Wildcats beat Aggies on Homecoming
By ANDREAS BUTLER
Bethune-Cookman University used an effective running game and ball hawk defense to beat North Carolina A&T University 28-12 in front of a homecoming crowd of 10,181 at Municipal Stadium this past week.
Quentin Williams ran for 111 yards with two scores while throwing for 128 more with a touchdown for B-CU.
“We were passionate and we executed today. I’m thankful for the way the offensive line played which really opened things up,” said Williams.
For his performance, Williams was named MEAC Offensive Player of the Week.
The Wildcats defense held the Aggies to 163 total yards of offense and forced three turnovers.
They also held North Carolina A&T’s Mike Mayhew to 35 yards rushing.
“We played passionately and we did a great job executing especially on a defensive end,” said Brian Jenkins, B-CU Head coach.
“You cannot turn the ball over and beat a good football team. We are struggling scoring right now. They outplayed us and we aren’t doing the things that we need in order to win,” commented Rod Broadway, NCA&T Head coach.
NCA&T was also just 3-for-13 on third down conversions.
B-CU had 310 yards of total offense including 182 yards on the ground.
Inclement weather delayed the start of the game for an hour and 36 minutes.
“It could affect the team but it depends on the type of team. It can be a distraction but we stayed focused. We also faced delays in practice this week,” added Jenkins.
North Carolina A&T (2-3, 0-2) struck first taking a 6-0 lead on Lewis Kindle’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Marquis Gorham with 10:18 left in the first quarter. They missed the extra point attempt.
Bethune-Cookman (4-2, 3-0) responded with a one-yard touchdown run from Isidore Jackson to take a 7-6 lead with 8:02 to play in the first quarter.
Williams’ five-yard score put B-CU up 14-6 with 10:57 remaining.
The Aggies had battled back and had a chance to take a 15-14 lead following a B-CU turnover but Zach Cimaglia missed a 19-yard field goal attempt with 10:24 to go in the third quarter.
B-CU responded when Williams connected with Rodney Scott for a six-yard touchdown pass taking a 21-12 lead with 2:56 remaining in the quarter.
Jackson added 78 yards rushing with 27 receiving for the Wildcats.
B-CU was led defensively by Jarkevis Fields who had seven total tackles while Time Burke, Rashad Payne and Dion Hanks each had an interception.
“It was great to get my first career interception. We were in the right scheme,” stated Payne.
“We did a good job of getting them in tough situations on third down,” added Burke.
Kindle led the Aggies with 116 yards passing with a score while Gorham had three catches for 60 yards with a touchdown.
The Aggies had opportunities but they were intercepted twice in the end zone, missed a field goal and settled for field goals on two other drives.
The Wildcats have a bye this week. They will host Norfolk State on October 20th in another MEAC contest.
Terrance Hackney was also named MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Week.
Football game notes
Eddie Poole has now caught a pass in 29 consecutive games.
B-CU scored on the opening drive for the second time this season.
Rashad Payne’s interception was the first of his career.
Volleyball: ‘Cats win third straight
The Wildcats picked up wins over North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T in Mid-Eastern Athletic conference play this past week.
On Sunday, Janeen Davis tallied ten kills, nine digs and a service ace to lead B-CU past NCCU 3-0.
Krysta Gardner added nine kills with seven digs, three blocks and four service aces for the Wildcats.
B-CU (3-18, 3-1) also got nine digs from Jennifer Jimenez, 21 assists from Monica Lowe and four kills with four blocks from Phylecia Armstrong.
Two days earlier, Jimenez had a career high 26 digs as the Wildcats defeated NCA&T 3-2.
Lowe added 47 assists, Gardner 18 kills, Delicia Pierre 17 kills, Davis nine kills with 14 digs and both Armstrong and Aria Cormier tallied four blocks for B-CU.
B-CU faced Florida Gulf Coast University on Tuesday in Fort Myers, Florida which was after deadline.
They travel to Tallahassee to face arch rival Florida A&M on October 12 and Jacksonville on October 16 to play North Florida.
The Wildcats are one game behind FAMU and South Carolina State for first place in the MEAC South Division.
B-CU’s women’s bowling team is ranked #18 in the National Tinpin Coaches Association top 25 preseason poll. Their season begins Oct. 19-21 in the Tulane Invitational in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Kadian Dunkley continues to be a cross country star for the Wildcats. Dunkley finished 33rd at the Florida State Cross Country Invitational on October 5. She won the Robert Shumake HBCU Classic on September 29 and was third in the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Spikes Classic on September 20.