Bradford Gillens – The last time Bethune-Cookman hosted a playoff game in the friendly confines of Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach, they were outscored 31-6 in the second half after a 14-14 tie, falling to the University of New Hampshire, 45-20. It was a particularly disappointing day for head coach Brian Jenkins and the Wildcats, as they dropped their second consecutive game after starting the season 10-0.
Anyone who knows Jenkins knows he’s extremely competitive and has never been secretive about his extreme disdain of losing. In fact, he indicated there are games from high school where he came out on the losing end that he still remembers to this day and it still bothers him, so one would have to think that he hasn’t gotten over the poor performance of his team in his playoff debut two years ago.
To say that he’s excited about the opportunity of getting another chance to capture the school’s first playoff victory in history this week against Coastal Carolina would be putting it mildly at best.
“It feels great to be in this position, Jenkins said. A lot of people don’t know that our last playoff game, we were not only without Matt (Johnson), but we had close to 11 starters out (offensively and defensively), so we went into that game very handicapped against a great New Hampshire team. We held them to 14-14 at halftime, but in the second half they just overpowered us.”
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