Mistakes Costly For Howard

Robert P. Stephens II €" Special to the Informer | 10/17/2009, 11:42 a.m.

Dropped passes, penalties, and an ineffective offense contributed to the Bison demise as they dropped a hard fought 14-7 MEAC Contest to their arch rival Morgan State on University Thursday night at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore. The game was the first nationally televised contest (ESPNU) in Morgan State€s long history of football which dates back 112 years.

It was the 66th meeting between these schools, which dates back to 1931 when the Bears beat the Bison 19-8. Morgan State, currently 5-1, 3-0 in the conference, leads that series 41-24-1. Morgan State Head Coach Donald-Hill Eley praised his defense for their performance.
"It's a good feeling. Our young men work hard at practice and when you put your heart in it we expect to win,€ Eley said.

On the other side, Bison head coach Carrie Bailey expressed his concern about Howard's offense which has been inconsistent this season.

€I need to look at the film and evaluate everyone. The defense played exceptionally well and we had a chance to win the ball game,€ Bailey said.

The Bison defense controlled the game, especially in the second half by not allowing Morgan State to score. Robert Parker had seven tackles, Martin Corniffe had five tackles, and Jermell Ellis had five tackles to keep Morgan State€s offense in check. Freshman Keith Pough collected his first interception of the season as he helped contain the Bears air attack.

The second half featured both defenses controlling the offensive play.

€We executed out schemes well especially on Howard's clutch receiver Willie Carter,€ Morgan coach Ely said. The Bison were able to score when Bison quarterback Floyd Haigler found receiver Phillip Dokes in the end zone on a three yard pass in the third quarter.

The Bison rushing attack also came alive with Freshman Andra Willams rushing for a season high of 94 yards on 29 carries. The Bison had several chances to win the ball game but dropped passes and penalties continue to get in the way of the Bison success.

€The offense let us down tonight. We have to find a way to win,€ Bailey said. Meanwhile on the other the side, Bear coach Eley, whose team has received national recognition in the polls had an optimistic view.

The Bison fell to 2-4, 0-3 in the MEAC. The Bison will face North Carolina A&T next for their Homecoming game. The kickoff is set for 1p.m.