BY ANDREAS BUTLER
A bruising running game, stingy defense and big play special teams helped Bethune-Cookman beat Savannah State 49-7 last week.
With the win and Florida A&M’s win over North Carolina Central, B-CU won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title and earned an automatic trip to the Football Championship Series (FCS) playoffs.
“It feels good. One of our goals has been accomplished but we still have work to do,” responded Coach Brian Jenkins.
The Wildcats led 7-0 when Torre Price returned a blocked punt for a 14-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Following another blocked punt, Rodney Scott scored from 10 yards out giving B-CU a 14-0 second quarter lead.
Bethune-Cookman (8-2, 7-0) led 35-0 when Quentin Williams found David Blackwell for a 36-yard touchdown pass as time expired in the half.
Williams threw for 103 yards with two touchdowns and ran for a career high 113 yards for the Wildcats.
“We just did a great job executing. The offensive line was great up front and our running backs did the job too,” commented Williams.
Savannah State got within 35-7 when Cornel Weston recovered a punt in the end zone in the third quarter. The ball was touched by a B-CU player.
B-CU posted season highs in (49) points, total offense yards (537) and rushing yards (377).
The Wildcats defense held the Tigers 200 total yards and forced three turnovers.
“It was a total team effort. Everyone contributed. We had a good scheme and we executed well. The defense didn’t give up any points,” added Jenkins.
Broderick Waters added 104 total yards with a rushing score, Isidore Jackson 97 rushing yards with a touchdown and Eddie Poole had a receiving score for the Wildcats.
Antonio Bostick threw for 120 yards, Lereginald Veals ran for 51 yards and Dylan Cook had 71 receiving yards for SSU.
Next up: The Classic
Defensively, leaders for B-CU were: Harold Love III (six tackles), Jarkevis Fields (five tackles), LaBrandon Richardson (five tackles, 1.5 sacks), Joceyln Bogella (five tackles) while D.J. Howard, Tyrone Bouie, Jr. and Marquise Drayton each had an interception.
Vaughn Cornelia (14 tackles, one forced fumble) and Terrance Williams (13 tackles) led the Tigers defense.
The Wildcats play archrival Florida A&M next week in the Blue Florida Classic at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
Basketball: Win for women; men lose
The women’s basketball team opened the season with an 84-51 win over Trinity Baptist on Nov. 9.
Chastity Rene Taylor scored 23 points and Amanda Hudson 21 for B-CU.
The Ladies host Florida Atlantic on Nov. 16 and travel to DeLand to face Stetson on Nov. 20.
The men’s team opened the season with a hard fought 84-68 loss to St. Bonaventure.
Adrien Coleman scored a career-high 33 points while Paul Scotland added 17 points and Kevin Dukes 11 for B-CU.
They played Tulane in New Orleans on Tuesday.
Volleyball: B-CU falls in home finale
Star seniors Krysta Gardner and Janeen Davis played their finale home game at Moore Gymnasium in a 3-0 loss to Florida A&M on Nov. 11.
Gardner tallied 14 kills, nine digs and three services aces while Davis had 10 kills with nine digs and Monica Lowe added 31 assists.
Davis reached a milestone by passing the 800-digs mark for her career.
B-CU (5-27, 5-5) will compete in the MEAC Tournament in Baltimore, Maryland Nov. 16-18.
Bowling: Hilliard MVP
The nationally ranked Wildcats women’s bowling team placed fourth out of five teams in the MEAC Southern Divisional this past week.
B-CU finished the tournament with a 3-5 mark, including a 1-3 mark on Nov. 11.
“We didn’t’ bowl our best this weekend. We didn’t give a total team effort,” responded Tony O’Neal, head bowling coach.
The previous day, the Wildcats posted a 2-2 mark with Staci Hilliard standing out garnering MVP honors.
B-CU will compete Dec. 1-2 in the second MEAC Southern Divisional in Chesapeake, Va.
Golf: Wildcats win tourney
B-CU won the Savannah State University Tiger Invitational Golf Tournament.
Bethune-Cookman beat Armstrong Atlantic State University in a playoff. It was the third straight year that the Wildcats won the event.
Individually, JaMichael Jones finished second, Leon Frick eight and Michael McKnight and Emmanuel Petrich tied for 11th for B-CU.