BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Bethune-Cookman lost to Coastal Carolina 24-14 in front of 5,465 fans at Municipal Stadium in the first round of the FCS playoffs this past week.
“I am proud of this team. We had a great season. We have really built this program up to prominence over the past three years,” commented Coach Brian Jenkins of B-CU.
B-CU is 0-4 all-time in the FCS playoffs, including 0-3 at home and 0-2 at home in the past three seasons.
The Wildcats outgained the Chanticleers in total yardage 420-382 but missed opportunities doomed B-CU as well as 10 penalties for 108 yards.
“Its not about what they did; it was about what we didn’t do. We didn’t execute and take advantage of our opportunities,” said Jenkins.
The Chanticleers scored 17 points in the second quarter to lead 17-0 at halftime.
Marred by officials’ calls
Things got strange when B-CU went up for a field goal attempt in the third quarter and was flagged for a false start.
Jenkins called a timeout to speak with officials and soon after the team was flagged for a sideline penalty.
The Wildcats went for it, and it looked as Broderick Waters found K.J. Stroud for a 26-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone but an official review overturned the call.
Coastal Carolina (8-4) led 24-0 after Johnnie Houston’s 68-yard interception return touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Bethune-Cookman (9-3) got within 24-14 behind a 74-yard touchdown pass from Quentin Williams to David Blackwell and 10-yard score from Isidore Jackson.
“I missed some throws earlier. It’s still a learning process but we knew that we could move the ball,” responded Williams.
Defensively, the Wildcats were led by Jarkevis Fields (15 tackles), Nick Addison (10 tackles, interception, fumble recovery) and Duwad Lane (eight tackles, one sack).
“We were able to shut them down in the second half with a few adjustments. We knew that we matched up well with them,” stated Fields.
Eddie Poole has caught a pass in each game of his B-CU career (35) and ranks sixth in school history in career receiving touchdowns (17).
Isidore Jackson (1,069) surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season becoming the first Wildcat since Allen Suber (1,053) in 2002 to do so.
Jackson is the third all-time in rushing yards (2,449) and fifth in rushing touchdowns (26). He is on track to become the school’s first 3,000-yard rusher.
Nick Addison’s interception gave B-CU 20 for the season.
Kory Kowalski is now the school’s all-time leader in punt attempts (210) and second in punting yards (7,816).
The game’s attendance was low with students away for Thanksgiving break.
Coastal Carolina comments on B-CU
After the game, Coastal Carolina was happy with their victory and had praise for B-CU.
“I’m proud of our kids. We beat a good football team. Bethune-Cookman has one of the best defenses and running attacks in the country. They can definitely compete in our conference,” said Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina’s coach.
Johnnie Houston, who returned an interception for a score agreed. “B-CU has a pretty fast and athletic team. I think they can compete in the Big South.”
Quarterback Aramis Hillary, who threw for 180 yards with a touchdown and an interception, stated, “We are excited with this victory. B-CU’s defense was big and physical. They made some plays and I think they can compete in our conference as well.”
10 Wildcats receive top MEAC honors
B-CU’s Brian Jenkins was named MEAC Coach of the Year and Terrance Hackney was named MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year. Coach Jenkins also received the honor back in 2010.
Joining Hackney on the All-MEAC first team was running back Isidore Jackson and offensive lineman Eugene Solomon.
The Wildcats named to the All-MEAC defense first team were defensive lineman LaBrandon Richardson, linebacker Jarkevis Fields and defensive back Nick Addison. Defensive lineman Harold Love III and defensive back D.J. Howard earned second team defense and offensive lineman Lavon McCoy made the second team offense honors.
Basketball: LadyWildcats drop two
B-CU scored 41 second half points but fell short to Ball State 61-56 on Nov. 23.
Chastity Rene Taylor tallied 20 points and Amanda Hairston 14 points with 12 rebounds and two blocks for the Wildcats.
Taylor Houston added eight points and Sharnese Neal 11 boards for B-CU.
Castity Taylor also paced the Wildcats with 14 points in a 66-52 loss to Stetson.
Kiara Redmond added 10 points, Neal six points with 10 rebounds and Terrenisha Hollis five points with nine boards for B-CU.
The Ladies travel to Jacksonville to face North Florida on Nov. 28 and to Orlando to face the University of Central Florida on Dec. 2.
Men lose to Valparaiso, Kent State
The men lost 77-64 to Valparaiso on Nov. 24. Adrien Coleman had 19 points, Alex Smith a career high 17 and Kevin Dukes 16 for B-CU.
A late basket lifted Kent State past the Wildcats 69-68 on Nov. 20.
Dukes led the way with 18 points, including going 6-for-11 on three pointers while Paul Scotland contributed 15 points and Coleman 10 for B-CU.
The men played North Florida in their home opener on Tuesday.
The Wildcats travel to Tallahassee to face rival Florida A&M on Dec. 1 and return home to play Stetson University on Dec. 3.