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Friday, Feb 05, 2016

Eleven Bay area players in Classic


The Tampa Bay area was well represented Saturday inside the Florida Citrus Bowl.

There were several football players who cut their teeth on local fields representing both Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M during the 2011 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Classic.

Of those, Bethune-Cookman senior DE Ryan Davis likely had the biggest impact. The Blake High graduate recorded a sack and forced two fumbles, one of which led to a safety.

"It just feels good to be able to come out here and win in front of my family and friends and (schoolmates)," Davis said following the 26-16 victory.

Here's a look at who was there: For B-CU: Nick Addison (Spoto), Davis (Blake), Markiel Floyd (Tampa Bay Tech), Tyree Green (Boca Ciega), Byron McLeod (Jefferson), Donald Smith (Spoto), Kevin Williams (Brandon) and Quentin Williams (Jefferson). For FAMU: Gregory Harvey (Largo), Jeremy Tillman (Brandon) and Aram Wynn (Lakewood).

And the winner is

Score one for the Wildcats. Entering the contest, Florida A&M held a dominating advantage in meetings between the schools. Overall, FAMU leads 48-16-1. This was the 32nd time the two schools have met in the Florida Classic format. Saturday's 26-16 win by Bethune tightens the Classic series to 21-11.

Win, win, win

In just two years at the helm of the Bethune-Cookman football team, Brian Jenkins has led his squad to a combined 18-5 record. Last season he guided the Wildcats to a 10-2 mark, which included a MEAC co-championship and playoff berth.

Jenkins joins Bobby Frazier as the only Wildcats coach to start their tenure with consecutive winning seasons. Frazier did so in 1979-80.

Extra points

With his 33-yard field goal, Bethune-Cookman kicker Sven Hurd set the Wildcats' season scoring record with 64 points. … B-CU LB Ryan Lewis collected his 10th career interception in the first quarter when he picked off freshman QB Damien Fleming on the first play of FAMU's third possession. … B-CU WR Eddie Poole extended his consecutive-game reception streak to 22.

Eddie Daniels

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