B-CU's Second Half Defense: No TDs In October
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- One of the few games Bethune-Cookman has given up a second half touchdown this season foreshadow the Wildcats' current run of three games pulling off an impressive defensive feat.
Alabama State had the Wildcats down 21-0 in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge on a blistering September afternoon before B-CU scored the next 38 points for an impressive opening day victory.
The Hornets' late touchdown was a rarity this season.
The next week, South Carolina State was held scoreless the final 30 minutes. Tennessee State the same. And in the month of October, Bethune-Cookman gave up two field goals to North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central.
That defensive run has put the Wildcats (6-2 overall, 5-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) in the driver's seat for a conference championship run that begins Saturday at Morgan State. B-CU's the only remaining unbeaten team in league play.
So, is it a matter of conditioning, the ability to make adjustments or simply an overall stellar coaching effort by defensive coordinator Yogi Jones? Head Coach Brian Jenkins says "it's all of the above."
"We take pride in being a well-conditioned team," Jenkins said during his Wednesday media luncheon. "Coach Medgar Harrison has done an excellent job in that regard.
"Coach Jones has done a great job with his schemes and making the adjustments," Jenkins. "Good things have come in the second half because of it."
Jenkins wants the high level of play to continue Saturday against a Morgan State team (3-5, 2-3) team that can't be overlooked.
"They are a very talented, very deadly football team," Jenkins said. " We hope to go up in their territory and play a flawless football game to keep us on track."
Other comments from Jenkins:
More on Morgan State...
"They have a good running back, quarterbacks who can make plays and a defense that's active and aggressive. I have a massive amount of respect for [Defensive coordinator] Alonzo Lee because he gets the most out of his players and [Head Coach] Donald Hill-Ely just finds a way to keep his team competitive. We're not overlooking this group."
On MSU losing close games...
"When an animal is injured, they're more dangerous. That's Morgan State. They're in the game. One or two plays and they walk away with a win. That's why they are like an injured animal... they find a way to fight to survive. They won't lie down."
"We have some little things we need to fix. We had too many penalties last weekend and I'm not happy about that."