Wildcats fall to defending SWAC champions Alabama A&M, 30-27

DAYTONA, FL—Head coach Terry Sims and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats opened their inaugural season in the Southwestern Athletic Conference against the defending champion Alabama A&M University Bulldogs in search of their first win of the season. Unfortunately, untimely penalties and a failure to get stops on the defensive end in key moments of the game caused the Wildcats to suffer their third loss of the season in as many games 30-27 at Daytona Stadium at Larry Kelly Field.

Sims was particularly perturbed by the number of penalties the Wildcats amassed in the game (14-144), many of which allowed Alabama A&M to sustain scoring drives.

“Way too many penalties in the first half, Sims said. It was something we talked about all week that couldn’t happen. I think we had over 100 yards of penalties in the first half (12-124) and you’re not going to win football games that way.”

Coming into the game, both teams had a healthy respect for each other’s offenses and those units did not disappoint. Preseason SWAC Offensive Player of the Year Aqeel Glass paced the Bulldogs with 243 yards of total offense (234 passing) and two touchdown passes, while Wildcat senior quarterback Shannon Patrick went 17-31 for 221 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Leading the ground game for the Wildcats was Que’Shaun Byrd rushing for 132 yards and two scores on 21 carries, while AAMU’s Gary Quarles broke the century mark with 101 yards on 27 carries and a score.

Bulldogs treated to Pre-Game Florida Monsoon

The beginning of the game was marred by classic Florida inclement weather. A torrential downpour less than a half hour before kickoff and the presence of lightning strikes in the area forced the game to be delayed by 30 minutes. Once the game was underway, the “electric” play of both Glass and the Bulldog offense was immediately on display.

Alabama A&M got on the board first after a Wildcat miscue. Following a Patrick interception by AAMU safety Trenell Troutman, six plays later, Glass found receiver Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim on a quarterback rollout for an eight-yard touchdown pass to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead over the Wildcats with 8:34 remaining in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs would then add two additional field goals (one in the first and another in the second) by Spencer Corey after scoring drives of 65 yards and 59 yards respectively to increase the AAMU lead to 13-0 with 12:18 remaining in the first half.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Wildcats would finally get on the board as sophomore defensive back Darnell Deas caught the ball at the BCU 11-yard line and took the kickoff 89 yards for the first Wildcat touchdown of the evening. The successful PAT attempt cut the Bulldog deficit to 13-7 with 12:04 remaining in the first half.

AAMU immediately came back and engineered a nine play, 64-yard drive, capped by a three-yard touchdown scamper by Quarles to extend the Wildcat deficit to 20-7 with 8:20 remaining in the first half.

The Cats were able to find paydirt again via Byrd as he took a delayed handoff and rushed 14 yards for the second Wildcat score of the half, capping a seven play, 52-yard drive to cut the deficit to 20-13 with 3:04 remaining before halftime after a failed PAT attempt by Dylan Moghaddam.

AAMU head coach Connell Maynor and the Bulldogs would then employ their two-minute offense, largely behind the arm of Glass and finished a 10 play, 65-yard drive with a 12 yard touchdown strike to Ibrahim in the back of the end zone where he was able to toe-tap his way to his second score of the game to give the Bulldogs a commanding 27-13 lead heading into the locker room.

In the third quarter, Byrd would get his second touchdown of the game on a one-yard rush to bring the Cats to within 27-21 after a successful two-point conversion by Patrick and in the fourth both teams traded scores, with Corey notching his third FG of the night to extend the Bulldog lead to 30-21.

Late in the fourth quarter the Cats were finally treated to a Kemari Averett sighting. The senior tight end was largely responsible for BCU’s final touchdown, snagging a 42 yard pass up the seam and capping the six play, 60-yard drive with a seven-yard reception from Patrick to bring the Cats within 30-27 with 8:50 remaining. For the game, Averett led all Wildcat receivers with 64 yards on three receptions and a score.

The Atlanta, GA native, after impressive showings at UTEP and Central Florida, notched his third great outing of the season (11 receptions, 169 yards 2TD’s) something not lost on his head coach as Sims was effusive with praise of his 6’6 tight end, regarding the fact that his size and speed presents huge matchup problems for opposing defenses.

“He means so much to our team. We have two tight ends that are matchup problems for a lot of people. And we have to use him more and that’ll open things up for Byrd and some of our other receivers, so we have to get back to the drawing board get some more things done to get him targeted more.”

Head Scratching PAT Attempt

On the PAT attempt, the Cats failed an attempted two-point conversion, much to the surprise of the fans and supporters of B-CU as well as the AAMU special teams unit considering they were only down three points with a chance to inch closer to a deficit of two, something Sims said was simply a miscommunication.

“I’m never one to blame anything on players, but we were supposed to kick the ball, Sims said. The holder and the kicker got the signals mixed up and they thought we were going for it, but we were supposed to line up and kick the extra point at that time. It was simply a miscommunication.”

What’s Up Next?

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 2-0 overall (1-0 SWAC East) and will host Division II in-state rival Tuskegee in the friendly confines of Lewis Crews Stadium next weekend. Game time is set for 5pm CST.

With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 0-3 overall (0-1 SWAC East) and will travel to Montgomery, AL to take on Alabama State on September 25th at ASU Stadium. Game time is set for 6pm EST.

It’s Time to Go SWACing

Darryl Powell hauls in a catch vs UCF Photo Credits: Willie J. Allen Jr./Orlando Sentinel

This will sound a little bonkers to you if you only casually followed Bethune-Cookman football through the first two weeks of the season but hear me out. Despite their 0-2 record and despite yielding 1,141 yards of total offense in those two games, Bethune-Cookman has shown me enough to believe they will fair well in SWAC play this season.

I fully admit I often see-through maroon and gold lens. Fair enough.  But I am offering an objective analysis this time. I promise! I think!  

So here goes my reasoning. I had a group chat rolling last Saturday evening during the UCF vs BCU game. It was the same group chat I had rolling when the Wildcats traveled to El Paso to face UTEP but I digress. There were three active football coaches in that chat. The exact quote from one of those coaches was “after 5 quarters of watching BCU this year, we can all agree that they are a good FCS football team.” They matched up well against UTEP from a size, speed and athleticism standpoint and there were several guys who really popped out against UCF as well.

Now admittedly, that chat thread grew awfully quiet by midway through the 2nd quarter of play against UCF, however, the thought process remains. I saw enough positive things and heard enough positive feedback from guys who know what they are talking about to feel pretty good about BCU Football as they enter the portion of the season that truly matters.

We won’t have to wait long before the Wildcats start to prove or disprove these assumptions.

Reigning HBCU National Champions Alabama A&M roll into Daytona stadium this Thursday evening in what will be Bethune-Cookman’s first ever SWAC conference contest.  The Bulldogs head into the contest winners of seven straight including a 42-41 shootout against South Carolina State in Week One. Brian “Juice” Jenkins Jr., former Daytona Beach Mainland standout and son of former Wildcat head coach Brian Jenkins Sr. had a game high 112 yards receiving against South Carolina State. Cookman’s defense will have their hands full trying to slow down Jenkins, SWAC Offensive Player of the Year Aqeel Glass and Connell Maynor’s high octane offense.

Glass’ 426 yards passing and 4 touchdown tosses this season is almost identical to BCU talisman, Shannon Patrick’s 453 yards passing and 4 touchdowns. The glaring difference being Glass’ stats all came in one game compared to Patrick doing it over two. Granted, Patrick led his team against two FBS opponents including one that is headed to the Big 12. The playing field levels out beginning this week when the Wildcats begin a stretch run of 9 straight contests against FCS competition.

Credits: Willie J. Allen Jr./Orlando Sentinel

Alabama A&M’s undersized front seven surrendered 242 yards on the ground against SCSU. Meanwhile the Cats’ Que’shaun Byrd is averaging 6.7 yards per rushing attempt with a long of 68 yards this season. We fully expect the Wildcats will look to take advantage of Byrd’s playmaking ability and their size advantage in the trenches this week.  

Defensive Coordinator Yogi Jones has shown great patience in sticking with a ton of shell coverage so far.  I suppose you can say there has been a lot of “bend” in the defense. Unfortunately for the Wildcats and their “bend but don’t break” philosophy, the “but don’t break” part of the moniker has been absent from the D. Opponents have scored touchdowns on 11 of 13 Red Zone tries and the defense has only forced 5 punts this season. Ouch. The Wildcats have to find a way to limit the Bulldogs to kicking situations. Maybe that comes through pressuring Glass and forcing punts. Maybe that comes by forcing field goal tries once inside the Red Zone. Either way, Cookman’s defense has to find a way to slow down this Bulldog offense.

In addition to Byrd proving himself as a reliable playmaker, pass catchers Darryl Powell Jr., Marcus Riley and Kemari Averett have all proven to be matchup problems. Bethune-Cookman should not have many issues moving the ball against the Bulldogs. It will be critical that the Wildcats finish drives with touchdowns because I believe the first team to score 38 wins this contest.

I also believe this is an excellent opportunity for Terry Sims’ men to plant their flag and remind the HBCU World that the Wildcats are 8-0 against SWAC competition since 2006. We think…I repeat think Bethune-Cookman is a good football team. We will follow up on that assumption in less than 72 hours. See you all at 7:30pm, Thursday, September 16th at Daytona Stadium.

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Hailwildcats.com BCU vs NC A&T GAME WATCH PARTY Oct. 21st, 2017 @ 12:45 p.m. (Houligan’s)

CALLING ALL WILDCAT NATION!!!!!

Hailwildcats.com invites you to our WILDCATS “PREY TOGETHER”  Game Watch Party on October 21st, 2017 starting at 12:45 p.m. EST when our Mighty Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University take on the Aggies of North Carolina A & T University on ESPN3. The game will air live on the “BIG SCREENS” of HOULIGAN’S at 1725 W. International Speedway Blvd  Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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If you are in the Daytona area, put on your Maroon and Gold and come out and share with the Wildcat Nation in this momentous and joyous occasion and see

“Who will ascend to the top of the mountain?”

Just as in the past, the bar will have drink specials and food for Wildcat Alumni and fans. Kick off is at 1 pm…be there early as Saturday  is a very popular at Houligan’s.

SEE YOU THERE!

 

Hailwildcats.com WILDCATS “PREY TOGETHER” GAME WATCH PARTY Oct. 22nd, 2016 @ 1:30 p.m. (Daytona Ale House)

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Hailwildcats.com invites you to our WILDCATS “PREY TOGETHER”  Game Watch Party on October 22nd, 2016 starting at 1:30 p.m. EST when our Mighty Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University take on the Spartans of Norfolk State University on ESPN3. The game will air live on the “BIG SCREENS” of Daytona Ale House at 2610 W. International Speedway Blvd  Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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If you are in the Daytona area, put on your Maroon and Gold and come out and share with the Wildcat Nation in this momentous and joyous occasion and see

“Who will ascend to the top of the mountain?”

Just as in the past, the bar will have drink specials and food for Wildcat Alumni and fans. The Ale House has secured the patio area for us all but don’t be late as seating is first come first serve. Kick off is at 2 pm…be there early as Saturday  is a very popular at Ale House.

If you’re not AT the game, we want to see you at the Daytona Ale House on 10/22. Please share this event in all of your circles.

We will hold a raffle for (2) Tickets ($102.00 value) to the 2016 Florida Blue Florida Classic which will be held on Saturday November 19, 2016 @ 2 pm in the newly remodeled Citrus Bowl. To enter, tickets are One (1) for $5.00 or Three (3) for $10.00, the winner will be announced on Hailwildcats.com on Saturday October  29th, 2016. You may pre-purchase raffle tickets below:

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Updated: HAILWILDCATS.COM “PREY TOGETHER” NORTH TEXAS FAN TRIP SEPTEMBER 10th, 2016

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.

 

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Congratulations to Mrs. Emma Price on winning (2) 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic Tickets

Congratulations to Mrs. Emma Price of Daytona Beach on winning the Hailwildcats.com BCU vs Norfolk State “Watch Party” Raffle for (2) 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic Tickets. If you missed the past raffle, you have another opportunity this week, details below!  Congrats again Mrs. Emma Price!BCU HU

Hailwildcats.com will host a WILDCATS “LETS GO” Watch Party on Thursday November 13th, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. EST when our Mighty Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University take on the Pirates of Hampton University on ESPNU. The game will air live on the “BIG SCREEN” of Buffalo Wild Wings at 2479 W. International Speedway Blvd  Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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If you are in the Daytona area, put on your Maroon and Gold and come out and share with the Wildcat Nation in this momentous and joyous occasion and see

“Who will ascend to the top of the mountain?”

We will hold a raffle for (2) Tickets ($54.00 value) to the 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic which will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 2pm in the newly remodeled Citrus Bowl. To enter, tickets are One (1) for $5.00 or Three (3) for $10.00, the winner will be announced on Hailwildcats.com on Saturday November 15th, 2014. You may pre purchase raffle tickets below:

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2479 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Fl 32114

We look forward to seeing you there! Kickoff at 7:30 P.M.

 

Hailwildcats.com WILDCATS “LETS GO” WATCH PARTY Nov. 13th, 2014 @ 7p.m. (Buffalo Wild Wings Daytona Beach, Fl)

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Hailwildcats.com will host a WILDCATS “LETS GO” Watch Party on Thursday November 13th, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. EST when our Mighty Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University take on the Pirates of Hampton University on ESPNU. The game will air live on the “BIG SCREEN” of Buffalo Wild Wings at 2479 W. International Speedway Blvd  Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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If you are in the Daytona area, put on your Maroon and Gold and come out and share with the Wildcat Nation in this momentous and joyous occasion and see

“Who will ascend to the top of the mountain?”

We will hold a raffle for (2) Tickets ($54.00 value) to the 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic which will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 2pm in the newly remodeled Citrus Bowl. To enter, tickets are One (1) for $5.00 or Three (3) for $10.00, the winner will be announced on Hailwildcats.com on Saturday November 15th, 2014. You may pre purchase raffle tickets below:

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JOIN US FOR FOOTBALL, FOOD, and FUN!

Buffalo Wild Wings
2479 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Fl 32114

We look forward to seeing you there! Kickoff at 7:30 P.M.

 

Hailwildcats.com WILDCATS “LETS GO” WATCH PARTY Nov. 6th, 2014 @ 7p.m. (Buffalo Wild Wings Daytona Beach, Fl)

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10173685_4773331029342_6501135014572887901_nHailwildcats.com will host a WILDCATS “LETS GO” Watch Party on Thursday November 6th, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. EST when our Mighty Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University take on the Spartans of Norfolk State University on ESPNU. The game will air live on the “BIG SCREEN” of Buffalo Wild Wings at 2479 W. International Speedway Blvd  Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

If you are in the Daytona area, put on your Maroon and Gold and come out and share with the Wildcat Nation in this momentous and joyous occasion and see

“Who will ascend to the top of the mountain?”

We will hold a raffle for (2) Tickets ($54.00 value) to the 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic which will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 2pm in the newly remodeled Citrus Bowl. To enter, tickets are One (1) for $5.00 or Three (3) for $10.00, the winner will be announced on Hailwildcats.com on Saturday November 8th, 2014. You may pre purchase raffle tickets below:

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JOIN US FOR FOOTBALL, FOOD, and FUN!

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2479 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Fl 32114

We look forward to seeing you there! Kickoff at 7:30 P.M.

 

Wildcats Ranked No. 22 in The Sports Network Media Poll

????????Two-time defending MEAC champion Bethune-Cookman will begin the season ranked 22nd in The Sports Network’s Top 25 FCS media poll.

The Wildcats were selected as preseason favorites to win the 2014 conference crown and will surely look to position themselves for another playoff run.

Eastern Washington garnered top honors in the poll and the most first-place votes with 82.  Second ranked North Dakota State, #3 Southeastern Louisiana and fourth ranked New Hampshire each received at least one first-place vote.

The Sports Network FCS Top 25
College Football Poll
Team (First-place votes) 2013 Record Points Previous Rank
1. Eastern Washington Eagles (82) 12-3 3589 3
2. North Dakota State Bison (62) 15-0 3540 1
3. Southeastern Louisiana Lions (2) 11-3 3300 6
4. New Hampshire Wildcats (1) 10-5 3090 5
5. Montana Grizzlies 10-3 2817 8
6. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 11-4 2634 10
7. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 12-3 2461 7
8. McNeese State Cowboys 10-3 2277 11
9. Northern Iowa Panthers 7-5 2197 NR
10. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 9-5 2154 13
11. Fordham Rams 12-2 2139 9
12. Villanova Wildcats 6-5 2072 NR
13. Towson Tigers 13-3 1999 2
14. Chattanooga Mocs 8-4 1647 23
15. Tennessee State Tigers 10-4 1448 17
16. Eastern Illinois Panthers 12-2 1375 4
17. Sam Houston State Bearkats 9-5 1345 14
18. Montana State Bobcats 7-5 1170 20
19. William & Mary Tribe 7-5 1151 NR
20. Richmond Spiders 6-6 963 NR
21. Furman Paladins 8-6 802 22
22. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 10-3 475 16
23. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 9-3 429 15
24. Youngstown State Penguins 8-4 405 18
25. Maine Black Bears 10-3 330 12
Others receiving votes: Southern Illinois 305, Liberty 223, South Carolina State 219, Delaware 213, Wofford 186, James Madison 180, Samford 142, Cal Poly 112, Southern Utah 100, Princeton 81, Charleston Southern 53, Harvard 43, Central Arkansas 36, Alcorn State 34, Lehigh 25, Gardner-Webb 22, Sacred Heart 14, Lafayette 13, Southern 12, North Carolina A&T 7, Northwestern State 6, Illinois State 6, Alabama State 6, Western Illinois 5, Missouri State 5, Penn 5, Sacramento State 4, Eastern Kentucky 2, Stony Brook 2, Prairie View A&M 2, San Diego 1, Indiana State 1, Duquesne 1. …

B-CU and City of Daytona Beach strike Municipal Stadium Deal

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B-CU Home Stadium (Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium)

 

 

After nearly four years of negotiations, Bethune-Cookman University and The City of Daytona Beach have reached a 20-year stadium leasing agreement that is being lauded and as “a strong business deal” by both university officials and city leaders.

The 20-year contract requires Bethune-Cookman to pay $83,684 annually in year one ($60,000 annual base rent plus $23,684 in annual capital contribution fees) and would gradually climb to $128,894 in annual cost by the end of the lease cycle.

In exchange, BCU will keep 80 percent of parking revenue, 25 percent of net concession revenue, 75 percent of net banner advertising revenue, 50 percent of net advertising revenue from a new Jumbotron scoreboard and 50 percent of stadium naming rights revenue. Any naming rights proposals will need City Commission approval.

The City of Daytona Beach will be responsible for all cleaning and maintenance and will pay for new field lighting and a Jumbotron expected to be installed by the end of this year. The city and Bethune-Cookman will both seek grants to help cover costs for upgrades and repairs on the 26-year-old facility.

The agreement, which extends through New Years Eve 2034, allows Bethune-Cookman to use the field for all of its home football games (including playoff games), three spring scrimmages, three preseason scrimmages, 12 preseason and in-season practices and up to six open-use dates for things such as youth camps.