Saturday, October 15, 2016

Today's COMPLETE HBCU Football Schedule Around the Country


Mississippi Valley State at Alabama State - You know its a tough season so far if your athletics web site features past football players instead of the current ones.  But that's how things are at Mississippi Valley State (0-6, 0-4 SWAC).  Last week's throttling by Montana erased memories of a close game with Jackson State two weeks ago.  The Delta Devils are the worst SWAC team when it comes to total offense. Alabama State (1-5, 1-4 SWAC) has been competitive in nearly every game (save for the 64-6 Southern debacle). Khalid Thomas has been a solid rusher, ranking second in the SWAC right now.

Texas Southern at Alcorn State - Last week, Alcorn State (2-3, 2-2 SWAC) looked like Alcorn State in defeating Alabama A&M. At times, the Alcorn State offense has had trouble scoring like they did last season, though they move the ball well.  Texas Southern (3-2, 3-1 SWAC) has won three in a row, though they haven't beaten the best of the SWAC yet.  The Texas Southern offense has been consistent, which may be a problem for Alcorn State.  In their three losses, they've given up 45, 43, and 52 points.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alabama A&M

Southern at Jackson State


Shaw at Livingstone - Livingstone (1-5, 0-3 CIAA) has lost their last four games, but they fought hard in a loss to St. Augustine's last week.  Their stagnant offense put up 37 points.  A quartet of freshmen quarterbacks have combined to throw for 1100 yards so far.  But their defense gives up 32 points a game. Shaw (0-6, 0-3 CIAA) has played some really good teams, and has lost their last two games by a combined eight points. Freshman Timothy Abbott has shared the quarterback job with Daron Downing, who is at this point, Shaw's leading rusher.

Johnson C. Smith at Fayetteville State

Virginia Union at Chowan

Elizabeth City State at Lincoln (Pa)

St. Augustine's at Winston-Salem State

Virginia State at Bowie State - This is probably the biggest game in the CIAA today.  Virginia State 5-1, 2-1 CIAA) and Bowie State (4-2, 3-0 CIAA) are not only the two best teams in the CIAA so far this season, they are two of the better teams in HBCU Division II football.  Bowie State's offense, led by quarterback Amir Hall (2,031 yards passing, 15 touchdowns), averages 40 points a game to lead the CIAA.  Virginia State grinds it out on the ground behind Kavon Bellamy and Trenton Cannon. This one will come down to defense. Both are stingy with Virginia State's being just a little stingier. Great game on tap here.


North Carolina A&T at Bethune-Cookman - This is a must game for Bethune-Cookman (0-4, 0-2 MEAC) if they are to climb back into the MEAC race.  And they will have to knock off one of the best teams in the country in North Carolina A&T (4-1, 2-0 MEAC). The Wildcats will have to pick up the offense to do so as they only average 17 points a game while A&T averages 37.  Interesting fact: Bethune-Cookman has won four straight home games in this series.

South Carolina State at Howard

Savannah State at North Carolina Central

Florida A&M at Delaware State

Morgan State at Hampton


Miles at Kentucky State

Fort Valley State at Florida Tech

Lane at Central State

Benedict at Clark Atlanta - It's homecoming day in Atlanta as Clark Atlanta (4-2, 2-2 SIAC) looks to take over the SIAC East lead if they defeat current leader Benedict (3-3, 2-1 SIAC).  CAU quarterback Jonathan McCrary is a on a roll as he has thrown for more than 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.  Benedict isn't a big offensive team. It's defense where they shine, as they are fourth in the SIAC as they only allow 288 yards a game.  This could be one of the better matchups of the day.

Albany State at Morehouse - Morehouse (2-4, 1-3 SIAC) is a team that's fired up to play Albany State after going toe-to-toe with Tuskegee last week.  They slowed down Tuskegee and hope to use their stellar run defense, led by SIAC Defensive Player of the Week David Smith, to slow down Albany State (2-3, 1-1 SIAC) and quarterback Caleb Edmonds and running back Jarvis Small.  Both teams still have a chance at shot at the SIAC title game if they begin a run today in a topsy-turvy SIAC East race.


Eastern Kentucky at Tennessee State - It's homecoming day at Tennessee State (4-1, 1-1 OVC) and if the Tigers want a chance at an OVC title, they will have to defeat Eastern Kentucky (2-3, 1-1 OVC).  This is an old foe that TSU has had problems with over the years.  But the TSU offense is clicking as Ronald Butler has stepped in at quarterback and been solid.  EKU, which leads this series 23-5 and won easily last year, is a more defensive minded squad this season, though quarterback Bennie Coney has been solid win nearly a 1,000 yards passing this season.

Cheyney at Shippensburg

Shepherd at West Virginia State

Lincoln (Mo) at Missouri S&T

Bacone at Langston

Texas College at Arizona Christian

Faith at Edward Waters

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

North Carolina A&T Takes Over Top Spot in FCS ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT Top Ten Poll; Tuskegee Remains No. 1 in Division II Poll


Tennessee State's first lost of the season and North Carolina A&T continuing their roll has shaken up the top spots of this week's ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS/Division II HBCU football top ten polls.

Tennessee State (4-1, 1-1 OVC) narrowly fell to Ohio Valley Conference foe Eastern Illinois, one of the top teams in FCS football, last Saturday while North Carolina A&T (4-1, 3-0 MEAC) easily took care of Norfolk State to claim the top spot in this week's poll.

In Division II football, Tuskegee (6-0, 4-0 SIAC) continues their dominant season after defeating Morehouse last Saturday and remaining at the top of the poll.  Tuskegee jumped up to No. 5 among all of the nation's Division II football teams.

One of the top movers in either poll is surprising Clark Atlanta (4-2, 3-2 SIAC), a team that has won three in a row and gets ready for a homecoming contest against Benedict this weekend.

Here are the complete Division II and FCS ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT HBCU football top ten polls for this week:

Division II

1) Tuskegee (6-0, 4-0 SIAC)
2) Bowie State (4-2, 3-0 CIAA)
3) Virginia State (5-1, 2-1 CIAA)
4) Virginia Union (4-2, 3-0 CIAA)
5) Winston-Salem State (4-2, 3-0 CIAA)
6) Clark Atlanta (4-2, 3-2 SIAC)
7) Lane (4-2, 2-1 SIAC)
8) Albany State (2-3, 1-1 SIAC)
9) Chowan (4-2, 2-1 CIAA)
10) Benedict (3-3, 2-1 SIAC)


1) North Carolina A&T (4-1, 2-0 MEAC)
2) Tennessee State (4-1, 1-1 OVC)
3) Grambling (3-1, 3-0 SWAC)
4) North Carolina Central (4-1, 2-0 MEAC)
5) Southern (2-2, 2-0 SWAC)
6) Prairie View A&M (4-2, 2-1 SWAC)
7) Texas Southern (3-2, 2-1 SWAC)
8) Morgan State (2-2, 2-0 MEAC)
9) Jackson State (2-3, 2-1 SWAC)
10) South Carolina State (1-3, 1-0 MEAC)

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Scores and Recaps From EVERY HBCU Football Game From Saturday


Tuskegee 28, Morehouse 19 - In the 106th meeting of these two schools, Morehouse (2-4, kept this game closer than expected, but Tuskegee (6-0, 3-0 SIAC) got an 8-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Lacey to Javarrius Cheatham early in the third quarter and the Tuskegee defense held off Morehouse to seal the win.  With two of the nation's top run defenses, neither team had much success on the ground - Tuskegee rushed for 35 yards while Morehouse had 33.  Tuskegee's passing game and pass defense ruled the day.  Lacey finished 18-of-29 for 300 yards and four touchdowns passing, while Morehouse's Monquavious Johnson only had 143 yards passing and three interceptions.  Both were sacked four times. David Smith had a big day for Morehouse defensively with 15 tackles, three sacks, five tackles for losses and a fumble recovery.  Osband Thompson led the Tuskegee defense wth ten tackles.

Kentucky State 26, Fort Valley State 10 - Freshman Jules St. Ge threw for 194 yards and a touchdown and had 66 yards rushing to lead Kentucky State (2-4, 2-1 SIAC) to their first win over Fort Valley State (1-5, 1-3 SIAC) since 2013.  KSU had a season-high 320 yards of total offense. FVSU's freshman running back Jamari Clark had a big day, rushing for 129 yards. But FVSU only managed one touchdown on the day.  Kentucky State linebacker Travon Spencer had 19 tackles, ten of them solo stops.

Lane 19, Benedict 18 - Raul Martinez kicked a 35-yard field goal with 1:23 remaining to give Lane (4-2, 2-0 SIAC) the win over Benedict (3-3, 2-1 SIAC).  In a close game throughout, Benedict actually led 18-16 midway through the fourth quarter after George Meyers Jr.'s 45-yard touchdown run. Meyers rushed for 222 yards.  Marcus Holiday led Lane with 142 yards rushing. Lane got big defensive days from three Dragons - Whitney Richardson (13 tackles, one sack, a forced fumble, three tackles for losses), Javonte Kelly (ten tackles), and Ray Taylor (eight tackles, two sacks, three tackles for losses).

Miles 36, Central State 0 - David Whipple threw for 193 yards and three touchdowns as Miles (3-1, 2-1 SIAC) shut out Central State (0-6, 0-2 SIAC).  Whipple threw TD tosses to three different receivers - Earnest Bell, Trey Smith and Jourdan Walker.  Lavon Weeks led the Central State offense with 100 yards passing and 79 yards rushing.


Alcorn State 42, Alabama A&M 19 - Lenorris Footman's three second half TDs allowed Alcorn State (2-3, 2-2 SWAC) to erase a 16-14 halftime deficit to get the win over Alabama A&M (1-5, 1-4 SWAC). De'Angelo Ballard's two second-quarter TD passes to Jonathan Dorsey had led the Bulldogs to the halftime lead.  Footman finished with three touchdown runs and one TD pass as he had 132 yards passing and 122 rushing.   Ballard also had a big day with 181 yards passing and 88 rushing. Alcorn State rushed for 287 yards on the day.

Prairie View A&M 24, Alabama State 17 (OT) - Caleb Broach's 1-yard TD run gave Prairie View A&M (4-2, 4-1 SWAC) an overtime win over Alabama State (1-5, 1-4 SWAC).  ASU was stopped on a fourth-and-17 to end the game. Prairie View needed a 37-yard field goal from Owen Hoolihan with 12 seconds remaining just to stave off the upset and force the game into overtime.  Jalen Morton and Trey Green combined to throw for 275 yards and a touchdown.  Morton also rushed for 53 yards and a TD.  Khalid Thomas led Alabama State with 106 yards and a touchdown.

Montana 67, Mississippi Valley State 7 - Brady Guftason was 21-of-26 for 251 yards and four touchdowns to lead Montana (4-1) to an easy win over Mississippi Valley State (0-6).  MVSU actually led 7-0 early after Austin Bray's 3-yard touchdown run early in the game.  But MVSU had a miserable day rushing, finishing with minus-61 yards on the day, a defensive record for Montana. With only 73 yards rushing on the season heading into the game, Mississippi Valley State now has eight yards rushing in six games.


Fayetteville State 7, Shaw 6 - Fayetteville State (1-5, 1-2 CIAA) still couldn't manage many points, not even reaching their 11 point per game average, but it was enough to defeat Shaw (0-6, 0-3 CIAA) and get their first win of the season. Devin Knudsen threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Roy Lowder late in the third quarter for the deciding score.  The true deciding play was the Broncos defense blocking Shaw's point-after try after their only touchdown in the second quarter. Stevie Green had a big day for FSU, rushing for 117 yards. Uriah Bethea led Shaw with 84 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Virginia Union 29, Lincoln (Pa) 6 - William Stanback rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns while Shawheem Dowdy threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns as Virginia Union earned their fourth consecutive win, this time over Lincoln (Pa) (1-5, 0-3 CIAA).  It was Lincoln (Pa)'s fourth consecutive loss. Lincoln (Pa)'s Stephen Bolding finished with 13 tackles, two of them for losses.


Monmouth 59, Howard 27 - Anthony Philyaw's 39-yard TD run gave Howard a brief lead early, but the Bison couldn't stop the Monmouth running game as Monmouth churned to an easy win. Monmouth's Michael Jolly rushed for 129 yards and two TDs and Ed Royds added 118 yards and two touchdowns as Monmouth had 342 yards rushing on the day. Cody Williams also threw two touchdowns for Monmouth. Philyaw finished with a huge day, rushing for 234 yards and three touchdowns.

Hampton 27, Delaware State 17 - A 10-point third quarter and shutting down the Delaware State (0-5, 0-2 MEAC) offense to just three second half points gave Hampton (2-3, 2-1 MEAC) the win. Jaylien Williamson threw for 252 yards a touchdown, but Hampton controlled the game on the ground as Eric Carter (125 yards) and Yahkee Johnson (121 yards, one touchdown) led the Pirates running game that had 282 yards on the day.   Daniel Epperson led Delaware State with 245 yards and a touchdown passing.

North Carolina Central 17, Florida A&M 13 - North Carolina Central (4-2, 3-0 MEAC) rallied with two fourth-quarter touchdowns in two minutes to defeat Florida A&M (1-5, 1-2 MEAC). Devin Bowers' 18-yard touchdown followed by Dorrel McClain's 25-yard TD during that fourth quarter. Most of the day's offense came from North Carolina Central and their running game as they accounted for 132 yards. FAMU only had 39 yards passing and 73 rushing.


Eastern Illinois 35, Tennessee State 34 - Mitch Kimble's fourth quarter 4-yard TD pass to Devin Church lifted Eastern Illinois (4-2, 2-1 OVC) to win over Tennessee State (4-1, 1-1 OVC). their ninth win over TSU in their last 12 meetings. TSU couldn't stop Eastern Illinois' running game, which had 221 yards on the day.  Tennessee State's Ronald Butler had a big day, throwing for 303 yards and two touchdowns.  Patrick Smith caught seven passes for 160 yards and a touchdown while Steven Newbold caught four passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. Chris Collins and Laquarius Cook both had 12 tackles for TSU.

St. Joseph's 27, Lincoln (Mo) 17 - Dennis Vinson broke two records in throwing for 432 yards and completing 34 passes, but it wasn't enough as Lincoln (Mo) (1-5, 0-3 GLVC) lost to St. Joseph's (4-2, 3-1 GLVC).   Lincoln (Mo) was within three points midway in the third quarter after Vinson threw a 25-yard TD pass to Chris Othelot to make it 20-17.  But St. Joseph's got a 44-yard TD run by Issac James to seal the game late in the fourth quarter. Philip Kimble led St. Joseph's with 205 yards and two touchdowns passing while Martez Walker had 151 yards rushing. Anthony Townsend caught eight passes for 171 yards for Lincoln (Mo).

Lock Haven 51, Cheyney 12 - Lock Haven (1-5, 1-2 CSFL) got their first win of the season as Caleb Watson threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns in defeating Cheyney (1-5, 0-3 CSFL).  Watson also ran for two touchdowns, both in the first quarter. Erik Heller had a big day for Cheyney, rushing for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

Lyon 35, Texas College 21 - Michael Bowles and Dwane Robinson led a Lyon (3-4, 2-1 CSFL) running game that rushed for 312 yards and three touchdowns to hold off Texas College (0-5, 0-2 CSFL).  Bowles rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns while Robinson had 134 yards and a touchdown. Corey Sherman had a big day on the ground for Texas College, rushing for 167 yards and a touchdown.

Notre Dame (OH) 48, West Virginia State 21 - Notre Dame (OH) (5-1, 4-1 MEC) 20-point fourth quarter broke open a seven-point game to give them the win over West Virginia State (1-5, 1-5 MEC). Malik Grove threw two touchdown passes during that span. Grove finished with 227 yards and four touchdowns passing. DJ Greene added 140 yards and a TD on the ground. West Virginia State's Austin Hensley threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns.