Saturday, October 14, 2017

Virginia State Takes Over CIAA North After Defeating Bowie State; ALL Of Saturday's HBCU Football Results

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

In a huge North Division battle between the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's best teams,
Virginia State outscored Bowie State 20-14 in a wild fourth quarter to defeat the Bulldogs 47-35 Saturday.

It was the first loss of the season for Bowie State (6-1, 3-1 CIAA) and puts them behind Virginia State (6-0, 4-0 CIAA) in the race for the division's berth in the CIAA Championship Game.

"Ain't never been one like that," Virginia State quarterback Cordelral Cook told the Progress Index after the game.  "Coming in, we knew it was a big game and a big task .... and our goal was just to come out and win at the end."
Going into the highly-anticipated battle, both teams had video game type statistics, with Bowie State averaging nearly 55 points and 600 yards of offense per game and Virginia State averaging 41 points a game, with 112 points in their previous two games.
VSU took an early 20-7 lead after touchdown runs by Cook, Trenton Cannon and Blair Wynn.  Cannon's went for 93 yards.

Amir Hall threw TD passes to Lansana Seay and Brandon Britton in the second quarter while Cook threw a TD 55-yard TD pass as the things were close at halftime at 27-21 Virginia State.

But Cook ran two fourth quarter touchdowns and threw another to Joshua Harris as Virginia State sprinted away for the win.

Cook threw for 234 yards and two TDs and ran for 100 yards and three more touchdowns in a huge day.  Cannon also had a big day, rushing for 234 yards and a touchdown.

Hall finished with 281 yards and five touchdowns passing for Bowie State. Britton caught 11 passes for 131 yards and two of those TDs.  Robert Chesson rushed for 87 yards.

Here are the rest of Saturday's HBCU football results:

MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE



Hampton 16, Norfolk State 14
- Yakhee Johnson rushed for 115 yards and Shai McKenzie ran for two touchdowns as Hampton (4-3, 3-0) held on to defeat Norfolk State (2-4, 2-1) in the Battle of the Bay.  Hampton jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead on McKenzie's two TDs and they held on to get the win.  The Pirate defense bent, but didn't break, besides two NSU touchdown passes by Juwan Carter.  Carter finished with 211 yards passing, 111 of that and the two TD passes to Marcus Taylor.


North Carolina Central 24, Gardner-Webb 17 - Chauncey Caldwell threw for 333 yards and two TDs and ran for another score to lead North Carolina Central (5-1) to the win over Gardner-Webb (1-5).  GWU was led by Tyrell Maxwell who had 165 yards and two touchdowns rushing.

Howard 52, Delaware State 23 - Howard (3-3, 2-1) broke open a close game with 21-third quarter points to pull away for the easy win over Delaware State (0-6, 0-4).  Caylin Newton led Howard with 285 yards and two touchdowns passing and 81 yards rushing. Kyle Anthony caught six passes for 135 yardss and a touchdown.  Delaware State was led by quarterbacks Jack McDaniel (191 yards and a touchdown) and Keenan Black (175 yards and two touchdowns).  There was plenty of offense - Howard had 628 yards of offense while DSU had 510, including 401 yards passing, their most in modern DSU history.


North Carolina A&T 31, Florida A&M 20 - Lamar Reynard threw three second-quarter touchdown passes as North Carolina A&T (7-0, 4-0) stayed undefeated by knocking off Florida A&M (2-5, 1-3). Raynard threw for 215 yards while Marquell Cartwright ran for 84 yards and a touchdown. NCAT was far from perfect as they turned the ball over three times and were outgained by FAMU in the second half.  Florida A&M was led by Ryan Stanley who threw for 167 yards and a touchdown and Devin Bowers who rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE 


Tuskegee 33, Jackson State 7 - Tuskegee (5-2, 3-1 SIAC) is now 2-0 against FCS/SWAC opponents this season after handling Jackson State (0-6, 0-2 SWAC). The Golden Tigers defeated Alabama State 14-6 in their opener.  Saturday, Jamarcus Ezell threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 73 yards while Hoderick Lowe rushed for 73 yards. Tuskegee's defense only allowed JSU 21 yards rushing and 96 yards passing, had six sacks and an interception.  Brent Lyles threw for Jackson State's only touchdown.

Albany State 34, Morehouse 10 - Cameron Miller's 59-yard interception return for a TD early in the second quarter had Morehouse (3-4, 1-2) up 10-9 heading into halftime, but Albany State (5-2, 3-0) scored 25 unanswered in the second half to get the big East Division win. McKinley Habersham had another big day for ASU, rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown.  Chancellor Johnson threw for 105 yards and a touchdown.  Morehouse was led by Kivon Taylor's 93 yards passing. Morehouse sacked ASU quarterbacks six times while ASU sacked Morehouse quarterbacks seven times.


Fort Valley State 37, Lane 14 - Slade Jarman threw three touchdown passes during Fort Valley State's 31-0 start as the Wildcats (3-3, 3-0) cruised to the win over Lane (1-6, 0-3). Jarman finished with 293 yards and four touchdowns passing. Tajee Steele caught two of those TD passes.  Lane only had 136 yards of offense, 109 of it rushing. DeMichael McQueen had 15 tackles for Lane.


Miles 35, Kentucky State 0 - Justin Hardy had a huge day, rushing for 178 yards and two touchdowns to lead Miles (4-2, 2-1) to a rout of Kentucky State (2-4, 1-2).  Joseph Cambridge threw two TD passes for Miles. Brett Sylve led Kentucky State with 106 yards rushing.  Andre Miles had 12 tackles for KSU.

Benedict 14, Clark Atlanta 3 - The SIAC's top offense met up with the conference's top scoring defense.  The defense won out as Benedict (4-2, 2-1) kept Clark Atlanta (3-3, 1-2) out of the end zone for the first time this season.  Benedict held Clark Atlanta to 130 yards of total offense.  Christian Lisby, in his first start, threw for 200 yards and ran for a touchdown. Receiver Okechi Ntiasagwe caught ten passes for 118 yards. Harding Harper led Clark Atlanta with ten tackles, eight solo and he forced a fumble.

Central State 40, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 35 - Central State (1-6, 0-3 SIAC) broke a nine-game losing streak dating back to last season as they defeated FCS/SWAC Arkanasas-Pine Bluff (2-5, 1-2 SWAC).  CSU was down 28-20 going into the fourth quarter, but got two touchdown runs from Terraris Saffold and one from Darius Meadors to take over the game on the road.  Trent Mays threw for 334 yards and a touchdown while Safford had 87 yards.  Darius Ford caught eight passes for 117 yards.  UAPB was led by LeEar patterson who threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns and KeShawn Williams rushed for 97 yards and a TD. 

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Alcorn State 34, Prairie View A&M 21 - After falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, Alcorn State (5-2, 3-0) scored 34 unanswered points to defeat Prairie View A&M (2-4, 2-2).  Its Alcorn State's fourth consecutive win.  Noah Johnson threw for one touchdown and ran for two others to lead ASU while Lenorris Footman also ran for a score.  Neiko Hollins led Prairie View A&M with 291 yards and three touchdowns passing.


Alabama A&M 49, Mississippi Valley State 14 - Damion May threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more TDs as Alabama A&M (3-4, 3-1) routed Mississippi Valley State (1-5, 1-2).  Mississippi Valley State's rushing woes continue - they had minus-27 yards rushing on the day.  They did have 313 yards passing - Christopher Few threw for 179 yards and a touchdown while Dewayne Betts threw for 134 yards.

Alabama State 23, Texas Southern 16 - A week after Brian Jenkins was fired as football coach at Alabama State (1-5, 1-2), the Hornets got their first win of the season as they scored 20 unanswered points on Texas Southern (0-6, 0-2).  Interim coach Donald Hill-Eley saw his team erase a late second quarter 16-3 deficit with two Darryl Pearson touchdown passes and two Hunter Hanson field goals.  Dominick DeLira led Texas Southern with 175 yards and two touchdowns passing.

CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE 


Fayetteville State 41, Johnson C. Smith 16 - Stevie Green rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns to lead Fayetteville State (3-4, 2-2) to a win over Johnson C. Smith (0-7, 0-4)).
Of FSU's 388 yards of offense, 241 of it came on the ground.  Donshel Jetton ran for 63 yards and two touchdowns for the Broncos. Johnson C. Smith was led by Harold Herbin and his 49 yards and a touchdown rushing and David Francis who had nine tackles.

Shaw 35, Livingstone 14 - A three-touchdown second quarter pushed Shaw (2-4, 1-3) out far enough for a comfortable win over Livingstone (0-6, 0-3). Daron Downing threw for 183 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to lead Shaw. Thaddeus Bell threw for 173 yards and a touchdown and caught a TD to lead Livingstone.


St. Augustine's 17, Winston-Salem State 14 - Sam Boyd's 9-yard touchdown reception with 29 seconds left gave St. Augustine's (3-4, 3-1) the upset win over Winston-Salem State (4-3, 2-2). Kerrion Moore's 7-yard TD run midway through the 3rd quarter gave WSSU their first lead at 14-7.  But a Sean Smith 30-yard field goal and then Boyd's TD catch from Demetrius Lewis late gave SAU the win. WSSU only had four drives after their third quarter TD, and only one of them were more than four plays. WSSU outgained SAU 304 to 248, but St. Augustine's defense stood up late.  Lewis threw one TD while Darryl Johnson threw another, with Boyd catching both of them.

Virginia Union 35, Chowan 10 - Virginia Union (5-2,  4-0) got their fourth win in a row as Darius Taylor threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns.  Eric Caldwell also threw two TD passes for VUU. Jaiden Reavus had a huge day as he caught three of those touchdown passes in catching five balls for 129 yards.  Chowan (2-5, 2-2) was led by Bryce Witt and his 238 yards passing and a great day by Tyrell Freeman who rushed for 185 yards.

Elizabeth City State 56, Lincoln (Pa) 18 - Victor Greene had three first half touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, to help Elizabeth City State (4-3, 2-2) jump out to a big halftime lead that Lincoln (Pa) (0-7, 0-4) couldn't overcome. Daquan Neal threw for 204 yards with four touchdown passes while also leading ECSU in rushing with 89 yards and a TD.  Carlos Croslin led Lincoln with 88 yards and a TD rushing. Trey McCullom threw for 178 yards and a touchdown.

OTHERS 

(Photo by Sam Jordan)
Austin Peay, 21, Tennessee State 17 - Tennessee State (4-3, 1-3 OVC) came back and led 17-14 in the fourth quarter, until giving up to Austin Peay (4-3, 3-1) a big punt return, a long run to Austin Peay quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall and then the game-winning 2-yard Ahmaad Tanner touchdown run, all within the game's final three minutes. Oatsvall led APSU in rushing with 82 yards and passed for 85 yards, even though the TSU defense only allowed Austin Peay 264 yards of offense the entire night.  TSU was led by Michael Hughes who threw for 148 yards and a touchdown. Chris Collins had a game-high tackles, all solo, for TSU.

West Virginia State 47, Concord 29 - West Virginia State (4-3, 3-3) jumped out to a 33-7 lead and never looked back in defeating Concord (1-6, 1-6).  Matt Kinnick threw for 231 yards and a touchdeown and caught a 27-yard TD pass. Juwan Etheridge rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns.  Concord was led by Adam Fulton who passed for 193 yards and three touchdowns.


Shippensburg 56, Cheyney 0 - The Shippensburg (6-1, 3-1) running game accounted for 273 yards and seven touchdowns as the Raiders routed Cheyney (1-6, 0-4). London Whitfield rushed for 57 yards and two touchdowns, Cole Chiappialle had 48 yards and three TDs, and Cole McDermott had 39 yards and two touchdowns for Shippensburg.  Cheyney had a miserable day on offense, gaining only two first downs, had minus-23 yards rushing and just 20 yards passing for a grand total of minus-3 yards of total offense. Samuel Anojulu and Esaie Batoula both had seven tackles for Cheyney.

Missouri S&T 37, Lincoln (Mo) 3 - Missouri S&T (5-2, 3-0) won their fifth-straight game by limiting Lincoln (Mo) (1-5, 0-3) to nine yards rushing.  The Miners' balanced attack was led by DeShawn Jones who rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown, Tyler Swart threw for 175 yards and another touchdown. D'Luis West also ran for two touchdowns.  Lincoln (Mo) was led by Drake Davidson who threw for 190 yards. Willard Cotton had 11 tackles and a sack for Lincoln.


Webber International 16, Edward Waters 9 - Webber International (3-3, 1-1) got their first Sun Conference win without scoring an offensive point againt Edward Waters (0-6, 0-2).  Marcus Mannerstedt kicked three field goals and Jaylen Cayo recovered an EWC fumble in the end zone.  Garry Choulotte threw for 134 yards - though he was sacked three times - and rushed for 33 yards for Webber International. Edward Waters was led by Christian Hayes who ran for 97 yards and a touchdown and threw for 89 yards.


Langston 44, Texas College 17  - The NAIA's eighth best team, Langston (6-0, 4-0) stayed undefeated by getting three late touchdowns to pull away for the win over Texas College (1-6, 1-4). Texas College was close, 23-17, in the third quarter after Vontyne Williams 43-yard TD run. But Milton Harper threw a late third quarter TD for Langston and then Jaylen Lowe threw a TD pass and ran for another to lead Langston to the win.  Tim Whitifeld rand for 175 yards and two touchdowns for Langston.



This Week's ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS/Division II Top Ten Polls For This Week



DIVISION II

1) Bowie State
2) Virginia State
3) Winston-Salem State
4) Albany State
5) Tuskegee
6) Virginia Union
7) Miles
8) Morehouse
9) Clark Atlanta
10) Elizabeth City State

FCS

1) North Carolina A&T
2) Grambling
3) North Carolina Central
4) Alcorn State
5) Tennessee State
6) Hampton
7) Howard
8) Southern
9) Prairie View A&M
10) Norfolk State

Undefeated Bowie State and Virginia State Clash Today; Full Schedule of HBCU Football Games Today

By ADD SEYMOUR JR

What can you say about a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football team that scores 112 points in its last two games, averages nearly 41 points a game and is undefeated?

That they are a second place team.

Those lofty stats belong to Virginia State (5-0, 3-0), a team that takes on the even gaudier Bowie State (6-0, 3-0), a team that averages nearly 600 yards of offense and a whopping 54 points a game. 

It's a game between the two best HBCU Division II teams in the nation and will go a long way in determining who will win the CIAA Northern Division title.  On top of that, it's homecoming day at Virginia State.

"You've got two undefeated teams going at it, so it's going to be an exciting game," said Bowie State head coach Damon Wilson to the Winston-Salem Journal.  "We know it's going to be a dogfight and we'll habve to be ready to play."

Bowie State is led by star quarterback Amir Hall who has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards this season, averages 330 yards passing a game, and has thrown 24 touchdowns versus just two interceptions.  He's also run for 266 yards and six touchdowns. 

Virginia State counters the CIAA's top running back in Trenton Cannon.  Cannon has rushed for 629 yards, averaging 125 yards a game, and six touchdowns.

The two teams are also the CIAA's top defenses, with Bowie State ranked first and VSU second in total defense.

So this is a big game.

VSU head coach Reggie Barlow says his team is focused on containing the Bowie State offense.

"If they get close to their average, then it's going to be hard for us to keep pace, but we still want to play our game," Barlow said, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  "We know how good they've been so far this season because you can see it in the scores of their games."

Here is a look at today's HBCU football schedule:


MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Savannah State at Morgan State
Gardner Webb at North Carolina Central
Howard at Delaware State
Hampton at Norfolk State
North Carolina A&T at Florida A&M
South Carolina State at Bethune-Cookman


SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Clark Atlanta at Benedict
Morehouse at Albany State
Lane at Fort Valley State
Kentucky State at Miles


SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Mississippi Valley State at Alabama A&M
Prairie View A&M at Alcorn State
Jackson State at Tuskegee
Central State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Alabama State at Texas Southern

CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Chowan at Virginia Union
Winston-Salem State at St. Augustine's
Livingstone at Shaw
Fayetteville State at Johnson C. Smith
Lincoln (Pa) at Elizabeth City State
Bowie State at Virginia State

OTHERS

Austin Peay at Tennessee State
Texas College at Langston
Shippensburg at Cheyney
West Virginia State at Concord
Edward Waters at Webber International
Missouri S&T at Lincoln (Mo)







Saturday, October 7, 2017

EVERY HBCU Football Score From This Past Weekend


CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Virginia State 56, Elizabeth City State 0
Fayetteville State 24, Shaw 21
St. Augustine's 30, Livingstone 29
Winston-Salem State 27, Johnson C. Smith 22
Boise State 41, Chowan 10
Virginia Union 45, Lincoln (Pa) 23

MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

North Carolina Central 13, Howard 7
Norfolk State 35, Florida A&M 28
North Carolina A&T 44, Delaware State 3
Hampton 17, Savannah State 10
South Carolina State 35, Morgan State 14

SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Miles 41, Central State 20
Tuskegee 23, Morehouse 17 (OT)
Fort Valley State 41, Clark Atlanta 24
Albany State 30, Lincoln (Mo) 10

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Grambling 34, Prairie View A&M 21
Southern 35, Alabama A&M 14
Kennesaw State 48, Texas Southern 3

OTHERS 

Tennessee State 45, Eastern Kentucky 21
West Virginia State 35, Kentucky State 23
Edward Waters 56, University of God's Chosen 12
Langston 27, Lane 21
Lock Haven 62, Cheyney 0

Previews of EVERY HBCU Game Scheduled Today!


SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Grambling at Prairie View A&M - Grambling (4-1, 1-0) is not going to let you run the ball on them.  They have the SWAC's top run defense, giving up just 72 yards a game.  But that will be tested as Prairie View A&M (2-2, 2-0)  sports the SWAC's top rushing offense, averaging 218 yards a game. Da'Wonya Tucker and Sta'fon McCray are both top ten SWAC rushers.  The Grambling offense has scored at least 31 points in their last three games, all wins. 

Alabama A&M at Southern - Things started pretty badly for Alabama A&M (2-3, 2-0) as they were dominated by three Division I-FBS teams.  But coming back to FCS/SWAC football has been good for them as they've defeated Texas Southern and Arkansas-Pine Bluff giving up just 31 points total in both games.  Southern (2-3, 0-1) broke a three-game slide by defeating Division II Fort Valley State last week. But this is a team that defeated a good South Carolina State team in their opener.  Herbert Edwards had a huge game last week, rushing for 141 yards last week. 

Mississippi Valley State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff - What can you say about Mississippi Valley State (0-4, 0-1)? They've played some of the better teams in the nation and they've gotten creamed.  They average five points a game and have given up nearly 56 points a game.  They have rushed for a TOTAL of minus-143 yards all season.  Still, they've done well in the passing game - Christopher Fowler averages 188 yards a game and threw for 341 yards against Grambling.  But the Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-3, 1-1) is last in total offense in the MEAC. 

Texas Southern at Kennesaw State - Texas Southern (0-4, 0-1) heads to Georgia for non-conference play against Kennesaw State (3-1), a team that won its third-straight game last week. The have the nation's sixth-best defense, giving up only 69 yards rushing per game. Texas Southern isn't much of a running team, but they lean on talented quarterback Jay Christophe who has accounted for 184 yards of total offense a game. Still, they only average 13 points a game. Another issue for Texas Southern could be defense.  They give up nearly 200 yards a game rushing and 262 a game passing. 

CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Virginia State at Elizabeth City State - One of the first things that Elizabeth City State (3-2, 1-1) may set out to do is stop Virginia State (4-0, 2-0) running back Robert Chesson.  He leads the CIAA in rushing with 132 yards a game for the CIAA's second-best offense.  But the ECSU defense has given up 34 points and 170 yards rushing a game. In their two losses, they have given up 132 yards rushing to Shaw and 253 to UNC Pembroke. 

Livingstone at St. Augustine’s - If you take out St. Augustine's (1-4, 1-1) 81-9 shellacking of Lincoln (Pa), this is a team that struggles on offense. They've scored 41 points in their four other games.  But quarterback Darryl Johnson did throw five TDs in that Lincoln (Pa) rout, so the potential is there.  Livingstone (0-5, 0-2) has also had offensive troubles, averaging just 86 yards rushing and 11 points scoring a game. 

Shaw at Fayetteville State - These are two teams that are ranked eighth and ninth in total offense in the CIAA, but they do it differently.  Shaw (2-3, 1-1) Daron Downing and Vidal Woodruff at quarterback is more likely to throw it while Fayetteville State (1-4, 0-2) is better at running it as Stevie Green averages 118 yards rushing and has run for six touchdowns.  The problem for both is defense - FSU gives up nearly 42 points a game while Shaw gives up 38.4, though both have been torched badly by Bowie State so that throws things off a bit. Well, a little. 

Johnson C. Smith at Winston-Salem State - Winston-Salem State (3-2, 1-1) is looking for defensive consistency.  They have won every other game this season, but have given up 33 points and 31`points in their two losses.  But on offense, Kerrion Moore is again having a great season, averaging 113 yards rushing a game and leading an offense that averages more than six yards a rush. Johnson C. Smith (0-5, 0-2) has the CIAA's worst scoring offense, picking up just nine points a game, though they did score 17 in a three-point loss to Elizabeth City State two weeks ago.  JCSU also played better defense the past two weeks, evidenced by only giving up 10 points in a 10-7 loss to Chowan last week. 

Chowan at Bowie State - It's now Chowan's time to try to slow down one of the nation's top offenses in Bowie State (5-0, 2-0). Amir Hall is averaging 327 yards passing, has thrown for 21 touchdowns and run for five more while Robert Chesson has averaged nearly 120 yards rushing a game.  All for a team averaging an astounding 57 points a game. On top of that, their defense is only giving up 15 points a game. Chowan (2-3, 2-0) has won their last two games and has gotten steady play from quarterback Bryce Witt who has thrown for nearly 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns, but has seven interceptions.  Michael Offut and Tyrell Freeman both average more than 61 yards rushing for a good running team.  

Virginia Union at Lincoln (Pa) - Virginia Union (3-2, 2-0) has won their last two games and are looking good with Darius Taylor at quarterback.  He has thrown for 893 yards and eight touchdowns this season, with five of those touchdowns coming against Fayetteville State two weeks ago. Things have been tough for Lincoln (Pa) (0-5, 0-2) though. They give up 56 points a game on defense and have averaged just 13 points on offense.  Vincent Espinoza has played well at quarterback (though they haven't scored a passing touchdown since Sept. 16) and linebacker Deion Miller is second best among all CIAA tacklers with 46 this season. 


MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Morgan State at South Carolina State - Its never a good thing when the team with the worst scoring offense is visiting the team's with the second-best scoring defense.  But that's whats happening here. Morgan State (0-4, 0-1) averages four points a game. Four. They scored their first points last week in a 49-17 loss to North Carolina A&T. But MSU actually has a good passing game with Elijah Staley at quarterback. They just can't get it into the end zone. South Carolina State (1-3, 0-2) has played a tough schedule, losing to SWAC Southern and to MEAC powers North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central. Dewann Ford leads SCSU on offense, throwing for 772 yards this season and rushing for 163. SCSU's All American Darius Leonard leads the MEAC in tackles with 43. 

North Carolina Central at Howard - Howard (2-2, 1-0) got its first FCS win in its first FCS game of the season last week against Bethune-Cookman. They have the MEACs second-best offense, mainly through a strong ground game. It's led by freshman Caylin Newton who is the MEAC's second-leading rusher and the conference's fourth best passer.  North Carolina Central (3-1, 2-0) has only lost to FBS/ACC Duke and has since won three straight. They also have the MEAC's third-best rush defense, giving up just 107 yards a game - roughly half of what Howard averages. Big problem for Howard - they are ranked last in the MEAC on defense. But this could be a really good game. 

Delaware State at North Carolina A&T - This one could be ugly.  Delaware State (0-4, 0-2) hasn't won a game since 2015 and North Carolina A&T (5-0, 2-0) is undefeated and is the best FCS HBCU team in the country. DSU did give Norfolk State all they could handle in a 17-7 loss last week as they held NSU to 53 yards rushing.  But the Aggies average 41 points a game and give up just 11. They have the conference's top passer in Lamar Raynard and leading rusher in Marquell Cartwright. 

Hampton at Savannah State - Hampton (2-2, 1-0) returns to MEAC play for the first time since defeating Delaware State in Week 2. Statistically, they are one of the better teams in the conference. They are tops in pass defense, second in passing, second in total defense and fourth in total offense. Savannah State (0-4, 0-2) has the MEAC's worst offense with just three offensive touchdowns this season. On defense, they've given up 20 touchdowns already this season while opposing offenses average 477 yards a game.

Florida A&M at Norfolk State - Take out a guarantee game against FBS/SEC Arkansas and Florida A&M (2-3, 1-1) has played decent defense against some good competition this season.  It's the offense that's not helped them. They average just 16 points a game and rush for just 100 yards a game. But the passing game is ranked fourth in the MEAC. Norfolk State (1-3, 1-0) picked up their first win of the season last week over Delaware State.  But this team has played one of the best Division II teams in the country, an FBS team, and the top-ranked FCS team in America. So this may be their most even match-up all season.  This could be a really entertaining football game. 

SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Miles at Central State - Miles (2-3, 0-1) needs a win to keep pace with Tuskegee in the SIAC West race. Their offense was shut down for the second time this season when Albany State beat them last week.  But they've averaged 28 points in the games they've played against two other SIAC teams, one of them Morehouse who leads the conference in total defense. Central State (0-5, 0-2) is looking for some homecoming magic, and a little help on defense as they've given up a league worst 35.8 points a game this season.

Tuskegee vs. Morehouse - This could be a pretty good test for both teams.  Tuskegee (3-2, 2-0) got a 61-0 drubbing by Findlay two weeks ago out of their system by beating Lane last week to remain undefeated in SIAC play.  Morehouse (3-2, 1-0) got a bitter loss to Miles out of their system by beating Kentucky State last week.  Morehouse sports the SIAC's top-ranked defense and has gotten solid quarterback play from Kivon Taylor.  Tuskegee interestingly is ranked last in the SIAC in total offense, but this is a team that has played a tough schedule already this season.  This game, the oldest HBCU rivalry, will be a good one Saturday.

Fort Valley State at Clark Atlanta - These are two teams tied for second behind Albany State (with Morehouse) in a close SIAC East race.  Clark Atlanta (3-2, 1-0) played FCS Grambling strong last week, holding them to just 74 yards rushing.  CAU's Johnathon McCrary leads the SIAC in passing and total offense. Fort Valley State (1-3, 1-0) has struggled on offense in losses to West Georgia, Miles and FCS Southern, but looked good in a double-overtime win over Benedict two weeks ago.  Last year, FVSU beat CAU in three overtimes.

Langston at Lane - NAIA Langston (5-0) is undefeated and sports and offense that has averaged 35 points a game behind quarterbacks Jaylen Lowe and Milton Harper, and running backs Tyree Harrison and Charles Marshall. Most importantly, Langston leads the NAIA in defense.  Lane (1-4, 0-2) has the second-ranked defense in the SIAC, allowing 301 yards per game.  Thurston Rubin has taken over the passing duties at quarterback for Lane and is coming off a game in which he threw for 199 and two touchdowns and ran for another in leading to a win last week. 

OTHERS

West Virginia State at Kentucky State - West Virginia State (2-3) broke a three-game losing streak last week on the strength of Matt Kinnick's three touchdown passes.  He has thrown for nearly 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns already this season.  Where they have problems is on defense - they give up 38 points a game. Kentucky State (2-3) has won two of their last three, but lost to the best team they've face the past three weeks, Morehouse.  But they scored 21 on a good Morehouse defense.  Their problem has also been defense as they've given up 33 points a game.  But Paul Campbell has been steady at quarterback and Brett Sylve has been solid at running back. 

Lincoln (Mo) at Albany State - Lincoln (Mo) (1-3) will be playing Albany State (3-2) for the first time.  They face a good Albany State team that has really seen McKinley Habersham play some good football.  Habersham leads the SIAC in rushing and ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns last week against Miles. Lincoln (Mo) hasn't won a road game since 2015.  Lincoln (Mo) will counter with a dual quarterback system that features Henry Ogala (354 yards passing) and Eugene Sainterling (404 yards). 

Tennessee State at Eastern Kentucky - After a great start, Tennessee State (3-2, 0-2 Ohio Valley Conference) has lost their first two conference games, last week in double overtime.  Things don't get any easier this week as they visit perennial stalwart Eastern Kentucky.  The TSU defense has solid, giving up just 17 points a game this season.  The offense has had period where they've sputtered. The passing game has only accounted for 237 yards in the past two games.  EKU has the OVC's second-worst pass offense and gives up 27 points and nearly 400 yards a game to opposing offenses. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

EVERY HBCU Football Score From Saturday Sept. 30


SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONF#RENCE

Tuskegee 28, Lane 23 - Tuskegee (3-2, 2-0) held off Lane's (1-4, 0-2) 20-point fourth quarter to earn the win. Hoderick Lowe rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown to lead a Tuskegee running game that had 182 yards and three touchdowns.  Osband Thompson had 11 tackles and an interception while Davoris Thomas also had 11 tackles.  Lane was led by Thurston Rubin who threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another touchdown.

Morehouse 31, Kentucky State 21 - Kivon Taylor threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns as Morehouse (3-2, 1-0) pulled away from Kentucky State (2-3, 1-1) in the second half to get the win. Tremell Gooden and Ricki Nuckles both caught TD passes and had 107 and 103 yards receiving. Brett Sylve led Kentucky State with 73 yards and a TD rushing. Andre Mills had 12 tackles (three for losses), a sack and an interception for KSU.

Benedict 21, Central State 11 - Despite a big day from Central State's Terraris Safford, Benedict (3-2, 1-1) kept Central State (0-5, 0-2) winless. Safford rushed for 165 yards, but Benedict's defense only allowed a late Trent Miles touchdown pass. Dominique Harris led Benedict by throwing a touchdown pass and running for TD.  Kenneth Gunter had six tackles and two sacks for the Benedict defense.

Albany State 34, Miles 9 - McKinley Habersham rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns to lead Albany State (3-2, 2-0) to an easy win over Miles (2-3, 1-1). Nick Christiansen's second of three field goals actually pulled Miles to within eight, 14-6, midway through the second quarter. But ASU scored three touchdowns over the next quarter and a half to pull away for the win.  Albany State rushed for 353 yards, as Kelan Fraise also had 86 yards on the ground. Sidney Wilson led Miles with 105 yards rushing.

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Grambling 31, Clark Atlanta 20 - Devante Kincaide came off the bench to throw for 278 yards and three touchdowns to lead Grambling (4-1) over Clark Atlanta (3-2), their fourth straight win.  Clark Atlanta quarterback Johnathon Kincade threw for 371 yards and three touchdowns, but he had four interceptions.  Clark Atlanta outgained Grambling and held them to 74 yards rushing - 100 below their season average. Grambling's De'Arius Christmas had 14 tackles, four for losses, and a sack, while CAU's Jaquatin Victrum also had 14 tackles, four for losses, and a sack.

Southern 31, Fort Valley State 14 - Herbert Edwards rushed for 141 yards while Southern (2-3) used three first-quarter big plays to pull away from Fort Valley State (1-3) early. Cameron Mackey had a 62-yard TD run, Danny Jackson returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown and Austin Howard threw a 7-yard touchdown to Jarmarqueza Mims as they jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter. Myles Graham rushed for 116 yards to lead Fort Valley State.  David Brown had 16 tackles, 12 unassisted, for FVSU.


Alabama A&M 27, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 14 - Trevon Waters rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns while Aqeel Glass threw for 291 yards as Alabama A&M (2-3, 2-0) defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-3, 1-1).   Yurik Bethune had five tackles and 2.5 sacks as the Bulldogs defense only allowed UAPB 50 yards rushing and 83 yards passing.


Prairie View 38, Jackson State 9 - Lavell McCullers threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 68 yards to lead Prairie View (1-2, 1-0) to the win over Jackson State (0-4, 0-1).  The PVAMU defense kept Jackson State's passing game in check, only allowing 136 yards and forcing five sacks. Of the 89 yards Jackson State had rushing, 52 came on one run by Quitten Brown.

Charleston Southern 58, Mississippi Valley State 7 - Mississippi Valley State (0-4) gave Charleston Southern (2-2) a tough first half, only trailing 10-7 at halftime. But Charleston Southern's 35 point third quarter allowed them to pull away for an easy win.  CSU was led by Terrance Wilson who rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Bowie State 64, Fayetteville State 31 - Amir Hall and Robert Chesson again had big days as Bowie State (5-0, 2-0) continued their high-scoring ways, easily defeating Fayetteville State (1-4, 0-2). BSU went up 34-7 early in the second quarter after Hall's third TD pass.  But Fayetteville State scored 17 unanswered points to make things interesting. But Chesson ran for two touchdowns and Hall threw another TD pass to put the game out of reach. Hall finished with 329 yards and four TDs passing and another one rushing, while Chesson ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns.  FSU was led by Donshel Jetton rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown.  Their defense also had two interception returns for touchdowns.

Chowan 10, Johnson C. Smith 7


Shaw 23, Elizabeth City State 17 - Uriah Behthea's 8-yard TD run with 1:19 remaining lifted Shaw (2-3, 1-1) to the win over Elizabeth City State (3-2, 1-1).  ECSU had tied the game on a Joshua Laverty field goal early in the fourth quarter of a close game.  Bethea finished with 95 yards rushing and two touchdowns.  ECSU was led by Daquan Neal who threw for 249 yards and a touchdown.  Shaw's defense only allowed ECSU 10 yards rushing.

Virginia Union 28, St. Augustine's 7

Virginia State 56, Livingstone 18

Winston-Salem State 48, Lincoln (Pa) 0 - Rod Tinsley ran two for two touchdowns while the WSSU defense accounted for two TDs as Winston-Salem State (3-2, 1-1) over Lincoln (Pa) (0-5, 0-2).  Canard Brown took the opening kickoff back 95 yards for a touchdown and then Daijon Carson recovered a block punt for a touchdown as the Rams went up 14-0 early.  Brown later returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown and Tyron Roberts scooped up a fumble and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown.  Trey McCullom led Lincoln (Pa) with 92 yards passing and 53 yards rushing.

MIDEASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

North Carolina Central 21, Florida A&M 14 (Thursday) -

Bethune-Cookman 24, Savannah State 12

North Carolina A&T 21, South Carolina State 7

OTHERS

Eastern Illinois 19, Tennessee State 16
East Stroudsburg 33, Cheyney 13
West Virginia State 34, Glenville State 28
Ave Maria 48, Edward Waters 35






Thursday, September 28, 2017

North Carolina A&T and Bowie State Top This Week's ADDS HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS/D2 Top Ten Polls

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

North Carolina A&T and Bowie State, both undefeated and largely unchallenged so far this season, lead this week's ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS/Division II Top Ten football polls.

With Tennessee State's first loss of the season at nationally-ranked Tennessee-Martin, the Tigers (3-1) fall to third in the FCS poll while North Carolina A&T (3-0) continue to roll along after thrashing Morgan State Saturday.  Besides FBS Charlotte, the Aggies have averaged winning margins of 43 points so far this season.

Second-ranked North Carolina Central (2-1, 1-0 MEAC) got a good win against a good South Carolina State team, while Grambling's defense spurred them to an easy win over Mississippi Valley State Saturday.

In Division II, Bowie State (4-0, 1-0 CIAA) continues to dominate, with its high-flying offense featuring quarterback Amir Hall and running back Robert Chesson.  Virginia State (3-0, 1-0 CIAA) has been buoyed by a running game led by Trenton Cannon and his 147 yards per game rushing average.

Here are this week's ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS and DIVISION II Football Polls:

FCS

1) North Carolina A&T
2) North Carolina Central
3) Tennessee State
4) Grambling
5) Alcorn State
6) Howard
7) Hampton
8) South Carolina State
9) Florida A&M
10) Prairie View A&M


DIVISION II

1) Bowie State
2) Virginia State
3) Tuskegee
4) Winston-Salem State
5) Albany State
6) Clark Atlanta
7) Elizabeth City State
8) Virginia Union
9) Miles
10) Morehouse