Saturday, October 10, 2015

Tuskegee and Morehouse Battle for the 105th Time Today; Full Rundown of the ENTIRE HBCU Football Schedule for Saturday


For 105 years, Morehouse and Tuskegee have battled, making it the oldest HBCU football series.

But lately it hasn't been very competitive.

When the two teams hookup today in the 80th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic at 2 pm in Columbus, Ga., Tuskegee (4-1, 1-0 SIAC) will look to improve on their 54-20-5 overall record with Morehouse {3-2, 1-1 SIAC).

In fact, Morehouse last beat Tuskegee in 2011, a 17-14 victory during the Maroon Tigers 8-2 season that year.  Since 2011, Tuskegee has racked up easy wins over their Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival, including a 49-0 win last season and a 54-10 blowout the year before.

Add to that, Tuskegee, the top-ranked Division II team in ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT's latest Top Ten poll, is in a surly mood after losing their first game of the season last week, 29-17 to UNC Pembroke.

"We are coming off of a loss, so we are not happy," said Tuskegee head coach Willie Slater. "Now we have to focus our attention on Morehouse, which says enough itself.  We had good days at practice this week and I think we will be ready.

"I expect the guys to be ready to go," he said.  "We are young, so our guys may not really understand what the rivalry is all about.  It is not in them yet, but we have some that have been here and those are the guys that are running around getting ready."

They will be facing a Morehouse team that is much more talented than they have in recent years. The Maroon Tigers are only five points from being a 5-0 football team with a two point overtime loss to Arkansas-Pine Buff and a three point loss to Miles.

They are led on offense by quarterback Monquavious Johnson, one of the SIAC's leaders in total offense who can lead the Maroon Tigers with his arm (he's the SIAC's top ranked passer) and his legs.  They lead the conference in scoring with nearly 30 points a game.  On defense, they are the conference's second-best in total defense and tops in pass defense.  Christopher Ham and James Woods, last week's SIAC Defensive Player of the Week, rank fourth and fifth in tackles in the SIAC.

But this is the Morehouse-Tuskegee series and lately it hasn't been very even, Morehouse head coach Rich Freeman said.

"Those kids just don’t feel like they should lose to us," he said.  "And if you look at the last two years, they beat us 52-10 in 2013, and they beat us 49-0 last year.  So that’s 101 to 10 in the last two years.  So their mindset coming into this game is they can just blow us out.  Hopefully we're going to do something about that. There is going to be some guys on our team who are going to remember those two lopsided losses."

The game will be televised live on ASPIRE Network.

Here is the complete HBCU football schedule for today:


North Carolina A&T at Norfolk State
Delaware State at Hampton
Savannah State at Morgan State
North Carolina Central at Florida A&M
Bethune-Cookman 17, South Carolina State 14 (Thursday)


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


Mississippi Valley State at Prairie View
Alabama A&M at Grambling
Southern at Alabama State


Miles at Central State
Fort Valley State at Central State
Morehouse vs. Tuskegee
Stillman at Clark Atlanta
Lane at Benedict


Tennessee State at UT-Martin
East Stroudsburg at Cheyney
Notre Dame College at West Virginia State
Lincoln (Mo) at St Joseph's
Arizona Christian at Langston

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State Meet in Big MEAC Battle Tonight


The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference round-robin schedule of conference championship contenders continues tonight when Bethune-Cookman hosts South Carolina State in a big MEAC football tilt tonight.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

The two teams represent six of the last seven conference champs or co-conference champs, including two of five teams who shared the MEAC title.

A week after hanging on to defeat North Carolina Central, Bethune-Cookman (4-1, 2-0 MEAC) hosts a team in South Carolina State whose record (2-2, 1-0 MEAC) hardly tells the story of this team.

"Now with South Carolina State... our guys are not going to look forward to the next team," Bethune-Cookman head coach Terry Sims told The Times and Democrat.  "They understand the caliber of the game, and they understand who they are playing.  They know that we can't afford to peek ahead at any opponent.  We have to have our total focus on South Carolina State right now."

The Wildcats offense should definitely be wary.  The Bulldogs have the MEAC's top ranked defense and third best offense, behind running back Jalen Simmons.

"They are a fast team with talent and they are going to be well-coached and ready to play," Sims told the paper.

Offense is where Bethune-Cookman shines.

Quarterback Quentin Williams leads the Wildcats with 245 yards passing a game and is the conference's seventh best rusher with nearly 50 yards a game.

"Hopefully our defense can stop them some," said SCSU Buddy Pough to the newspaper. "They have that offense spread out so much, and their defense creates so much havoc that I dont know if anyone can really stop them.  but the key will be whether or not we can stop them on offense."

The game will be televised live on ESPNNews.

Jackson State Fires Harold Jackson After 1-4 Start; WR Coach Derrick McCall Named Interim

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After a 1-4 start this season, Jackson State has fired head coach Harold Jackson.  Wide receivers coach Derrick McCall becomes the interim head coach

Jackson, a former JSU and NFL star,  was 5-7 last year after replacing Rick Comegys, who was dismissed by JSU after the 2013 season. But after listless performances so far this season, grumblings from alumni and students used to Jackson State wins got louder.

Jackson State lost to Grambling by 32 points last week.  They have a bye week this week before playing at Alabama A&M on Oct. 17.

"This was a difficult decision for me to make knowing how hard Harold Jackson worked here to make this a winning program," said Interim Athletic Director Wheeler Brown in a statement on the university's athletics site. "He is a man of high character and integrity.  Although it has been disappointing how we have started this season, I am confident that we can improve with the talent we have on our roster."

"Jackson State is a tradition-rich school and our athletics have always been an important aspect of university life," said JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers in the statement. "We want to continue that spirit of improvement.  In making this decision, I considered both the recommendation of our interim director of athletics and responses from alumni and students."

McCall, who had been JSU's offensive coordinator in 2012 and 2013, previously was associate head coach/offensive coordinator at Shaw University, helping lead them to a CIAA championship and an NCAA Division II playoff berth.  He played quarterback at JSU from 1979-82 where he led the Tigers to two SWAC titles and two NCAA FCS playoff appearances.

"I am confident that we can field a very competitive team for the rest of the season," McCall said.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Alcorn State and Tuskegee Remain Tops in This Week's ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS/Division II Top Ten Football Polls


Things are starting to be more clear among HBCU schools playing FCS football.

One is Alcorn State, who continues to be ranked No. 1 in this week's ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS Top Ten football poll.   The Braves had an easy time with Arkansas-Pine Bluff, defeating UAPB 61-14.

Head Coach Jay Hopson has the Braves offense clicking, as they've rushed for 1,256 yards so far this year, which is ninth-best in FCS football and they average 6.31 yards per rush, which is second in the nation.  They also rank second nationally with 18 touchdowns this season.

The Braves are followed closely by Bethune-Cookman (4-1), a narrow 28-26 winner at North Carolina Central last weekend, North Carolina A&T, Tennessee State and South Carolina State.

In Division II football, Tuskegee fell to a hot UNC-Pembroke squad, but regains the top spot in this week's poll.

The Golden Tigers (4-1) are closely followed by four CIAA squads, Virginia Union, Chowan, Bowie State and Elizabeth City State in this week's poll.

Here is this week's entire ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS/Division II Top Ten football polls:


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

Division II

1) Tuskegee
2  Virginia Union
3) Chowan
4) Bowie State
5) Elizabeth City State
6) Fort Valley State
7) Morehouse
8) Virginia State
9) Fayetteville State
10) Lincoln (Pa)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Blocked FG Preserves Bethune-Cookman's Win Over North Carolina Central; Tuskegee Loses First Game of the Season; Complete Recap of EVERY HBCU Football Game from Saturday


What would have given North Carolina Central a big, game-winning field goal against Bethune-Cookman was dashed when freshman Elliot Miller blocked a 19-yard field goal attempt with 32 seconds left to preserve a 28-26 victory in an early important Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.

Both North Carolina Central and Bethune-Cookman (4-1, 2-1 MEAC) were part of last season's five-way tie for the MEAC championship.

North Carolina Central (1-3, 1-1 MEAC) broke open an early close game on Nigel Macauley's two field goals, quarterback Malcolm Bell's two short TD runs and another score by running back Dorrel McClain.  That gave the Eagles a 26-7 lead late in the third quarter.

The Bethune-Cookman bend-but-don't break defense wouldn't allow North Carolina Central to score anymore after that. Meanwhile, Quentin Williams went to work for Bethune-Cookman's offense, throwing touchdowns, both 29-yarders, to Jawill Davis to close the gap to 26-21.

The Wildcats then took a North Carolina Central punt and took six plays before Michael Jones ran a 6-yard TD to give them a 28-26 lead with 10:50 remaining.

North Carolina Central couldn't move the ball on their the next possession, but a Bethune-Cookman fumble gave the ball back to the Eagles with 6:11 remaining.  They ran 16 plays and held the ball for 5:39 before getting down to the goal line, setting up for a potential game-winning kick.

At that moment, a narrow 2014 win over Florida International that the Wildcats blocked a potential game winning kick to hold for the win floated through the mind of Bethune-Cookman head coach Terry Sims.

It happened again as Miller swatted away Nigel Macauley's kick.

"I was thinking about FIU last year," he said.  "We had to make a special teams play. Coach (Aashon) Larkins and the guys stepped up and came away with a big block.  This game is crazy!

"It was a great win," he added. "We had to battle the weather and a great opponent today. We knew (North Carolina Central) was going to be well-coached today and ready. Luckily, we were able to stand in there and come out victorious."

Williams finished with 248 yards and two touchdowns passing along with 72 yards rushing for Bethune-Cookman.  Bell threw for 178 yards for North Carolina Central, while adding 93 yards and two TDs on the gorund.  McClain finished with 144 yards rushing and a touchdown.

The win was the sixth straight for Bethune-Cookman over NCCU.

Next week, North Carolina Central visits winless Florida A&M while Bethune-Cookman has another big game coming up Thursday when they host South Carolina State.

UNC Pembroke Hands Top-Ranked Tuskegee First Loss of 2015

UNC-Pembroke erased a one-point early fourth quarter lead to hand top-ranked HBCU Division II Tuskegee their first loss of the season, 29-17 on homecoming day in Pembroke.

Rontonio Stanley's one-yard plunge with 5:29 remaining gave UNC-Pembroke (4-1) a 22-17 lead. Tuskegee (4-1, 3-0 SIAC) held the ball for more than four minutes, but did nothing with it and turned the ball over on downs. After taking possession, UNC Pembroke scored quickly as Stanley ran 45 for the touchdown, sealing the win.

Stanley finished with 131 yards and three touchdowns for UNC Pembroke, a team that has defeated three CIAA teams already this season.  Quarterback Patrick O'Brien was 22-for-32 for 230 yards and touchdown for Tuskegee, ranked No. 17 nationally among all Division II teams.

Tuskegee was led by Kenno Loyal's 75 yards and one TD rushing.  Quarterback Kevin Lacey, who was harassed all day by the Braves defense, threw for 153 yards and was sacked four times.

Tuskegee goes to Columbus, Ga., next week to take on Morehouse in the 80th Annual Morehouse-Tuskegee Classic.

Here are the recaps of EVERY HBCU football game from Saturday: 


Elizabeth City State 41, Livingstone 6 - Daquan Neal rushed for a touchdown and threw for two more to lead Elizabeth City State (3-1, 1-1 CIAA). Livingstone (1-2, 0-2 CIAA) was led by Jarius Richardson's 116 yards rushing and Drew Powell's 80 yards and one TD passing.
Virginia Union 22, Shaw 13 - Shawheem Dowdy threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns to lead Virginia Union (4-1, 2-0 CIAA).  Shaw (0-5, 0-2 CIAA) was led by Quenton Rucker's 223 yards and one TD passing.
Fayetteville State 49, Lincoln (Pa) 17 - Derek Bryant led Fayetteville State (2-3, 2-0 CIAA) with 217 yards and three touchdowns passing, while Andre Montgomery and Darreall Hamlett each had more than 85 yards rushing and a touchdown. Corbin Rascoe added two TDs rushing. Lincoln (Pa) (3-2, 1-1 CIAA) main offensive source was the 184 yards and one touchdown by running back Stephen Scott.

Chowan 27, Winston-Salem State 24 - Just when things seemed to be turning around for young Winston-Salem State (1-4, 1-1 CIAA), they run into a hot Chowan (4-1, 2-0 CIAA) team. Randall Dixon threw for 180 yards and a touchdown while Tyree Lee rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Winston-Salem State had -2 yards rushing.
Virginia State 24, St. Augustine's 0 - Trenton Cannon rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns to lead Virginia State (3-2, 1-1 CIAA) to an easy win. St. Augustine (0-5, 0-2 CIAA) had only 14 yards passing and 68 yards rushing. They've scored fourteen point in five games and haven't scored since Sept. 19.
Bowie State 34, Johnson C. Smith 21 - In a game of runs, Johnson C. Smith (1-4, 0-2 CIAA) had 21-second quarter points to erase and early lead, but Bowie State's Heleaiance Gates returned a third quarter fumble 42 yards for a touchdown and Stephen Willis sealed the win with a 10-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Matthew Coggans threw three TDs for Bowie State (4-1, 2-0 CIAA).


Grambling State 59, Jackson State 27 - Grambling (3-2, 3-0 SWAC) blew open a close halftime game by outscoring Jackson State (1-4, 1-2 SWAC) 31-7 for the win.  Johnathan Williams threw for 327 yards and five touchdowns for Grambling with Martez Carter adding 97 yards and a touchdown. La Montiez Ivy had a monster offensive day for Jackson State as he threw for 490 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 63 yards and another score.
Alcorn State 61, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 14 - Top-ranked Alcorn State (4-1, 3-0 SWAC) ran over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-4, 0-3 SWAC), as Joe Price ran for 141 yards and a touchdown and Darryan Ragsdale had 132 yards and a TD. Quarterback Joe Gibbs Jr. ran for three TDs of his own to go with his two touchdown passes.
Jacksonville State 49, Mississippi Valley State 0 - Jacksonville State, the nation's top-ranked FCS team, showed why they are No. 1, as Troymaine Pope rushed for 100 yards and two TDs, Josh Clemons 98 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Eli Jenkins throwing for a score and rushing for two more. JSU's defense held Mississippi Valley State (0-5, 0-3 SWAC) to less than 200 yards of total offense.
Coastal Carolina 55, Alabama A&M 0 - Alex Ross threw four second quarter TDs while Coastal Carolina held the Alabama A&M (1-3) offense in check to ease to a win.
Prairie View A&M 42, Faith 0 - In a game that goes down in the books as an exhibition because of a summer NCAA rule which redefined who is an truly an intercollegiate varsity team (which pretty much labels Faith as not being one), Trey Green threw for 207 yards and three touchdowns and Johnta Hebert led a solid Prairie View A&M with 61 yards and a touchdown. The win or statistics from it won't count in the PVAM record book.


Stillman's Ravonta Johnson runs the ball against Lane. (Photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter/Tuscaloosa News)
Stillman 29, Lane 13 - Stillman (2-2, 1-1 SIAC) got two fourth quarter touchdowns from quarterback Brett Standifer, one rushing and one passing, to seal the win over Lane (1-4, 0-3 SIAC). Standifer finished with 279 yards and three TDs passing. Marcus Reynolds led Lane with 107 yards and a touchdown passing and 68 yards rushing.
Kentucky Wesleyan 35, Central State 7 - Dalton Oliver threw for 389 yards and four touchdowns Micah Crutcher had eight tackles, two for losses and a sack in Kentucky Wesleyan's win. Neither team had any success rushing. Kentucky Wesleyan had 33 yards on the ground while Central State (2-3, 0-1 SIAC) had 30.
Kentucky State 32, Benedict 19 - Fourth quarter touchdown runs by Reginal Harris and Derek Woodmore broke a 19-all tie to give Kentucky State (2-3, 2-0 SIAC) the win. Benedict (0-5, 0-3 SIAC) had their biggest offensive output of the season after only scoring nine points in four games. Raheem Jennings rushed for 73 yards and two TDs for Benedict.
Alderson Broaddus 27, Fort Valley State 20 - A 20-7 fourth quarter Fort Valley State (3-2, 3-0 SIAC) lead evaporated in the game's final five minutes as Vaughn Wilson threw two of his three TD passes and Michael James returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown with seven seconds remaining to give Alderson Broaddus a wild win. Brandon Jones added 120 yards rushing for Alderson Broaddus. Malcolm Eady threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns for FVSU, but had two interceptions.
Albany State 29, Miles 16 - Albany State (2-3, 2-1 SIAC) settled down after Miles's Jamarcus Nance scored two early TDs and erased a 14-0 deficit to score 29 second half points for the win. ASU's Jarvis Small ran for 111 yards and a touchdown Daviness Greene ran for 78 yards and score. Miles (1-5, 1-1 SIAC) held Albany State to 57 yards passing but gave up 232 yards on the ground.
Morehouse 23, Miles 13 - In the Battle of the Atlanta University Center, Monquavious Johnson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in a 23-point second quarter that gave Morehouse (3-2, 1-1 SIAC) the win. Matthew Vincent threw for 107 yards and rushed for 43 yards and two TDs for Clark Atlanta (0-5, 0-2 SIAC).  James Woods had seven tackles and three of Morehouse's four sacks.


Savannah State 37, Florida A&M 27 - Savannah State (1-3, 1-1 MEAC) jumped out to a 30-7 halftime lead and held on to win, breaking their 24-game losing streak and 32-game, MEAC losing streak.  Nicholas Bentley had two first half TD runs for SSU. Arshon Simmons rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown and Joshua Berry added 89 yards rushing and a TD for Savannah State. Kenneth Coleman and Carson Royal combined to throw for 246 yards and two touchdowns for struggling Florida A&M (0-5, 0-2 MEAC)
Norfolk State 15, Howard 12 - Greg Hankerson Jr. spoiled Howard's wet homecoming day by tossing a 6-yard TD pass with 41 seconds left to give Norfolk State (2-3, 2-0 MEAC) the win over winless Howard (0-5, 0-3 MEAC). Hankerson threw for 294 yards and two TDs.  The Bison gave up -17 yards rushing to the Spartans in a strong defensive effort.  Howard's Greg Johnson had eight tackles and two sacks while Damon Gresham-Chisolm added seven tackles and two sacks.
North Carolina A&T 45, Hampton 31 - Tarik Cohen rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns to lead North Carolina A&T (3-1, 1-0 MEAC) as the Aggies held off Hampton (2-3, 1-2 MEAC). David Watford led Hampton with 242 yards and three touchdown passes.
Furman 17, South Carolina State 3 - Furman avenged last season's loss to South Carolina State (2-2) in a defensive struggle during a rainy day in South Carolina.  The Bulldogs moved the ball better than Furman, limiting the Paladins to 87 yards passing and 134 yards rushing. But South Carolina State's Caleb York threw two interceptions and had two fumbles. Tristan Luke rushed for 75 yards and two TDs for Furman while SCSU was led by Jalen Simmons' 70 yards rushing.
Morgan State 26, Delaware State 6 - Moses Skillion threw a touchdown and ran for another to lead a 20-0 second half run to give Morgan State (2-2, 2-0) the win. Orlando Johnson rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bears running game. Delaware State (0-4, 0-1 MEAC) was led by Jamal Jackson's 78 yards rushing and Esayah Obabdo's 137-yard, one TD passing performance.


Bloomsburg's Jee Parsnik rushes for a TD against Cheyney (Photo by Justin Engle/The Daily Item)
Bloomsburg 63, Cheyney 0 - Seven different Bloomsburg players scored touchdowns as Cheyney (0-5, 0-2) had only 17 yards passing on 16 attempts and averaged less than two yards per carry on the ground.
SW Assemblies of God 49, Texas College 10 - Texas College was no match for SW Assemblies of God as CJ Collins threw for 217 yards and four touchdowns, Jeremiah Maat had 12 tackles and SAGU picked off four Texas College (0-4, 0-1 CSFL) passes.
West Virginia State 52, Virginia-Wise 45 - West Virginia State (3-2, 3-2) fell behind 28-0 early, but rallied Matt Kinnick's 336 yards and three TD's passing and Tyrone Barber's three touchdowns rushing. Quniton Gray caught nine passes for 202 yards and two TDs, including a 71-yarder.
McMurry 34, Lincoln (Mo) 14 - Matthew McHugh threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 51 yards to lead McMurry to the win. Lincoln (Mo) (1-4) was led by Owen Jordan who threw for 228 yards and a touchdown and ran for another.