Sunday, November 6, 2016

Rushing, punting woes send Morgan State to fourth straight loss, 41-10 to Bethune-Cookman

BALTIMORE, Maryland -- For a moment Saturday, football was fun for the Morgan State fans. When the Bears' Will King raced 88 yards with the second-half kickoff at Hughes Stadium, folks looked up from their smart phones and cheered. A minute later, quarterback Chris Andrews scrambled 17 yards for a score and Morgan State crept to within 20-10 of Bethune-Cookman, the four-time defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion.

End of rally. Bethune-Cookman scored three more touchdowns to win, 41-10.

It was the fourth straight defeat for the Bears (2-6, 2-4 MEAC), who found yet more ways to lose. Two ugly punts that went a total of 33 yards. Three face-mask penalties. A total of 32 yards rushing, most of that near the end when all was lost. For the day, Morgan State averaged 1.1 yards per carry. The reason, in part, was because the Bears changed their offensive line coach at midseason, players said.

"We're putting in new schemes and simplifying the offense to make plays and get wins," guard Matthew Thompson (Perry Hall) said. "Offensively, we have good chemistry — we've just got to keep pounding the ball. There's light at the end of this tunnel; we're always one block away from breaking a big run."


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