BALTIMORE–Since last year’s win by Morgan State against North Carolina A&T, things haven’t looked so great for the Bears. There was a coaching change again and a 1-8 record going into 2019’s clash against the Aggies. The Aggies won another Celebration Bowl since last year’s upset and came into Baltimore with a 6-2 record.
Well, the Aggies were once again upset by the Bears by a score of 22 to 16.
Both teams started the game by exchanging field goals. Nathan Perry intercepted Kylil Carter in the middle of the first quarter. The big defensive tackle rumbled down the field. The Bears took advantage and scored in the middle of the second quarter.
Zach Leslie responded with a 10-yard TD catch. But before halftime, Manasseh Bailey clinched a 67-yard drive with a 27-yard touchdown catch.
In the fourth quarter, the Bears had a chance to extend their lead to six points with a field goal. Down 16-13, the Aggies roughed Bears kicker Nick O’Shea on the kicking attempt. The Bears took advantage, scoring another touchdown with less than four minutes left in the contest.
The Aggies scored another field goal and recovered an onside kick but the Bears defense stepped up. They shut down the Aggies on 4th and 17 after Carter was rushed out of the pocket.
Despite the slight drama at the end of the game, the Bears emerged victorious again.
Jah-Maine Martin was held to 87 yards with no touchdowns. Kylil Carter scored via pass and gained 60 yards on the ground. But he had 18 incompletions and threw two interceptions in the first half. DeAndre Harris threw for 218 yards and scored both on the ground and in the air. Ian McBorrough had 12 tackles and his defensive teammates set the tone for the whole game.
The loss by NCAT was mitigated by Bethune-Cookman’s loss against Delaware State. Both NCAT, BCU, and SCSU are tied with two conference losses. The Aggies defeated South Carolina State last weekend and will face Bethune-Cookman next weekend.