Both sitting at 2-7, Delaware State and Morgan State will meet in a MEAC tilt on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore.
The Bears are on a three-game losing streak, dropping a heartbreaker to Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, 30-28. After an 0-7 start, Delaware State has won back-to-back contests after picking up a 25-6 win over Savannah State.
Morgan State scored three second half touchdowns including a Daylen Baldwin 21-yard touchdown reception with just under six minutes left to make it a 30-28 game, but the comeback effort fell short. DJ Golatt threw for 257 yards and three scores in the loss. Delaware State got up early and cruised to a 25-6 victory, not allowing an offensive touchdown in the contest.
Golatt has taken over the reigns for the Bears who sit at 1-4 in MEAC play. Averaging just 17 points per game offensively, the Bears have struggled at times this season. Golatt has thrown for 413 yards and three touchdowns on the season. Josh Chase leads the Bears on the ground with 369 rushing yards and two scores. Manasseh Bailey has battled injury, but after a strong showing Saturday is the leading receiver with 328 yards and three touchdowns. Corey Holmes has added 27 catches for 306 yards and a touchdown for the Bears.
Defensively, the Bears are led by an outstanding linebacking trio of Damare’ Whitaker, Ian McBorrough and Rico Kennedy. Whitaker leads the team in tackles with 75 while adding four tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. McBorrough has done it all for Morgan State, accumulating 65 tackles, nine tackles for loss and six sacks while forcing two fumbles and intercepting a pass. Kennedy has added seven tackles for loss as well. Donte Small, Dominick Trigg and Marquise Thorns all have multiple picks for the Bears defense. Chris Fatogoma has been strong in the interior for Morgan State.
The Hornets have struggled offensively as well, scoring just under 16 points per contest. Jack McDaniels has completed 49 percent of his throws for 628 yards and five touchdown passes. Brycen Alleyne leads the way on the ground with 487 rushing yards and three scores. Mike Waters has added 338 yards on the ground. Taronn Selby leads the team with 29 catches, but averages just nine yards per reception while Trey Gross has 444 yards on 27 catches, good for 16.4 yards per catch.
Defensively, Delaware State gives up nearly 40 points per contest, even after holding Savannah State to six on Saturday. The defense has forced just seven turnovers this season, picking off three passes and recovering four fumbles. Brian Cavicante leads the defense with 77 tackles and an impressive 15.5 tackles for loss. Jahad Neibauer has added 56 tackles, seven tackles for loss and an interception for the Hornets.
Delaware State won last year’s meeting 33-30 over a one-win Morgan State team. Bailey had a big game for the Bears, catching three touchdowns in the contest. Morgan State had won four straight against the Hornets before last year’s defeat.
TIME: Saturday, Nov 10th, 1 p.m.
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ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Emory Hunt (analyst), Jeff Jezewski (sidelines)