BCU shot down in the Lone Star State

IMG_8011Bethune-Cookman’s bid to obtain their third scalp of a FBS opponent was shot down in the Lone Star State on Saturday night.  North Texas rode to a 41-20 victory over BCU behind the strength of a strong running game.

BCU’s upset efforts looked on course early after the Wildcat D forced a 3 and out on UNT’s first possession. Frank Brown returned the ensuing punt 88 yards to put BCU ahead 7-0. It was the Wildcat’s first punt return touchdown since Michael Williams took one to the house against Hampton in 2009.

North Texas responded to BCU’s special teams touchdown with a 10 play, 65 yard touchdown drive that ended with a Jeffrey Wilson 20 yard scoot.

The Mean Green secured their first lead of the contest after a blocked Johnathan Cagel punt was returned 1 yard for a score.  Wilson scored his 2nd rushing touchdown from 10 yards out and Trevor Moore converted a 19 yard FG to stretch the UNT lead to 24-7 at halftime.

UNT opened the 2nd half with a 12 play, 83 yard touchdown drive before  BCU safety Diquan Richardson picked off a Mason Fine pass and returned it 30 yards for the Wildcat’s second score showing off some nifty footwork in the process.

The Wildcats squandered their best opportunity to get back in the game after they failed to score after recovering a blocked punt on the North Texas 5 yard line. A touchdown would have withered the lead to 2 scores with over 14 minutes remaining in the contest but it wasn’t meant to be.

The teams traded touchdowns in the 4th quarter with BCU’s coming on the effort of quarterback Arkevious Williams racing 83 yards to pay dirt outrunning several North Texas defenders in the process.

The Wildcat offense looked sluggish all night and were outgained  by almost a 2-1 margin (450 total yards to 231).  Meanwhile the defense played a little better than the final score indicates but certainly have plenty room for growth.

Terry Sims and company will try to right the ship when Tennessee State come to town next Saturday for a 4:00 kickoff.

1st Downs 9 28
3rd down efficiency 2-12 7-16
4th down efficiency 0-3 2-3
Total Yards 231 450
Passing 74 121
Comp-Att 8-19 15-33
Yards per pass 3.9 3.7
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Rushing 157 329
Rushing Attempts 32 51
Yards per rush 4.9 6.5
Penalties 10-79 4-48
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles lost 0 0
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Possession 26:26 33:34


Made you look ~ Match up against Alcorn ruled No Contest

Credits: BCU Athletics

Bethune-Cookman and Alcorn State had never faced off in an official gridiron competition prior to Sunday’s 1:00 MEAC/SWAC Challenge. By 5:05 pm, officials from both schools elected to keep it that way after severe weather around Daytona Beach forced an extended stoppage of play.

The game was interrupted at the 7:14 mark of 2nd quarter shortly after Alcorn had taken a 13-7 lead.

The Wildcats opened the scoring on a 28 yard TD strike from Larry Brihm to Jontavious Carter.

Successive touchdown passes of 38 and 18 yards by Alcorn’s  trigger man, Lenorris Footman, gave the Braves a 13-7 lead just before the weather delay. 

Multiple attempts were made to restart the contest before representatives from both schools finally called the game and ruled it a “no contest.”

BCU travels to Dallas next week for its season opener against North Texas.

2016 Season Preview ~ Meet the Squad


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If you have spent any time in or around Daytona Beach since the beginning of this decade, you know there are three constants on which you can bank.

1 ~ the deliciousness of an order of Honey Wings from Bethune Grill; (love those)

2 ~ a full parking lot at Krispy-Kreme when the “Hot Doughnuts Now” sign begins flashing;

3 ~ Bethune-Cookman ending the season atop the MEAC standings.

BCU vs Norfolk State 2015 (175)The Wildcats have won or shared the MEAC crown in all but one year this decade. They have averaged over 9 wins a season in that span, produced MEAC Player of the Year awardees on both sides of the ball, sent talent on to the professional ranks…….well you get the point. BCU football has been pretty dang good since 2010 and this year should be no exception.

Terry Sims (9-2 in 2015) enters his second season with much of his 2015 MEAC Co-Championship team still intact. Sims’ squad returns 7 offensive starters, as many on defense, the punter, placekicker, return specialists, Elvis, Bigfoot, ‘eerybody’ is back for the party. Simply put, the talent is in place for BCU to make yet another run at the conference crown and perhaps earn their first ever trip to the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta.


Phillip Norman

Phillip Norman

The Wildcats led the conference in several offensive categories a season ago including Scoring Offense (31.4 ppg) and Total Offense (445 ypg).  Trevin Huff, Phillip Norman and Dazzie Morris return as starters along the offensive front. The trio will try to help set the stage for BCU’s high powered offense. Job Buissereth (6’4”, 325) and David Bryant (6’7”, 336) will look to anchor the right side of the line. Ja-Quan Lumas and Michael Boland are both expected to see regular action at the tight end position. Lumas finished the year with 3 receiving touchdowns and could see more red zone targets this year.

Larry Brihm has had flashes of brilliance for BCU (think 2014 Florida Classic and 2015 comeback win against Grambling State). His experience in Jim Pry’s offense makes him the favorite to take over the reins at quarterback for the now departed Quentin Williams. Brihm will need to show more consistency in the pocket if he plans to remain the unquestioned primary signal caller throughout the course of the season. Redshirt freshman Arkevious Williams and JUCO transfer Anthony Cruz will look to challenge Brihm for snaps.

BCU vs Norfolk State 2015 (426)

WR- Frank Brown vs NSU 2015

Wide receiver is easily BCU’s deepest position. JaWill Davis , Frank Brown, Keavon Mitchell, Jontavious Carter, and Jaime Wilson have all had great moments in Maroon and Gold jerseys. Davis (39 rec, 6 TDs) is perhaps the best deep threat of the bunch while Brown (30 rec, 6 TDs), is the most reliable route runner and pass catcher of the crew. Travares Copeland is a North Carolina State transfer looking to add his name in the mix of this already talented bunch. Copeland can be dynamic with the ball in his hands and has the ability to contribute as a receiver, return specialist or ball carrier.

Speaking of ball carriers, Michael Jones has evolved from former walk-on into a Preseason All-MEAC 1st Team running back. Jones is a multidimensional player who contributes in both the run and pass game. In fact, he led the Wildcats in All-Purpose yards (880) a season ago. Freshman Tupac Isme and Marcus Levy should also find regular minutes in the backfield.


The Wildcats return all four starters as well as their first line rotational guys along the defensive front. Kevin Thompson and Todney Evans developed nicely as last season progressed and both look physically stronger this year. Thompson and Evans have exceptional athleticism and quickness at the defensive end position. Both have a chance to be stars in this league if they can meet the physicality demands of the position. DaMarcus Womack weighs in at 6’3”, 350 pounds. He along with the familiar faces of Jamal Thomas, DiShawn Ray and Anthony Meyer will look to plug the middle of the defense more consistently than we saw a year ago. Malik Slaughter was a highly touted JUCO player who is now looking to be an impact player at the FCS level.

BCU vs Norfolk State 2015 (414)All-MEAC Preseason selectee Trenton Bridges’ responsibilities will extend far beyond bringing down opposing running backs when he line up at middle linebacker this year. Bridges will be counted upon to make the right defensive checks and for leading a linebacking crew that will feature first year starters flanking him on both sides. Atreyu Farrior, Werley Placide and Veion Robinson have first dibs at making their names as starters in Yogi Jones’ defense.

Diquan Richardson is the leader of a secondary that is expected to be much improved in 2016. Arthur Williams provides BCU with some much needed length at corner while Sophomore Elliott Miller is a speedy cover guy who looks to build on a solid 2015 campaign. Former cornerback and UCF product Jeremy Davis switches to safety.

Another year of seasoning  should help this year’s Wildcat defense rebound from a season that saw them fall to the middle of the pack in most defensive categories.

Coach Sims and his 4 time defending MEAC championship squad kick things off this Sunday at 1:00 against Alcorn State in the 12th Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge. The game will be televised on ESPN and streamed on WatchESPN.

BCU vs Norfolk State 2015 (488)

Pick the unis!

You the fan have the power to select the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats full uniform for the MEAC/SWAC Challenge! The nationally televised event will mark the debut of Bethune-Cookmans new Nike apparel. The Wildcats and nine other MEAC schools announced the expansion of their Nike agreement earlier this year.

Make your choice from the four options below. Voting will run until Friday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. ET.

YOU have the power to decide what uniform combination Bethune-Cookman Athletics wears in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge! All who vote and have “liked” our page are eligible to win a pair of game tickets. 






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Hello Wildcat Nation and welcome to another exciting year of Hailwildcats.com and Wildcat Football, 

We would like to cordially invite you to travel with HailWildcats.com as we “Prey Together”  and support our Fighting BCU Football team under  the direction of Head Coach Terry Sims. Our Fighting Wildcats will travel to Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas on Saturday September 10th, 2016 to take on the North Texas Mean Green Football team, kickoff is at 6:00 p.m. CST

As a bonus to our Wildcat family, Hailwildcats.com is offering the discounted 2+2+1 rate of $735.00 which guarantees  you 2 Round trip Airline Fares (*Baggage Fees are separate), 2 Game Tickets, Transportation while in Texas and a hotel room on Saturday night. So grab another Wildcat Fan, and travel with us. If you are traveling by yourself, for the low 1+1+1* share rate of $380.00, you will be guaranteed a Round trip Airline Fare (*Baggage Fees are separate), 1 Game ticket, transportation while in Texas and a Hotel room share* on  Saturday night in a Dallas, Texas hotel.  If you have a Game ticket, you can secure your Round trip Airline Fare (*Baggage Fees are separate) transportation while in Texas, and a  Saturday night hotel room share* (1+1*) for $365.00, and for 2 persons, (2+1) $705.00 which will guarantee you 2 Round trip Airline Fares (*Baggage Fees are separate), transportation while in Texas, and a Saturday night King/Double Bed hotel room.

We will depart Daytona Beach at 8:00 a.m. for a 9:00 am arrival at Orlando International Airport on Saturday September 10th (if you would like you may meet us at the airport), the flight will depart Orlando (OIA, MCO) at 11:11 am and arrive in Dallas, Texas at 1:02 pm. Upon arrival in Dallas we will proceed to the hotel to check-in and change. We will depart for Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas at 4:00 pm. At the conclusion of the game we will travel back to the hotel Dallas. The outbound flight back into Orlando will depart Dallas Sunday September 11th at 11:25 am and arrive in Orlando at 3:00 pm. 

Hotel Rating: 4*

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Other Planned Hailwildcats.com Fan Trips:

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Sat, Nov 05  Morgan State * Baltimore, Md.
Sat, Nov 19  Florida A&M * Orlando, Fla.


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Wildcats land 15 All-Conference Selections; predicted to finish second

Jawill Davis - 2016 1st Team All-MEAC

Jawill Davis – 2016 1st Team All-MEAC

Norfolk, VA.– Bethune-Cookman landed Fifteen (15) student athletes on the MEAC’s

Preseason All-Conference team and were predicted to finish second at the league’s Annual Press Luncheon earlier this week.

Seven Wildcats were named to the conference’s first team including: Michael Jones (RB; Sr) Jawill Davis (WR; r-Jr), Ja-Quan Lumas (TE; r-Jr), Trevin Huff (OL; r-Sr); Kevin Thompson (DL; Jr), Diquan Richardson (DB, Jr),and  Jonathan Cagle (P, Sr).

North Carolina A&T star running back Tarik Cohen was named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year.

BCU, who has won at least a share of the league crown in each of the past four seasons, received the 2nd most votes in the predicted order of finish.

The Wildcats shared the 2015 MEAC crown with North Carolina A&T (NCA&T) and North Carolina Central (NCCU). The same three squads landed the top three positions in this year’s preseason predictions with NCA&T leading the way with 13 first place votes.


Rank School Points
1. North Carolina A&T State (13) 489
2. Bethune-Cookman (3) 447
3. North Carolina Central (4) 388
4. South Carolina State 351
5. Hampton (1) 265
6. Norfolk State 239
7. Morgan State 192
8. Florida A&M 164
9. Delaware State (1) 121
10. Howard 90
11. Savannah State 48


2016 MEAC Football All-Conference Preseason Teams

First Team Offense First Team Defense Second Team Offense Second Team Defense Third Team Offense Third Team Defense Offensive Player of the Year: Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T State Defensive Player of the Year: Darius Leonard, South Carolina State

First-Team Offense

Pos. Name Cl. School         Hometown
QB Malcolm Bell r-Sr. North Carolina Central Richmond, Va.
RB Tarik Cohen Sr. North Carolina A&T State Bunn, N.C.
RB Michael Jones Sr. Bethune-Cookman Sarasota, Fla.
WR Twarn Mixson r-Sr. Hampton Charlotte, N.C.
WR Jawill Davis r-Jr. Bethune-Cookman Miami, Fla.
TE Ja-Quan Lumas r-Jr. Bethune-Cookman Orlando, Fla.
C Carl Jones r-Sr. North Carolina Central Nashville, Tenn.
OL Brandon Parker r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State Kannapolis, N.C.
OL* Javarius Leamon r-Sr. South Carolina State Woodruff, S.C.
OL* Trevin Huff r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Tallahassee, Fla.
OL Desmond Cooper r-Sr. North Carolina Central Stafford, Va.

First-Team Defense

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Marquis Ragland r-Sr. North Carolina A&T State Fayetteville, N.C.
DL Angelo Keyes r-Sr. North Carolina A&T State Kinston, N.C.
DL Curtis Alexander Sr. Florida A&M Quincy, Fla.
DL Kevin Thompson Jr. Bethune-Cookman Baltimore, Md.
LB Darius Leonard r-Jr. South Carolina State Lake View, S.C.
LB Dayshawn Taylor r-Jr. South Carolina State Lincolnton, Ga.
LB Jeremy Miles (Thompson) r-Sr. North Carolina Central Durham, N.C.
DB Jacques Bryant Sr. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
DB Diquan Richardson Jr. Bethune-Cookman Alvin, S.C.
DB Phillip Henry r-Sr. South Carolina State Manning, S.C.
DB Delonta Hall r-Sr. Morgan State Fort Washington, Md.
PK Cody Jones Sr. North Carolina A&T State Gastonia, N.C.
P* Jonathan Cagle Sr. Bethune-Cookman Pensacola, Fla.
P* Christian Faber-Kinney r-Sr. Hampton Williamsburg, Va.
RS Khris Gardin Jr. North Carolina A&T State Morganton, N.C.

Second-Team Offense

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Greg Hankerson Sr. Norfolk State Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.
RB Dorrel McClain r-So. North Carolina Central Cary, N.C.
RB Orlando Johnson Sr. Morgan State Memphis, Tenn.
WR Denzel Keyes Sr. North Carolina A&T State Kinston, N.C.
WR Montavious Williams r-So. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
TE Justin Chaney Jr. Howard Hammond, La.
C Phillip Norman r-Jr. Bethune-Cookman Sebastian, Fla.
OL Toree Boyd Sr. Howard Miami, Fla.
OL Marcus Pettiford So. North Carolina A&T State Durham, N.C.
OL* Tarrance Wells Sr. North Carolina Central Oxon Hill, Md.
OL* Keonte Cash So. Florida A&M Miami, Fla.

Second-Team Defense

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Antonio Brown r-Jr. North Carolina Central Jacksonville, Fla.
DL Gregtavious Newell r-Jr. South Carolina State Columbia, S.C.
DL Chris Lee Jr. Norfolk State Woodbridge, Va.
DL* Todney Evans r-So. Bethune-Cookman Delray Beach, Fla.
DL* DeMarcus Womack Sr. Bethune-Cookman Orlando, Fla.
LB* Jalen Day r-Sr. Howard Winston Salem, N.C.
LB* Marcus Albert r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State College Park, Ga.
LB Malik Harris Jr. Delaware State Washington, D.C.
DB* William Burton Sr. Delaware State Washington Township, N.J.
DB* Zerius Lockhart r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State Auburn, Ala.
DB Craig Johnson Sr. Howard Brooklyn, N.Y.
DB* Davanta Reynolds r-So. North Carolina Central Tucker, Ga.
DB* Sandy Chapman Sr. Norfolk State Raleigh, N.C.
PK Cameron Marouf Sr. Norfolk State Woodbridge, Va.
P* Jerome Pettiway Jr. South Carolina State York, S.C.
P* Colby Blanton r-So. Florida A&M Jacksonville, Fla.
RS LaVontis Smith Sr. North Carolina Central Maben, Miss.

Third-Team Offense

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Larry Brihm, Jr. r-Jr. Bethune-Cookman Delray Beach, Fla.
RB Dondre Brown Jr. South Carolina State Varnville, S.C.
RB* Gerard Johnson Sr. Norfolk State Richmond, Va.
RB* Dwayne Garrett r-Sr. Hampton Phoenix, Ariz.
WR Frank Brown r-Jr. Bethune-Cookman Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
WR Aris Scott Sr. Delaware State Harrisburg, Pa.
TE Willie Gillus r-Jr. Morgan State Suffolk, Va.
C Darriel Mack r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State Cilo, S.C.
OL Donovan Johnson Sr. Hampton Clifton, Md.
OL Joshua Miles Jr. Morgan State Baltimore, Md.
OL Ryan Gould Jr. Hampton Clemmons, S.C.
OL Chuka Ezeuzoh So. Delaware State Wilmington, Del.

 Third-Team Defense

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Malik Hampton-Prioleau Sr. North Carolina A&T State Bossier City, La.
DL Jai Franklin Jr. Morgan State Clinton, Md.
DL* Walter Brantley So. Norfolk State Hampton, Va.
DL* Ja’Quan Smith r-Jr. North Carolina Central Miramar, Fla.
LB Marquis Smith Sr. Savannah State Prince Georges County, Md.
LB* Rashawn Barrett Sr. Delaware State Montclair, N.J.
LB* Trenton Bridges r-So. Bethune-Cookman Deland, Fla.
DB Tard McCoy r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State Delray Beach, Fla.
DB Myles Morris r-Sr. Hampton Greensboro, N.C.
DB Arthur Williams Jr. Bethune-Cookman Sebring, Fla.
DB Devondre Powell Jr. South Carolina State Miami, Fla.
PK* Uriel Hernandez So. Bethune-Cookman Homestead, Fla.
PK* Tyler Scandrett Jr. South Carolina State Barnesville, Ga.
P John Barron Sr. Savannah State Marietta, Ga.
RS Marcus Taylor So. Norfolk State Highland Springs, Va.

 *denotes tie


B-CU Men and Women Selected as the 2016 All-Sports Award Winners

The Bethune-Cookman Athletic program hit a delightful double on Wednesday. The Wildcats secured both the Talmadge Layman Hill Men’s All-Sports Award and the Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s All-Sports Award.

Congratulations to the players, coaches and athletic department for pulling off such a momentous feat.

Source: B-CU And FAMU Selected as the 2016 All-Sports Award Winners