NCCU looks for consistency as Savannah St. trip looms
The 115 yards worth of penalties N.C. Central piled up Saturday in a 34-22 home loss to Morgan State is no way to win football games.
NCCU interim coach Dwayne Foster continues to preach to his team about the need to play consistent football.
Playing smart football always helps, too.
“We knew, defensively, that they were going to be very aggressive, and we tried to take advantage of them being overaggressive,” Morgan State coach Donald Hill-Eley said.
NCCU (3-4, 1-2 MEAC) will look to recalibrate at Savannah State (1-7, 0-4 MEAC) on Saturday (2 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
NCCU was playing .500 ball when it got into its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule with an Oct. 5 road win at Howard.
S.C. State embarrassed NCCU 44-3 on national TV when the Eagles returned to O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium, where Morgan State altered the team’s homecoming plan.
Two losses in the MEAC blur NCCU’s preseason idea about a league championship that guarantees a berth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
“There is a ton of football to be played. Certainly it is tough with two conference losses,” Foster said. “Our focus is, again, just getting to the next win, working on Savannah State. We can’t look ahead.”
Immediately after losing to Morgan State, NCCU linebacker Tazmon Foster said that he needed to watch the game film before speaking on what went wrong.
NCCU linebacker Jordan Miles had seen enough during the game.
“We just didn’t execute,” Miles said.
Morgan State ran for 288 yards on the Eagles.
Offensively, NCCU gained just 44 rushing yards, although the Eagles generated 202 yards through the air.
Miles, tight-lipped and terse after the game, said, “We’ll fix it.”
Indicative of the Eagles’ struggles was NCCU redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Phillip Mitchell getting ejected for throwing a punch late in the fourth quarter against Morgan State.
“We’re not winning, and we’re not stopping anybody and the discipline (problems) are going to come because everybody’s frustrated,” Foster said.