Hornets face tall challenge at FBS power West Virginia

dsu carter sept. 2015 by .

Kenny Carter

DOVER — Kenny Carter subscribes to the theory of trial by fire.

So he’s excited about the challenge awaiting the Delaware State football team on Saturday.

The Hornets (0-2) will travel to play at West Virginia (1-1), their first FBS matchup since falling 79-0 to Missouri a year ago. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

It’s an intimidating task for a DelState team which did not win a game last season. But Carter is convinced the Hornets a better equipped to handle this tough challenge.

“You always want to play up a level as much as you can,” Carter said. “It doesn’t matter what our record was last year. We had a lot of young players who will be good players and this is a way to test them.”

The Hornets will certainly want to avoid what happened last season against Missouri.

That game was played with 10-minute quarters in the second half after Missouri was up 56-0 at halftime.

“You want to play against the best teams you can play against,” Carter said. “Obviously we want to play better than we did against Missouri.”

The Hornets are deeper this year thanks to another large recruiting class brought in by Carter. He thinks that will help them compete against a team that finished last season ranked in the top-20.

Delaware State’s losing streak is now at 13 games after dropping back-to-back contests to open the 2017 campaign.

For what it’s worth, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen says the Mountaineers will not take the Hornets lightly.

“We respect every opponent we play, I don’t care who it is,” Holgorsen said on his weekly teleconference. “We approach it the same way and practice the same way. You only get 12 opponents in a year and regardless of who it is you’ve got to approach things the same way. That’s always been our deal, ain’t different than what we did the last two weeks.”

Remember him?

Delawareans will likely recall the name David Sills V.

He was the 13-year-old who received nationwide attention when he committed to coach Lane Kiffin at USC in 2010 while he attended Red Lion Christian Academy. Of course Kiffin was fired and Sills never made it to USC.

Instead he signed for West Virginia. who converted him to a wide receiver.

And Sills has gotten off to a hot start. He leads the country in touchdown catches with five and is ranked 10th in the country in receiving yards per game.

Keyjuan Selby will be one of the DelState defensive backs tasked with covering Sills. Selby and Sills are both natives of Bear.

Extra points

West Virginia is 17-0 against FCS programs all-time and 6-0 under Holgorsen. … The Hornets are receiving $500,000 for the game, according to multiple reports. … DelState has one more FBS matchup on its schedule, in the final week of the season at Florida State. … DSU linebacker Malik Harris has recorded nine tackles in each of the first two games, which is good enough for fifth in the MEAC. … Delaware State will have its home opener the following week, Sept. 23 against Norfolk State.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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