‘Tremendous victory’ for Wildcats over Norfolk
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Bethune-Cookman handled Norfolk State 48-3 in front of a home crowd of 6,234 this past week.
“It was a tremendous victory. It was a great job done by our players and our coaching staff. We kept our focus coming off a bye week,” said Coach Brian Jenkins.
Quentin Williams threw for a career-high 157 yards with two touchdowns in just a half of the action to lead the Wildcats.
“The game is slowing down for me. I just credit things to preparation and dedication with myself and my teammates,” remarked Williams.
Broderick Waters replaced Williams in the second half and ran for 103 yards with a touchdown and threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jhomo Gordon.
‘Good things’ happening
B-CU’s defense entered the game leading the FCS in turnover margin, takeaways and turnover differential.
The Wildcats forced three turnovers, recorded four sacks and held the Spartans to 239 total yards, including 72 in the first half.
“Our defensive coordinator Yogi Jones and our other assistants have done a good job and our players are buying into the system. They are swarming to the ball and good things are happening,” commented Jenkins.
The Wildcats racked up 435 yards of total offense including 264 rushing.
Bethune-Cookman (5-2, 4-0) scored on its opening possession when Williams hooked up with Eddie Poole, who jumped over a defender for a five-yard score to make it 7-0 in the first quarter.
D.J. Howard’s 69-yard fumble return touchdown put B-CU up 14-0 with 3:41 to go in the first quarter.
“I just wanted to get to the ball first and when I did I was able to get to the end zone. I got some blocks from my teammates. I was in the right place at the right time,” responded Howard.
34-0 lead early
Nesley Marcellon who stripped NSU’s Conley Smith.
B-CU led 21-0 after Williams hooked up with K.J. Stroud on a 28-yard touchdown pass with 12:37 to go in the second quarter.
A pair of Isidore Jackson touchdown runs in the second quarter gave the Wildcats a 34-0 lead.
Norfolk State (2-6, 0-5) got its only points on a 33-yard field goal from Everett Goldberg right before halftime.
Stroud finished with four 60 yards with a score and Jhomo Gordon three for 62 with a score for B-CU.
Donald Smith (six total tackles) and Jarkevis Fields (five total tackles) led B-CU defensively.
Jake Basmagian threw for 119 yards. Xavier Boyce had six catches for 60 yards and Derrick Demps four for 67 yards for Norfolk.
Lynden Trail (12 total tackles, one sack) and Terrence Pugh (11 total tackles, one sack) led the Spartans defensively.
Norfolk Coach Pete Adrian was B-CU’s defensive coordinator 1997-2004.
“It’s great to come back here. I have a lot of friends here and my son is a B-CU grad. As for the game, the turnovers really hurt us. They have all year,” commented Adrian.
The Wildcats held their Second Annual Biker Challenge and wore pink items to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
B-CU hosts North Carolina Central (5-2, 4-0) for first place in the MEAC on Senior Day on Oct. 27.
Bowling: ’Cats finish seventh in tourney
The Wildcats went 5-7 in the 12 team Tulane Invitational tournament to open the season this past week.
B-CU defeated Southern, Louisiana Tech, Prairie View A&M, Grambling State and Tulane while three of their defeats came from No. 2 Arkansas State, No. 3 Sam Houston State and No. 10 Stephen F. Austin.
“We need to be more consistent as a team. I think that we tried to live up to our ranking instead of playing like we are capable,” bowling coach Tony O’Neal.
B-CU entered the weekend ranked No. 17 by the media and No. 18 by the coaches in the polls.
The Wildcats’ Natalie Armstrong posted a 202.2 average over the weekend and was named to the All-Tournament team. Felicia Baker (185 tournament average) also stood out for B-CU.
The Ladies host the Wildcat Invitational in DeLand from Oct. 26-28.
Volleyball: B-CU falls twice on road
The Wildcats lost to Coppin State 3-1 on Sunday and Morgan State 3-0 on Monday.
Janeen Davis led the Wildcats with 16 kills and 11 digs against CSU.
Krysta Gardner added 12 kills, Monica Lowe 33 assists and Jennifer Jimenez 21 kills to surpass the 800 mark for her career.
Gardner paced B-CU with eight kills and eight digs against while Davis added seven kills and Jimenez nine digs against Morgan State.
B-CU (3-23) travels to Savannah State and South Carolina State Oct. 26-28.
Golf: Fricker and Wildcats place second
Bethune-Cookman’s Ryan Fricker finished second in the Mission Inn Fall Intercollegiate Classic in Howey-in-the- Hills. The event was hosted by St. John’s University.
It was the second time this fall that Frick has finished as the runner-up in a tournament. B-CU’s Leon Fricker (224) also finished eight individually. The Wildcats (294) also finished second in team competition.