Saturday, September 21, 2013

Bus Fire Forces Cancellation of MIles-Concordia Selma Football Game

In another strange happening on a weird day in college football, the Miles vs. Concordia-Selma football game was canceled after a fire on Concordia-Selma's bus.  The fire destroyed all of the team's equipment, forcing the game's cancellation.   There were no injuries.

It will not be rescheduled.

Powerhouses Winston-Salem State and Tuskegee Clash; Other HBCU Football Action


Told you there would be another game of the year.  But this one sets up to be a doozy.

Tuskegee, the best team in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, faces Winston-Salem State, perennially the top squad from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, in today's Cleveland Classic at FirstEnergy Stadium.  Both teams are nationally ranked headed into today's contest.

Tuskegee has dominated Division I-Football Championship Series team Alabama A&M and knocked off SIAC rival Albany State so far this season.  Winston-Salem fell to UNC-Pembroke in their opener, but took out their frustrations on Virginia-Lynchburg in a 62-8 shellacking.

Quavon Taylor leads a stiff Tuskegee defense as he has already racked up 27 tackles in just two games.  Tuskegee has only allowed 10 points a game so far this season.  Winston-Salem's calling card is offense. They have averaged more than 300 yards passing and 100 rushing in two games behind new quarterback Anthony Carothers and All-CIAA running back Maurice Lewis.

"Hopefully, we can make it a good football game," Tuskegee coach Willie Slater told “They are a very good football team, and we will have to play our very best in order to stay on the field with them. They played Morehouse in Cleveland last year, so they are more familiar with the stadium, and this is our first time playing in it. So, we know that we have work to do.”

Winston-Salem coach Connell Maynor told the Winston-Salem Journal this week that the game promises to be a big one for both teams.

"It’s going to be a playoff-type of game, and it should be exciting,” Maynor said. “Tuskegee is well coached, and they have a lot of good players. They’ve won a lot of games through the years.”

Bethune-Cookman Faces Test At Florida State

Everyone knows that Bethune-Cookman is one of the toughest teams in Division I-FCS football.  But now, everyone will find out how good the Wildcats are against the big boys when they visit Florida State.  

The Wildcats are fresh off their first-ever win over an FBS team after defeating Florida International last week.  But this isn't Florida International.  The Seminoles are ranked eighth nationally after walloping Pitt 41-13 and destroying Nevada 62-7. 

Still, Bethune-Cookman sports FCS' number-one defense, allowing only 219 yards and 9 points a game so far this season.

Photo by Calvin Ferguson

Johnson C. Smith Looks to Go 3-0

Johnson C. Smith is flying high these days.  The Golden Bulls' offense is clicking offensively on all cylinders as they are averaging 46 points a game this season in wins over Livingstone and Bowie State.   They average more than 300 yards passing each game and 110 yards rushing. 

They host Division I-FCS team Davidson, a team searching for their first win of the season.  While Johnson C. Smith is rolling on offense, the defense is a different story. They have given up 315 yards per game in the air and on average have given up 404 offensive yards in both games.  That doesn't bode well for the Golden Bulls as Davidson quarterback Jonathan Carkhuff needs only 309 yards passing to become their program's all-time leader in passing yardage.

 In Other HBCU Football Action.....


- Morehouse tries to get on the winning side when they take on Central State in the Chicago Classic
- Lane visit Taylor University
- Kentucky State tries to stay undefeated as they try to spoil Virginia State's home opener
- The Iris City Classic in Griffin, Ga., features Fort Valley State and Clark Atlanta
- Benedict faces the MEAC's South Carolina State in the Palmetto Capital City Classic
- Miles hosts Concordia-Selma
- Albany State hosts Elizabeth City State
- Stillman visits St. Augustine's


- Mississippi Valley State heads to Southern
- Grambling heads to Alabama State in search of their first win
- Prairie View hosts Alabama A&M
- A hot Alcorn State team visits slumping Arkansas-Pine Bluff


- Fayetteville State visits Virginia Union as both teams search for their first wins of 2013
- Lincoln visits winless St. Francis
- Shaw heads to Wilmington, N.C. to take on fellow-undefeated UNC-Pembroke in the Cape Fear Classic
- Bowie State hosts Concord
- Chowan visits 3-0 Sacred Heart
- Winless Livingstone visits winless Edward Waters


- Savannah State faces the scary task of visiting Division I-FBS power Miami of the ACC
- Florida A&M may not fare much better as they visit one of the nation's top FBS teams, Ohio State
- A stout North Carolina Central faces a big test against Towson
- On Community Day, Norfolk State hosts Charleston Southern
- Delaware State visits the winner of the last two FCS championships, North Dakota State
- Hampton looks for their first win at undefeated Coastal Carolina
- Morgan State visits offensive-minded Western Kentucky 


- Tennessee State jumps into Ohio Valley Conference action when they head east to visit Tennessee Tech

Monday, September 16, 2013

Jordan's 150 Yards Rushing Day Earns Him MEAC Offensive Player of the Week; Other MEAC Honors Also Announced

Antthony Jordan -- Photo by C.W. Griffin/Miami Herald

Bethune-Cookman running back Anthony Jordan ran for 150 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats big win over FBS opponent FIU and was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's Offensive Player of the Week.

Jordan helped lead the Wildcats to their 34-13 win over Florida International, giving Bethune-Cookman the program's first win over an FBS school. 

South Carolina State's Joe Thomas and Savannah State's John Wilson were named Co-Defensive Players of the Week.

Thomas, a senior linebacker, was all over the field in the Bulldogs' win over Alabama A&M.  He had 12 tackles (11 solo), three sacks and a pass breakup.  Wilson, a senior defensive back, had three interceptions in the Tigers' win over Fort Valley State.  His three picks set an FCS record for most interceptions in a single game. He also had five tackles and broke up a pass.

North Carolina Central freshman cornerback Michael Jones was named Rookie of the Week after he picked off two passes in the Eagles 40-18 win over Charlotte. He also had four tackles, three of them solo.

His teammate Adrian Wilkins was named Special Teams Player of the Week after he opened the second half with a 100-yard touchdown return, the second-longest in North Carolina Central history.

North Carolina A&T offensive tackle Will Ray Robinson was named Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording five pancake blocks and giving up no sacks in the Aggies' 23-10 win over Elon.

For a complete list of MEAC weekly honorees, go to

Joseph's Six Touchdowns Get Him Named SWAC Offensive Player of the Week; Berry, Ivy, Wenzig Also Honored

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Southern quarterback Dray Joseph, who threw six touchdown passes including one to put the Jaguars into overtime against Prairie View and another to win the game 62-59 in the second overtime, was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference's Offensive Player of the Week, SWAC officials announced Monday.

Joseph threw for a career-high 480 yards in a wild offensive game in which the Jaguars trailed 35-13 late in the third quarter. His 11-yard touchdown pass with 50 seconds left put the game into overtime.  His 24-yard touchdown pass in the second overtime won the game.

Alabama State's Kourtney Berry had 15 tackles, a sack and an interception in the Hornet's 40-39 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff to be named the SWAC Defensive Player of the Week.  The redshirt freshman linebacker had six solo tackles (one for a loss) and nine assisted tackles.

The SWAC Newcomer of the Week is Mississippi Valley State quarterback Patrick Ivy.  Ivy, a junior college transfer, passed for 152 yards and three touchdowns in the Devils 35-28 loss to Alcorn State. He also rushed for 79 yards on 14 carries.

Alabama State kicker Bobby Wenzig was named the SWAC Specialist of the Week after he hit two field goals (41 and 30 yards) and all four of his extra point attempts, including the game winner in the Hornets victory. Wenzig also punted four times, averaging 39.5 yards a punt, with three of the four being downed inside the 20 yard line.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Savannah State Surprises Fort Valley State; Bethune-Cookman Gets First FBS Win; Other HBCU Scores


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Antonio Bostick's two fourth quarter touchdowns led Savannah State to a surprising 27-20 win over Fort Valley State Saturday.

Savannah State (1-2) had been hammered 143-12 in their two previous games against Georgia Southern and Troy this season and is coming off a 1-10 season last year.  But new coach Ernest Wilson's "Air Raid" offense finally clicked Saturday as Bostick passed for 226 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing TD.

The Tigers had fallen behind Fort Valley State (0-2) after two first quarter Eugene Wilson touchdown runs. The Tigers tied it up by halftime when Lereginal Veals returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and Bostick threw his first touchdown pass, a 26-yarder to Simon Heyward.

Smith threw another touchdown pass, a 22-yard toss to Donte Warren to put Fort Valley up 20-13 in the third.  But Bostick opened up the final frame an 11-yard touchdown pass and sealed the victory with a 1-yard touchdown run late in the game.

Savannah State won despite only having 17 yards rushing all day.

Smith led Fort Valley State, one of the top teams in the Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, with 230 yards passing while Malcolm Eady had 80 yards on the ground.

Savannah State heads to Florida to face the University of Miami while Fort Valley State opens their SIAC season at Clark Atlanta.

Photo by Chris Desmond/The Commercial Appeal

Jamin Godrey's Four Field Goals Lifts Tennessee State to 26-16 Win Over Jackson State

It was hardly pretty for the Tennessee State offense, but the Big Blue Tigers, behind four Jamin Godfrey field goals, defeated Jackson State 26-16 in the Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis.

On a night TSU could only find the end zone one time (on a third quarter Michael German touchdown run), Godfrey secured the Tigers second win of the season.  Godfrey hit field goals of 26, 23, 29 and 42 yards.  Daniel Fitzpatrick picked off a Clayton Moore pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown to seal the win.  It was the second interception return for a touchdown for TSU (Ryan Griffin took one 78 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter).

Telvin Hooks had 92 yards rushing for TSU while Tim Broughton added 91.  Moore completed ten passes for Jackson State, but had four interceptions.

Tennessee State opens Ohio Valley Conference action Saturday at Tennessee Tech while Jackson State hosts Texas Southern.

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Dray Joseph Touchdown Pass Gives Southern 62-59 Double Overtime Win Over Prairie View

In a wild game that had nearly 1,400 yards of total offense, Dray Joseph threw a 24-yard touchdown pass in the second overtime to lift Southern to a wild 62-59 come-from-behind win over Prairie View.

Prairie View (1-2) seemingly-comfortably led Southern (1-2) 35-13 late in the third quarter.  But over the next eight minutes, Lenard Tillery had two touchdown runs and Joseph threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to tie the game in the fourth quarter.

The two teams traded touchdowns, with Joseph sending the game into overtime with 50 left in the game, on an 11-yard touchdown pass to Willie Quinn.  Both teams got touchdowns in the first overtime, but Prairie View could only muster a field goal before Joseph's game-wining pass in the final overtime.

Joseph had a monster game with 480 yards passing and six touchdowns. Tillery finished with 75 yards rushing and three touchdowns.  Prairie View's Jerry Lovelocke had 353 yards passing and a touchdown while Panthers running backs Courtney Brown had 224 yards and three touchdowns and Johnta' Hebert finished with 153 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Anthony Jordan Leads Bethune-Cookman to 34-14 Win Over Florida International

Anthony Jordan had a touchdown and 150 yards rushing to lead Bethune-Cookman to their first ever victory over a Football Bowl Series (formerly Division I) team, a 34-13 romp over Florida International University.

Jordan set the tone early with a 58-yard touchdown run early in the game. The Wildcats rushing attack piled up 311 yards on the ground against FIU (0-3).  FIU answered in the second quarter with an 8-yard T.J. Lowder touchdown catch from Jake Medlock.  But the Wildcats scored 27 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.

Bethune-Cookman has the daunting task next Saturday of visiting Florida State while FIU is at Louisville.



Old Dominion 76, Howard 19
Liberty 38, Morgan State 10
Towson 49, Delaware State 7
South Carolina State 32, Alabama A&M 0
North Carolina A&T 23, Elon 10
Tennessee Tech 30, Hampton 27


Tennessee State 26, Jackson State 16
Lincoln (Mo.) 47, Grambling 34
Alabama State 40, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 39
Alcorn State 35, Mississippi Valley 28
Sam Houston State 55, Texas Southern 17
Samford 27, Florida A&M 20


North Carolina Central 40, Charlotte 13
Tusculum 54, Elizabeth City State 41
Wingate 24, St. Augustine's 3
Johnson C. Smith 51, Bowie State 34
UNC-Pembroke 38, Fayetteville State 24
Catawba 42, Livingstone 16
Winston Salem State 62, Virginia-Lynchburg 8
Shaw 33, Virginia Union 21


Kentucky State 38, Central State 17
Lane 31, Morehouse 17
Benedict 30, Virginia State 17
Stillman 27, Clark Atlanta 6
Tuskegee 19, Albany State 13
West Georgia 31, Miles 7


Incarnate Word 24, Langston 0