Thursday, October 8, 2015

Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State Meet in Big MEAC Battle Tonight


The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference round-robin schedule of conference championship contenders continues tonight when Bethune-Cookman hosts South Carolina State in a big MEAC football tilt tonight.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

The two teams represent six of the last seven conference champs or co-conference champs, including two of five teams who shared the MEAC title.

A week after hanging on to defeat North Carolina Central, Bethune-Cookman (4-1, 2-0 MEAC) hosts a team in South Carolina State whose record (2-2, 1-0 MEAC) hardly tells the story of this team.

"Now with South Carolina State... our guys are not going to look forward to the next team," Bethune-Cookman head coach Terry Sims told The Times and Democrat.  "They understand the caliber of the game, and they understand who they are playing.  They know that we can't afford to peek ahead at any opponent.  We have to have our total focus on South Carolina State right now."

The Wildcats offense should definitely be wary.  The Bulldogs have the MEAC's top ranked defense and third best offense, behind running back Jalen Simmons.

"They are a fast team with talent and they are going to be well-coached and ready to play," Sims told the paper.

Offense is where Bethune-Cookman shines.

Quarterback Quentin Williams leads the Wildcats with 245 yards passing a game and is the conference's seventh best rusher with nearly 50 yards a game.

"Hopefully our defense can stop them some," said SCSU Buddy Pough to the newspaper. "They have that offense spread out so much, and their defense creates so much havoc that I dont know if anyone can really stop them.  but the key will be whether or not we can stop them on offense."

The game will be televised live on ESPNNews.

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