Saturday, August 31, 2013
North Carolina Central Faces Duke and Alabama A&M Visits Grambling As HBCU Football Saturday Kicks Off
By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
North Carolina Central starts out the season with a big test with cross-town foe Duke and Alabama A&M tries to continue their momentum from last season when they visit Grambling as the first big weekend of HBCU football kicks off today.
The Eagles were blown out by the Blue Devils 54-17 last season, but North Carolina Central went on to finish with a winning record in 2012, only their third in the Football Championship Series (FCS, formerly Division I-AA). Quarterback Jordan Reid returns after going on to have a big year with 13 touchdowns and 1,600 yards passing. The Eagles are also looking to rally behind interim head coach Dwayne Foster who replaces Henry Frazier III who was fired just one week ago. Frazier was fired after his second domestic violence arrest within a year.
Last season's high flying Alabama A&M offense lost quarterback Deaunte Mason to graduation and will bring a new crew of Bulldogs into Grambling this season. Brandon Wells will take over the signal-caller duties for A&M. The Tigers are looking to avenge last year's 38-17 loss to Alabama A&M and get their first Southwestern Athletic Conference win since 2011.
In other notable games today:
- Prairie View plays rival Texas Southern in the 29th Labor Day Classic
- Arkansas-Pine Bluff hosts Arkansas State
- Edward Waters is at Alcorn State
- Alabama State hosts Jacksonville State
- Howard is at Eastern Michigan
- Norfolk State hosts Maine
- South Carolina State faces Costal Carolina at home
- Savannah State visits neighboring Georgia Southern
- Langston visits Northern Colorado
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