MEAC's leading tackler longed for league title, but Eagles eliminated from chase with loss to Bethune-Cookman
Bethune-Cookman leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in time of possession and against NCCU hung onto the ball for 36:44 to just 23:16 for NCCU. The Wildcats ran 86 plays for 594 total yards while NCCU only got off 56 plays for 137 total yards.
Bethune-Cookman will continue its defense of the 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football championship at N.C. Central’s O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium today (noon, ESPNews).
Starting quarterback Jordan Reid had a leg injury that thrust NCCU quarterback Malcolm Bell, a red shirt freshman, into the starting lineup in what ended as a 24-10 win at Savannah State on Saturday.
When it came time for the regular-season MEAC champion N.C. Central to pick up its tickets to the Big Dance last season, rival N.C. A&T cut in on them, taking home the MEAC Tournament crown and the league's automatic NCAA Tournament bid.
N.C. Central guards Jessica Freeman and Khyra Conerly are guaranteeing that second-year Lady Eagles coach Vanessa Taylor will experience more than two wins this time around.
Plus good sports at Duke and N.C. Central.
Redshirt freshman Malcolm Bell started at quarterback against Savannah State because redshirt senior quarterback Jordan Reid was injured, NCCU interim coach Dwayne Foster said.
Wilkins, who amassed 241 total yards, returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown and pulled in a 19-yard pass from Malcolm Bell midway through the third quarter to extend the Eagles' lead to 21-10.
Dwayne Foster and Earnest Wilson III have had better football seasons as assistant coaches. Foster and Wilson are in their first campaigns as college head coaches, with Foster leading N.C. Central into Savannah State’s homecoming game today (2 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
Quarterback Jordan Reid didn’t throw for any touchdowns and tossed two interceptions in a loss to Morgan State, but the job appears to still be firmly his as the Eagles (3-4, 1-2 MEAC) head to Georgia for a date at Savannah State (1-7, 0-4 MEAC) on Saturday (2 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
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“There is a ton of football to be played. Certainly it is tough with two conference losses,” NCCU interim coach Dwayne Foster said. “Our focus is, again, just getting to the next win, working on Savannah State. We can’t look ahead.”
N.C. Central’s special teams have given opposing teams fits. Problem is, the other two phases of a football game have caused the Eagles to create headaches for themselves.
Seth Higgins tossed one touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Morgan State put away N.C. Central 34-22 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup Saturday.