Wildcats thump Hornets on homecoming; Politics steal show
It was a sweet homecoming for Bethune-Cookman as the football team handled its business and plenty of things were going on in Daytona Beach.
US House of Representative Patrick Murphy of Florida who is running for the US Senate against incumbent Marco Rubio walked in the parade reaching out to voters.
Democratic party Presidential nominee in Secretary of State Hilary Clinton stole the show with a surprise visit to the game.
Game Recap In front of an announced homecoming crowd of 7,822 at Municipal Stadium Bethune-Cookman handled Delaware State 41-10.
“All wins are big wins. It was a total team effort today. During our first three drives we had no mistakes, no turnovers and no penalties. Hats off to everybody including our coaching staff,” commented B-CU Head coach, Terry Sims.
Cameron Rigby ran for 106 yards and two scores to lead B-CU.
“I think it was my coming out party but we had a great game plan and our offensive line did an outstanding job,” answered Rigby.
The Wildcats was balanced on offense running for 269 yards and throwing for 224 more.
B-CU didn’t turn the ball over and scored on all five red zone opportunities.
DSU made it a game early and only trailed 7-3 after the first quarter and 13-3 at halftime.
Mason Rutherford had 107 kick return yards with three catches for 82 yards for the Hornets.
Mike Waters ran for 96 yards, Gilbert Rivera threw for 103 yards with a score and Aris Scott caught five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown for DSU.
Larry Brihm threw for 176 yards with two scores for the Wildcats.
Bethune-Cookman (2-5, 2-3) travels to Morgan State (2-5, 2-3) while Delaware State (0-8, 0-5) hosts North Carolina Central (6-2, 5-0) on Saturday.
Commentary Bethune-Cookman finally got a comfortable win. They also recorded their first home win. Delaware State put up a fight although they were outmatched. In the end the Hornets never really threatened the Wildcats. DSU also couldn’t stop the run which has hurt them all season. Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton really stole the show with a surprise visit. People were suspicious when they saw Secret Service agents and Volusia County Sherriff SWAT team members.
Clinton visit Before the game when tailgating was at its height in front of the stadium Clinton made a surprise visit.
The crowd erupted in cheers when she showed up and was introduced on the Wildcats side of the stadium.
She spoke briefly about the importance of voting and the legacy of B-CU.
“I have a special place in my heart because of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. She started this school with $1.50. Go and vote, vote early. This is an important election when it comes to education. It will have an impact on B-CU and HBCU’s. I promise to build upon the work of President Obama,” said Clinton.
Clinton stayed around for the pre-game introduction and ceremonies.
“She’s running for President and it’s great to have someone of her caliber come spend time with us. I think she brought more energy to the game. I believe that she provided extra energy for our fans,” said Simms.
Later in the day she had a rally at a small community center in the heart of Daytona’s historically Black community.
North Carolina A&T rips Florida A&M Tarik Cohen ran for 143 yards with three touchdowns to lead North Carolina A&T State University over Florida A&M University. Cohen also had three catches for 65 yards.
The Aggies defense held the Rattlers offense to 288 yards of total offense.
NCA&T accumulated 543 total yards of offense including 313 on the ground.
Florida A&M (3-6, 3-3) was only 4-for-12 on third down conversion.
North Carolina A&T (7-1, 5-0) converted 10-for-12 third downs.
Lamar Reynard threw for 230 yards and a score for the Aggies.
Ryan Stanley threw for 211 yards with a score and ran for 48 more yards for the Rattlers.
Florida A&M has a bye week while North Carolina A&T hosts South Carolina State.
Edward Waters Edward Waters College took care of Ave Maria 29-19.
Jamal Hughes had eight receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown for EWC.
The Tigers jumped out to a 29-3 lead early in the third quarter.
Austin Cole had 85 receiving yards with a score for FAMU.
Ian Jorge had 2.5 sacks of the Gyrenes.
Edward Waters (1-5, 1-1) travels to Warner while Ava Maria (0-8, 0-4) hosts Point.
Andreas Butler for IndieSoulMagazine.com