Sophomore LB Cavicante leads Hornets with 56 tackles

Brian Cavicante

DOVER — Brian Cavicante’s name is usually near the top of the stat sheet after each Delaware State football game.

But the sophomore linebacker had never done this before.

Last week, Cavicante set a career-high with 16 tackles in DSU’s loss to North Carolina Central. Despite being a sophomore, Cavicante entered the season as one of the main veterans on the DelState roster and has picked up right where he left off last season to lead the Hornets with 56 tackles on the season.

Cavicante also tops the Hornets in tackles for loss with 7.5, including three last week and a couple of key stops in DSU’s win two weeks ago over South Carolina State, which snapped a 17-game losing streak.

“I knew I wanted to come help turn the program around,” Cavicante said. “I think we’re getting started.”

The Hornets (1-5 MEAC, 1-7 overall) will hope for another win this week when they travel to Savannah State (1-4 MEAC, 1-7 overall) on Saturday for a 5 p.m. kickoff. Both teams have only won once in MEAC play this year.

Delaware State hasn’t played Savannah State the last two seasons due to the MEAC schedule rotation. The Hornets were victorious the last time they met Savannah State, a 35-10 victory in 2014.

So the Hornets like their chances of earning their second win of the year which would be the highest win total since that 2014 season.

But to do that the defense will have to play like it did two weeks ago not last weekend. The Hornets allowed 42 points in the loss to North Carolina Central and allowed 401 total yards.

This was a week after holding South Carolina State to 14 points while the defense came out with three stops on the game’s final three possessions.

“That’s how we got to play,” said coach Kenny Carter.

The defense is playing without its lone senior starter from the beginning of the season in linebacker Malik Harris who is sidelined with an injury. That has meant Cavicante has taking the reigns as the leader of the linebacking core.

With Harris out, all the linebackers are either freshmen or sophomores.

“We know we have potential,” Cavicante said. “We’re so young, there’s so much more improvement to make.”

Pass game still improving

Keenan Black started his second game of the year last weekend but the Hornets still rotated between Black and freshman Jack McDaniels.

After averaging 154.6 passing yards in the first four games, Black and McDaniels have averaged 269.5 in the last four.

Black completed 13-of-33 passes for 119 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions on Saturday while McDaniels came off the bench to complete 11-of-17 attempts for 166 yards. He had one touchdown and was intercepted once.

“Keenan continues every week to become the quarterback we thought he would be,” Carter said. “He just has to develop and become comfortable in the system. We’re excited to see him and Jack continue their development.”

Seven different players had at least one reception for the Hornets. Freshman Kwannah Kollie had the best performance of his short career with 107 receiving yards.

He became the second DSU receiver to record more than 100 yards receiving in a game after fellow freshman Trey Gross had 154 yards against Howard on Oct. 14.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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