Much like the first half of this season, the first 2 quarters of Saturday’s contest were filled with both explosive plays –174 yards of total offense and 2 defensive turnovers– and untimely penalties –6 for 54 yards– for the Wildcats. BCU looked vulnerable as a result and clung to a 14-10 halftime lead.
The Wildcats seemed to sure up a few things in the halftime locker room and looked completely dominant and playoff worthy in the second half; outscoring MSU 35-13 in the process.
Isidore Jackson had another solid afternoon rushing for 94 yards (1 TD) on 20 carries and catching 2 passes for 22 yards. Senior fullback Johnathan Moment enjoyed his best statistical game of the season accounting for 106 yards of total offense (78 rushing; 28 receiving) and two touchdowns in the contest.
Sophomore quarterback Jackie Wilson continues to play well. Wilson completed 67 percent of his passes (10/15 for 186) and rushed for 74 yards and 3 touchdowns on the afternoon. “The game is starting to slow down to me,” Wilson said after the contest.
Although Wilson’s insertion into the starting lineup has seemed to stabilize the Wildcat offense, Coach Brian Jenkins states that there will continue to be an open competition for the starting quarterback spot. Jenkins went on to state that David Blackwell almost received the starting nod this week instead of Wilson.
The Wildcat starting defense held the Morgan State offense to 173 yards of total offense and 10 points through 3 quarters. Senior linebacker Ryan Lewis led the way with 7 tackles including 1.5 tackles for loss. The Bear offense accumulated 137 yards of offense and 13 points in the final quarter mostly against BCU’s second and third teamers. Even still, Coach Jenkins was none-too-happy about how his defense finished the contest; and he was particularly upset about yielding a 44-yard touchdown run to Travis Davidson with 58 seconds remaining in the contest. “No matter the score, I want my guys to execute.” “We had one guy out of position and a few others who didn’t make the play that was to be made” Jenkins stated. Davidson finished the afternoon with 133 yards rushing on 17 carries for the Bears.
Bethune hosts upstart Savannah State next Saturday in Daytona Beach at 4:00 p.m.