Bethune-Cookman vs Prarie View, MEAC-SWAC Challenge
by, 09-04-2011 at 12:37 PM (1311 Views)
BOONE, N.C. — It's a quiet Sunday afternoon after covering three games in three days — including Saturday's doubleheader of Appalachian State-Virginia Tech and Montana-Tennessee — and I am taking in Bethune-Cookman and Prairie View's matchup on ESPN in the MEAC-SWAC Challenge.
One of these days, I'll make it down to Orlando, Fl. for this classic, but today I am in recuperation mode as I watched Villanova and Temple play in person on Thursday night at the Mayor's Cup game at Lincoln Financial Field, took in Youngstown State-Michigan State on the Big Ten Network on Friday evening before starting on my 24-hour marathon on Saturday.
Somehow, I managed to fit in delayed broadcasts of Murray State's Thursday night's competitive loss to Louisville and Arizona State's romp over UC-Davis later the same night.
I left the Philadelphia suburbs before 5 a.m. on Saturday to drive to Blacksburg, Va. After watching Virginia Tech quickly dispatch ASU (I'm calling it a first-round TKO), I traveled on to Knoxville, Tn. to see Tennessee take care of Montana after an hour-and-a-half thunderstorm delay.
I finally managed to slip into my bed at my second home in Boone at about 5 a.m. on Sunday.
One thing is certain, it seems like blowout are following me.
Can I see an actual good game?
Is that too much to ask?
The way some of these Prairie View players are performing, I have to wonder if they have led a similar schedule to me in recent days.
In their first game of the post Henry Frazier era, the Panthers have done practically everything wrong in falling behind Bethune-Cookman 42-0 in the first half.
It's been a long debut for new PVAM head coach Heishma Northern, Frazier's hand-picked succesor before the two-time CSN coach of the year left to rebuild the North Carolina Central program.
The high-powered Wildcats — coming off a MEAC tri-championship and an NCAA playoff berth — have taken maximum advantage of Prairie View's penalties, assignment breakdowns and turnovers to overwhelm the Panthers.
After the Wildcats held on fourth down in B-CU territory, Jamarr Robinson turned a nice opening drive into success with a 10-yard touchdown jaunt.
Since then, PVAM has self-destructed.
Isidore Jackson scored from a yard out after a Jarkevis Fields interception to make it 14-0 at the end of the first period.
Bethune-Cookman then erupted with 28 points in the second quarter.