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.
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.