B-CU football goes 2-1 to start the season


By Sidney P. Brown
The Sports Fanatic

It's week three in the 2019 Bethune-Cookman football season and the Wildcats are 2-1, having handily dispatched Mississippi Valley State College on Sept. 21.

The 'Cats came home with a 28-6, which was about what I expected given their opponents 0-2 record coming into the game

But, hey, a win is a win and we will take it after being trounced 63-0 in our Sept. 14 game against the University of Miami Hurricanes. The Wildcats were held to under 100 yards of offense and were just demolished egregiously by the Hurricanes.

I understand that the Wildcats had a monetary agreement to play Miami, which would help with funding and possibly provide more scholarship money for students, so that softens the loss just a little bit. Nevertheless, the Wildcats still could've done much better and were capable of putting points on the board especially since the Wildcat offense was close to the end zone on several drives and the defense held Miami to 28 points in the 1first half.

Now about week one, the Wildcats traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, to face-off against the Tigers of Jackson State University from Jackson, Mississippi, in the 15th annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge hosted by ESPN. The game attracted 23,333 people to the Georgia State Stadium to see the teams and to hear the bands.

Both teams got off to a rough start in the first half, resulting in a 3-0 score at halftime thanks to Jackson State's initial 25-yard field goal in the early part of the 1st quarter. The second half was a complete turn of events. Jackson State came out strong with 2 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter from an 8-yard run and 33 yard-pass. However, B-CU came roaring back with 3 touchdowns scoring a total 22 points in the 3rd quarter to take a 22-15 lead. The Wildcats offense would soon add on two final scores in the 4th quarter while the Wildcat defense kept Jackson State's offense out of the end zone for the rest of the game.

Jackson State accumulated 512 total yards to B-CU's 285, but the Tigers missed two field goals, two PAT attempts and also committed four turnovers. The Wildcats, on the other hand, had no turnovers throughout the whole duration of the matchup. Overall, a great second half for the Wildcats as they took their first win of the season beating Jackson State 36-15 when all was said and done.

Till next time.

Sidney P. Brown is a freshman mass communications major. Brown, who played football in high school, is the host of the Sidney P. Brown show on YouTube where he talks sports.