Saturday, October 1, 2016



Delaware State at Morgan State -

Howard at Norfolk State -

North Carolina Central at Bethune-Cookman -

Savannah State at Florida A&M - Savannah State is flying high after a huge surprise overtime win over Bethune-Cookman last week. A win over Florida A&M would be their first time winning consecutive games as a MEAC member. In fact, they've never beaten anyone in consecutive years since being a MEAC member.  They did surprise a bad Florida A&M team last year.  Florida A&M hit rock bottom last week in their blowout loss to South Carolina State, after which FAMU head coach Alex Wood was highly critical of his winless team. They opened with losses to a top FBS team, FCS team and Division II team before last week's loss. Kenneth Coleman is having a decent year passing for FAMU, ranking fourth in the MEAC with 146 yards a game.


Shaw at Elizabeth City State -

St. Augustine's at Virginia Union -

Winston-Salem State at Lincoln (Pa) -

Fayetteville State at Bowie State -

Livingstone at Virginia State -

Johnson C. Smith at Chowan -


Alcorn State at Arkansas - This is the weekend that FBS SEC Arkansas has probably been looking to take their frustrations out on someone. Had this been last season, when Alcorn State had every part of their explosive offense ticking, this may have been at least interesting.  But this year, ASU has sputtered a bit offensively, putting up 27 points a game versus the 30-plus they did last year.  They have moved the ball, averaging 417 yards a game mainly with the SWAC's top rushing offense. They'll need all of that against a confident 3-1 Razorback team that's ranked 20th in the country.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alabama State - These two teams mirror each other in a lot of ways.  They rank next to other in many SWAC statistical categories, though Arkansas-Pine Bluff is a better passing team and Alabama State is a stronger run team. UAPB freshman quarterback Brandon Duncan leads the SWAC in passing with 273 yards a game and is the first SWAC passer this season to surpass 1,000 yards.  Khalid Thomas is averaging 70 yards a game on the ground for Alabama State. There is one common opponent - Alabama State lost a close game to Alcorn State while UAPB defeated Alcorn State.

Mississippi Valley State at Jackson State - Jackson State, who got their first win of the season last week, is one of the better rush defenses in the SWAC.  That's bad news for Mississippi Valley State, who has thew worst rushing offense in the conference as they average four yards - yes, four yards - rushing a game.  In their four losses, MVSU hasn't been close in any game.

Grambling at Prairie View A&M - This is a matchup of two of the better SWAC teams.  Both are 3-1 overall and are undefeated in conference play so far this season.  Grambling only loss this season was to FBS Arizona in a game they could have easily won.  They are led by quarterback Devante Kincaid who has thrown for more than 800 yards and eight TDs. Trey Green has been just as good for Prairie View, though he has thrown six picks this season.  Grambling has the conference's second best defense so far in 2016 while PVAM has the third best offense.  This is set up to be a good one.

Alabama A&M at Texas Southern - Alabama A&M needs to slow some teams down.  In their three losses, they've given up an average of 51 points.  Texas Southern has won two in a row and has scored 31 points in each game.  Also their two losses have been by a combined eight points.  A&M focuses on the run game with freshman running back Jordan Bentley is averaging 75 yards a game while quarterback De'Angelo Ballard adds another 53 yards a game. Texas Southern is led by Averion Hurts who has thrown for 709 yards and six TDs this season.


UNC-Pembroke at Tuskegee - This will be one of the better Division II battles of the day around the country.  Both teams are 4-0 and ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation.  Tuskegee is ranked No. 11 while UNC-Pembroke is 21st.  The Braves are led by quarterback Patrick O'Brien, who has thrown for 1021 yards and ten touchdowns already this season.  This is a team that averages 39 points a game and also rushes for 168 yards a contest.  Tuskegee boasts the nation's seventh best defense that only gives up 240 yards and 13.8 points a game.  Quarterback Kevin Lacey leads a Tuskegee offense that leads the SIAC in scoring with 30.5 points per game.  UNC-Pembroke won this matchup 29-17 last season, but that was a Tuskegee squad that was missing some key players with injuries. This time they are at full strength.

Fort Valley State at Alderson Broaddus - This probably isn't the Fort Valley State team you are used to.  They've only won one game so far this season, but they've fallen to three really solid teams in Miles, Lane and Benedict.  Defense has been an issue for FVSU as they rank near the bottom of the SIAC in total defense and scoring defense.  Alderson Broaddus has had an up down season in which the offense has struggled.  They have big problems running the ball.

Morehouse at Clark Atlanta - This battle of the Atlanta University Center is always competitive. This year even more so as Clark Atlanta is playing solid football. They are a solid rushing team that on defense is holding teams to around 300 yards of offense a game. Morehouse needs as win as they head into the annually toughest part of their schedule with Tuskegee and Albany State coming up over the next three weeks. A question is who will start at quarterback - incumbent Marquavious Johnson or UConn transfer Kievon Taylor.  Also, last year's SIAC Newcomer of the Year, kick returner Amyr Smith, is back for the Maroon Tigers.

Miles at Albany State - This is a rematch of last season's SIAC Championship game that Miles won. But don't let this season's 1-3 Albany State record fool you.  This is a loaded team that has tested itself against some of the best teams in Division II football this season.  They've lost three fairly close games to Valdosta State, Tuskegee and West Georgia.  So they are tested.  They play stingy defense. Miles is coming off a big win over Morehouse, but take away Morehouse miscues and Miles was actually in a tussle.  Miles plays solid defense, especially against the run.

Benedict at Gardner-Webb - The story for Benedict this year is defense.  Last season, they were one of the nation's worst on defense.  This year, they've been stellar, holding teams to 269 yards of offense, including 64 rushing per game this season.  That will be important today as Gardner-Webb, an FCS team, is a good team that likes to run the ball with quarterback Tyrell Maxwell and running back Khalil Lewis.  The issue for Gardner-Webb - defense.  They give up 477 yards and 29 points a game.  That's a good sign for Benedict, a team that rushes for close to 170 yards a game.  The question is whether they can handle a team on the next collegiate level.

Central State at Kentucky Wesleyan - Take away a bad loss to Benedict and a defeat to FBS Dayton, and Central State has been competitive even though they are 0-4 this season. De'Michael Jackson is a star on the rise as he has averaged 112 yards rushing a game for CSU this season, helping the Marauders to control the ball and the clock and keeping them close in most games.  For Kentucky Wesleyan they are looking to right an 0-4 start, but it's also homecoming weekend.  Last year, Kentucky Wesleyan defeated Central State 35-7.


Edward Waters at Southeastern -

Tennessee-Martin at Tennessee State - This is the part of the season - Ohio Valley Conference play - where Tennessee State stumbles each year.  It's the OVC opener for the Tigers and they haven't beaten UT-Martin the past couple of years.  TSU also will now have Ronald Butler at quarterback as O'Shay Ackerman-Carter is now out for the year with an injury.  TSU is 7-6 in games Butler has started.

Cheyney at East Stroudsburg -

Lane at Lincoln (Mo) - Lane will be looking to get their running game back on track after the offense was shut down against Tuskegee last week.  Their "Marcus" offense - quarterback Marcus Reynolds and running back Marcus Holiday - were ineffective against Tuskegee, so they'll be looking to get back on track against a Lincoln (Mo) defense that has struggled in their four losses this season. Their defense has given up 33 points a game this season and more than 540 yards rushing in the past two games.

Langston at Arizona Christian -

Bacone at Texas College -

UVA College Wise at West Virginia State -

Friday, September 30, 2016

Tarik Cohen's 256 Yards and Three Touchdowns Leads North Carolina A&T Over Hampton 31-9


Tarik Cohen rushed for 256 yards and three touchdowns and broke North Carolina A&T's career touchdown rushing record as the Aggies defeated Hampton 31-9 Thursday before a national ESPNU audience.

His third touchdown of the night - a 94-yarder - set the North Carolina A&T (3-1, 1-0 MEAC) record for longest touchdown run from scrimmage.  Cohen set the school's career yardage rushing record last year.

What's even more astounding is that those three touchdowns and 204 of those yards came in the second half.

"I kind of felt like I wasn't running to my full capability in the first half, Cohen said, according to the North Carolina A&T athletics web site. "I was tipping.  I told my (offensive line) that I was trying to look for the big play too much and was being too patient.  I told them at halftime that I was going to start hitting the first hole I see and run harder."

Besides their inability to stop Cohen, Hampton (1-3, 1-1 MEAC) had trouble scoring when they got into the red zone.  The Pirates got inside the North Carolina A&T 20-yard line five times but only came away with three points.  Quarterback Jaylian Williamson was 32-of-54 for 388 yards and a touchdown, but had two interceptions, including one in the red zone.  Rashawn Proctor caught 12 passes for 188 yards.

North Carolina A&T has another Thursday night appearance next week when they host Norfolk State. Hampton visits Delaware State next Saturday.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hampton Visits North Carolina A&T In Thursday Night MEAC Football


One very interesting thing for North Carolina A&T tonight when Hampton visits -- not only will it be the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for the Aggies.  It will be their first game against an FCS opponent this season.

The Aggies (2-1) opened the season by blowing out Division II St. Augustine's and then defeated FBS Kent State before falling to FBS Tulsa two weeks ago.

And with a week off last week, North Carolina A&T has a chance to breathe and begin another new season in conference play.

They get a Hampton (1-2, 1-0 MEAC) team that played their first FCS game two weeks ago.  The Pirates easily defeated rival Howard 34-7 in the AT&T Nation's Classic.   Their two losses were to FBS squads Old Dominion and William & Mary.  The Pirates threw an early scare into William & Mary before falling late.

The game will feature two of the MEAC's early leaders in offense and defense.  North Carolina A&T leads the conference in total offense and total defense.  A&T's offense is led by superstar running back Tarik Cohen, who is third in the MEAC in rushing with 71 yards a game. Jeremy Taylor leads the Aggies with 24 tackles and two sacks this season.

Hampton isn't far behind in either category they rank third in both total offense and defense. The MEAC's second leading rusher is Hampton's Yahkee Johnson who has rushed for 76.7 yards a game. They also have the conference's top passer in Jaylian Williamson who has thrown for 194 yards a game.  Interestingly, both teams are most stout in run defense.

Kickoff is at 7:30 pm EST and will be broadcast on ESPNU.

Fayetteville State's Samira Luis Named CIAA Volleyball Player of the Week


Fayetteville State's Samira Luis had 26 kills, 30 digs seven service aces and two blocks in three matches last week to be named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's Volleyball Player of the Week.

The CIAA named her teammate Nakia McKinnie Rookie of the Week after she had 50 assists and 17 digs in the same three match span.

Their head coach, Reeshemah Johnson, made it an FSU sweep as she was named Coach of the Week. The Broncos are 2-0 in the CIAA's Southern Division and in second place behind Shaw.  Her team is 3-2 in CIAA play and 5-3 overall this season.

Mark Blackmon and Judith Kibil Named MEAC Cross Country Athletes of the Wee


A second-place finish in his first 8k earned Maryland-Eastern Shore's Mark Blackmon the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week while the Female Cross Country Athlete of the Week was Florida A&M's Judith Kibil.

Kibil finished ninth out of 266 runners at the University of Florida Mountain Dew Invitational with a season best time of 17;59.64.  Blackmon's time of 26:27.10 his team win the DSU Farm Run Invitational.

Other Top Performers:

Ronaldo Ball (Coppin State) aided the Eagles to a fourth-place finish at the DSU Farm Run Invitational, with a time of 27:24.3.
Jennaya Hield (Maryland-Eastern Shore) recorded a second-place finish at the DSU Farm Run Invitational, with a time of 19:37.9.
Candice Higgins (Norfolk State) led the Spartans, with a time of 20:20.79, at the East Carolina Pirate Invitational.
Felix Kiprotich (Norfolk State) won the 5k East Carolina Pirate Invitational, with a time of 15:18.6.
Geoffrey McCullough (Hampton) registered a time of 26:46.5, at the DSU Farm Run Invitational, to place fifth.
Tatiana Ogundeko (Coppin State) paced the Lady Eagles at the DSU Farm Run Invitational, with a time of 20:44.5.
Pollyanna Velasco (Hampton) finished third, with a time of 19:46.7, at the DSU Farm Run Invitational.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Savannah State Surprises Bethune-Cookman in Overtime; Rundowns and Scores from EVERY HBCU Football Game From Sept. 24


Savannah State 16, Bethune-Cookman 10 (OT) - In one of the biggest surprises of the weekend, perennial doormat Savannah State (1-2, 1-0 MEAC) got a 9-yard touchdown run from Cantrell Frazier in overtime to give them their first year in nearly a year and their first win in 16 tries against suddenly struggling Bethune-Cookman (0-3, 0-1 MEAC), last years conference co-champion. Bethune-Cookman needed a fourth quarter touchdown run from quarterback Akevious Williams to tie the game. SSU's Darrell Bonner intercepted a Williams pass to end BCU's overtime drive.  SSU then went on to score.  Tupac Isme led BCU with 91 yards rushing while Savannah State's Marquis Smith had 12 tackles, forced two fumbles, had 1.5 sacks and had three tackles for losses.

Missouri 79, Delaware State 0 - Drew Lock threw five first half touchdowns, four of them to J'Mon Moore as FBS SEC Missouri  (2-2)  blew out Delaware State (0-3). Lock threw for 402 yards as Missouri piled up nearly 700 of offense.  Three Mizzou receivers had more than 100 yards receiving while Damerea Crockett rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Delaware State eight first downs all day.

Morgan State 28, Howard 24 -

South Carolina State 48, Florida A&M 14 -

North Carolina Central 34, Norfolk State 31 -


Winston-Salem State 35, Virginia State 14 - Quarterback AJ Nocciolo threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another as Winston-Salem State (2-2, 1-1 CIAA) got a big win over Virginia State (3-1, 0-1 CIAA). Te'Vaughn Hurse had a huge day as he rushed for 187 yards and a touchdown for WSSU, who led 21-0 early and cruised the rest of the way.  Trenton Cannon led VSU with 80 yards and a touchdown rushing.

Johnson C. Smith 31, Elizabeth City State 28 - Matias Lembrecht's 33-yard field goal with no time remaining lifted Johnson C. Smith (1-3, 1-0 CIAA) to the win over Elizabeth City State (1-3, 0-1 CIAA). Quarterback Harold Herbin, aided by two ECSU penalties, drove his team downfield with 1:29 remaining.  He threw for 39 yards and rushed for six on the final drive, setting up Lembrecht for the game-winning field goal. Quarterback Daquan Neal led ECSU with 224 yards and a touchdown passing while also rushing for another TD.

Virginia Union 22, Fayetteville State 16 -

Chowan 41, Livingtone 13 -

Bowie State 55, Shaw 13 -

St. Augustine's 35, Lincoln (Pa) 31 -


Jackson State 32, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 20 -

Prairie View A&M 56, Mississippi Valley State 21 -

Southern 59, Alabama A&M 31 -

Texas Southern 31, Alabama State 27 -


Tuskegee 38, Lane 7 - Kevin Lacey threw for 218 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 61 yards and another TD as Tuskegee (4-0, 1-0 SIAC) broke open a close game with 24-unanswered points to ease to the win over Lane 3-1, 0-1 SIAC) in an early battle of unbeaten teams. Lacey threw a TD pass and rushed for a score to put Tuskegee up 14-0 in the first quarter. Lane quarterback Marcus Reynolds threw a touchdown pass midway through the second quarter to pull within seven, but that was as close as they could get. Reynolds only had 66 yards passing while his running back, Marcus Holiday led Lane with 46 yards rushing. Tuskegee's Ladarell Petway had a big day as he caught a 54-yard TD pass from Lacey and returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown.

Miles 31, Morehouse 7 - The Miles defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns and Devin Brown returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown as Miles (2-1, 2-0 SIAC) defeated Morehouse (2-2, 1-1 SIAC).  David Whipple led Miles with 158 yards and touchdown passing while Jamarcus Nance rushed for 96 yards. David Smith had a big day for the Morehouse defense, with eight tackles, four for losses, a sack and a forced fumble.

Kentucky State 17, Central State 14 -

Benedict 28, Fort Valley State 14 -

West Georgia 27, Albany State 23 -

Clark Atlanta 37, Ave Maria 13 -


Truman State 37, Lincoln (Mo) 0 -


Point 23, Edward Waters 20 - Rashard Louie's 1-yard TD plunge with 1:49 remaining lifted Point (1-3) to a late win over Edward Waters (0-4).  Edward Waters had led by as much as 10 after Joey Williams' 45-yard fumble recovery of the second-half kickoff for a touchdown gave them a 20-10 lead. But the Point defense shut out EWC after that and came back with a Isiah Robinson touchdown run midway through the 3rd quarter.  Tyler Mahla led EWC with 130 yards passing and 68 yards rushing while Drew Kohn rushed for the other EWC touchdown.

Bloomsburg 54, Cheyney 14 - Lawrence Elliott Jr. rushed for three touchdowns and added a 65-yard punt return as Bloomsburg (3-1, 1-0 PSAC) rolled past Cheyney (1-3, 0-1 PSAC) in the conference opener for both teams. His two touchdowns in the second quarter keyed a 23-point 2nd quarter for the Wolves.  Erik Heller led Cheney with 85 yards rushing and a touchdown.