Saturday, October 14, 2017

Virginia State Takes Over CIAA North After Defeating Bowie State; ALL Of Saturday's HBCU Football Results

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

In a huge North Division battle between the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's best teams,
Virginia State outscored Bowie State 20-14 in a wild fourth quarter to defeat the Bulldogs 47-35 Saturday.

It was the first loss of the season for Bowie State (6-1, 3-1 CIAA) and puts them behind Virginia State (6-0, 4-0 CIAA) in the race for the division's berth in the CIAA Championship Game.

"Ain't never been one like that," Virginia State quarterback Cordelral Cook told the Progress Index after the game.  "Coming in, we knew it was a big game and a big task .... and our goal was just to come out and win at the end."
Going into the highly-anticipated battle, both teams had video game type statistics, with Bowie State averaging nearly 55 points and 600 yards of offense per game and Virginia State averaging 41 points a game, with 112 points in their previous two games.
VSU took an early 20-7 lead after touchdown runs by Cook, Trenton Cannon and Blair Wynn.  Cannon's went for 93 yards.

Amir Hall threw TD passes to Lansana Seay and Brandon Britton in the second quarter while Cook threw a TD 55-yard TD pass as the things were close at halftime at 27-21 Virginia State.

But Cook ran two fourth quarter touchdowns and threw another to Joshua Harris as Virginia State sprinted away for the win.

Cook threw for 234 yards and two TDs and ran for 100 yards and three more touchdowns in a huge day.  Cannon also had a big day, rushing for 234 yards and a touchdown.

Hall finished with 281 yards and five touchdowns passing for Bowie State. Britton caught 11 passes for 131 yards and two of those TDs.  Robert Chesson rushed for 87 yards.

Here are the rest of Saturday's HBCU football results:

MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE



Hampton 16, Norfolk State 14
- Yakhee Johnson rushed for 115 yards and Shai McKenzie ran for two touchdowns as Hampton (4-3, 3-0) held on to defeat Norfolk State (2-4, 2-1) in the Battle of the Bay.  Hampton jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead on McKenzie's two TDs and they held on to get the win.  The Pirate defense bent, but didn't break, besides two NSU touchdown passes by Juwan Carter.  Carter finished with 211 yards passing, 111 of that and the two TD passes to Marcus Taylor.


North Carolina Central 24, Gardner-Webb 17 - Chauncey Caldwell threw for 333 yards and two TDs and ran for another score to lead North Carolina Central (5-1) to the win over Gardner-Webb (1-5).  GWU was led by Tyrell Maxwell who had 165 yards and two touchdowns rushing.

Howard 52, Delaware State 23 - Howard (3-3, 2-1) broke open a close game with 21-third quarter points to pull away for the easy win over Delaware State (0-6, 0-4).  Caylin Newton led Howard with 285 yards and two touchdowns passing and 81 yards rushing. Kyle Anthony caught six passes for 135 yardss and a touchdown.  Delaware State was led by quarterbacks Jack McDaniel (191 yards and a touchdown) and Keenan Black (175 yards and two touchdowns).  There was plenty of offense - Howard had 628 yards of offense while DSU had 510, including 401 yards passing, their most in modern DSU history.


North Carolina A&T 31, Florida A&M 20 - Lamar Reynard threw three second-quarter touchdown passes as North Carolina A&T (7-0, 4-0) stayed undefeated by knocking off Florida A&M (2-5, 1-3). Raynard threw for 215 yards while Marquell Cartwright ran for 84 yards and a touchdown. NCAT was far from perfect as they turned the ball over three times and were outgained by FAMU in the second half.  Florida A&M was led by Ryan Stanley who threw for 167 yards and a touchdown and Devin Bowers who rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE 


Tuskegee 33, Jackson State 7 - Tuskegee (5-2, 3-1 SIAC) is now 2-0 against FCS/SWAC opponents this season after handling Jackson State (0-6, 0-2 SWAC). The Golden Tigers defeated Alabama State 14-6 in their opener.  Saturday, Jamarcus Ezell threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 73 yards while Hoderick Lowe rushed for 73 yards. Tuskegee's defense only allowed JSU 21 yards rushing and 96 yards passing, had six sacks and an interception.  Brent Lyles threw for Jackson State's only touchdown.

Albany State 34, Morehouse 10 - Cameron Miller's 59-yard interception return for a TD early in the second quarter had Morehouse (3-4, 1-2) up 10-9 heading into halftime, but Albany State (5-2, 3-0) scored 25 unanswered in the second half to get the big East Division win. McKinley Habersham had another big day for ASU, rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown.  Chancellor Johnson threw for 105 yards and a touchdown.  Morehouse was led by Kivon Taylor's 93 yards passing. Morehouse sacked ASU quarterbacks six times while ASU sacked Morehouse quarterbacks seven times.


Fort Valley State 37, Lane 14 - Slade Jarman threw three touchdown passes during Fort Valley State's 31-0 start as the Wildcats (3-3, 3-0) cruised to the win over Lane (1-6, 0-3). Jarman finished with 293 yards and four touchdowns passing. Tajee Steele caught two of those TD passes.  Lane only had 136 yards of offense, 109 of it rushing. DeMichael McQueen had 15 tackles for Lane.


Miles 35, Kentucky State 0 - Justin Hardy had a huge day, rushing for 178 yards and two touchdowns to lead Miles (4-2, 2-1) to a rout of Kentucky State (2-4, 1-2).  Joseph Cambridge threw two TD passes for Miles. Brett Sylve led Kentucky State with 106 yards rushing.  Andre Miles had 12 tackles for KSU.

Benedict 14, Clark Atlanta 3 - The SIAC's top offense met up with the conference's top scoring defense.  The defense won out as Benedict (4-2, 2-1) kept Clark Atlanta (3-3, 1-2) out of the end zone for the first time this season.  Benedict held Clark Atlanta to 130 yards of total offense.  Christian Lisby, in his first start, threw for 200 yards and ran for a touchdown. Receiver Okechi Ntiasagwe caught ten passes for 118 yards. Harding Harper led Clark Atlanta with ten tackles, eight solo and he forced a fumble.

Central State 40, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 35 - Central State (1-6, 0-3 SIAC) broke a nine-game losing streak dating back to last season as they defeated FCS/SWAC Arkanasas-Pine Bluff (2-5, 1-2 SWAC).  CSU was down 28-20 going into the fourth quarter, but got two touchdown runs from Terraris Saffold and one from Darius Meadors to take over the game on the road.  Trent Mays threw for 334 yards and a touchdown while Safford had 87 yards.  Darius Ford caught eight passes for 117 yards.  UAPB was led by LeEar patterson who threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns and KeShawn Williams rushed for 97 yards and a TD. 

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Alcorn State 34, Prairie View A&M 21 - After falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, Alcorn State (5-2, 3-0) scored 34 unanswered points to defeat Prairie View A&M (2-4, 2-2).  Its Alcorn State's fourth consecutive win.  Noah Johnson threw for one touchdown and ran for two others to lead ASU while Lenorris Footman also ran for a score.  Neiko Hollins led Prairie View A&M with 291 yards and three touchdowns passing.


Alabama A&M 49, Mississippi Valley State 14 - Damion May threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more TDs as Alabama A&M (3-4, 3-1) routed Mississippi Valley State (1-5, 1-2).  Mississippi Valley State's rushing woes continue - they had minus-27 yards rushing on the day.  They did have 313 yards passing - Christopher Few threw for 179 yards and a touchdown while Dewayne Betts threw for 134 yards.

Alabama State 23, Texas Southern 16 - A week after Brian Jenkins was fired as football coach at Alabama State (1-5, 1-2), the Hornets got their first win of the season as they scored 20 unanswered points on Texas Southern (0-6, 0-2).  Interim coach Donald Hill-Eley saw his team erase a late second quarter 16-3 deficit with two Darryl Pearson touchdown passes and two Hunter Hanson field goals.  Dominick DeLira led Texas Southern with 175 yards and two touchdowns passing.

CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE 


Fayetteville State 41, Johnson C. Smith 16 - Stevie Green rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns to lead Fayetteville State (3-4, 2-2) to a win over Johnson C. Smith (0-7, 0-4)).
Of FSU's 388 yards of offense, 241 of it came on the ground.  Donshel Jetton ran for 63 yards and two touchdowns for the Broncos. Johnson C. Smith was led by Harold Herbin and his 49 yards and a touchdown rushing and David Francis who had nine tackles.

Shaw 35, Livingstone 14 - A three-touchdown second quarter pushed Shaw (2-4, 1-3) out far enough for a comfortable win over Livingstone (0-6, 0-3). Daron Downing threw for 183 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to lead Shaw. Thaddeus Bell threw for 173 yards and a touchdown and caught a TD to lead Livingstone.


St. Augustine's 17, Winston-Salem State 14 - Sam Boyd's 9-yard touchdown reception with 29 seconds left gave St. Augustine's (3-4, 3-1) the upset win over Winston-Salem State (4-3, 2-2). Kerrion Moore's 7-yard TD run midway through the 3rd quarter gave WSSU their first lead at 14-7.  But a Sean Smith 30-yard field goal and then Boyd's TD catch from Demetrius Lewis late gave SAU the win. WSSU only had four drives after their third quarter TD, and only one of them were more than four plays. WSSU outgained SAU 304 to 248, but St. Augustine's defense stood up late.  Lewis threw one TD while Darryl Johnson threw another, with Boyd catching both of them.

Virginia Union 35, Chowan 10 - Virginia Union (5-2,  4-0) got their fourth win in a row as Darius Taylor threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns.  Eric Caldwell also threw two TD passes for VUU. Jaiden Reavus had a huge day as he caught three of those touchdown passes in catching five balls for 129 yards.  Chowan (2-5, 2-2) was led by Bryce Witt and his 238 yards passing and a great day by Tyrell Freeman who rushed for 185 yards.

Elizabeth City State 56, Lincoln (Pa) 18 - Victor Greene had three first half touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, to help Elizabeth City State (4-3, 2-2) jump out to a big halftime lead that Lincoln (Pa) (0-7, 0-4) couldn't overcome. Daquan Neal threw for 204 yards with four touchdown passes while also leading ECSU in rushing with 89 yards and a TD.  Carlos Croslin led Lincoln with 88 yards and a TD rushing. Trey McCullom threw for 178 yards and a touchdown.

OTHERS 

(Photo by Sam Jordan)
Austin Peay, 21, Tennessee State 17 - Tennessee State (4-3, 1-3 OVC) came back and led 17-14 in the fourth quarter, until giving up to Austin Peay (4-3, 3-1) a big punt return, a long run to Austin Peay quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall and then the game-winning 2-yard Ahmaad Tanner touchdown run, all within the game's final three minutes. Oatsvall led APSU in rushing with 82 yards and passed for 85 yards, even though the TSU defense only allowed Austin Peay 264 yards of offense the entire night.  TSU was led by Michael Hughes who threw for 148 yards and a touchdown. Chris Collins had a game-high tackles, all solo, for TSU.

West Virginia State 47, Concord 29 - West Virginia State (4-3, 3-3) jumped out to a 33-7 lead and never looked back in defeating Concord (1-6, 1-6).  Matt Kinnick threw for 231 yards and a touchdeown and caught a 27-yard TD pass. Juwan Etheridge rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns.  Concord was led by Adam Fulton who passed for 193 yards and three touchdowns.


Shippensburg 56, Cheyney 0 - The Shippensburg (6-1, 3-1) running game accounted for 273 yards and seven touchdowns as the Raiders routed Cheyney (1-6, 0-4). London Whitfield rushed for 57 yards and two touchdowns, Cole Chiappialle had 48 yards and three TDs, and Cole McDermott had 39 yards and two touchdowns for Shippensburg.  Cheyney had a miserable day on offense, gaining only two first downs, had minus-23 yards rushing and just 20 yards passing for a grand total of minus-3 yards of total offense. Samuel Anojulu and Esaie Batoula both had seven tackles for Cheyney.

Missouri S&T 37, Lincoln (Mo) 3 - Missouri S&T (5-2, 3-0) won their fifth-straight game by limiting Lincoln (Mo) (1-5, 0-3) to nine yards rushing.  The Miners' balanced attack was led by DeShawn Jones who rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown, Tyler Swart threw for 175 yards and another touchdown. D'Luis West also ran for two touchdowns.  Lincoln (Mo) was led by Drake Davidson who threw for 190 yards. Willard Cotton had 11 tackles and a sack for Lincoln.


Webber International 16, Edward Waters 9 - Webber International (3-3, 1-1) got their first Sun Conference win without scoring an offensive point againt Edward Waters (0-6, 0-2).  Marcus Mannerstedt kicked three field goals and Jaylen Cayo recovered an EWC fumble in the end zone.  Garry Choulotte threw for 134 yards - though he was sacked three times - and rushed for 33 yards for Webber International. Edward Waters was led by Christian Hayes who ran for 97 yards and a touchdown and threw for 89 yards.


Langston 44, Texas College 17  - The NAIA's eighth best team, Langston (6-0, 4-0) stayed undefeated by getting three late touchdowns to pull away for the win over Texas College (1-6, 1-4). Texas College was close, 23-17, in the third quarter after Vontyne Williams 43-yard TD run. But Milton Harper threw a late third quarter TD for Langston and then Jaylen Lowe threw a TD pass and ran for another to lead Langston to the win.  Tim Whitifeld rand for 175 yards and two touchdowns for Langston.



This Week's ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS/Division II Top Ten Polls For This Week



DIVISION II

1) Bowie State
2) Virginia State
3) Winston-Salem State
4) Albany State
5) Tuskegee
6) Virginia Union
7) Miles
8) Morehouse
9) Clark Atlanta
10) Elizabeth City State

FCS

1) North Carolina A&T
2) Grambling
3) North Carolina Central
4) Alcorn State
5) Tennessee State
6) Hampton
7) Howard
8) Southern
9) Prairie View A&M
10) Norfolk State

Undefeated Bowie State and Virginia State Clash Today; Full Schedule of HBCU Football Games Today

By ADD SEYMOUR JR

What can you say about a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football team that scores 112 points in its last two games, averages nearly 41 points a game and is undefeated?

That they are a second place team.

Those lofty stats belong to Virginia State (5-0, 3-0), a team that takes on the even gaudier Bowie State (6-0, 3-0), a team that averages nearly 600 yards of offense and a whopping 54 points a game. 

It's a game between the two best HBCU Division II teams in the nation and will go a long way in determining who will win the CIAA Northern Division title.  On top of that, it's homecoming day at Virginia State.

"You've got two undefeated teams going at it, so it's going to be an exciting game," said Bowie State head coach Damon Wilson to the Winston-Salem Journal.  "We know it's going to be a dogfight and we'll habve to be ready to play."

Bowie State is led by star quarterback Amir Hall who has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards this season, averages 330 yards passing a game, and has thrown 24 touchdowns versus just two interceptions.  He's also run for 266 yards and six touchdowns. 

Virginia State counters the CIAA's top running back in Trenton Cannon.  Cannon has rushed for 629 yards, averaging 125 yards a game, and six touchdowns.

The two teams are also the CIAA's top defenses, with Bowie State ranked first and VSU second in total defense.

So this is a big game.

VSU head coach Reggie Barlow says his team is focused on containing the Bowie State offense.

"If they get close to their average, then it's going to be hard for us to keep pace, but we still want to play our game," Barlow said, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  "We know how good they've been so far this season because you can see it in the scores of their games."

Here is a look at today's HBCU football schedule:


MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Savannah State at Morgan State
Gardner Webb at North Carolina Central
Howard at Delaware State
Hampton at Norfolk State
North Carolina A&T at Florida A&M
South Carolina State at Bethune-Cookman


SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Clark Atlanta at Benedict
Morehouse at Albany State
Lane at Fort Valley State
Kentucky State at Miles


SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Mississippi Valley State at Alabama A&M
Prairie View A&M at Alcorn State
Jackson State at Tuskegee
Central State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Alabama State at Texas Southern

CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

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

OTHERS

Austin Peay at Tennessee State
Texas College at Langston
Shippensburg at Cheyney
West Virginia State at Concord
Edward Waters at Webber International
Missouri S&T at Lincoln (Mo)







Saturday, October 7, 2017

EVERY HBCU Football Score From This Past Weekend


CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Virginia State 56, Elizabeth City State 0
Fayetteville State 24, Shaw 21
St. Augustine's 30, Livingstone 29
Winston-Salem State 27, Johnson C. Smith 22
Boise State 41, Chowan 10
Virginia Union 45, Lincoln (Pa) 23

MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

North Carolina Central 13, Howard 7
Norfolk State 35, Florida A&M 28
North Carolina A&T 44, Delaware State 3
Hampton 17, Savannah State 10
South Carolina State 35, Morgan State 14

SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Miles 41, Central State 20
Tuskegee 23, Morehouse 17 (OT)
Fort Valley State 41, Clark Atlanta 24
Albany State 30, Lincoln (Mo) 10

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Grambling 34, Prairie View A&M 21
Southern 35, Alabama A&M 14
Kennesaw State 48, Texas Southern 3

OTHERS 

Tennessee State 45, Eastern Kentucky 21
West Virginia State 35, Kentucky State 23
Edward Waters 56, University of God's Chosen 12
Langston 27, Lane 21
Lock Haven 62, Cheyney 0

Previews of EVERY HBCU Game Scheduled Today!


SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Grambling at Prairie View A&M - Grambling (4-1, 1-0) is not going to let you run the ball on them.  They have the SWAC's top run defense, giving up just 72 yards a game.  But that will be tested as Prairie View A&M (2-2, 2-0)  sports the SWAC's top rushing offense, averaging 218 yards a game. Da'Wonya Tucker and Sta'fon McCray are both top ten SWAC rushers.  The Grambling offense has scored at least 31 points in their last three games, all wins. 

Alabama A&M at Southern - Things started pretty badly for Alabama A&M (2-3, 2-0) as they were dominated by three Division I-FBS teams.  But coming back to FCS/SWAC football has been good for them as they've defeated Texas Southern and Arkansas-Pine Bluff giving up just 31 points total in both games.  Southern (2-3, 0-1) broke a three-game slide by defeating Division II Fort Valley State last week. But this is a team that defeated a good South Carolina State team in their opener.  Herbert Edwards had a huge game last week, rushing for 141 yards last week. 

Mississippi Valley State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff - What can you say about Mississippi Valley State (0-4, 0-1)? They've played some of the better teams in the nation and they've gotten creamed.  They average five points a game and have given up nearly 56 points a game.  They have rushed for a TOTAL of minus-143 yards all season.  Still, they've done well in the passing game - Christopher Fowler averages 188 yards a game and threw for 341 yards against Grambling.  But the Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-3, 1-1) is last in total offense in the MEAC. 

Texas Southern at Kennesaw State - Texas Southern (0-4, 0-1) heads to Georgia for non-conference play against Kennesaw State (3-1), a team that won its third-straight game last week. The have the nation's sixth-best defense, giving up only 69 yards rushing per game. Texas Southern isn't much of a running team, but they lean on talented quarterback Jay Christophe who has accounted for 184 yards of total offense a game. Still, they only average 13 points a game. Another issue for Texas Southern could be defense.  They give up nearly 200 yards a game rushing and 262 a game passing. 

CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Virginia State at Elizabeth City State - One of the first things that Elizabeth City State (3-2, 1-1) may set out to do is stop Virginia State (4-0, 2-0) running back Robert Chesson.  He leads the CIAA in rushing with 132 yards a game for the CIAA's second-best offense.  But the ECSU defense has given up 34 points and 170 yards rushing a game. In their two losses, they have given up 132 yards rushing to Shaw and 253 to UNC Pembroke. 

Livingstone at St. Augustine’s - If you take out St. Augustine's (1-4, 1-1) 81-9 shellacking of Lincoln (Pa), this is a team that struggles on offense. They've scored 41 points in their four other games.  But quarterback Darryl Johnson did throw five TDs in that Lincoln (Pa) rout, so the potential is there.  Livingstone (0-5, 0-2) has also had offensive troubles, averaging just 86 yards rushing and 11 points scoring a game. 

Shaw at Fayetteville State - These are two teams that are ranked eighth and ninth in total offense in the CIAA, but they do it differently.  Shaw (2-3, 1-1) Daron Downing and Vidal Woodruff at quarterback is more likely to throw it while Fayetteville State (1-4, 0-2) is better at running it as Stevie Green averages 118 yards rushing and has run for six touchdowns.  The problem for both is defense - FSU gives up nearly 42 points a game while Shaw gives up 38.4, though both have been torched badly by Bowie State so that throws things off a bit. Well, a little. 

Johnson C. Smith at Winston-Salem State - Winston-Salem State (3-2, 1-1) is looking for defensive consistency.  They have won every other game this season, but have given up 33 points and 31`points in their two losses.  But on offense, Kerrion Moore is again having a great season, averaging 113 yards rushing a game and leading an offense that averages more than six yards a rush. Johnson C. Smith (0-5, 0-2) has the CIAA's worst scoring offense, picking up just nine points a game, though they did score 17 in a three-point loss to Elizabeth City State two weeks ago.  JCSU also played better defense the past two weeks, evidenced by only giving up 10 points in a 10-7 loss to Chowan last week. 

Chowan at Bowie State - It's now Chowan's time to try to slow down one of the nation's top offenses in Bowie State (5-0, 2-0). Amir Hall is averaging 327 yards passing, has thrown for 21 touchdowns and run for five more while Robert Chesson has averaged nearly 120 yards rushing a game.  All for a team averaging an astounding 57 points a game. On top of that, their defense is only giving up 15 points a game. Chowan (2-3, 2-0) has won their last two games and has gotten steady play from quarterback Bryce Witt who has thrown for nearly 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns, but has seven interceptions.  Michael Offut and Tyrell Freeman both average more than 61 yards rushing for a good running team.  

Virginia Union at Lincoln (Pa) - Virginia Union (3-2, 2-0) has won their last two games and are looking good with Darius Taylor at quarterback.  He has thrown for 893 yards and eight touchdowns this season, with five of those touchdowns coming against Fayetteville State two weeks ago. Things have been tough for Lincoln (Pa) (0-5, 0-2) though. They give up 56 points a game on defense and have averaged just 13 points on offense.  Vincent Espinoza has played well at quarterback (though they haven't scored a passing touchdown since Sept. 16) and linebacker Deion Miller is second best among all CIAA tacklers with 46 this season. 


MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Morgan State at South Carolina State - Its never a good thing when the team with the worst scoring offense is visiting the team's with the second-best scoring defense.  But that's whats happening here. Morgan State (0-4, 0-1) averages four points a game. Four. They scored their first points last week in a 49-17 loss to North Carolina A&T. But MSU actually has a good passing game with Elijah Staley at quarterback. They just can't get it into the end zone. South Carolina State (1-3, 0-2) has played a tough schedule, losing to SWAC Southern and to MEAC powers North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central. Dewann Ford leads SCSU on offense, throwing for 772 yards this season and rushing for 163. SCSU's All American Darius Leonard leads the MEAC in tackles with 43. 

North Carolina Central at Howard - Howard (2-2, 1-0) got its first FCS win in its first FCS game of the season last week against Bethune-Cookman. They have the MEACs second-best offense, mainly through a strong ground game. It's led by freshman Caylin Newton who is the MEAC's second-leading rusher and the conference's fourth best passer.  North Carolina Central (3-1, 2-0) has only lost to FBS/ACC Duke and has since won three straight. They also have the MEAC's third-best rush defense, giving up just 107 yards a game - roughly half of what Howard averages. Big problem for Howard - they are ranked last in the MEAC on defense. But this could be a really good game. 

Delaware State at North Carolina A&T - This one could be ugly.  Delaware State (0-4, 0-2) hasn't won a game since 2015 and North Carolina A&T (5-0, 2-0) is undefeated and is the best FCS HBCU team in the country. DSU did give Norfolk State all they could handle in a 17-7 loss last week as they held NSU to 53 yards rushing.  But the Aggies average 41 points a game and give up just 11. They have the conference's top passer in Lamar Raynard and leading rusher in Marquell Cartwright. 

Hampton at Savannah State - Hampton (2-2, 1-0) returns to MEAC play for the first time since defeating Delaware State in Week 2. Statistically, they are one of the better teams in the conference. They are tops in pass defense, second in passing, second in total defense and fourth in total offense. Savannah State (0-4, 0-2) has the MEAC's worst offense with just three offensive touchdowns this season. On defense, they've given up 20 touchdowns already this season while opposing offenses average 477 yards a game.

Florida A&M at Norfolk State - Take out a guarantee game against FBS/SEC Arkansas and Florida A&M (2-3, 1-1) has played decent defense against some good competition this season.  It's the offense that's not helped them. They average just 16 points a game and rush for just 100 yards a game. But the passing game is ranked fourth in the MEAC. Norfolk State (1-3, 1-0) picked up their first win of the season last week over Delaware State.  But this team has played one of the best Division II teams in the country, an FBS team, and the top-ranked FCS team in America. So this may be their most even match-up all season.  This could be a really entertaining football game. 

SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Miles at Central State - Miles (2-3, 0-1) needs a win to keep pace with Tuskegee in the SIAC West race. Their offense was shut down for the second time this season when Albany State beat them last week.  But they've averaged 28 points in the games they've played against two other SIAC teams, one of them Morehouse who leads the conference in total defense. Central State (0-5, 0-2) is looking for some homecoming magic, and a little help on defense as they've given up a league worst 35.8 points a game this season.

Tuskegee vs. Morehouse - This could be a pretty good test for both teams.  Tuskegee (3-2, 2-0) got a 61-0 drubbing by Findlay two weeks ago out of their system by beating Lane last week to remain undefeated in SIAC play.  Morehouse (3-2, 1-0) got a bitter loss to Miles out of their system by beating Kentucky State last week.  Morehouse sports the SIAC's top-ranked defense and has gotten solid quarterback play from Kivon Taylor.  Tuskegee interestingly is ranked last in the SIAC in total offense, but this is a team that has played a tough schedule already this season.  This game, the oldest HBCU rivalry, will be a good one Saturday.

Fort Valley State at Clark Atlanta - These are two teams tied for second behind Albany State (with Morehouse) in a close SIAC East race.  Clark Atlanta (3-2, 1-0) played FCS Grambling strong last week, holding them to just 74 yards rushing.  CAU's Johnathon McCrary leads the SIAC in passing and total offense. Fort Valley State (1-3, 1-0) has struggled on offense in losses to West Georgia, Miles and FCS Southern, but looked good in a double-overtime win over Benedict two weeks ago.  Last year, FVSU beat CAU in three overtimes.

Langston at Lane - NAIA Langston (5-0) is undefeated and sports and offense that has averaged 35 points a game behind quarterbacks Jaylen Lowe and Milton Harper, and running backs Tyree Harrison and Charles Marshall. Most importantly, Langston leads the NAIA in defense.  Lane (1-4, 0-2) has the second-ranked defense in the SIAC, allowing 301 yards per game.  Thurston Rubin has taken over the passing duties at quarterback for Lane and is coming off a game in which he threw for 199 and two touchdowns and ran for another in leading to a win last week. 

OTHERS

West Virginia State at Kentucky State - West Virginia State (2-3) broke a three-game losing streak last week on the strength of Matt Kinnick's three touchdown passes.  He has thrown for nearly 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns already this season.  Where they have problems is on defense - they give up 38 points a game. Kentucky State (2-3) has won two of their last three, but lost to the best team they've face the past three weeks, Morehouse.  But they scored 21 on a good Morehouse defense.  Their problem has also been defense as they've given up 33 points a game.  But Paul Campbell has been steady at quarterback and Brett Sylve has been solid at running back. 

Lincoln (Mo) at Albany State - Lincoln (Mo) (1-3) will be playing Albany State (3-2) for the first time.  They face a good Albany State team that has really seen McKinley Habersham play some good football.  Habersham leads the SIAC in rushing and ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns last week against Miles. Lincoln (Mo) hasn't won a road game since 2015.  Lincoln (Mo) will counter with a dual quarterback system that features Henry Ogala (354 yards passing) and Eugene Sainterling (404 yards). 

Tennessee State at Eastern Kentucky - After a great start, Tennessee State (3-2, 0-2 Ohio Valley Conference) has lost their first two conference games, last week in double overtime.  Things don't get any easier this week as they visit perennial stalwart Eastern Kentucky.  The TSU defense has solid, giving up just 17 points a game this season.  The offense has had period where they've sputtered. The passing game has only accounted for 237 yards in the past two games.  EKU has the OVC's second-worst pass offense and gives up 27 points and nearly 400 yards a game to opposing offenses. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

EVERY HBCU Football Score From Saturday Sept. 30


SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONF#RENCE

Tuskegee 28, Lane 23 - Tuskegee (3-2, 2-0) held off Lane's (1-4, 0-2) 20-point fourth quarter to earn the win. Hoderick Lowe rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown to lead a Tuskegee running game that had 182 yards and three touchdowns.  Osband Thompson had 11 tackles and an interception while Davoris Thomas also had 11 tackles.  Lane was led by Thurston Rubin who threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another touchdown.

Morehouse 31, Kentucky State 21 - Kivon Taylor threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns as Morehouse (3-2, 1-0) pulled away from Kentucky State (2-3, 1-1) in the second half to get the win. Tremell Gooden and Ricki Nuckles both caught TD passes and had 107 and 103 yards receiving. Brett Sylve led Kentucky State with 73 yards and a TD rushing. Andre Mills had 12 tackles (three for losses), a sack and an interception for KSU.

Benedict 21, Central State 11 - Despite a big day from Central State's Terraris Safford, Benedict (3-2, 1-1) kept Central State (0-5, 0-2) winless. Safford rushed for 165 yards, but Benedict's defense only allowed a late Trent Miles touchdown pass. Dominique Harris led Benedict by throwing a touchdown pass and running for TD.  Kenneth Gunter had six tackles and two sacks for the Benedict defense.

Albany State 34, Miles 9 - McKinley Habersham rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns to lead Albany State (3-2, 2-0) to an easy win over Miles (2-3, 1-1). Nick Christiansen's second of three field goals actually pulled Miles to within eight, 14-6, midway through the second quarter. But ASU scored three touchdowns over the next quarter and a half to pull away for the win.  Albany State rushed for 353 yards, as Kelan Fraise also had 86 yards on the ground. Sidney Wilson led Miles with 105 yards rushing.

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Grambling 31, Clark Atlanta 20 - Devante Kincaide came off the bench to throw for 278 yards and three touchdowns to lead Grambling (4-1) over Clark Atlanta (3-2), their fourth straight win.  Clark Atlanta quarterback Johnathon Kincade threw for 371 yards and three touchdowns, but he had four interceptions.  Clark Atlanta outgained Grambling and held them to 74 yards rushing - 100 below their season average. Grambling's De'Arius Christmas had 14 tackles, four for losses, and a sack, while CAU's Jaquatin Victrum also had 14 tackles, four for losses, and a sack.

Southern 31, Fort Valley State 14 - Herbert Edwards rushed for 141 yards while Southern (2-3) used three first-quarter big plays to pull away from Fort Valley State (1-3) early. Cameron Mackey had a 62-yard TD run, Danny Jackson returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown and Austin Howard threw a 7-yard touchdown to Jarmarqueza Mims as they jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter. Myles Graham rushed for 116 yards to lead Fort Valley State.  David Brown had 16 tackles, 12 unassisted, for FVSU.


Alabama A&M 27, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 14 - Trevon Waters rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns while Aqeel Glass threw for 291 yards as Alabama A&M (2-3, 2-0) defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-3, 1-1).   Yurik Bethune had five tackles and 2.5 sacks as the Bulldogs defense only allowed UAPB 50 yards rushing and 83 yards passing.


Prairie View 38, Jackson State 9 - Lavell McCullers threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 68 yards to lead Prairie View (1-2, 1-0) to the win over Jackson State (0-4, 0-1).  The PVAMU defense kept Jackson State's passing game in check, only allowing 136 yards and forcing five sacks. Of the 89 yards Jackson State had rushing, 52 came on one run by Quitten Brown.

Charleston Southern 58, Mississippi Valley State 7 - Mississippi Valley State (0-4) gave Charleston Southern (2-2) a tough first half, only trailing 10-7 at halftime. But Charleston Southern's 35 point third quarter allowed them to pull away for an easy win.  CSU was led by Terrance Wilson who rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Bowie State 64, Fayetteville State 31 - Amir Hall and Robert Chesson again had big days as Bowie State (5-0, 2-0) continued their high-scoring ways, easily defeating Fayetteville State (1-4, 0-2). BSU went up 34-7 early in the second quarter after Hall's third TD pass.  But Fayetteville State scored 17 unanswered points to make things interesting. But Chesson ran for two touchdowns and Hall threw another TD pass to put the game out of reach. Hall finished with 329 yards and four TDs passing and another one rushing, while Chesson ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns.  FSU was led by Donshel Jetton rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown.  Their defense also had two interception returns for touchdowns.

Chowan 10, Johnson C. Smith 7


Shaw 23, Elizabeth City State 17 - Uriah Behthea's 8-yard TD run with 1:19 remaining lifted Shaw (2-3, 1-1) to the win over Elizabeth City State (3-2, 1-1).  ECSU had tied the game on a Joshua Laverty field goal early in the fourth quarter of a close game.  Bethea finished with 95 yards rushing and two touchdowns.  ECSU was led by Daquan Neal who threw for 249 yards and a touchdown.  Shaw's defense only allowed ECSU 10 yards rushing.

Virginia Union 28, St. Augustine's 7

Virginia State 56, Livingstone 18

Winston-Salem State 48, Lincoln (Pa) 0 - Rod Tinsley ran two for two touchdowns while the WSSU defense accounted for two TDs as Winston-Salem State (3-2, 1-1) over Lincoln (Pa) (0-5, 0-2).  Canard Brown took the opening kickoff back 95 yards for a touchdown and then Daijon Carson recovered a block punt for a touchdown as the Rams went up 14-0 early.  Brown later returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown and Tyron Roberts scooped up a fumble and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown.  Trey McCullom led Lincoln (Pa) with 92 yards passing and 53 yards rushing.

MIDEASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

North Carolina Central 21, Florida A&M 14 (Thursday) -

Bethune-Cookman 24, Savannah State 12

North Carolina A&T 21, South Carolina State 7

OTHERS

Eastern Illinois 19, Tennessee State 16
East Stroudsburg 33, Cheyney 13
West Virginia State 34, Glenville State 28
Ave Maria 48, Edward Waters 35






Thursday, September 28, 2017

North Carolina A&T and Bowie State Top This Week's ADDS HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS/D2 Top Ten Polls

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

North Carolina A&T and Bowie State, both undefeated and largely unchallenged so far this season, lead this week's ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS/Division II Top Ten football polls.

With Tennessee State's first loss of the season at nationally-ranked Tennessee-Martin, the Tigers (3-1) fall to third in the FCS poll while North Carolina A&T (3-0) continue to roll along after thrashing Morgan State Saturday.  Besides FBS Charlotte, the Aggies have averaged winning margins of 43 points so far this season.

Second-ranked North Carolina Central (2-1, 1-0 MEAC) got a good win against a good South Carolina State team, while Grambling's defense spurred them to an easy win over Mississippi Valley State Saturday.

In Division II, Bowie State (4-0, 1-0 CIAA) continues to dominate, with its high-flying offense featuring quarterback Amir Hall and running back Robert Chesson.  Virginia State (3-0, 1-0 CIAA) has been buoyed by a running game led by Trenton Cannon and his 147 yards per game rushing average.

Here are this week's ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS and DIVISION II Football Polls:

FCS

1) North Carolina A&T
2) North Carolina Central
3) Tennessee State
4) Grambling
5) Alcorn State
6) Howard
7) Hampton
8) South Carolina State
9) Florida A&M
10) Prairie View A&M


DIVISION II

1) Bowie State
2) Virginia State
3) Tuskegee
4) Winston-Salem State
5) Albany State
6) Clark Atlanta
7) Elizabeth City State
8) Virginia Union
9) Miles
10) Morehouse

Sunday, September 24, 2017

EVERY HBCU Football Score From Saturday


SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE


Findlay 61, Tuskegee 0 - Michael Campbell ran three first half touchdowns while Rhys Gervais threw two himself as Findlay dominated Tuskegee and cruised to a big win. In the first meeting between the two schools, Findlay (3-1) rolled up 561 yards of offense, with Gervais throwing for 261 yards, and Daouda Sylia rushing for 148 yards and two touchdowns to lead them. Tuskegee only had six first downs all day with just 40 yards rushing and 129 yards passing.  The bright spot for Tuskegee was linebacker Osband Thompson who had another big day, with 15 tackles, 13 solo.

West Georgia 48, Albany State 16

Fort Valley State 31, Benedict 28

Clark Atlanta 31, Lane 7 - Clark Atlanta forced five turnovers while the SIAC's leader in total offense, Johnathon McCrary, threw two touchdown passes as CAU (3-1, 1-1) defeated Lane (1-3, 0-1).  McCrary threw touchdown passes to Rodney Morris while the CAU running game had 194 yards on the day. Harding Harper had 12 tackles for CAU and Jaquatin Victrum had ten tackles and an interception.  Lane was led by Marcus Holliday who rushed for 94 yards.

Kentucky State 34, Central State 22

Miles 27, Morehouse 24 - Miles (2-2, 1-0) held off a late Morehouse (2-2, 0-1) comeback, forcing a fumble and converting that into a field goal that proved to be the game-winner.  Miles had been up 14 midway through the third quarter, but Kivon Taylor's touchdown pass to Ryan Edwards left down just seven points down with 11:52 remaining.  But Taylor was hit on a sack and then fumbled. Miles took over, turning that into a Nick Christiansen field goal with 6:59 remaining.  Morehouse got a Michael Sims-to-Frank Bailey TD with just over three minutes remaining, but Miles ran down the clock for the win. Justin Hardy led Miles with 109 yards and touchdown rushing while Li'Jon Cordier threw for 134 yards and two touchdowns.  Taylor led Morehouse 225 yards and two TDs passing, but he was sacked three times.

MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE


Howard 26, Bethune-Cookman 24 - Caylin Newton's 5-yard touchdown run with 39 seconds remaining capped a back and forth second half to lift Howard (2-2, 1-0) win over Bethune-Cookman (1-3, 0-1).  Newton, who threw for 157 yards and rushed for 149 yards, led a 9-play, 45-yard drive to give Howard the win.  Newton threw for a touchdown and rushed for two more. BCU was led by Larry Brihm Jr who threw for 185 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score. Michael Jones ran for 112 yards. Frank Brown caught seven passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Norfolk State 17, Delaware State 7

Florida A&M 20, Savannah State 14

Monmouth 30, Hampton 23 (OT) - Erik Zokouri's 25-yard touchdown run on their first play of overtime lifted Monmouth (3-1) to a 30-23 win over Hampton (2-2)


North Carolina A&T 49, Morgan State 17 - Marquell Cartwright rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown, including a 72-yarder less than a minute into the game to lead North Carolina A&T (4-0, 1-0) in a rout over Morgan State (0-4, 0-1).  Franklin McCain picked off two interceptions Morgan State passes, taking them back for touchdowns, one for 100 yards and another for 78 yards. Lamar Raynard threw three TDs for the Aggies.  Morgan State was led by Elijah Staley who threw for 303 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown.

North Carolina Central 33, South Carolina State 28 (Thursday)

CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE


Elizabeth City State 20, Johnson C. Smith 17 - Johnson C. Smith (0-4, 0-1) had their first lead of the season early in the third quarter, but it was short-lived. Daquan Neal threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Chase Bynum midway through the third-quarter, which proved to be the game-winner for Elizabeth City State (3-1, 1-0).  Neal rushed for a touchdown to go with with TD pass as he threw for 211 yards.  Terrance Ervin led JCSU with 171 yards and two touchdowns passing.

Virginia Union 47, Fayetteville State 40 - Chazton McKenzie's 16-yard TD reception from Darius Taylor with 32 seconds remaining gave Virginia Union (2-2, 1-0) the win over Fayetteville State (1-3, 0-1).  FSU was down 23 at halftime, but got two long touchdown connections from Richard Latimer to Curtis Burstin in the third quarter and TD runs by Darnell Walker and Donshel Jetton in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 40-40.  Taylor led VUU with 383 yards and five touchdowns passing, with receivers McGustavious Dames (seven receptions, 157 yards and 2 TDs) and McKenzie (8 catches, 129 yards, 2 TDs) having big days. FSU's Stevie Green (129 yards and a touchdown) and Jetton (117 yards and a TD) had big days on the ground while Latimer threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns. The two teams combined for 984 yards of offense.

Bowie State 76, Shaw 7 - Amir Hall continued his high-flying season, throwing four touchdown passes in the first quarter alone, as Bowie State (4-0, 1-0) completely dominated Shaw (1-3, 0-1). Hall, the CIAA's leader in passing yardage and touchdowns, threw for 420 yards and six touchdowns. He now has 17 touchdown pases already this season. He didnt have a rushing TD, but he has four of those this season too. Robert Chesson also had another big game, rushing for 124 yards and two touchdowns as he leads the CIAA in rushing TDs.  Maurice Williams also ran for 101 yards. Shaw was led by Vidal Woodruff and his 137 yards and one TD passing, though he threw three interceptions and was sacked six times. Michael Sherman rushed for 82 yards and Hakiem Swann had ten tackles.

St. Augustine's 81, Lincoln (Pa) 9 - This was ugly.  In a game where St. Augustine's (1-3, 1-0) scored the second-points than any team has in Division II this season, it could have been much worse. SAU scored only seven points in the fourth quarter.  Darryl Johnson threw six touchdown passes and Jeremiah Miller rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns for SAU. Charles Edmond hauled in two of those TD passes. SAU set a number of school records, including most points in a game and most points in a half. Lincoln (Pa) (0-4, 0-1) was led by Vincent Espinoza's 132 yards passing while Trey McCullom's 84-yard TD run was their only touchdown on the day.

Virginia State 33, Winston-Salem State 27 (OT) - Thomas Koufie's 17-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted Virginia State (3-0, 1-0) to an overtime win over Winston-Salem State (2-2, 0-1). The game ended for Winston-Salem State when Kerrion Moore fumbled on their first OT play after the touchdown. Trenton Cannon's 3-yard TD run, and Cordieral Cook's 2-point conversion run, with 40 seconds remaining had put the game into overtime.  Cannon rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns while Cook had 115 yards and a TD rushing and 131 yards and a TD passing.  WSSU was led by Tinsley's 183 yards and two touchdowns passing, along with one TD rushing, and Farrell Murchison's 83 yards rushing.

Chowan 25, Livingstone 12

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE


Alcorn State 48, Southern 31 - De'Lance Turner had a huge day, rushing for 272 yards and two touchdowns and also catching a TD pass in leading Alcorn State (2-2, 1-0) to the win over Southern (1-3, 0-1). The Braves ground game accounted for 402 of their 458 yards of offense. Southern was led by Devon Benn, who had a big ground day of his own as he ran for 134 yards and a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass. Austin Howard threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns.  Turner's rushing total was the second-most in Alcorn State history.

Prairie View A&M 34, Alabama State 0 - Sta'Fon McCray ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns and the Prairie View A&M (1-2, 1-0) defense held Alabama State (0-4, 0-1) to just 127 yards of offense to get the win. Lavell McCullers threw for 173 yards and a touchdown, even though he was sacked four times. ASU's Kobie Jones had 38 yards passing and 30 yards rushing to lead the Hornets in both categories.

Alabama A&M 30, Texas Southern 13 - Jordan Bentley had two touchdowns during a 20-point second quarter as Alabama A&M (1-3, 1-0) defeated Texas Southern (0-3, 0-1). Quarterback Aqueel Glass had a big day for AAMU, throwing for 337 yards and two touchdowns.  Dominic DeLira led with Texas Southern with 117 yards passing, while also rushing for a touchdown. Jay Christophe rushed for their other touchdown.  Alabama A&M had 505 yards of total offense on the day.

Grambling 38, Mississippi Valley State 6 - On a day when the Grambling (3-1, 1-0) offense wasn't at their best, their defense picked them up as De'Aumante Johnson had three first-half interceptions as the Tigers defeated Mississippi Valley State (0-3, 0-1).

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 34, Jackson State 27 (OT)

OTHERS

Tennessee-Martin 31, Tennessee State 16

Shepherd 56, West Virginia State 41

Bloomsburg 48, Cheyney 19

Truman 41, Lincoln (Mo) 14

Cumberlands (Ky) 51, Edward Waters 7 - Josiah Robins threw two touchdown passes and the Cumberlands (Ky) (3-1) rushing game had 203 yards on the ground as they routed Edward Waters (0-4).  The Cumberlands defense only allowed Edward Waters 92 yards of offense and nine first downs all day. EWC's Christian Hayes threw four interceptions, two of them returned for touchdowns. Gavin Anderson had 15 tackles for Edward Waters, while Joey Williams added 14 stops, forced two fumbles and had an interception.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

First Full Day of Fall Means More HBCU Conference Play; Preview of EVERY HBCU Game

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

It's the first day of fall and the first day for conference for many HBCU teams around the country, so this will be a day that goes a long way in showing who will be who as the days get shorter and colder.

In the MEAC, Howard hosts Bethune-Cookman in what is the first FCS game of the year for Howard (1-2) and their star freshman quarterback Jaylin Newton.  He will match up against Bethune-Cookman (1-2) quarterback Larry Brihm Jr. who is the MEAC's second-best passer.

Tennessee State (3-0) the top-ranked team in the ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS Top Ten this week, visits Tennessee-Martin in their Ohio Valley Conference opener.  It's a game in which the Tigers are facing one of the better teams in the OVC and a team that they nipped in overtime last season.

In Division II football, Winston-Salem State (2-1. 1-0) takes on familiar foe Virginia State (2-0) in the CIAA.  Quarterback Trenton Cannon leads the home-standing Trojans while running back Kerrion Moore and quarterback Rod Tinsley head the WSSU offense.

Here are capsules and preview of EVERY HBCU game today:

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Texas Southern at Alabama A&M - Jay Cristophe's return from a season away with injury has been pretty good for Texas Southern (0-2).  He is the SWAC's third-best passer and is third in total offense. But their 24 points in two games isn't very good.  Alabama A&M (0-3) has scored only one touchdown this season, and that was in the first week against UAB. Since then they've been shut out twice, 42-0 at SEC Vanderbilt and 45-0 against FBS state neighbor South Alabama.  In fact, they haven't played an FCS game - until today.

Southern at Alcorn State - These are two teams who are looking to see exactly who they are this season.  Both are 1-2 after having faced FBS teams who have had their way with both. This is actually Alcorn first FCS game this season as they easily handled Division II Miles in their opener. Quarterback Lenorris Footman has been good and had a big game as Alcorn was close to beating McNeese State last weekend. Southern beat a tough defense in South Carolina State, but the offense hasn't sparkled in any of their three games this season.  Southern doesn't have a passing touchdown so far this season.

Grambling at Mississippi Valley State - The early season has been a killer for Mississippi Valley State (0-3).  They have been dominated by FCS powerhouse North Dakota State (72-7) and Southern Illinois (55-3) and now they have to face Grambling.  The Tigers have got things going after a bad loss to Tulane in the season-opener, looking solid in winning games against Northwestern State and Jackson State.  MVSU will have to figure out how to stop the SWAC's top runner so farhis season in Martez Carter and the second-best passer in Devante Kincaide.  Mississippi Valley State's Patrick Harbin has been great on defense, with 22 tackles so far this season.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Jackson State - Jackson State (0-3) has gotten better each time out this season, pushing Grambling before falling last week.   They also slowed down a really good Tennessee State team the week before. They have the SWAC's fourth-ranked defense, but the offense has only averaged 12 points a game. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-2) has only had a win over a Division II Morehouse team that faltered late and had a chance to beat the FCS big brother. Since then, UAPB has been blown out twice and hasn't scored a touchdown.

Prairie View A&M at Alabama State - Both of these teams are badly in need of wins.  Alabama State (0-3) opens conference play after having lost to Tuskegee and Troy and in a close one to Kennesaw State. Their defense hasn't been bad at all.  Offensively, they are looking to come together still behind first year quarterback Kobie Jones. But the Hornets only average nine points a game.  It's hard to get a read on Prairie View A&M (0-2) as they've played two of the nation's better FCS teams in Sam Houston State and Nicholls State. Lavell McCullers has been their main offensive threat, passing and rushing, with DaWonya Tucker and Sta'Fon McCray being their main running backs.

SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Tuskegee at Findlay - In this matchup of football programs that have never met, Tuskegee (2-1, 1-1) sports the nation's 14th best defense and the nation's second-leading Division II tackler in Osband Thompson. Findlay (2-1) has a great offense that had two 100-yard rushers last week and a prolific passer in Rhys Gervais.  Tuskegee doesn't score a lot and wow people on offense.  They control the game and allow the defense to clamp people down.  The Tuskegee defense also has three touchdowns this season, best in the nation.  Findlay's defense isnt as stout, giving up 26 points and 450 yards of offense a game so far this season.

Clark Atlanta at Lane - Lane (1-2, 0-2) has dropped their last two games and is home looking for a win. Offensively, they are looking for their two headed quarterback in passer Thurston Rubin and runner Marcus Reynolds, along with running back Marcus Holliday to make some headway. Clark Atlanta (2-1, 1-1) lost their first game of the season last week at Tuskegee mainly because of six turnovers. But they still have the SIAC's leader in total offense, quarterback Johnathon McCrary, and a solid running game.

Benedict at Fort Valley State - Fort Valley State (0-2, 0-1) doesn't have the worst offense around. They are in the middle of the pack in rushing and passing. But they can't score. They average an SIAC worst of 9.5 points a game.  But they've faced stiff competition in West Georgia and a good miles team. Benedict (2-1, 1-0) is only an overtime field goal from being undefeated right now. The Tigers run the ball well, though that aren't a good passing team.  And they play solid defense.

Albany State at West Georgia - Everyone wondered if Albany State's defense would be able to help out their vaunted defense.  Well, they are one of the top offensive teams in the SIAC, so that question is answered.  But the Golden Rams (2-1, 1-0) were surprised last week after two big wins. Things don't get easier as they visit West Georgia (2-1) on their homecoming day. Not only is it homecoming at UWG, they also lost last week, so they will be surly.  Statswise, the teams mirror each other. Both have balanced offenses.  ASU has had the tougher schedule so far, defeating Valdosta State and Tuskegee. Interestingly, West Georgia's wins have come to SIAC teams Miles and Fort Valley State.

Kentucky State at Central State - The issue at Central State (0-3, 0-1) this season - stopping people. They've give up an SIAC-worst 41 points and 479 yards a game this season. It's their offense that can give people fits.  Quarterback Trent Mays leads the SIAC's top passing offense, while Darian Nelson leads a solid running game.  Kentucky State (1-2) came into the season with high hopes after an SIAC championship game appearance last year, but the offense has struggled to score and the defense is only second worst to Central State in giving up points among SIAC teams.

Morehouse at Miles - Morehouse (2-1, 2-0) has a defense that is tops in the SIAC so far this young season.  They have the leading sacker in Antonio Johnson, a top tackler in David Smith and the leader in passes defended in Cameron Miller.  Miles (1-2, 1-0) doesn't have stats that jump out at you.  They are ninth in total defense and eighth in total offense. But running back Justin Hardy has been solid so far, rushing for nearly 90 yards a game. Linebacker Austin Stevens is second in the SIAC in tackles with 35.

MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Bethune-Cookman at Howard - Now we get to see what kind of team Howard (1-2) really is. They finally play an FCS opponent in their MEAC opener. One thing for sure: Jaylin Newton is for real. the electrifying freshman quarterback is second in total offense in the MEAC, second in rushing and fourth in passing.  Bethune-Cookman (1-2) has been blown out by two FBS opponent, including a 45-0 shellacking at Florida Atlantic last week. But they were solid in their win against Southeastern Louisiana. Larry Brihm threw for 354 yards in that game and has the BCU offense ranked second in passing in the MEAC.  This could be a very good game today.

Norfolk State at Delaware State - Delaware State (0-3) will be trying to break their 14-game losing streak. They look to their running game for offense, with running backs Bycen Alleyne and Mike Waters.  They are playing a Norfolk State (0-3)that  hasn't scored an offensive touchdown in three games this season and are coming off a 75-14 rout by the nation's top FCS football team James Madison.

Monmouth at Hampton - Hampton (2-1) gets a good test in their non-conference matchup today with Monmouth (2-1). The Pirates have faced two not so good teams in Livingstone and Delaware State, so this is a step up in competition.  Hampton running back Yahkee Johnson has been a beast, rushing for 132 yards last week and three touchdowns last week.  Monmouth scores points and are led by Pete Guerriero who has rushed for 354 yards and four touchdowns so far this year, including 263 all-purpose yards in their win over Lehigh.

Florida A&M at Savannah State - Last year, Savannah State (0-2) surprised Florida A&M (1-2), knocking off the Rattlers for the first time.  That will be tougher this season as this is an improved FAMU squad.  They have struggled offensively since defeating Texas Southern in Week 1.  Ryan Stanley is looking to look like the quarterback he was that week running and passing.  Savannah State interestingly tops the nation in time of possession.  With quarterback T.J. Bell, they will look to move the ball on the Rattlers and keep the ball out of Stanley's hands.  And legs.

North Carolina A&T at Morgan State - Morgan State (0-3) hasn't scored an offensive touchdown this season.  North Carolina A&T (3-0) isn't the right team to play if that's your distinction.  They are the 15th ranked FCS team in the nation, are coming off a big win over FBS Charlotte and have quarterback Lamar Raynard playing like a beast, leading the MEAC in passing with nearly 842 yards and nine touchdowns already. The Aggies offense averages 456 yards a game and has scored 17 touchdowns. Morgan State does have the conference's fourth-ranked defense.  They will need them today.

CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Fayetteville State at Virginia Union - One thing has become apparent in watching a Fayetteville State game this season - there will be a lot of points scored. The combined 45 points in their opening game win over Chowan was the fewest in any of their three games so far. They lost 31-21 the week after and 45-41 last week.  At 483 yards a game, they are third worst in scoring defense in the CIAA. Virginia Union (1-2) also has the same issue (as does most of the CIAA). But this is a team that nearly defeated Winston-Salem State last week.

Johnson C. Smith at Elizabeth City State - It's a little hard to say where Johnson C. Smith (0-3) is this season as they've played three really good teams in this season. But they've only scored six points over the past two weeks and just 13 in their season opening loss to Wingate. Elizabeth City State (2-1) has had problems on defense. The least they've given up is 23 points to Central State in their Week 1 win.  But ECSU's Daquan Neal has accounted for ten touchdowns this season - eight passing and two rushing - for an offense that has averaged 31 points and 387 yards a game.

St. Augustine's at Lincoln (Pa) - Since defense is a theme (or lack thereof), St. Augustine's (0-3) has given up a whopping 52 points and 546 yards a game. Lincoln (Pa) (0-3) isn't much better.  They give up 51 points a game. SAU will lean on junior quarterback Darryl Johnson and running back Josh Glisson, the duo who has accounted for four of their touchdowns this season.  Lincoln (Pa) is led by Vincent Espinoza who has thrown for 500 yards and five TDs this season while running back Rameses Ownes has rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns so far this season.

Livingstone at Chowan - Both of these teams are 0-3 and are looking for their first win of the season. Chowan has never lost to Livingstone, but Livingstone this week gets back some key players after injuries and sickness, mainly quarterback Xavier Longerbeam and running back Jarius Richardson.  Chowan's Bryce Witt has averaged 272 yards a game passing and is second in the CIAA.  This game will come down to whose defense who shows up - Livingstone gives up 40 points and 382 yards a game while Chowan gives up 33 points and 353 yards a game.

Shaw at Bowie State - Shaw (1-2) has averaged 18 points per game in their three games this season. They will likely need more at Bowie State (3-0).  The Bulldogs have been averaging 48 points per game and quarterback Amir Hall had eight - yes, eight - touchdowns last week. Robert Chesson has averaged 100 yards rushing a game and the Bowie State defense has only allowed 13 points a game. So whoever starts at quarterback - either senior Darron Downing or sophomore Vidal Woodruff who threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns in their win last week - will need to produce.

Winston-Salem State at Virginia State - How do you stop Kerrion Moore?  He's averaged 138 yards a game and has rushed for five touchdowns for Winston-Salem State (2-1) - and that's even with a 56 yard game in their loss Week 2 against Bowie State. Virginia State (2-0) will need to figure that out, but they present the same problem for WSSU as they have the CIAA's top rushing team, led by Trenton Cannon and his nearly 300 yards so far this season. This will be a great ground showcase today.

OTHERS 

TSU's Treon Harris (photo by TSU sports information/Sam Jordon)
Tennessee State at Tennessee-Martin - This may be Tennessee State's biggest test so far this young season. Tennessee-Martin is 2-1 and ranked among the top FCS teams in the country, as is Tennessee State (3-0). It's the conference opener for both teams, so it's a big game already. Troy Cook threw three TDs in their win over 15th ranked Chattanooga (their own loss is to SEC Ole Miss).  Outside of Ole Miss, Tennessee-Martin has given up only seven points in two games. Tennessee State's defense pretty much shut down FBS Georgia State, Jackson State and Florida A&M.  Quarterback Treon Harris has been a game-breaker, and the running game has been solid so far, even though Harris is their leading rusher.  Patrick Smith and Steven Newbold have been his top passing targets this season.

University of the Cumberlands at Edward Waters - Not be confused with Cumberland University in Tennessee, University of the Cumberlands (Ky) is 2-1 and coming off a win over Bethel last weekend. Seph Burke led them with 110 yards rushing last week. Edward Waters (0-3) is winless, but until last week's 38-16 loss to the other Cumberland, the defense had played decently well. Offensively, they are still trying to figure out their quarterback situation as Christian Hayes looked good at quarterback, completing 14 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown last week. Hayes also rushed for 86 yards.

Bacone at Langston - Langston (2-0, 1-0) is hoping this isn't the proverbial trap game.  Bacone (0-4, 0-2) averages ten points a game versus Langston's 35, but they are seventh in total offense in the Central States Football League while Langston is sixth. Bacone's Samuel Sewards III is fourth in total offense as a passer and runner.  Langston is led by quarterbacks Jaylen Lowe and Milton Harper who have combined for nearly 400 yards and four TDs passing, and a group of running backs who have rushed for nearly 300 yards total this season.

Texas College at Wayland Baptist - Both of these teams are looking for their first wins of the season. Wayland Baptist (0-3, 0-1) has scored only four touchdowns so far this season. Mitchell Parsley has thrown for 858 yards this season, so they can throw the ball well.  Texas College (0-3, 0-1) has also scored four offensive touchdowns, but they've given up 22 - in three games. They've only passed for 340 yards and two touchdowns and their leading rusher, Carlos Mosby, has rushed for 148 yards in three games.

Cheyney at Bloomsburg - Cheyney (1-2) will have to deal with a balanced team in Bloomsburg (2-1). Bloomsburg is solid on defense and forces turnovers.  On offense, Chris Pabulinsky has been solid as has sophomore running back Qmac Quiteh. Cheyney blew out Lincoln (Pa) in their opener, scoring 56 points.  But they've given up 54 and 65 in two losses since. Except for a bad game against California University of Pennsylvania, quarterback Dominick Trautz has been bright spot for Cheyney, throwing for at least 230 yards in each of the other two games.


Truman at Lincoln (Mo.) - It's homecoming week at Lincoln (Mo) (1-2) and the Blue Tigers will be looking to liven up the festivities with a little more offense than they had in last week's 7-3 loss to Quincy. Their dual quarterback system of Henry Ogala and Eugene Sainterling have combined for 561 yards so far this season, while running back Harold Lacy has been decent, totaling 195 in three games. Truman has a balanced offensive attack, with dual threat Jaden Barr primarily under center. He is their leading passer and second-leading rusher. With Truman at 0-3, this may be Lincoln (Mo)'s best shot at their first conference win since September 2014. They haven't beaten Truman since 1973.

West Virginia State at Shepherd - West Virginia State (1-2) had big problems trying to stop Notre Dame College's ground game last week, as they gave up 433 yards rushing. Shepherd (2-0) has a more balanced offense with Connor Jessup, a quarterback who has thrown for 833 yards and eight touchdowns this season. But Jabre Lolley will present problems as he has rushed for 192 yards and three TDs in two games. WVSU counters with Calili Wilkins, who has rushed for 441 yards and two touchdowns.  They also have Matt Kinnick who has thrown for 878 yards and eight TDs this season.  Their issue: defense.  They've given up 28, 34 and 47 points in their games this season.






Bowie State and Tennessee State Top This Week's ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT TOP TEN FCS/D2 POLLS

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

The undefeated, offensive show that is Bowie State continues to lead the Division II ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT Top Ten Poll this week, while Tennessee State remains unbeaten as the HBCU portion of their schedule ends.

Only three games in, Bowie State (3-0) has scored 145 points and averaged 48 points a game. They are led by quarterback Amir Hall, this week's CIAA Quarterback of the Week after he threw six touchdown passes and ran for two more in their big win over St. Augustine's Saturday.

Albany State (2-1) dropped from the top spot to No. 2 after losing to North Greenville Saturday, while Winston-Salem State (2-1) and Tuskegee (2-1) got important wins this past weekend.

In FCS football, Tennessee State (3-0) defeated our 10th ranked team, Florida A&M (1-2) to remain in the top spot in that poll.  They don't play anymore HBCU teams this season as they head into the teeth of a tough Ohio Valley Conference schedule, starting at tough Tennessee-Martin Saturday.

North Carolina A&T (3-0) creeps closer to the top spot after they defeated FBS Charlotte Saturday on the road while Grambling (2-1) looks more like the team that won last year's HBCU FCS national title.

Here are this week's complete ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS and Division II Polls:

FCS

1) Tennessee State (3-0)
2) North Carolina A&T (3-0)
3) Grambling (2-1)\
4) North Carolina Central (2-1)
5) South Carolina State (1-1)
6) Alcorn State (1-2)
7) Hampton (2-1)
8) Howard (1-2)
9) Southern (1-2)
10) Florida A&M/Prairie View A&M (1-2)/(0-2)

DIVISION II

1) Bowie State (3-0)
2) Albany State (2-1)
3) Winston-Salem State (2-1)
4) Tuskegee (2-1)
5) Virginia State (2-0)
6) Morehouse (2-1)
7) Clark Atlanta (2-1)
8) Elizabeth City State (2-1)
9) Benedict (2-1)
10) Virginia Union (1-2)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

TSU Defeats FAMU; McCain's Pick Six Gives A&T Win Over FBS Charlotte; Scores and Recaps of EVERY Sept. 16 HBCU Game

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

(photo by TSUtigers.com)
Harkening back to the days of "Big" John Merrritt, Rattler sticks, Jake Gaither and his team's "strike," Tennessee State rolled up 514 yards of total offense to defeat Florida A&M 24-13 in the inaugural FAMU Tampa Classic Saturday.

Floridian Treon Harris led the TSU offense with 211 yards and two touchdowns passing.  Steven Newbold caught five of those passes for 117 yards and an electrifying touchdown in which he weaved the through the FAMU defense on a 44-yard score.

"It means a lot," Harris said, according to TSU's athletic web site.  "Nobody wants to leave the stadium with a loss in a classic game and a rivalry game like this.  We prepared all week and we got better. We executed the plan that we had."

Tennessee State (3-0), the No. 1 team in the ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS Top Ten, held FAMU's rushing game in check, only allowing 46 yards.  FAMU quarterback Ryan Stanley threw for 216 yards and an 18-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Williams as time was close to expiring.

Since scoring 29 points in their season opening win over Texas Southern, Florida A&M (1-2) has struggled on offense, with only two touchdowns since.

"We just didn't make enough plays to get us into the end zone enough times to win the game when it was all said and done," FAMU head coach Alex Wood afterwards.  "We got some field position on special teams that we weren't able to take advantage of.

"We just didn't make plays," he said. "You'd like to see more productivity, but we didn't, so we've got to go back and take a look at it and see how we can fix it."

Both teams dive into conference play next week with Florida A&M on the road at Savannah State and Tennessee State visiting Ohio Valley Conference foe UT-Martin.

Late Pick Six Lifts North Carolina A&T To Win Over FBS Charlotte 
(Photo by N.C. A&T Sports Information/Kevin L. Dorsey)
Franklin McCain's interception return for a touchdown lifted North Carolina A&T to a dramatic 35-31 win over FBS Charlotte.

It's the second consecutive season in which North Carolina A&T (3-0) has gotten a win over an FBS school, following last season's win over Kent State.

"For out little rag-tag bunch from Greensboro to come here and play with the big boys and come out with a win is a big deal," said Aggies head coach Rod Broadway who became the school's fourth coach with 50 wins at the school.

North Carolina A&T jumped out early, grabbing a 28-10 lead early in the third quarter after Marquell Cartwright's second touchdown run.  Charlotte (0-3) battled back, on two Hasaan Klugh TD passes to pull them within three at 28-25.

"I thought we really had a chance to distance ourselves a little big scoring-wise at one point," Broadway said.  "But you have to give them credit.  They hung in there and made us earn everything we got."

But on the next drive, McCain stepped in front of a Klugh pass and returned it 74 yards for what proved to be the game-winning score.  It was his second interception of the game.

"Give credit to A&T," said Charlotte head coach Brad Lambert.  "They made a play there at the end of the game. I thought they were a good team going into it - no different going out.  We dug too deep a hole."

McCain finished with eight tackles to go with is two interceptions.  A&T quarterback Lamar Raynard finished with 259 yards and a touchdown passing along running for 66 yards and another TD.

Klugh threw three TDs and ran for another for Charlotte while Benny Lemay rushed for 158 yards.

North Carolina A&T begins MEAC play next week when they visit Morgan State.  Charlotte hosts Georgia State Saturday.

Here are the scores and recaps of EVERY HBCU football game from Sept. 16:

CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Hampton 59, Livingstone 0 – Backup quarterback Brendan Greene was 11-of-13 passing, three for TDs, while Yahkee Johnson rushed for 123 yards and three TDs (one for 73 yards) as Hampton (2-1) easily defeated Livingstone (0-3).  Johnson ran two of his TDs in the first quarter while Greene, who took over for starter Delmon Williams who thrown a touchdown and led two early scoring drives, threw two TDs himself in the second quarter. Greene later ran for another touchdown. Livingstone only had eight first downs and 105 yards of offense all day.

Bowie State 66, St. Augustine’s 20 – For a quarter and a half, St. Augustine’s (0-3) gave Bowie State (3-0) a real run for their money, leading 20-16 after Delano Davis returned a fumble 92 yards for a SAU touchdown.  But the Bulldogs got their act together, scoring a blistering 52-unanswered points and not allowing SAU to score anymore. BSU quarterback Amir Hall and running back Robert Chesson both again had huge days. Hall had a HUGE day as he threw for 433 yards and six touchdowns, while also running for 89 yards and two more TDs.  Chesson ran for 130 yards and a touchdown.

West Florida 51, Chowan 23 – Bryce Witt’s late third-quarter, 20-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Baker had made this a close, seven-point game, but West Florida (2-0) erupted for 27-fourth quarter points to pull away for the win over Chowan (0-3).  Mike Beaudry led West Florida with three touchdown passes while the UWF running game accounted for two more TDs.  Witt threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns for Chowan.

Winston-Salem State 21, Virginia Union 20

Alderson-Broaddus 48, Lincoln (Pa) 10 

Shaw 34, Malone 27

Elizabeth City State 45, Fayetteville State 42



MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

South Carolina State 41, Johnson C. Smith 0 - Tyler Scandrett hit four of five field goals while the South Carolina State defense allowed Johnson C. Smith less than 100 yards of offense as SCSU (1-1) got the win over Division II Johnson C. Smith (0-3).  SCSU returned an interception for a touchdown, blocked a punt and recovered it for a TD, and got a safety. All American Darius Leonard had six tackles, one for a loss, forced a fumble and had a sack while Dayshaw Taylor had seven tackles. Basir Wright had 11 tackles - ten solo - to lead Johnson C. Smith.  Carlo Thomas and David Francis each had nine tackles for JCSU. 

West Virginia 59, Delaware State 16 - An 81-yard Delaware State touchdown pass early in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7 made it interesting for a short time. But then FBS West Virginia poured it on, outscoring the Hornets (0-3) 52-9 the rest of the way for the rout. Will Grier threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns for West Virginia while Justin Crawford ran for 102 yards and three TDs. The Delaware State offense managed to rush for 161 yards on WVU. Jack McDaniels led Delaware State with 114 yards passing while 

Richmond 68, Howard 21 - Howard's magic against FBS schools has faded since that stunning opening game win over UNLV.  After a close loss to Kent State last week, Richmond's Kyle Lauletta threw for 290 yards and six touchowns - five in a first half in which the Spiders ran out to a 48-0 halftime lead.  Jay Palmer added 102 yards and a TD rushing for Richmond (2-1).  Howard (1-2) was led by Caylin Newton and his 183 yards and 1 TD passing and a rushing touchdown.  

Montana 56, Savannah State 3 - A balanced Montana (2-1) offense piled up 561 yards of offense as they routed Savannah State (0-2).  Gresch Jensen threw three touchdowns while combining with backup quarterback to throw for 368 yards. Travis Horner's 74 yards and two TDs led a Montana ground game that rushed for 193 yards and four touchdowns. Donald Rutledge had 11 tackles for Savannah State while Uriah Oliver rushed for 82 yards. 

James Madison 75, Norfolk State 14

Rutgers 65, Morgan State 0

Florida Atlantic 45, Bethune-Cookman 0 - Greg Howell rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown and Devin Singletary had 109 and a score as FBS Florida Atlantic (1-2) routed Bethune-Cookman (1-2). FAU rushed for 439 yards and four touchdowns.  They had 619 yards of offense.  BCU only had 56 yards passing and 61 rushing and just seven first downs.  They punted 11 times for 401 yards. Marquis Hendrix had ten tackles for BCU while Diquan Richardson added nine tackles, forced a fumble and had an interception. 

SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Tuskegee 30, Clark Atlanta 16 – Tuskegee (2-1, 1-1 SIAC) got back on the winning side by forcing five turnovers, four fumbles and an interception, in defeating a previously undefeated and high-scoring Clark Atlanta (2-1, 1-1 SIAC) squad.  CAU fell behind early, with an interception returned for a TD, a bad punt snap for a safety, and a fumble punt recovered in the end zone for a touchdown – all in the first quarter. The Tuskegee defense was led by star linebacker Osband Thompson who had 11 tackles and two fumble recoveries, while Davoris Thompson had ten tackles, 1.5 sacks and forced two fumbles. CAU was led by quarterback Johnathon McCrary, the SIAC leader in passing and total offense, with 155 yards and a touchdown passing and 39 yards rushing.

Morehouse 35, Central State 33 - In a back and forth game that featured a third quarter that pretty much was the game, Morehouse's Kievon Taylor scored two touchdowns, including a game-winning 1-yard run as Morehouse (2-1, 2-0 SIAC) defeated Central State (0-3, 0-3 SIAC). Morehouse was down 12 just half a minute into the third quarter after one of Taylor's three interceptions was returned for a touchdown.  But Morehouse outscored Central State 21-7 in the third quarter to get the win. Frank Bailey had two TD's rushing for Morehouse while Amyr Smith caught eight passes for 154 yards and a touchdown.  Kenneth Hagins had 11 tackles for Morehouse while Edward Nelson had ten and Antonio Johnson added five stops, two sacks and forced a fumble.  CSU was led by Trent Mays who threw for 232 yards and a touchdown, and Terraris Safford and his 134 yards and one touchdown rushing. 

North Greenville 35, Albany State 27 - Albany State (2-1, 1-0 SIAC) was surprised after two big wins by North Greenville (2-1), which jumped out to a 25-6 that Albany State couldn't overcome. The North Greenville running game amassed 251 yards and three touchdowns. Ashton Heard rushed for 134 yards and a TD while Tracy Scott had 119 yards and two touchdowns.  Chancellor Johnson threw for 283 yards and a touchdown and ran for 60 yards and another touchdown for Albany State. Kelan Fraise ran for 114 yards for ASU. 

Kentucky State 30, Kentucky Wesleyan 23

Miles 29, Fort Valley State 10 

Benedict 30, Lane 21

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE 

Grambling 36, Jackson State 21 - Grambling (2-1, 1-0 SIAC) has now won two-in-a row as the Tigers' defense shut down Jackson State (0-3, 0-1) in the second half to pull away for the win. Of JSU's seven second-half drives, one ended in a TD.  One lasted seven plays.  One for four. The others - three and out. Devante Kincaide led Grambling with 255 yards and a TD passing and 60 yards and a touchdown rushing.  Martez Carter added 96 yards and a touchdown rushing.  Brent Lyles threw for 208 yards and a touchdown and ran for another, but he was sacked three times. 

(photo by McNeese State athletic web site)
McNeese State 34, Alcorn State 27 - James Tabary's 33-yard touchdown pass to Kent Shelby with 26 second remaining lifted McNeese State (2-1) to a win over Alcorn State (1-2).  In a see-saw battle, Lenorris Footman threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to DeLance Turner early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 27-27.  That had come just 40 seconds after MSU had scored a TD to break a 20-all tie.  There was 865 yards of total offense between both teams - Alcorn State had 416 yards while McNeese had 446 yards.  Tabary had 310 yards and four touchdowns passing while Footman had 424 yards and three touchdowns. 

Texas-San Antonio 51, Southern 17 

Nicholls State 44, Prairie View A&M 13 - Chase Fourcade threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns and Kyran Irvin rushed for 113 yards and two TDs as Nicholls State (2-1) had an easy time with Prairie View A&M (0-2).  PVAM actually had 347 yards of offense, but they were sacked four times and had a fumble.  Sta'Fon McCray and Caleb Broach combined to rush for 101 yards while Lavell McCullers threw for 122 yards.  Jalen Morton threw a TD for PVAM. 

Arkansas State 48, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3

South Alabama 45, Alabama A&M 0 - Dallas Davis completed nine of 12 passes, two of them for TDs, as FBS South Alabama (1-2) defeated their neighbors to the north, Alabama A&M (0-3). USA scored touchdowns by pass, run, blocked kick recovery, and a fumble recovery. Kenneth Davis led Alabama A&M with 13 tackles. 

Kennesaw State 20, Alabama State 14 - A 17-point second quarter was all visiting Kennesaw State (2-1) needed to keep Alabama State (0-3) winless.  KSU did all of their damage on the ground, rushing for 243 yards and two touchdowns. They were led by Chandler Burks who ran for 70 of those yards. Kobie Jones led the Alabama State offense with 159 yards and a touchdown passing, but he threw three interceptions and was sacked five times.  Their only other touchdown came on a fumble recovery for a TD with 39 seconds left in the game. 


 OTHERS

Notre Dame College 47, West Virginia State 35


Cumberland 38, Edward Waters 16 - A bruising Cumberland (4-0) running game helped them out to a 35-point first half and an easy win over Edward Waters (0-3).  Telvin Rucker led Cumberland with 140 yards and a touchdown rushing while quarterback Dezmon Huntley threw a touchdown and ran for another.  Of Cumberland's 424 yards of offense, 244 came on the ground. Edward Waters was led by Christian Hayes who threw for 190 yards and a TD and rushed for 86 yards. 

Quincy 7, Lincoln (Mo) 3

Indiana University (Pa) 65, Cheyney 16