DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY “HORNETS” (0-2)
WESTERN MICHIGAN “BRONCOS” (0-2) SAT., SEP. 15, 2018 (7:00 p.m.)
WALDO STADIUM (30,200) - KALAMAZOO, MICH.
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Delaware State travels to Mid-America Conference country for the second time in its three- week-old season to take on the Western Michigan Broncos. The Hornets (0-2) are coming off a 45-14 loss to Saint Francis (Pa.) last weekend. DSU scored first when Brian
Cavicante scooped up a fumble on a punt return and ran 14 yards to the endzone to give the Hornets their first lead of the season. The Red Flash answered with 28 unanswered points in the first quarter and never looked back. DSU scored its other touchdown on a 16-yard run by quarterback Keenan Black to pull to within 28-14 in the second quarter. Saint Francis led 31-14 at the half and outscored the Hornets 14-0 in the final 30 minutes.
DSU’s Mike Waters had a game-high 107 yards rushing on 28 carries, the third 100-yard game of his career and first since Nov. 19, 2016. Defensively, Cavicante led all players with 12 tackles (eight solo), including five behind the line-of-scrimmage (-14). Black, who relieved starter Jack McDaniels in the second quarter, completed 10-of-22 passes for 75 yards (long 19) and also rushed for 27 yards. Hornet cornerback Keyjuan Selby, a 2018 Preseason All-MEAC First Team selection, had six tackles (five unassisted) and a pass break-up in the contest. Delaware State opened the season with a 48-10 loss to Buffalo, also a member of the Mid-America Conference, on Sep. 1.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS
Western Michigan is trying to bounce back from a 49-3 loss to Michigan last Saturday. The Wolverines led 21-0 after the first quarter and 35-0 at the half. Junior running back LeVante Bellamy led all Broncos (0-2) with 65 yards on 11 carries. Graduate transfer cornerback Juwan Dowels and junior linebacker Alex Grace each had six tackles to lead the defense. Grace had three tackles for loss and a sack. Placekicker Josh Grant accounted for the Broncos’ points on a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Western Michigan lost a shootout to Syracuse 55-42 in its opener on Sep. 1.
THE SERIES (FIRST MEETING)
This is the first meeting between the Hornets and Broncos. Delaware State is 1-4 all-time vs. current members of the MAC (1-0 vs. Akron; 0-3 vs. Kent State; 0-1 vs. Buffalo).
CAVICANTE EARNS MEAC HONOR
Delaware State linebacker Brian Cavicante (jr.) has been honored by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for his performance in last week’s contest at Saint Francis (Pa.). Cavicante was selected as the MEAC Defensive Player-of-the-Week after recording 12 tackles, including eight unassisted, in the contest. Among the tackles, five were in the Saint Francis backfield, accounting for 14 lost yards. In addition, Cavicante scooped up a fumble on a Saint Francis punt return and ran 14 yards to the end zone for the first touchdown of the game and his career. The Portsmouth, Va., native is currently tops in the MEAC in tackles at 11.0 per game (22 total). Cavicante is also second in the league in tackles-for-loss (5) and tied for second with 13 solo stops in the latest conference statistical rankings.