Tuesday, October 18, 2016

North Carolina A&T and Tuskegee Remain at the Top of the ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT HBCU Football Top Ten Polls


There weren't any changes at the top of either FCS or Division II ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT HBCU Football Top Ten polls this week. 

North Carolina A&T (4-1, 3-0 MEAC) overpowered Bethune-Cookman to remain at the top of the FCS poll while Tennessee State (5-1, 2-1 OVC) knocked off Eastern Kentucky off a huge first half in their homecoming win.  
North Carolina Central (5-2, 4-0 MEAC) actually leads the MEAC over A&T, since they have played and won one more game.  Alcorn State (3-3, 3-2 SWAC) jumped back into the rankings by defeating Texas Southern (3-3, 3-2 SWAC).

In the Division II poll, Tuskegee (6-0, 4-0 SIAC) was off this past weekend while Bowie State (5-2, 4-0 CIAA) nipped Virginia State (5-2, 2-2 CIAA) Saturday.  Winston-Salem State (5-2, 4-0 SIAC) and Clark Atlanta (5-2, 3-2 SIAC) after wins this weekend, while Virginia Union (4-3, 3-1 CIAA) dropped after Chowan (5-2, 3-1 CIAA) defeated them. 

Here are the complete ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT HBCU Top Ten FCS/Division II football polls:


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

Division II

1) Tuskegee
2) Bowie State
3) Virginia State
4) Winston-Salem State
5) Clark Atlanta
6) Chowan
7) Albany State
8) Virginia Union
9) Benedict 
10) Lane

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Scores and Rundowns of EVERY HBCU Football Game Played on Saturday



North Carolina A&T 52, Bethune-Cookman 35 - A 28-point fourth quarter that included two Tarik Cohen touchdown runs lifted North Carolina A&T (5-1, 3-0 MEAC) over Bethune-Cookman (0-5, 0-3 MEAC).  The third of three Larry Brihm to Frank Brown touchdown passes had given Bethune-Cookman a 28-24 lead early in the fourth quarter. Cohen finished with 220 yards and three TDs on the ground for his third straight 200-yard game. Lamar Raynard threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns.  Bethune-Cookman was led by Brhim, who had 376 yards passing and four touchdowns.

South Carolina State 14, Howard 9 - Caleb York's 5-yard touchdown pass to Mykal Moody early in the fourth quarter lifted South Carolina State (2-3, 2-0 MEAC) over Howard (1-6, 1-3 MEAC) in a hard-fought game. The Howard defense only gave up 174 yards of offense to South Carolina State but a mishandled snap by Howard punter Damon Gillespie deep in their own territory set up South Carolina State for a short, 23-yard drive to get the winning touchdown. Darius Leonard had 14 tackles and had two of South Carolina State's five interceptions. Philip Henry also picked off two Howard passes. Howard's Anthony Philyaw was the game's offensive leader with 160 yards rushing. Jalen Day had ten solo tackles for Howard.

North Carolina Central 33, Savannah State 3 - Malcolm Bell threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another TD as North Carolina Central (5-2, 4-0 MEAC) shut down Savannah State (1-4, 1-2 MEAC). Jalen Wilkes caught six of Bell's passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. The NCCU defense only gave up 141 yards and had six sacks. Isaiah Bennett had 11 tackles and an interception for Savannah State while Marquis Smith added ten tackles, two sacks and four tackles for losses.

Florida A&M 41, Delaware State 27 - Florida A&M (2-5, 2-2 MEAC) had 21 fourth-quarter points to break open a 20-20 fourth-quarter tie to pull away for the win over Delaware State (0-6, 0-3 MEAC).  During that period, Ryan Stanley ran for a touchdown and threw another while Orlando McKinney picked off a DSU pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown. Stanley rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 204 yards and a touchdown.  Delaware State rushed for 325 yards on the day, with Brycen Alleyne rushing for 169 yards and two TDs and Mike Waters adding 150 on the ground.  Delaware State outgained FAMU, 510 yards to 368.

Hampton 21, Morgan State 12 - Jaylien Williamson threw two touchdowns and caught one from receiver Twarn Mixon as Hampton (3-3, 3-1 MEAC) picked up the homecoming win over Morgan State (2-3, 2-1 MEAC).  The Hampton defense shut down Morgan State in the second half to keep the game close as Williamson sealed the win.  Devin Vandyke and Steven Smith both had 11 tackles for Hampton.  Chris Andrews threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns for Morgan State.


Chowan 54, Virginia Union 21 - Chowan (5-2, 3-1 CIAA) jumped out to a 27-0 lead early in the second quarter behind three Tyree Lee touchdowns and cruised from from there to defeat Virginia Union (4-3, 3-1 CIAA).  Randall Dixon had a huge day for Chowan, throwing for 412 yards and two touchdowns, one of them to Lee, who rushed for 154 yards and ran for four touchdowns. Tyrone Carter caught eight passes for 194 yards. Virginia Union's Shawheem Dowdy threw for 380 yards and two touchdown passes as he threw 68 passes on the day. Chowan only allowed Virginia Union to rush for 23 yards.

Fayetteville State 37, Johnson C. Smith 21 - Stevie Green rushed for 234 yards and a touchdown as Fayetteville State (2-5, 2-2 CIAA) outscored Johnson C. Smith (1-6, 1-4 CIAA) 27-7 in the second half to get the win.  Devin Knudson threw two TDs including one during that second half. Harold Herbin led Johnson C. Smith with two touchdown passes and one rushing.

Bowie State 38, Virginia State 37 - Amir Hall's two-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter proved to be the difference maker as Bowie State (5-2, 4-0 CIAA) erased a 17-point second half deficit to win a battle of the CIAA's top two teams over Virginia State (5-2, 2-2 CIAA).  VSU led 37-20 midway through the third quarter after the second of two Tarian Ayres third-quarter touchdown passes.  Bowie State got a touchdown pass from Hall, a touchdown run by Robert Chesson and then Hall's touchdown run.  Hall finished with 332 yards and four touchdowns passing and one rushing with Nyme Manns catching nine passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns.  VSU's Trenton Cannon rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown with Kavon Bellamy adding 104 yards and touchdowns.

Livingstone 23, Shaw 12 - Jarius Richardson rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown as Livingstone (2-6, 1-3 CIAA) defeated Shaw (0-7, 0-4 CIAA).  Richardson's 45-yard TD run in the third quarter gave Livingstone a 23-6 lead that put the game out of reach. Xavier Longerbeam threw 163 yards and two touchdowns for Livingstone. Timothy Abbott led Shaw with 178 yards passing, but threw two interceptions.  Shaw's Dominique Hannibal had 18 tackles, four for losses and two sacks.

Elizabeth City State 33, Lincoln (Pa) 23 - Daquan Neal threw for 226 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another TD as Elizabeth Cit State (3-4, 2-2 CIAA) got the win over Lincoln (Pa) (1-6, 0-4 CIAA).  Lincoln (Pa) led by 15-13 just before halftime, but ECSU followed that with a Joshua Laverty field goal four seconds before the half to get the lead for good.  Lavety kicked two field goals and had three extra points. Jason Epps had two touchdown passes for Lincoln (Pa) with Stephen Scott adding 74 yards and a TD rushing and 50 receiving yards. Deion Miller had 14 tackles, 11 solo, for Lincoln (Pa).

Winston-Salem State 45, St. Augustine's 10 - Te'Vaughn Hurse rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown while Kerrion Moore threw for two touchdowns as Winston-Salem State (5-2, 4-0 CIAA) got an easy win over St. Augustine's (2-5, 2-2 CIAA).  Rod Tinsley threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns. St. Augustine's was led D.J. Johnson who threw for 142 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 69 yards. Rovonta Johnson had 90 yards rushing for SAU.


Alabama State 56, Mississippi Valley State 24 - Khalid Thomas rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown as the Alabama State (2-5, 2-4 SWAC) rushed for 346 yards to get the win over Mississippi Valley State (0-7, 0-5 SWAC).  Six ASU players rushed for touchdowns. Quarterback Quinterris Toppings rushed for a touchdown and threw for another. Joshua Banks caught eight passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mississippi Valley State.

Alcorn State 23, Texas Southern 20 - De'Lance Turner's blocked punt and then ran a 2-yard touchdown run to lift Alcorn State (3-3, 3-2 SWAC) to the win over Texas Southern (3-3, 3-2 SWAC).  The Braves had struggled on offense after starting quarterback Lenorris Footman left the game with a shoulder injury.  Footman finished with 196 yards and two touchdowns passing. Norlando Veals caught six passes for 106 yards and two TDs. Darien Anderson had 13 tackles, two sacks and four tackles for losses to lead the ASU defense.  Averion Hurts led Texas Southern with 219 yards and a touchdown passing and 53 yards and a touchdown rushing.  Sean Jones led the TSU defense with 16 tackles.

Alabama A&M 40, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7 - De'Angelo Ballard had a huge day, rushing for three touchdowns and passing for another as Alabama A&M (2-5, 2-4 SWAC) easily defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-5, 1-3 SWAC).  Ballard threw for 214 yards and rushed for 89.  Jordan Bentley led the Bulldogs with 91 yards and a TD on the ground.  Brandon Duncan led UAPB with 140 yards and a TD passing. UAPB defenders Jentrel Woodard and Willie Duncan both had 11 tackles.

Southern 28, Jackson State 24 - Austin Howard's late third-quarter touchdown pass to Randall Menard lifted Southern (3-2, 3-0 SWAC) to a come-from-behind win over Jackson State (2-4, 2-2 SWAC).  Southern had led 21-10 in the second quarter, but Jackson State's Derrick Bobo blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown just before halftime and then Joshua Bates ran a 2-yard TD to give JSU a 24-21 lead in the third quarter.  But Southern followed with what proved to be the game-winning drive and then shut down Jackson State the rest of the way to seal the win.  Lenard Tillery led Southern with 127 yards and two touchdowns rushing. Howard finished 24-of-35 for 288 yards and two touchdowns, both to Menard.


Kentucky State 28, Miles 24 - Kentucky State's Nick Beckhum recovered a Miles fumble with 2:10 left and dived into the end zone to end a 14-point, fourth quarter comeback homecoming win for KSU.  Kentucky State trailed 24-14 when Damontre Warr ran for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.  Miles picked off a KSU pass late in the fourth quarter, but Miles' fumbled it deep in their territory as Beckhum recovery sealed the win. KSU quarterback Jules St Ge had 76 yards and one TD passing and 117 yards rushing while Warr finished with 92 yards rushing. Miles rushed for 314 yards, with quarterback David Whipple finishing with 122 yards and Ger'Kerry Jackson adding 117 and a touchdown.

Florida Tech 48, Fort Valley State 14 - Quarterback Mark Cato threw two touchdowns and ran for three during a Florida Tech (5-1) 41-point first half that sunk Fort Valley State (1-6). Cato finished with 140 yards passing and 26 rushing.  Antwuan Haynes added 76 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Panthers. FVSU was led by Domontay Jones, who had 118 yards and a touchdown passing.

Central State 27, Lane 10 - Quarterback Lavon Meeks threw for a touchdown and rushed for two more to lead Central State (1-6, 1-4 SIAC) to their first win of the season. Deonate Gary had 14 tackles for Central State, with Anthony Hamm adding 12 and Okoye Bozeman and Nehemiah Coward each had 10.  Lane (3-3, 2-2 SIAC) was led by Marquez Pickett who had 184 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked four times. Javonte Kelly led Lane's defense with eleven tackles, with Whitney Richardson adding ten tackles and two sacks.

Clark Atlanta 27, Benedict 14 - Johnathan McCrary threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns and added 42 yards and a TD rushing to lead Clark Atlanta (5-2, 3-2 SIAC) to a homecoming win over Benedict (3-4, 2-2 SIAC).  Trenton Earl caught seven McCrary passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. The win gave CAU the lead in the SIAC East division.  George Myers Jr. led Benedict with 115 yards and a TD rushing.

Albany State 26, Morehouse 21 - Caleb Edmonds threw two touchdowns and ran for another in a 24-point second quarter to lead Albany State (3-3, 2-1 SIAC) to the win over Morehouse (2-5, 1-4 SIAC). Morehouse's Kivon Taylor threw two TD passes in the third quarter, but ASU shut down the Maroon Tigers after that to hold on for the win.  Edmonds finished with 170 yards passing and 84 rushing. Taylor finished with 151 yards passing for Morehouse.  David Smith, last week's SIAC Defensive Player of the Week, had 19 tackles, 4.5 for losses, a forced fumble and 1.5 sacks for Morehouse.


Tennessee State 35, Eastern Kentucky 27 - Ronald Butler ran for two touchdowns during a 35-3 first half for Tennessee State (5-1, 2-1 OVC) as the Tigers held on to defeat Eastern Kentucky (2-4, 1-2 OVC).  Butler had a quiet day passing, with 181 yards and no touchdowns, but he rushed for 81 yards.  Erick Evans led TSU with 83 yards rushing.  Ezra Robinson had a 93-yard interception return for a touchdown during that first half spree. Chris Collins led the TSU defense with 11 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. EKU was led by Bennie Coney, who had 350 yards rushing, but threw four interceptions.

Langston 33, Bacone 32 - Juan Carpio hit a 20-yard field goal with 50 seconds remaining to lift Langston (3-2, 1-1 CSFL) to a homecoming win over Bacone (2-5, 2-2 CSFL).  Bacone's Erik King had returned a punt 47 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to put them up 32-21.  Carpio followed that with a field goal and then Kievon Jackson close the gap to two points after his late third quarter 27 yard touchdown run.  Langston's Peter Gordon picked off a Bacone pass with 4:30 left, setting up the Lions for the winning drive.

Arizona Christian 57, Texas College 7 - Gerit Groenwold and Ryan Esslinger combined to throw for 216 yards and five touchdowns as Arizona Christian (4-2, 3-0 CSFL) routed Texas College (0-6, 0-3 CSFL).  Arizona Christian held Texas College to only two yards rushing on the day. Quarterbacks Sean Stell had 122 yards passing for Texas College, who's only touchdown came from Carlos Mosby late in the game.

Shippensburg 76, Cheyney 0 - Chase Yocum rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 127 yards and another TD to lead Shippensburg (5-2, 3-1 PSAC) to the rout over Cheyney (1-6, 0-4 PSAC).   The Raiders rushed for 334 yards and seven touchdowns, with Colin McDermott and Marcus Lominy each rushing for two touchdowns.  Landon Archeangelo threw for 109 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Yocum. Jamal Hines had 11 tackles for Cheyney.

Missouri S&T 65, Lincoln (Mo) 16 - Tyler Swart threw for 215 yards and four touchdowns to lead Missouri S&T (4-3, 3-1 GLVC) to the rout over Lincoln (Mo) (1-6, 0-4 GLVC).  Deshawn Jones added 136 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Dennis Vinson led Lincoln (Mo) with 177 yards and a touchdown passing.  But he was sacked seven times.

Shepherd 70, West Virginia State 24 - Connor Jessop threw for 480 yards and five touchdowns to lead third-ranked Shepherd (6-0, 6-0 MEC) to an easy win over West Virginia State (1-6, 1-6 MEC). Brandon Hlavach rushed for 100 yards while Jessop added two TDS rushing.  Shepherd had 804 yards of offense.  Their defense held WVSU to 35 yards rushing. WVSU's Matt Kinnick threw for 154 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked six times.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Today's COMPLETE HBCU Football Schedule Around the Country


Mississippi Valley State at Alabama State - You know its a tough season so far if your athletics web site features past football players instead of the current ones.  But that's how things are at Mississippi Valley State (0-6, 0-4 SWAC).  Last week's throttling by Montana erased memories of a close game with Jackson State two weeks ago.  The Delta Devils are the worst SWAC team when it comes to total offense. Alabama State (1-5, 1-4 SWAC) has been competitive in nearly every game (save for the 64-6 Southern debacle). Khalid Thomas has been a solid rusher, ranking second in the SWAC right now.

Texas Southern at Alcorn State - Last week, Alcorn State (2-3, 2-2 SWAC) looked like Alcorn State in defeating Alabama A&M. At times, the Alcorn State offense has had trouble scoring like they did last season, though they move the ball well.  Texas Southern (3-2, 3-1 SWAC) has won three in a row, though they haven't beaten the best of the SWAC yet.  The Texas Southern offense has been consistent, which may be a problem for Alcorn State.  In their three losses, they've given up 45, 43, and 52 points.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alabama A&M

Southern at Jackson State


Shaw at Livingstone - Livingstone (1-5, 0-3 CIAA) has lost their last four games, but they fought hard in a loss to St. Augustine's last week.  Their stagnant offense put up 37 points.  A quartet of freshmen quarterbacks have combined to throw for 1100 yards so far.  But their defense gives up 32 points a game. Shaw (0-6, 0-3 CIAA) has played some really good teams, and has lost their last two games by a combined eight points. Freshman Timothy Abbott has shared the quarterback job with Daron Downing, who is at this point, Shaw's leading rusher.

Johnson C. Smith at Fayetteville State

Virginia Union at Chowan

Elizabeth City State at Lincoln (Pa)

St. Augustine's at Winston-Salem State

Virginia State at Bowie State - This is probably the biggest game in the CIAA today.  Virginia State 5-1, 2-1 CIAA) and Bowie State (4-2, 3-0 CIAA) are not only the two best teams in the CIAA so far this season, they are two of the better teams in HBCU Division II football.  Bowie State's offense, led by quarterback Amir Hall (2,031 yards passing, 15 touchdowns), averages 40 points a game to lead the CIAA.  Virginia State grinds it out on the ground behind Kavon Bellamy and Trenton Cannon. This one will come down to defense. Both are stingy with Virginia State's being just a little stingier. Great game on tap here.


North Carolina A&T at Bethune-Cookman - This is a must game for Bethune-Cookman (0-4, 0-2 MEAC) if they are to climb back into the MEAC race.  And they will have to knock off one of the best teams in the country in North Carolina A&T (4-1, 2-0 MEAC). The Wildcats will have to pick up the offense to do so as they only average 17 points a game while A&T averages 37.  Interesting fact: Bethune-Cookman has won four straight home games in this series.

South Carolina State at Howard

Savannah State at North Carolina Central

Florida A&M at Delaware State

Morgan State at Hampton


Miles at Kentucky State

Fort Valley State at Florida Tech

Lane at Central State

Benedict at Clark Atlanta - It's homecoming day in Atlanta as Clark Atlanta (4-2, 2-2 SIAC) looks to take over the SIAC East lead if they defeat current leader Benedict (3-3, 2-1 SIAC).  CAU quarterback Jonathan McCrary is a on a roll as he has thrown for more than 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.  Benedict isn't a big offensive team. It's defense where they shine, as they are fourth in the SIAC as they only allow 288 yards a game.  This could be one of the better matchups of the day.

Albany State at Morehouse - Morehouse (2-4, 1-3 SIAC) is a team that's fired up to play Albany State after going toe-to-toe with Tuskegee last week.  They slowed down Tuskegee and hope to use their stellar run defense, led by SIAC Defensive Player of the Week David Smith, to slow down Albany State (2-3, 1-1 SIAC) and quarterback Caleb Edmonds and running back Jarvis Small.  Both teams still have a chance at shot at the SIAC title game if they begin a run today in a topsy-turvy SIAC East race.


Eastern Kentucky at Tennessee State - It's homecoming day at Tennessee State (4-1, 1-1 OVC) and if the Tigers want a chance at an OVC title, they will have to defeat Eastern Kentucky (2-3, 1-1 OVC).  This is an old foe that TSU has had problems with over the years.  But the TSU offense is clicking as Ronald Butler has stepped in at quarterback and been solid.  EKU, which leads this series 23-5 and won easily last year, is a more defensive minded squad this season, though quarterback Bennie Coney has been solid win nearly a 1,000 yards passing this season.

Cheyney at Shippensburg

Shepherd at West Virginia State

Lincoln (Mo) at Missouri S&T

Bacone at Langston

Texas College at Arizona Christian

Faith at Edward Waters

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

North Carolina A&T Takes Over Top Spot in FCS ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT Top Ten Poll; Tuskegee Remains No. 1 in Division II Poll


Tennessee State's first lost of the season and North Carolina A&T continuing their roll has shaken up the top spots of this week's ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS/Division II HBCU football top ten polls.

Tennessee State (4-1, 1-1 OVC) narrowly fell to Ohio Valley Conference foe Eastern Illinois, one of the top teams in FCS football, last Saturday while North Carolina A&T (4-1, 3-0 MEAC) easily took care of Norfolk State to claim the top spot in this week's poll.

In Division II football, Tuskegee (6-0, 4-0 SIAC) continues their dominant season after defeating Morehouse last Saturday and remaining at the top of the poll.  Tuskegee jumped up to No. 5 among all of the nation's Division II football teams.

One of the top movers in either poll is surprising Clark Atlanta (4-2, 3-2 SIAC), a team that has won three in a row and gets ready for a homecoming contest against Benedict this weekend.

Here are the complete Division II and FCS ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT HBCU football top ten polls for this week:

Division II

1) Tuskegee (6-0, 4-0 SIAC)
2) Bowie State (4-2, 3-0 CIAA)
3) Virginia State (5-1, 2-1 CIAA)
4) Virginia Union (4-2, 3-0 CIAA)
5) Winston-Salem State (4-2, 3-0 CIAA)
6) Clark Atlanta (4-2, 3-2 SIAC)
7) Lane (4-2, 2-1 SIAC)
8) Albany State (2-3, 1-1 SIAC)
9) Chowan (4-2, 2-1 CIAA)
10) Benedict (3-3, 2-1 SIAC)


1) North Carolina A&T (4-1, 2-0 MEAC)
2) Tennessee State (4-1, 1-1 OVC)
3) Grambling (3-1, 3-0 SWAC)
4) North Carolina Central (4-1, 2-0 MEAC)
5) Southern (2-2, 2-0 SWAC)
6) Prairie View A&M (4-2, 2-1 SWAC)
7) Texas Southern (3-2, 2-1 SWAC)
8) Morgan State (2-2, 2-0 MEAC)
9) Jackson State (2-3, 2-1 SWAC)
10) South Carolina State (1-3, 1-0 MEAC)

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Scores and Recaps From EVERY HBCU Football Game From Saturday


Tuskegee 28, Morehouse 19 - In the 106th meeting of these two schools, Morehouse (2-4, kept this game closer than expected, but Tuskegee (6-0, 3-0 SIAC) got an 8-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Lacey to Javarrius Cheatham early in the third quarter and the Tuskegee defense held off Morehouse to seal the win.  With two of the nation's top run defenses, neither team had much success on the ground - Tuskegee rushed for 35 yards while Morehouse had 33.  Tuskegee's passing game and pass defense ruled the day.  Lacey finished 18-of-29 for 300 yards and four touchdowns passing, while Morehouse's Monquavious Johnson only had 143 yards passing and three interceptions.  Both were sacked four times. David Smith had a big day for Morehouse defensively with 15 tackles, three sacks, five tackles for losses and a fumble recovery.  Osband Thompson led the Tuskegee defense wth ten tackles.

Kentucky State 26, Fort Valley State 10 - Freshman Jules St. Ge threw for 194 yards and a touchdown and had 66 yards rushing to lead Kentucky State (2-4, 2-1 SIAC) to their first win over Fort Valley State (1-5, 1-3 SIAC) since 2013.  KSU had a season-high 320 yards of total offense. FVSU's freshman running back Jamari Clark had a big day, rushing for 129 yards. But FVSU only managed one touchdown on the day.  Kentucky State linebacker Travon Spencer had 19 tackles, ten of them solo stops.

Lane 19, Benedict 18 - Raul Martinez kicked a 35-yard field goal with 1:23 remaining to give Lane (4-2, 2-0 SIAC) the win over Benedict (3-3, 2-1 SIAC).  In a close game throughout, Benedict actually led 18-16 midway through the fourth quarter after George Meyers Jr.'s 45-yard touchdown run. Meyers rushed for 222 yards.  Marcus Holiday led Lane with 142 yards rushing. Lane got big defensive days from three Dragons - Whitney Richardson (13 tackles, one sack, a forced fumble, three tackles for losses), Javonte Kelly (ten tackles), and Ray Taylor (eight tackles, two sacks, three tackles for losses).

Miles 36, Central State 0 - David Whipple threw for 193 yards and three touchdowns as Miles (3-1, 2-1 SIAC) shut out Central State (0-6, 0-2 SIAC).  Whipple threw TD tosses to three different receivers - Earnest Bell, Trey Smith and Jourdan Walker.  Lavon Weeks led the Central State offense with 100 yards passing and 79 yards rushing.


Alcorn State 42, Alabama A&M 19 - Lenorris Footman's three second half TDs allowed Alcorn State (2-3, 2-2 SWAC) to erase a 16-14 halftime deficit to get the win over Alabama A&M (1-5, 1-4 SWAC). De'Angelo Ballard's two second-quarter TD passes to Jonathan Dorsey had led the Bulldogs to the halftime lead.  Footman finished with three touchdown runs and one TD pass as he had 132 yards passing and 122 rushing.   Ballard also had a big day with 181 yards passing and 88 rushing. Alcorn State rushed for 287 yards on the day.

Prairie View A&M 24, Alabama State 17 (OT) - Caleb Broach's 1-yard TD run gave Prairie View A&M (4-2, 4-1 SWAC) an overtime win over Alabama State (1-5, 1-4 SWAC).  ASU was stopped on a fourth-and-17 to end the game. Prairie View needed a 37-yard field goal from Owen Hoolihan with 12 seconds remaining just to stave off the upset and force the game into overtime.  Jalen Morton and Trey Green combined to throw for 275 yards and a touchdown.  Morton also rushed for 53 yards and a TD.  Khalid Thomas led Alabama State with 106 yards and a touchdown.

Montana 67, Mississippi Valley State 7 - Brady Guftason was 21-of-26 for 251 yards and four touchdowns to lead Montana (4-1) to an easy win over Mississippi Valley State (0-6).  MVSU actually led 7-0 early after Austin Bray's 3-yard touchdown run early in the game.  But MVSU had a miserable day rushing, finishing with minus-61 yards on the day, a defensive record for Montana. With only 73 yards rushing on the season heading into the game, Mississippi Valley State now has eight yards rushing in six games.


Fayetteville State 7, Shaw 6 - Fayetteville State (1-5, 1-2 CIAA) still couldn't manage many points, not even reaching their 11 point per game average, but it was enough to defeat Shaw (0-6, 0-3 CIAA) and get their first win of the season. Devin Knudsen threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Roy Lowder late in the third quarter for the deciding score.  The true deciding play was the Broncos defense blocking Shaw's point-after try after their only touchdown in the second quarter. Stevie Green had a big day for FSU, rushing for 117 yards. Uriah Bethea led Shaw with 84 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Virginia Union 29, Lincoln (Pa) 6 - William Stanback rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns while Shawheem Dowdy threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns as Virginia Union earned their fourth consecutive win, this time over Lincoln (Pa) (1-5, 0-3 CIAA).  It was Lincoln (Pa)'s fourth consecutive loss. Lincoln (Pa)'s Stephen Bolding finished with 13 tackles, two of them for losses.


Monmouth 59, Howard 27 - Anthony Philyaw's 39-yard TD run gave Howard a brief lead early, but the Bison couldn't stop the Monmouth running game as Monmouth churned to an easy win. Monmouth's Michael Jolly rushed for 129 yards and two TDs and Ed Royds added 118 yards and two touchdowns as Monmouth had 342 yards rushing on the day. Cody Williams also threw two touchdowns for Monmouth. Philyaw finished with a huge day, rushing for 234 yards and three touchdowns.

Hampton 27, Delaware State 17 - A 10-point third quarter and shutting down the Delaware State (0-5, 0-2 MEAC) offense to just three second half points gave Hampton (2-3, 2-1 MEAC) the win. Jaylien Williamson threw for 252 yards a touchdown, but Hampton controlled the game on the ground as Eric Carter (125 yards) and Yahkee Johnson (121 yards, one touchdown) led the Pirates running game that had 282 yards on the day.   Daniel Epperson led Delaware State with 245 yards and a touchdown passing.

North Carolina Central 17, Florida A&M 13 - North Carolina Central (4-2, 3-0 MEAC) rallied with two fourth-quarter touchdowns in two minutes to defeat Florida A&M (1-5, 1-2 MEAC). Devin Bowers' 18-yard touchdown followed by Dorrel McClain's 25-yard TD during that fourth quarter. Most of the day's offense came from North Carolina Central and their running game as they accounted for 132 yards. FAMU only had 39 yards passing and 73 rushing.


Eastern Illinois 35, Tennessee State 34 - Mitch Kimble's fourth quarter 4-yard TD pass to Devin Church lifted Eastern Illinois (4-2, 2-1 OVC) to win over Tennessee State (4-1, 1-1 OVC). their ninth win over TSU in their last 12 meetings. TSU couldn't stop Eastern Illinois' running game, which had 221 yards on the day.  Tennessee State's Ronald Butler had a big day, throwing for 303 yards and two touchdowns.  Patrick Smith caught seven passes for 160 yards and a touchdown while Steven Newbold caught four passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. Chris Collins and Laquarius Cook both had 12 tackles for TSU.

St. Joseph's 27, Lincoln (Mo) 17 - Dennis Vinson broke two records in throwing for 432 yards and completing 34 passes, but it wasn't enough as Lincoln (Mo) (1-5, 0-3 GLVC) lost to St. Joseph's (4-2, 3-1 GLVC).   Lincoln (Mo) was within three points midway in the third quarter after Vinson threw a 25-yard TD pass to Chris Othelot to make it 20-17.  But St. Joseph's got a 44-yard TD run by Issac James to seal the game late in the fourth quarter. Philip Kimble led St. Joseph's with 205 yards and two touchdowns passing while Martez Walker had 151 yards rushing. Anthony Townsend caught eight passes for 171 yards for Lincoln (Mo).

Lock Haven 51, Cheyney 12 - Lock Haven (1-5, 1-2 CSFL) got their first win of the season as Caleb Watson threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns in defeating Cheyney (1-5, 0-3 CSFL).  Watson also ran for two touchdowns, both in the first quarter. Erik Heller had a big day for Cheyney, rushing for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

Lyon 35, Texas College 21 - Michael Bowles and Dwane Robinson led a Lyon (3-4, 2-1 CSFL) running game that rushed for 312 yards and three touchdowns to hold off Texas College (0-5, 0-2 CSFL).  Bowles rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns while Robinson had 134 yards and a touchdown. Corey Sherman had a big day on the ground for Texas College, rushing for 167 yards and a touchdown.

Notre Dame (OH) 48, West Virginia State 21 - Notre Dame (OH) (5-1, 4-1 MEC) 20-point fourth quarter broke open a seven-point game to give them the win over West Virginia State (1-5, 1-5 MEC). Malik Grove threw two touchdown passes during that span. Grove finished with 227 yards and four touchdowns passing. DJ Greene added 140 yards and a TD on the ground. West Virginia State's Austin Hensley threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Ayers' Three TDs and Bellamy's Two Touchdowns Lead Virginia State Past Elizabeth City State


The Virginia State running game did what they do best, as Kavon Bellamy rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns and Trenton Cannon had 91 yards and a TD as the Trojans held off Elizabeth City State 44-38 Friday night. 

Virginia State (5-1, 2-1 CIAA)  Bellamy, Cannon and quarterback Tarian Ayers helped the Trojans run out to a 44-16 lead by early in the fourth quarter as Ayers also threw two touchdowns and ran for another score. 

But Elizabeth City State (2-4, 1-2 CIAA) made things interesting late, with 22-fourth quarter points. Quarterback Daquan Neal accounted for two rushing touchdowns during that span.  He finished with 275 yards and two touchdowns passing and led his team in rushing with 75 yards and two TDs. 

ECSU had two defenders who finished with double digit tackles - Jaquil Johnson (12 tackles) and Miacah Cooper (11 tackles).  VSU's Geo Feggins had 11 stops, a sack and two tackles for losses. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Today's Full Schedule and Previews of HBCU Football Games



Central State at Miles - As good as Miles is, they have a few bugaboos - one is rushing defense.  They rank sixth in the SIAC, giving up 117 yards a game.  That's not good news as what Central State does best is run the football, Behind De'Michael Jackson's conference leading 120 yards rushing a game, they are second in the SIAC in rushing offense. While CSU moves the ball well, but they don't score much, averaging nearly 12 points a game.  Miles, on the other hand, averages 24.5 points a game and Central State gives us a little more than that each game.

Morehouse vs. Tuskegee - Tuskegee is coming in on a roll as they are undefeated and Morehouse on the other hand blew a big lead to lose at Clark Atlanta last week an has lost two straight as they head into the toughest part of their schedule.  This week the top Division II HBCU team in the country. Next week, Albany State. Tuskegee has won 11 of the past 12 meetings -- the last five straight - between these two teams.

Benedict at Lane - Benedict is looking to regain some of their mojo after they were blanked by FCS Gardner Webb last week. Before that, they looked good in defeating Fort Valley State and Central State.  Lane lost a tough game at Lincoln (Mo) last week, but they have an even bigger issue - scoring. In three of their losses this year, they've averaged just a little over nine points a game.  That's not good news this week as Benedict has been one the SIAC's better defensive scoring teams this year.

Kentucky State at Fort Valley State - It doesn't sound nice, but Kentucky State is having a rough year. They rank last in defense and offense in the SIAC. This game comes at a good time for Fort Valley State, a team has won only once this season and has sputtered offensively in recent weeks. Quarterback Demontay James has had a decent season so far, as he has thrown seven touchdown passes and averages 156 yards passing a game.


Alcorn State at Alabama A&M - Who would have thought this would be a battle of two one-win teams? Alcorn State is the surprise in that equation as their offense has not been the machine that they've been in previous years. They average 391 points a game, but score 23 points a game, down from what they are used to. They also are second to the bottom in total defense in the SWAC.  The worst team in total defense?  Alabama A&M But Alabama A&M rides an offense that is buoyed by quarterback D'Angelo Ballard and running back Jordan Bentley.

Alabama State at Prairie View A&M - Alabama State is visiting a Prairie View A&M team that is smarting from a big SWAC matchup with Grambling last week, a game that they lost. Alabama State won their first game of the season last week over a not-so-great Arkansas-Pine Bluff team.  This week's competition will be much better. PVAM quarterback Trey Green is having a solid season with more than 1,000 yards and seven TDs for an offense that averages 28 points a game. ASU's pass defense ranks near the bottom of the SWAC so far this season. But the Hornets run game is solid with Khalid Thomas averaging 84 yards a game.

Mississippi Valley State at Montana - It could be a tough day for Mississippi Valley State as they visit Montana. The Delta Devils are having a tough season in which they have been the SWAC worst offense.  They will need more than the 13 points a game that they average so far. Montana is 3-1 and has scored at least 40 points in three of their four games this season. Quarterback Brady Guftason has thrown for 1,304 yards and ten touchdowns so far this season.


Fayetteville State at Shaw - Both of these teams are looking for their first win of the season. Fayetteville State has had a tough schedule so far as they've played an FCS team and four really strong Division II teams.  Shaw's schedule hasn't been much easier, but they've given up 42 points a game while averaging just 13.  Fayetteville State is a little better when it comes to those stats - they give up 29.8 points a game and average around 13 points a game themselves.

Lincoln (Pa) at Virginia Union - It's been a rough past few weeks for Lincoln (Pa). They've given up 51-plus twice in blowout losses and had a tough 35-31 loss to St. Augustine's.  Still, they are a decent scoring team, with quarterback Jason Epps and Justin White averaging a little over 200 yards passing a game with a total of six passing touchdowns.  Virginia Union gives up that much passing a game, but they feature a potent one-two punch on offense with quarterback Shawheem Dowdy (206.3 yards a game, 10 touchdowns) and running back William Stanback (135 yards per game, eight touchdowns).

Winston-Salem State at Johnson C. Smith - After a slow start, Winston-Salem State has looked strong in their last two games, blowing out Virginia State and Lincoln (Pa). Running back Te'Vaughn Hurse has been unstoppable in both of those games, rushing for 187 yards against VSU and 121 yards against Lincoln (Pa). That's not good news for a Johnson C. Smith team that has not been able to stop the rush.  They give up an average of 269 rushing yards a game.

St. Augustine's at Livingstone (Sunday) - Livingstone is not scoring much.  They have the lowest scoring offense in the CIAA with 11.8 points per game. The most they've scored in a game besides the 28 they put up against NAIA Edward Waters is 13 against Chowan.  St. Augustine's is not much better, but their main issue is defense.  They give up an average of 51 points a game. Granted, they've played the likes of North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central in blowout losses.  But they've also given up 35 to Lincoln (Pa).


Monmouth at Howard - Howard is in better spirits after getting their first win of the season last week in beating Norfolk State.After struggling on offense early, the Bison have picked up the pace, averaging 26 points a game in their last two contests. Quarterback Kalen Johnson has been solid in both games. Monmouth is 3-2 and won in overtime last week against Fordham. They feature a balanced offensive attack with sophomore Cody Williams and receiver Reggie White Jr. turning out to be a potent combination.  They also have two running backs, Lavon Chaney and Ed Royds who have combined for 500 yards and six TDs so far this season.

Bethune-Cookman at South Carolina State - RESCHEDULED FOR NOV. 26 DUE TO HURRICANE MATTHEW

Hampton at Delaware State - Delaware State ranks at or near the bottom offense and defense in the MEAC. Their pass defense is second to last, something Hampton will look to exploit.  Hampton's Jaylien Williamson is the MEAC's top passer with 242 yards a game. They also have one of the conference's top rushers in Yahkee Johnson who averages 64 yards a game.

Florida A&M at North Carolina Central - North Carolina Central quarterback Malcolm Bell surely wont take Florida A&M for granted this week, despite the Rattlers only having one win this season (and thats over Savannah State). FAMU has the MEAC's stingiest pass defense as they give up just 162 yards a game through the air.  Still, Bell leads the MEAC's second best pass offense that has accumulated 1,188 yards (most in the MEAC) and nine touchdowns so far this season



Tennessee State at Eastern Illinois - This is a big Ohio Valley Conference game for these two teams.  Both are ranked among the nation's top 25 FCS teams with Tennessee State (5-0) at No. 25 and Eastern Illinois (3-2) at No. 19.  EIU has beaten TSU eight times in their last 11 meetings including an overtime win last year.  TSU is in their second game with Ronald Butler at quarterback after he replaced O'Shay Ackerman Carter who is out for the season. EIU lost last week, snapping a three-game winning streak as their offense was shut down by Southeast Missouri State.

Lock Haven at Cheyney -

St. Joseph's at Lincoln (Mo) -

Texas College at Lyon -

West Virginia State at Notre Dame College -

Webber International at Edward Waters -