Tigers top MEAC kingpin Bethune-Cookman 16-10 in OT
Tigers top MEAC kingpin Bethune-Cookman 16-10 in OT
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You are cordially invited to hop onboard the HailWildcats.com ‘Road to the Celebration Bowl’ Fan Bus as we continue to support our BCU Football team under the direction of Head Coach Terry Sims. Our Fighting Wildcats will travel to Ted Wright Stadium in Savannah, Georgia to defend their MEAC Championship on Saturday September 24th, 2016 to take on the Savannah State Tigers, kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.
The low rate of $50.00 will guarantee you transportation to and from the game and a game ticket, if you already have your game ticket, you can secure your transportation to and from Savannah State for just $40.00.
The bus will pick up in two locations, Daytona 1:00 pm and Jacksonville 2:30 pm, and will make a stop for lunch before arriving at Ted Wright Stadium around 6:00 pm. We will depart for Florida approximately 1 hour after the game and will stop for dinner on the return trip.
Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. No seats are guaranteed until final payment has been received. Refunds will be granted on a case by case basis!
We encourage the use of PayPal for a fast, safe, and convenient method of securing your seat. We have attached the PayPal links/options below for your convenience. You do NOT need a PayPal account to complete your transaction. If you prefer to pay with cash or with Credit/Debit card in person or over the phone, please coordinate with Jerry Bell or Darold Williams at the numbers below. Checks will NOT be accepted.
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DAYTONA BEACH, FL –Bethune-Cookman University -1:00 PM Between the Facilities building and the Band Hall
JACKSONVILLE, FL – Motel 6- 2:30 PM 812 Dunn Ave, Jax, FL 32218
Bethune-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.
|3rd down efficiency||2-12||7-16|
|4th down efficiency||0-3||2-3|
|Yards per pass||3.9||3.7|
|Yards per rush||4.9||6.5|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*
*Hotel Room Share – Share/paired in a double bed room with a fellow Wildcat in a 4 star hotel.
A $125.00 per person deposit is due immediately to secure Airline rates/arrangements.
We encourage the use of PayPal for a fast, safe, and convenient method of securing your arrangements. We have attached the PayPal links/options below for your convenience. You do NOT need a PayPal account to complete your transaction. If you prefer to pay with cash or with Credit/Debit card in person or over the phone, please coordinate with Darold Williams at the number below. Checks will NOT be accepted. When completing the information in Paypal, please include Names, Date of Birth, and Gender of all persons traveling.
This trip and arrangements are time sensitive so please book today!
If you have any questions, please call or text Darold Williams at 904-351-8381.
Other Planned Hailwildcats.com Fan Trips:
|Sat, Sep 24||Savannah State *||Savannah, Ga.|
|Sat, Oct 08||South Carolina State *||Orangeburg, S.C.|
|Sat, Oct 22||Norfolk State *||Norfolk, Va.|
|Sat, Nov 05||Morgan State *||Baltimore, Md.|
|Sat, Nov 19||Florida A&M *||Orlando, Fla.|
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.
2016 MEAC FOOTBALL PRESEASON PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
|1.||North Carolina A&T State (13)||489|
|3.||North Carolina Central (4)||388|
|4.||South Carolina State||351|
|9.||Delaware State (1)||121|
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
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|