A&T/Bethune-Cookman Rescheduled to Saturday due to Hurricane Matthew
from Matt Johnson, college football writer for GreensboroSports.com
North Carolina A&T (4-1, 2-0) will have to wait an extra two days before taking the field against Bethune-Cookman due to concerns caused from Hurricane Matthew in the last week. However, the extra time to rest could help the Aggies keep the momentum after several record-breaking performances.
Tarik Cohen was the star of last week’s contest as the Aggies played host to the Norfolk State Spartans (1-5, 0-3) in what was a dominating 35-0 shutout victory.
Cohen’s historic night included 200 yards on 23 carries. Cohen scored a touchdown on a 62-yard run as well, his last carry of the night that also catapulted him into first place on the all-time list for rushing yards in the MEAC. The previous record had been held by South Carolina State’s William Ford.
Another record-breaker on last week’s docket was Denzel Keyes. Keyes recorded his 20th career touchdown pass, setting the Aggies’ all-time receiving mark with the score.
Bethune-Cookman (0-4, 0-2) despite their record, has the third best scoring defense in the conference (29.8), behind only N.C. A&T (20.6). A&T also boasts the MEAC’s best scoring offense averaging 37.6 points per game.
The Aggies are the only team in the conference allowing under 100 yards rushing per game (81), equally as dominant as their stout rushing attack. With the Aggies’ quarterback situation unclear after Lamar Raynard left last week’s game with an injury, A&T will likely continue to look to Cohen and the rushing attack, which is also top in the MEAC, to control the tempo against a winless Wildcats team.
If Bethune-Cookman is going to upend North Carolina A&T, the Wildcats will have to force A&T into the pass by loading the box and testing what Raynard/Bamiro can do through the air.
N.C. A&T will be on the road Saturday, October 15 to take on Bethune-Cookman in their next contest.
Matt Johnson is a broadcaster for Averett University Football and the Averett Sports Network. To view one of his broadcasts, go to www.averettcougars.com on Saturdays during Averett University home games for live coverage of Averett football or search for Averett athletics on YouTube for a previous broadcast.