Morgan State ready for homecoming date with Delaware State

Sports,Dave Carey
Morgan State coach Donald Hill-Eley wishes he could play the part of Dr. Frankenstein with his three-quarterback rotation of Jeremy Glover, Mario Melton and Carlton Jackson.

That would make for much more than the ultimate Halloween costume for the Bears (4-3, 2-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) as they host defending conference champion Delaware State (3-3, 3-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hughes Stadium.

“If we could combine the three of them into one,” Hill-Eley said, “we would have a hell of a player.”

Each quarterback played in a 31-30 double-overtime win at Howard last weekend. Glover, a senior who lost one of his two fumbles, completed 11-of-20 passes for 74 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in his first career start. Melton, who started the majority of last season under center, went 0-of-3 passing and gained five yards on three carries. Jackson, who began the fall as the team’s starter, failed to connect on a pair of pass attempts and lost a fumble snap with the center.

Hill-Eley knows he will have to find a way to get improved play out of the most important position on the field if the Bears can get a win on homecoming. The Hornets ended the Bears’ hopes of a MEAC title last season in Dover with a controversial, 25-17 win. But officials incorrectly ruled Anderson fumbled the ball, which was returned 100 yards by Akeem Green to give the Hornets a lead they would never relinquish. And Hill-Eley says there is just as much on the line in Saturday.

“All those kids remember what happened last year,” he said. “But the good thing about it is it’s a calendar year later and the same things are at stake again.”

If the Bears find a way to correct their offense — which averages 26.4 points per game, but has turned the ball over 21 times — and slip past the Hornets, they will be, at worst, tied for second place in the MEAC.

And the team knows it can’t afford another conference loss this late into the season.

“I feel like we are coming around and everyday we are getting better,” Jackson said. “Play with in the system and things will go well — that’s my main focus now.”

Morgan State (4-3, 2-1 MEAC) vs. Delaware State (3-3, 3-1)
When » Saturday, 1 p.m.
Where » Hughes Stadium
Radio » 88.9 FM
Tickets » Available
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