BCU Thumps Morgan 49-23

Last Saturday’s 49-23 Homecoming thumping of Morgan State was a near perfect microcosm of The Fighting Wildcats 2011 football season. 

 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. 

Jackie Wilson

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.

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Wildcats keep MEAC hopes alive in 14-6 defeat of #24 Norfolk State

Eddie Poole extends his consecutive games reception streak to 19 against Norfolk State--Photo Courtesy of The Virginian Pilot

The 24th ranked and conference unbeaten Norfolk State Spartans entered Thursday night’s nationally televised contest  boasting the conference’s top offense, number 1 scoring defense, and the conference’s best offensive player through the midpoint of the season in QB Chris Walley. But it was the Wildcats who dominated both sides of the ball and exited Dick Price Stadium with a convincing 14-6 victory.

For the second consecutive week, Junior running back Isidore Jackson set a single game career high with 206 yards rushing on 34 carries.  Jackson’s determined running along with a dominant performance by the Bethune Cookman offensive line helped the Wildcats outgained  Norfolk State on the ground 245 yards to 97.

Jackie Wilson got the start at quarterback for the Wildcats.  Wilson passed for a modest 88 yards on 8 of 16 attempts including a 7 yard touchdown completion to KJ Stroud with 11:56 remaining in the 3rd quarter.  It was the Rutger’s transfer first td reception in a BCU uniform.  Wilson played the entire game with his throwing hand heavily wrapped.  The nature and severity of Wilson’s injury is unknown but is a reason for concern.  Last week’s starter, David Blackwell, dislocated the thumb on his throwing hand in the contest against Fort Valley State and it is believed that Jamarr Robinson has an undisclosed leg injury which has limited his play and/or availability.

Brian Jenkins and the coaching staff deserve a ton of praise for developing a winning gameplan that protected the Wildcat quarterback given the current injury situation at the position.

The Wildcat’s two touchdowns on the evening came on their opening possession of the game and the opening possession of the second half.  It was all of the scoring the Cats needed on the evening as the Wildcat defense prevented the Spartans from getting into the endzone only yielding two long field goals in the contest.

The Wildcat defensive front-7 dominated the Spartans offense all night.  Defensive End Ryan Davis was quite simply the best player on the field and registered as good of a defensive performance as you will ever witness.  Davis accounted for 3.5 sacks, 11 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery on the evening.  Davis and the Wildcats limited NSU to less than 250 yards of total offense and produced 3 turnovers.  The last of which was a game sealing Dion Hanks interception in the endzone with :50 seconds remaining in the contest.

With the victory on Thursday night, the Wildcats keep their slim hopes alive of winning a share of the 2011 MEAC crown.  BCU will take the field again next Saturday in Durham, NC against upstart North Carolina Central. 

 

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER

COOK

NORF

  TD 04:08 Anthony Jordan 2 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)

7

0

SECOND QUARTER

COOK

NORF

  FG 02:18 Everett Goldberg 50 Yd

7

3

THIRD QUARTER

COOK

NORF

  TD 11:56 Keith Stroud 7 Yd Pass From Jackie Wilson (Sven Hurd Kick)

14

3

  FG 07:27 Everett Goldberg 47 Yd

14

6

Team Stat Comparison

  Bethune-Cook. Norfolk St
1st Downs

19

16

3rd down efficiency

6-15

5-15

4th down efficiency

0-0

0-0

Total Yards

333

249

Passing

88

152

Comp-Att

8-16

17-28

Yards per pass

5.5

5.4

Rushing

245

97

Rushing Attempts

54

36

Yards per rush

4.5

2.7

Penalties

8-59

6-31

Turnovers

2

3

Fumbles lost

0

2

Interceptions thrown

2

1

Possession

31:40

28:20

Bethune-Cookman Passing
 

C/ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

INT

J. Wilson

8/16

88

5.5

1

2

Team

8/16

88

5.5

1

2

                 

 

Norfolk State Passing
 

C/ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

INT

C. Walley

14/24

88

3.7

0

1

N. Flores

3/4

64

16.0

0

0

Team

17/28

152

5.4

0

1

Bethune-Cookman Rushing
 

CAR

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

I. Jackson

34

206

6.1

0

49

R. Scott

8

34

4.3

0

15

J. Wilson

7

14

2.0

0

15

A. Jordan

2

1

0.5

1

2

-. Team

3

-10

-3.3

0

0

Team

54

245

4.5

1

49

                     

 

Norfolk State Rushing
 

CAR

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

T. Hedgeman

16

54

3.4

0

13

K. Lewis

4

44

11.0

0

17

N. Flores

7

16

2.3

0

4

R. Maynes

1

-1

-1.0

0

0

C. Walley

8

-16

-2.0

0

3

Team

36

97

2.7

0

17

Bethune-Cookman Receiving
 

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

M. Francois

3

56

18.7

0

29

E. Poole

2

20

10.0

0

14

K. Stroud

1

7

7.0

1

7

P. Harris

1

7

7.0

0

7

R. Scott

1

-2

-2.0

0

0

Team

8

88

11.0

1

29

                     

 

Norfolk State Receiving
 

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

X. Boyce

6

76

12.7

0

45

R. Garrett

4

36

9.0

0

14

V. Hairston

4

35

8.8

0

14

K. Johnson

1

3

3.0

0

3

K. Lewis

2

2

1.0

0

2

Team

17

152

8.9

0

45

Bethune-Cookman Interceptions
 

INT

YDS

TD

D. Hanks

1

12

0

Team

1

12

0

                 

 

Norfolk State Interceptions
 

INT

YDS

TD

R. Volcin

1

0

0

D. Reynolds

1

0

0

Team

2

0

0

Bethune-Cookman Kick Returns
 

NO

YDS

AVG

LG

C. Keith

2

39

19.5

26

J. Moss

1

4

4.0

4

Team

3

43

14.3

26

               

 

Norfolk State Kick Returns
 

NO

YDS

AVG

LG

V. Hairston

2

41

20.5

23

M. Cooperwood

1

19

19.0

19

Team

3

60

20.0

23

Bethune-Cookman Punt Returns
 

NO

YDS

AVG

LG

P. Cleckley

1

14

14.0

14

C. Wilson

1

0

0.0

0

Team

2

14

7.0

14

 

Norfolk State Punt Returns
 

NO

YDS

AVG

LG

M. Cooperwood

2

14

7.0

7

V. Hairston

1

6

6.0

6

Team

3

20

6.7

7

Bethune-Cookman Kicking
 

FG

PCT

LONG

XP

PTS

S. Hurd

0/1

0.0

2/2

2

Team

0/1

0.0

2/2

2

                   

 

Norfolk State Kicking
 

FG

PCT

LONG

XP

PTS

E. Goldberg

2/2

100.0

50

0/0

6

Team

2/2

100.0

50

0/0

6

Bethune-Cookman Punting
 

TOT

YDS

AVG

TB

-20

LG

K. Kowalski

7

256

36.6

0

3

58

Team

7

256

36.6

0

3

58

                       

 

Norfolk State Punting
 

TOT

YDS

AVG

TB

-20

LG

T. Muenzer

7

260

37.1

0

2

51

Team

7

260

37.1

0

2

51

 

Quarterback, Running Back and Wide Receiver preview

There is an old adage in sports that states “defense wins championships”.  Perhaps that’s true, but the last I checked the team that scores the most points wins the game.  In this article we take a look at the units responsible for scoring touchdowns; the quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers.

Eddie Poole (pictured) scored 9 TDs in 2010.

Wide Receiver

Eddie Poole (Glades Central High School/Rutgers) is the most polished of BCU’s talented wide receivers.  He has good size at 6-3, 190 pounds, he runs good routes, but most importantly, he consistently wins in one-on-one situations.  Poole caught 33 passes for 550 yards and scored 9 touchdowns a year ago.  Poole’s former Rutgers teammate, Keith Stroud, is a welcomed addition to the receiving unit.  Stroud, a 4 star recruit (Fork Union Virginia Military Academy/Rutgers)  provides the Cats with another big, athletic target (6-4, 206 pounds) on the outside. http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecruiting/football/recruiting/player-Keith-Stroud-72410

Maurice Francois and Courtney Keith are former Option quarterbacks who transitioned to wide receiver last season.  Keith and Francois’ athleticism and football instincts allow them to make up for their inexperience at the position.  They are dynamic playmakers who are electric with the ball in their hands.  Both players should progress in their 2nd year as wide receivers.  Randy James and speedster Preston Cleckly are also expected to see playing time at the position. Sophomore Jordan Murphy provides the Cats with a sure-handed target at the tight end position.

The depth and versatility of the receiving corp makes it the highest rated unit on the offensive side of the ball.  Grade: B

Running Backs

Isidore Jackson scores in the 2nd Quarter of the FL Classic

Despite being a backup last year, Isidore Jackson led the squad with 11 touchdowns and only Matt Johnson rushed for more yards.  The offseason signing of Ole Miss transfer, Rodney Scott, means Jackson will likely have to share carries again this season. 

Rodney Scott is an agile runner who possesses the type of speed and vision that makes him a scoring threat from anywhere on the field.  Andronicus Lovette and Jonathan Moment provide good depth at the position combining for 524 yards and 9 tds last year (Lovette 264 yards and 6 touchdowns, Moment 260 yards and 3 touchdowns).  Last year’s unit was a servicable bunch but the Cats will need to get better production and more explosion from the running back position if they wish to duplicate last year’s success.  Grade: C- 

Quarterbacks

Jr. QB Jackie Wilson (#5)

The success of Brian Jenkins’ second season as a head coach will depend heavily on his team’s quarterback play.  Gone is the reigning MEAC Offensive Player of the Year Matt Johnson.  Jackie Wilson, David Blackwell, and Quentin Williams will look to replace Johnson as the primary signal caller.

Jackie Wilson is the only one of the three that has taken a snap from center against FCS competition.  Last year Wilson completed just 47 percent of his passes throwing 3 TDs and 2 INTs in the process.  Blackwell played quarterback for Iowa Western Junior College in 2009 before redshirting at BCU in 2010.  Although Blackwell and Wilson both took snaps with the first team during spring drills, Coach Jenkins has yet to reveal which player enters fall camp atop the depth chart. 

True Freshman Quentin Williams, the 2010 Florida “Mr. Football” award recipient is already the most popular quarterback on campus.  Williams is the state of Florida’s all-time leader in TD passes (109) and passing yards (10,384).  Yet “major” FBS schools were slow to offer him a scholarship because of his height (6-0).  Williams is extremely poised, he has a very strong and accurate arm and he is a threat in the running game.  A source close to the Wildcat program has stated “Williams will have a chance to play quarterback on Sundays when his college career ends”.  Quentin Williams is certainly the future of Wildcat football but the immediate question is ‘is he ready to contribute right away’?  The Wildcat Quarterbacks are a talented but unproven bunch.   Our preseason grade is a D+.