Post by aggierattler on Oct 20, 2018 7:18:18 GMT -5
Five Things to Know: NCA&T at Bethune-Cookman
Jeff Mills Greensboro News-Record Sports October 20, 2018 at 5:05 am
GREENSBORO — Welcome to must-win Saturday.
No. 18/19 N.C. A&T (5-2, 2-1 MEAC) heads to Daytona Beach, Fla., to take on Bethune-Cookman (4-3, 2-1) at 4 p.m. Saturday at Municipal Stadium.
The winner will be one game behind idle Florida A&M (5-2, 4-0) in second place in the MEAC standings. The loser’s postseason hopes are all but gone.
“Each game from this point on,” A&T coach Sam Washington said, “becomes the most important game of the season. We have to win the next game. … We need to win these last four ballgames. We know that. But you can’t win them all at once. You can only win one game at a time.”
Five things to know about this matchup:
1. Penalties If there’s been a disturbing trend at A&T this season, it’s the uptick in penalties. And it likely cost the Aggies a victory last week in a critical game against Florida A&M...
Post by aggierattler on Oct 20, 2018 7:27:40 GMT -5
B-CU, North Carolina A&T meet Saturday with plenty at stake
By Zach Dean Daytona Beach News-Journal Sports Posted Oct 19, 2018 at 11:47 AM Updated Oct 19, 2018 at 5:32 PM
DAYTONA BEACH — There’s still a month left in the regular season, and there are still three conference games remaining, but Bethune-Cookman’s showdown at 4 p.m. Saturday with defending champion North Carolina A&T certainly has the feel of an elimination game.
“They are must-win football games,” head coach Terry Sims said. “We understand that and that same message has been relayed to our team.”
The Wildcats (4-3, 2-1) and Aggies (5-2, 2-1) come into this game tied for second in the MEAC, both teams trailing a surprising Florida A&M team that sits at 4-0 in the conference. The Aggies are coming off a 22-21 loss to the Rattlers last week — a game they once led 21-6 — while the Wildcats still have the Florida Classic looming, so B-CU is still somewhat in control of its own destiny.
Along with that contest, the Wildcats still have conference games against Morgan State and North Carolina Central remaining. North Carolina A&T, meanwhile, will take on Norfolk State, Central and Savannah State to end the season.
Regardless, for Saturday’s loser, the final quarter of the season may not matter.
“All depends on who shows up,” Sims said. “Any team can be beat.”
Behind enemy lines
Taking down the Aggies is no easy task, though, and it’s something B-CU hasn’t done since 2012...