B-CU football team falls to Norfolk; faces Hampton next

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A furious fourth quarter rally fell short on Nov. 9 as Bethune-Cookman dropped a 27-24 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game to Norfolk State at Municipal Stadium.

Rolandan Finch rushed for 112 yards and one touchdown and Tyler Clark threw for 151 yards and a score as the Spartans (3-7 overall, 3-3 MEAC) snapped the Wildcats’ 18-game conference winning streak.

Trailing 27-7 entering the fourth quarter, the Wildcats (8-2,5-1) closed to three points on Isidore Jackson’s 11-yard run with 5:48 remaining. A fourth-down penalty kept B-CU from getting a meaningful final possession.

Nick Addison started the rally when he stripped a Norfolk State receiver of the ball and took it 14 yards for a touchdown. On the next possession, Jonathan Cagle kicked a 23-yard field goal after a touchdown was called back for illegal procedure.

Spartans rally
A 61-yard Jackie Wilson to Jontavius Carter set up Jackson’s touchdown, his second of the game.

The Spartans capitalized on three Wildcat turnovers to take a 17-7 halftime lead, then extended their lead to 24-7 on Natturner Harris’ 31-yard fumble recovery and a 29-yard Vamern Marouf field goal in the third period.

Jackson finished with 69 yards on 12 carries. Wilson was six of 12 for 94 yards.

The Wildcats host Hampton University in the final home game of the regular season next Saturday in a contest slated for 4 p.m.

This story is courtesy of B-CU Athletics.

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