simmons finished with 72 yards on the ground. Jordan ran for 57 and Richard Cue ran for 60 while throwing for 69 more for the Bulldogs.
Defensively, D.J. Howard and Duwad Lane each had seven tackles for the Wildcats.
Eddie Poole extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 25.
Isidore Jackson is 36 yards shy of making the top 10 all-time career-rushing list for the school.
David Blackwell made the first catches of his career. The past two seasons he played quarterback.
B-CU is 8-3 all time in games played on television during the Brian Jenkins era.
For their performances, Richardson and Hanks received honorable mention for the FCS College Football Performance Awards.
The Wildcats travel to Miami Gardens on Sep. 15 to face the University of Miami. The Hurricanes are coming off a 52-13 loss to Kansas State and should be hungry.
Last season, B-CU played with the Hurricanes for three quarters in a 45-14 loss.
Volleyball: ’Cats still winless
On the hardwood, Bethune-Cookman went 0-4 at the McNeese State Big Daddy’s Invitational in Lake Charles, Louisiana this past week.
The Wildcats (0-12) suffered defeats to Hampton 3-2, McNeese State 3-0, Baylor 3-0 and Arkansas State 3-0.
Against Hampton to open the tournament, B-CU failed to close the fifth set as the Pirates scored the final six points to win.
“It was good to win sets, but we are still struggling. Once again we had too many unforced errors, especially in the final set,” responded B-CU Head Coach Isaac.
Krysta Gardner led the way with 18 kills and 15 digs – both season highs for the Wildcats.
Rhea Simon added 10 kills and Monica Lowe 19 assists with 11 digs for B-CU. Janeen Davis also had a total 19 digs on the day.
Later that day, Gardner had 10 kills and Lowe had 20 assists against host McNesse State.
The following day, Delicia Pierre had seven kills, Garnder six kills, Aubrianna Curtis 13 assists, Lowe seven digs and Phylecia Armstrong three blocks for the Wildcats against Baylor.
“We’ve played better and improved. It’s good to play these teams because it helps us aspire to be better. We just have to find a way to play consistently,” added Raphael.
Curtis recorded 17 digs, Pierre seven kills and Gardner eight kills with seven digs for B-CU to close out the tourney against Arkansas State.
The Ladies had their home opener against North Florida on Tuesday.
They travel to Tampa for the University of South Florida Invitational to face James Madison, South Florida and Florida International from Sept. 14-15.