BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Bethune-Cookman stayed on top of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title race with 38-26 win over Hampton.
“We got a good win against a very good football team. I think Hampton showed how good they were.
We had to earn everything that we got tonight,” responded Brian Jenkins, B-CU’s head coach.
Nick Addison tallied 11 total tackles with two interceptions, returning one for a 90 yard score for B-CU.
“I played well, but there’s always room for improvement. As for the pick six, I thought the quarterback was coming that way. I jumped the route and the rest was history,” said Addison.
Quentin Williams also got his first career start at quarterback and threw for 96 yards with a touchdown and ran for another score for B-CU.
For his performance Addison received several honors. He was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week and FCS National Defensive Player of the Week by the Sports Network. Addison was also named Co-Defensive Back of the week by the College Football Performance Awards and Beyond Sports Network Defensive Back of the Week.
“I think we did a better job executing. It’s good to be starting but we do have three guys who are capable of being the guy,” responded Williams.
Bethune-Cookman (3-2, 2-0) took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on Williams’ five-yard score.
Hampton (0-4, 0-2) got within 14-10 on Travis Champion’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Andre Griffin with 12:28 to play in the second quarter.
B-CU led 31-10 behind a second-quarter Sven Hurd 42-yard field, Addison’s interception return touchdown and Jackson’s 13-yard touchdown reception from Williams in the third quarter.
The Pirates outgained the Wildcats 536-320 in total offensive yardage but they committed seven turnovers.
Isidore Jackson ran for 79 yards and caught two passes for 23 yards with a touchdown); Rodney Scott ran for 82 yards with a score for B-CU.
Defensively, Jarkevis Fields had 10 total tackles with a fumble recovery and LaBrandon Richardson recorded a sack. Duwad Lane and Tyrone Bouie, Jr. each had an interception for B-CU.
Champion threw for 208 yards with a score and Jeremiah Schwartz ran for 201 yards with a touchdown for Hampton.
For Hampton, Jaylen Richardson threw for 79 yards with a score, Griffin added six catches for 99 yards with a touchdown, Rashard Riddick had six catches for 66 yards and Jarvis Brown had five catches for 50 yards with a score.
Defensively, Delbert Tyler had 14 total tackles), Lyndell Gibson 14 and Mathew Davis 12 total tackles and two sacks for the Pirates.
The Wildcats host the North Carolina A&T State University Aggies (2-2, 0-1) on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Municipal Stadium for homecoming.
Eddie Poole extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 28.
B-CU scored on the opening drive for the first time this season.
Quentin Williams had his first career-rushing touchdown run.
Isidore Jackson is now No. 8 in career rushing yards in the school history.
Nick Addison’s interception return was the longest since Rashean Mathis’ back in 2002. It was also the fourth longest in school history.
Volleyball: Wildcats get first win
Krysta Gardner had 12 kills and Aria Cormier seven kills to lead Bethune-Cookman past Savannah State 3-0 on Sept. 30. The Wildcats got their first win of the season and first conference win.
“We played fundamentally sound and the girls had fun,” said Isaac Raphael, B-CU’s volleyball coach.
B-CU (1-18, 1-1) got five kills from Janeen Davis and 22 assists from Monica Lowe.
The Wildcats suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 defeat to South Carolina State in their home opener and conference opener two days earlier. In that match, Gardner eclipsed the 1,000 kills mark for her career with a season high 21.
Davis added 19 kills with 10 digs, Delicia Pierre 11 kills with 11 digs, Jennifer Jimenez a career-high 25 digs and Aria Cormier seven blocks for B-CU.
Note: Gardner (1,017) is now on pace to break the school’s career mark set by Monica Sanders (1,060).
Bowling: B-CU ranked
The women’s bowling team is ranked No. 18 in the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) preseason poll.
Coach Tony O’Neal said there are two ways to look at the national ranking.
“One thing is that our program is regarded as an elite one and the other way is that there are 17 teams ahead of us,” said O’Neal.
B-CU will open the season Oct. 19-21 at the Tulane Invitational in New Orleans.