|The Grambling defense stops Alabama A&M's Brandon Eldemire (Photo by Sarah Cole/Al.com)|
After a few years of futility, Grambling has now won its third game of the season and remains undefeated in the Southwestern Athletic Conference after their 38-28 win over Alabama A&M Saturday.
Third string quarterback Johnathan Williams, filling in for injured starter D.J. Williams and backup Stephen Johnson, threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns while the Grambling (3-2, 3-0 SWAC) defense sacked Alabama A&M quarterbacks seven times to put a damper on the Bulldogs' homecoming festivities.
The Grambling defense only allowed 255 yards of offense all day to the Bulldogs.
Alabama A&M (2-4, 1-2 SWAC) pulled to within two early in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard Harvey Harris touchdown run. But the Tigers put the game out of reach as Martez Carter returned the kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and Williams threw a 6-yard touchdown to Verlon Hunter four minutes later.
The third straight win is the first time the Tigers have won three straight since 2011, a season where they won eight games and a SWAC title.
The win sets up a battle next week between homestanding Grambling, the SWAC's hottest team, against Alcorn State, the conference's best team.
Elizabeth City State Routs Previously Undefeated Livingstone 59-21
When Drew Powell threw a 10-yard TD pass on Livingstone's first drive, it looked like another good week for his squad.
The Vikings exploded for 28 unanswered points to overwhelm previously undefeated Livingstone 59-21.
Petey Boone answered Powell's TD with a one-yard plunge and Will Boyette followed with three touchdown passes to put ECSU up 28-7 at the half. Powell started the second half with another TD pass, but that was as close as the Bears would get as Kenny King rushed for an ECSU touchdown and Boyette added another touchdown to put the game out of reach.
Boyette threw for 188 yards and four touchdowns while King rushed for 120 yards and a TD. Powell finished with 217 yards and three touchdowns passing, two of those TDs going to Jalen Hendricks.
Stephen Williams had 16 tackles and recovered two fumbles for ECSU while Zach Taylor added five tackles and two sacks.
Elizabeth City State (2-3, 1-1 CIAA) goes to Virginia State while Livingstone (4-1, 1-1 CIAA) hosts St. Augustine's in their homecoming game.
Tuskegee Rushes Past Fort Valley State 35-28
|Hoderick Rowe runs past Fort Valley State defenders (Photo by Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser)|
Tuskegee's Devozea Gaines ran the second-half kickoff back 89 yards for a touchdown that started a 21-point third-quarter that pushed Tuskegee to a 35-28 win over Fort Valley State.
Tuskegee had been down 14-7 going into the half after Nikyiem Floyd returned a Tuskegee fumble 60 yards for a touchdown just before the quarter ended. But the Golden Tigers got Gaines' TD to start the second half, followed by Jawell Ratliff's 42-yard interception return for another touchdown and Hoderick Lowe's 7-yard TD run, his second of the game, to go up 28-14. Both teams traded fourth quarter touchdowns, but Tuskegee held on for the win.
Despite the score, defense ruled the day as Tuskegee passed for only 113 yards and Fort Valley State rushed for just 89. El' Malik Chinn had 13 tackles for Tuskegee while Ratliff had nine tackles and two interceptions and A. Revere had two sacks. Fort Valley State's LeRon Furr had 13 tackles while Stefon Harper added ten tackles.
Tuskegee's win sets up a big game next week in Columbus as they take on the SIAC's top team, Morehouse, in the Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic. Fort Valley State hosts Kentucky State.
Tennessee State Comeback Falls Short as Southeast Missouri Wins 28-21
This is something Tennessee State hasn't been good at this year.
The Tigers fell behind 17-0 early in the second quarter, mounted a comeback late, but didnt have enough as they loss to Ohio Valley Conference foe Southeast Missouri 28-21.
Just as they did in their other loss at Alabama State last month, Tennessee State (4-2, 1-1 OVC) was down after two SEMO rushing TDs and field goal. TSU pulled within three after Stephen Hopkins' two-yard plunge before halftime followed by quarterback Michael German's 10-yard TD toss to Chris Sanders-McCullom made it 17-14 late in the third.
An 11-point fourth quarter (a field goal, touchdown and 2-point conversion) pushed SEMO's lead out to 28-14. German threw his other TD, a 2-yarder to Weldon Garlington, late in the fourth, but it wasn't enough.
Lennies McFerren led SEMO (4-2, 2-0 OVC) with 115 yards and a touchdown. Kyle Snyder only had 134 yards passing, but added 67 yards and a touchdown on the ground for SEMO. German finished with 362 yards and two touchdowns passing for TSU.
Southeast Missouri visits Murray State next weekend while Tennessee State hosts another OVC opponent, Jacksonville State.
Prairie View A&M 48, Jackson State 30 (Prairie View A&M got their first win in Jackson, Miss. in 50 years on the strength of a 21-point fourth quarter after going down three at the end of the third. Quarterback Jerry Lovelace started the enslaught off with a 17-yard touchdown pass while Johnta Hebert followed with two TDs on the ground. Hebert finished with 150 yards rushing. J-State's Jarius Moore rushed for 145 yards and touchdown while quarterback LaMontiez Ivy threw two touchdown passes. The loss is the third over the last four games for Jackson State)
Southern 51, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 36 (Two of Austin Howard's three touchdown passes came in a 20-point second quarter that broke a tie and allowed Southern to pull away for the win. Reggie Travis caught three TDs and had 156 yards receiving. Benjamin Anderson led the UAPB offense with 289 yards and two touchdowns passing and another TD rushing)
Texas Southern 20, Mississippi Valley State 16 (MVSU was 2-for-15 on third down conversions as Texas Southern got back on the winning side this week by playing solid defense and doing just on offense for the win. Daveonn Porter rushed for 106 yards for TSU while defensively Arthell Wyre had nine tackles, two of them for losses, and 1.5 sacks. Charles Moore (13 tackles) and Sean Fugate (seven tackles and a sack) were stars for Mississippi Valley State)
Bowie State 24, Johnson C. Smith 0 (Keith Brown (above) rushed for 102 yards while Trevon Bennett threw two touchdown passes while the Bowie State defense completely shut down JCSU. They forced JCSU to punt seven times and held them But Austin Jacques had a phenomenal 23 tackles, 2.5 for loses, for Johnson C. Smith)
Fayetteville State 34, Lincoln (Pa) 13 (Andre Montgomery 130 yards and two touchdowns while Derek Bryant threw two touchdowns as Fayetteville State rolled up 514 yards of offense. Doug Cook had 199 yards and two touchdowns passing and Stephen Scott had 129 yards on the ground for Lincoln (Pa). Moongo Bolobiongo had two sacks and two tackles for losses for FSU; Benjamin Brown added eight tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss; and Michael Johnson had seven tackles and an interception. Lincoln's Brionn Robinson had 13 tackles and forced a fumble)
Virginia State 42, St. Augustine's 35 (Virginia State scored 28 unanswered points midway through what had been a tight game to pick up their third straight win. VSU's Tarian Ayers rushed for three touchdowns and passed for 162 yards, while Trey Johnson rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown. Roderick Davenport rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns (all three in a fourth quarter comeback that fell a touchdown short) for St. Aug's, which also got 277 yards and a touchdown passing from Cyril Davis, who added a rushing TD.
Winston-Salem State 77, Chowan 30 (The Rams scored nearly half of their points in the first quarter as they cruised to a rout over Chowan. WSSU quarterbacks Rudy Johnson and Phil Sims both threw a couple of TD passes, Brenden Felder caught two TDs and Mustafa Greene rushed for two TDs. Dain McFarland threw two touchdown passes and Ryan Martin had 81 yards and a touchdown rushing and passing for Chowan)
Virginia Union 31, Shaw 9 (Kenneth Graham threw touchdown passes of 74 and 67 to Donte Gross midway through the game to help break open a tie contest with 21 unanswered points to defeat Shaw. Virginia Union had 344 yards of total offense, but only three yards of that was on the ground. Evan Stranger had ten tackles, three for losses, and a sack)
Norfolk State 14, Savannah State 7 (Tyler Clark threw a touchdown and ran for 106 yards and another TD for Norfolk State. Neither team scored after the first quarter and moved the ball much all day. But the Norfolk D had two sacks and only allowed 13 yards rushing all day)
North Carolina Central 27, Howard 22 (Howard outgained NCCU and controlled the ball more than they did, but the Eagles held off Howard for their first MEAC win this season. Malcolm Bell threw for 250 yards and three touchdown passes. Howard's Greg McGhee threw for 291 yards and two TDs and added 87 yards rushing for now 1-5 Howard who is also winless in three conference games)
South Carolina State 13, North Carolina A&T 0 (The Aggies still can't figure out Buddy Pough and South Carolina State, a combination that is 11-1 against North Carolina A&T. South Carolina State held the MEAC's top offense to 156 yards and no points on the day. The Aggies, which had the MEAC's top rushing offense, only got 43 on the ground. Jalen Simmons had 95 yards rushing and a touchdown for SCSU while Adrian Kollock Jr. added 75 and a touchdown. Darius Leonard had 13 tackles for an SCSU defense that had four sacks, two by Javon Haregrave. Landis Shoffner and D'Vonte Grant both had 13 tackles for A&T)
Morgan State 24, Florida A&M 9 (Morgan State has now won four of the last six meetings against winless Florida A&M as Herb Walker Jr. rushed for more than 200 yards - 203 - for the second time this season. Quarerback Robert Council added two rushing TDs. Gerald Hearns rushed for 100 yards to lead 0-5 FAMU, which has the MEAC's lowest scoring offense)
Bethune-Cookman 27, Delaware State 7 (Quentin Williams threw two first quarter TDs as Bethune-Cookman's 21-point first quarter sealed the deal early. The Wildcats also blocked a punt that Leroy Hunt returned for a touchdown after Delaware State's game-opening series. Michael Jones had 132 yards rushing for 4-1 Bethune-Cookman. Terrick Colston scored DSU's only touchdown by picking off a Williams pass and returning it for a touchdown. The Delaware State offense only had 174 yards on the day, 41 of it rushing)
(story by Austin Willliams)
The Morehouse Maroon Tigers continued their surprising play this season, holding Clark Atlanta's Wing-T offense in check in a 20-7 victory at CAU's Panther Stadium. This was the second straight win for the Tigers, who improved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Morehouse avenged last year's 21-17 loss by holding the Panthers' offense to 217 yards, 170 yards of that on 42 carries.
Though the Tigers won, the victory was not pretty by any means. The game featured more fumbles than touchdowns and missed opportunities by both teams, particularly by Morehouse that could have blown the game wide open. At halftime, the Tigers led 7-0 but had dropped two touchdown passes and botched three field goal attempts.
The bright spot in the game, however, came from sophomore running back Malik Johnson, who rushed for 104 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns.
"Malik was very important for us," Tigers coach Rich Freeman said. "We've had it with Cameron Fields, but we use him in so many positions. Malik has been a pleasant surprise. He works hard to be a good student, and he's been working hard for us, and we're glad."
The win may prove costly for the Tigers as they lost two key offensive starters to injury. Quarterback Montavious Johnson was having a solid day, completing 8 of 16 passes for 179 yards, before suffering an ankle injury in the second half.
"I dove in the end zone and the defender wiped my ankle out," Johnson said.
Center Trovante' Thompson left the game in the fourth quarter with an irregular heartbeat.
"Trovante' wears a heart monitor every game and the doctors saw his heart beat at a fast rate," athletic director Andre Pattillo said. "They contacted his mom and she came down to the field and they went to Piedmont Hospital."
This was an important win for the Tigers not only for conference play, but because the victory helped them regain bragging rights in the Atlanta University Center.
"This win is exciting for us," Freeman said. "Andre Pattillo's charge to me upon taking the job in 2007 was to restore institutional pride and what better way to do so than by beating an across-the-street rival in a fairly convincing manner."
Morehouse will travel to Columbus, Ga., this weekend to take play the Tuskegee Golden Tigers. It's the oldest rivalry in HBCU football.
(Austin Williams is a student in the Morehouse College Journalism and Sports Program)
Albany State 17, Paine 0 (Albany State shut down the Paine offense as Division II's leading tackler, Tavarius Washington had 12 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Meanwhile, Jarvis Small rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns to pace 2-2 Albany State. 0-5 Paine, who was only down 10-0 at halfime, couldn't muster much offense for the second week in a row. They had 41 yards rushing and 104 yards passing all day.)
Kentucky State 31, Central State 24 (Jacquise Lockett rushed for 243 yards and two touchdowns to lead KSU over Central State. Michael Wilson ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns for Central State. The Thorobreds led by as many as 21 when Lockett ran a 68-yard TD in the third quarter)
Stillman 55, Lane 16 (Lane's offensive woes continue as they give up 55 points to Stillman, a team that is in the middle of the pack offensively in the SIAC. Stillman rolled up 560 yards of total offense on a balanced offensive day. Josh Straughan threw for 292 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for another. The Tigers also had five sacks on the day)
Miles 23, Benedict 13 (Jamarcus Hill rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown while Demetric Price passed for 214 yards and a TD to lead Miles' first half surge to sink Benedict. Cameron Stover was solid for Benedict, throwing for 262 yards and a touchdown)
Langston 61, Texas College 0 (After playing four straight NCAA Division II teams Langston successfully returned to the NAIA ranks as they go to 2-3 on the season in defeating winless Texas College)
William Jewell 20, Lincoln (Mo) 13 (Lincoln led early, but William Jewell scored the game's final 13 points to go to 2-3 on the season. Nick West passed for 285 yards and two touchdowns for William Jewell. Lincoln's Davon Walls led a good Lincoln defense with four tackles and two sacks. Lincoln had five sacks overall)