B-CU competitive, but team loses to Miami again
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Bethune-Cookman battled, but fell to the University of Miami 38-10.
“We made too many mistakes. That’s the bottom line. Miami is a good football team.
No disrespect to Miami, but we did some things that hurt us from winning,” said B-CU’s Head Coach Brian Jenkins.
Duke Johnson had 246 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns to lead the Hurricanes. Johnson ran for 94 yards with two touchdowns, had 57 yards receiving with a score and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score.
B-CU scored first on a one-yard touchdown run by Isidore Jackson to take an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The drive followed a Hurricane turnover.
Miami responded with a 95-yard kickoff return from Johnson to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter.
Miami pushed its lead out to 24-7 after Stephen Morris connected with Johnson, who ended up with a 50-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.
“We had too many execution mistakes. We also turned the ball over and had some poor tackling. When you do that, you lose,” said Jenkins.
Some good plays
Sven Hurd’s 31-yard field goal got the Wildcats within 24-10 with 9:49 to play.
The Wildcats were able to run the ball as they ran for 233 yards paced by Rodney Scott, who ran for 72 yards.
“We did do some good things. We were able to run the football and we also forced a few turnovers,” commented Jenkins.
Jackson ran for 66 yards to go with his score and was the leading receiver with two catches for 29 yards while Broderick Waters had 129 total yards (60 rushing) for B-CU.
Morris threw for 211 yards, Mike James ran for 77 yards and Phillip Dorsett had six catches for 49 yards for the Hurricanes.
Jarkevis Fields and Nick Addison each had seven total tackles and Tim Burke had an interception for the Wildcats defensively.
Eddie Poole extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 26.
Sven Hurd has now kicked a field goal in five straight games.
Freshman quarterback Quentin Williams saw his first collegiate action. He was 5-for-9 with 69 yards passing and he ran four times for 12 yards.
Hall of Fame game next
The Wildcats play their first home game of the season against Tennessee State University at Municipal Stadium at 4 p.m. on Sept. 22.
B-CU is ranked #1 in all the HBCU polls while TSU is ranked second in three and third in one of the HBCU polls.
Tennessee is off to a 3-0 start. The HBCU from the Ohio Valley Conference is led by dual threat Quarterback Michael German (718 passing yards, five touchdowns.)
The Tigers are averaging 29.7 points per game while giving up 13.3. They average 402.3 yards per game and have converted 9-of-11 red zone chances for 82 percent.
Tennessee also features running backs Travis Ward (287 yards, five touchdowns) and Telvin Hooks (199 yards) and receivers A.C. Leonard (13 catches, 163 yards, one touchdown) and Travis James (13 catches, 161 yards, one touchdown).
The Tigers defense is led by Nick Thrasher (22 total tackles), Steven Godbolt III (13 total tackles, three interceptions), Daniel Fitzpatrick (13 total tackles) and Antonio Harper (10 total tackles, 3.5 for loss, three sacks).
Volleyball: Women still winless
Bethune-Cookman concluded its tournament time going 0-3 at the University of South Florida Invitational in Tampa this past week.
B-CU (0-16) suffered defeats to James Madison University (3-0), South Florida (3-0) and Florida International (3-0).
Krysta Gardner and Janeen Davis paced the Wildcats with seven kills each against James Madison. Gardner also had 12 digs, Aubrianna Curtis 13 assists and Monica Lowe 10 digs for B-CU.
Davis had a career-high 21 digs against USF and she had 14 against FIU.
Gardner tallied 10 kills against South Florida, Delecia Pierre had 15 total kills against FIU and USF while Lowe posted 18 assists against USF.
B-CU will next travel to Boca Raton, Florida to face Florida Atlantic University on Sept. 25.
The team returns home to host South Carolina State on Sept. 28 and Savannah State on Sept. 30 to open MEAC play.