Monday, October 31, 2016

Ram Ramblings: WSSU in CIAA title game but opponent is still unknown

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina -- When the CIAA and its television partner were deciding on which games to broadcast they picked Saturday’s WSSU-Fayetteville State game in Fayetteville. It was a good call because the last three years the winner of that game, which has been WSSU each time, won the Southern Division.

Saturday’s game at 2 p.m. is scheduled for ASPIRE Network but the winner of the game won’t decide the division title.

The Rams, thanks to their 6-0 record in the conference, secured the division title with a win at Shaw on Saturday. The Broncos are 4-2 in the division so even if the Broncos win on Saturday the Rams would own the better conference record.

So while the Rams are in the CIAA championship game for the sixth straight year the division winner from the North is still up in the air. The CIAA championship game is scheduled for Nov. 12 in Salem, Va. and WSSU will be there but its opponent is unknown.


Grambling State University World Famed at Homecoming 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Magic City Classic 3 things, report card

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- 3 things worth talking about

Running start

Alabama State did all of its first-quarter damage without completing a single pass. Hornets running back Khalid Thomas turned a 55-yard punt return into a 16-yard touchdown run on the very next play. Hornets quarterback Quinterris Toppings went 73 yards on a touchdown run. The Hornets had 89 total yards in the first quarter.

Bentley got one, too

Alabama A&M running back Jordan Bentley did break through once on the ASU defense, going on a 22-yard run for a touchdown. It was Bentley’s longest rush of the day. Bentley came into Saturday’s game with 576 rushing yards, good for third in the SWAC.


Luke Johnsoin: Southern accomplished its 1-0 goal, but this win against Alcorn State meant something more

LORMAN, Mississippi — Neither Southern’s football players nor their head coach, Dawson Odums, said Saturday’s win against Alcorn State held any extra significance.

That’s fine. It’s diplomatic. But, judging by the roar coming from the locker room after the hard-fought 41-33 win, it probably wasn’t entirely truthful, either.

Alcorn State has been the Jaguars’ bogeyman for a while now. They’ve struggled in Lorman in particular; Saturday’s game was their first win there in nearly a decade.

That this particular hole in Odums’ résumé has been filled should’ve meant something to Southern and players like Lenard Tillery and Willie Quinn, who took part in their first win against the Braves in their distinguished careers.

But if you’ve followed along with our Southern coverage this season, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the team’s mantra. The goal is to treat every little thing like a game, and to win all of those little things. The Jaguars want to win practice reps, film study and days of practice.


Albany State Golden Rams defeat Benedict in SIAC East showdown

AUGUSTA, Georgia -- Quarterback Caleb Edmonds was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Augusta City Classic after going 21-for-29 for 194 yards and three touchdowns and leading Albany State to a 34-7 victory over Benedict College. With the win, Albany State improves to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the SIAC. The Tigers fall to 4-5, 3-3.

ASU's triumph over Benedict also keeps the Golden Rams in first place in the SIAC East Division. Fort Valley State defeated Morehouse College 24-16 on Saturday to move to 2-1 in the division. Those two wins by the archrivals sets up a divisional championship game in this year's Fountain City Classic on Nov. 5.

Running back Mack Green started Albany State in the right direction with the first highlight of the first quarter. Green returned the opening kick 75 yards into Benedict territory to set up the Golden Rams' first scoring drive. Three plays, 17 yards and 1:52 later, Edmonds found Quadrey Simmons in the end zone for a touchdown. Emilio Maldonado added the PAT, and ASU led 7-0 with 13:08 left in the stanza.

The Golden Rams would find the end zone again less than 10 minutes later. McKinley Habersham's 5-yard touchdown ended a 12-play, 88-yard drive that used 5:43. Maldonado's extra point gave ASU a 14-0 edge at the 3:58 mark.

In the second quarter, Edmonds scored on a 4-yard with 8:40 left, and Maldonado added the PAT to give Albany State a 21-0 advantage. The drive went nine plays for 43 yards in 4:36.

Maldonado also helped the Golden Rams extend their lead in the second period. He connected on a 39-yard field goal at the 5:38 mark to give the visiting team a 24-0. Maldonado made another field goal, this time from 40 yards, and provided ASU with a 27-0 lead at halftime.

Benedict avoided a shutout when quarterback Phillip Brown found Okechi Ntiasagwe for a 30-yard touchdown to end the team's 5-play, 70-yard drive that used 2:06. Tory Mimbs made the PAT.

Edmonds completed the game scoring with 3:34 remaining in the third. He sprinted 38 yards for another touchdown to complete a 3-play, 47-yard drive that used 1:28 and give the Golden Rams a 34-7 lead.

Edmonds also finished the game with 10 rushes for 48 yards. Wide receiver Ta'Keevian Harris recorded five receptions for 40 yards for the Albany State "Gold Rush" Offense that used balance to tally a total of 360 yards.

Defensively, Emmauel Brown led the way with six solo tackles and a sack. Nick Scott and Zavondric Shingleton each added four solo tackles. The "Dirty Blue" Defense held the Tigers to only 185 yards for the game.

George Myers, Jr. led the Benedict offense with 81 yards on 12 rushes. Brown finished 9-of-20 for 91 yards.

The Tiger defense had two players who reached double digits in tackles. Edward Kirkland and Stephen Williams each had 10 tackles. Both players also had seven solo tackles.

Albany State will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 5 when it travels to Columbus, Ga. to face archrival Fort Valley State in the 27th Annual Fountain City Classic. The winner will win the SIAC East Division crown and earn a spot in the 2016 SIAC championship game. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at A.J. McClung Stadium.

Around The SIAC- Saturday, October 29th
Albany State 34, Benedict 7
Fort Valley State 24, Morehouse 16
Lane 35, Kentucky State 21
Tuskegee 42, Central State 14
Miles 34, Clark Atlanta 17


XULA Tomasoni, Perry, Phillips, Salaam chosen All-GCAC

NEW ORLEANS — Regular-season champion Xavier University of Louisiana led all schools Friday with four student-athletes named to the 2016 All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference volleyball team.
The Gold Nuggets' Juliana Tomasoni and Amanda Perry are first-team selections, and Tiffany Phillips and Hasani Salaam made the second team.
The GCAC's seven head coaches selected the team.
Tomasoni — a junior outside hitter/defensive specialist from Nova Trento, Brazil, and a graduate of Francisco Mazzola in her home country and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M — leads the Gold Nuggets through 27 matches with 267 kills and is second with a .236 hitting percentage, 333 digs and 20 aces. In her third XULA match she produced a school-record 25 kills Aug. 20 against Evangel.
Perry, a freshman libero/defensive specialist from Bolingbrook High School and a graduate of Bolingbrook High School, has a school-record 438 digs and is third on the Nuggets with 17 aces. A three-time GCAC Defender of the Week, Perry also set school season records with 24 matches of double-figure digs and 18 matches in a row.
Phillips, a freshman setter/defensive specialist from Gardena, Calif., and a graduate of Bishop Montgomery High School, leads XULA with 682 assists and 21 aces. She also has 202 digs, 65 kills and 19 blocks. Five times she has been chosen GCAC Setter of the Week; that ties the XULA record for most weekly awards in this sport. Her 11 assist-dig double-doubles are a XULA season record.
Salaam, a freshman middle blocker/right side from New Orleans and a graduate of Lusher Charter School, leads the Nuggets with 47 blocks. She ranks third at XULA with 185 kills.
XULA will conclude the regular season with GCAC matches at 1 p.m. Saturday at Talladega and 7 p.m. Monday at home against Tougaloo. The Gold Nuggets will play at 3 p.m. Friday in the semifinals of the GCAC Tournament at Dillard's Dent Hall.

2016 All-GCAC
First Team
Sonja BackovicSUNOMB5-10So.Sombor, Serbia
Kaylin DavisonEdward WatersOH5-9Jr.Columbus, Ohio
Corneisja HarrisonDillardOH5-5Fr.Cypress, Texas
Demetria HortonDillardL/DS5-6Sr.Dallas, Texas
Carla NovaesTalladegaOH6-1Sr.Sao Paulo, Brazil
Amanda PerryXULAL/DS5-4Fr.Bolingbrook, Ill.
Juliana TomasoniXULAOH/DS5-9Jr.Nova Trento, Brazil
Second Team
Carolyne EdwardsTougalooOH5-11So.Southaven, Miss.
Bethany HollandTalladegaS5-5Fr.Atlanta, Ga.
Alexandra JwainatTougalooS5-9So.Madison, Miss.
Ma-Kayla JohnsonDillardS/RS5-7Fr.San Antonio, Texas
Tiffany PhillipsXULAS/DS5-9Fr.Gardena, Calif.
Jessica PorterTougalooOH/DS5-8Jr.New Orleans, La.
Hasani SalaamXULAMB/RS6-0Fr.New Orleans, La.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

Goreau, Clark win consolation titles at UNO tourney

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Charlene Goreau and Lyndsey Clark won women's consolation titles Saturday at the Big Easy Tennis Classic at the University of New Orleans.
Goreau defeated Florida A&M's Olivia Rolle 6-4, 6-4 in the flight-1 consolation final. Clark won the flight-6 consolation title by default Saturday after defeating FAMU's Kiara Shaw 6-4, 0-6, 1-0 (12-10) in the semifinals Friday.
The Gold Nuggets produced a pair of consolation runners-up. Emma Kranendonk lost 6-3, 6-3, to William Carey's Gloria Kaufman in the flight-2 final, and Sha'Nel Bruins and Dasia Harris lost 6-2 in the doubles final to William Carey's Lorena Rouillon Jimenez and Daria Veretennikova.
In the main draw of men's flight-1 singles, XULA's fourth-seeded Karan Salwan lost 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-5) in the semifinals to top-seeded Chao-Yu Huang of Southern Miss.
This was the last of three fall events for XULA, which will resume its schedule with dual matches in January. The Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets will take aim at a return trip to the NAIA National Championships at Mobile, Ala., in May. The ITA will announce NAIA player rankings in late November, and team rankings — the NAIA coaches polls — will be unveiled Jan. 24.

Friday Results:  Men   •   Women
Saturday Results:  Men   •   Women

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

WSSU Rams Come Back From 16 Down To Beat Shaw; Punch Ticket To CIAA Championship

DURHAM, North Carolina -- Winston-Salem State University battled back from a nine point halftime deficit and scored four second half touchdowns, and gained 428 total yards, as the Rams came away with a 30-23 win over Shaw University on Saturday afternoon at Durham County Stadium.
With the win, WSSU moves to 7-2 overall, 6-0 in the CIAA and 4-0 in the Southern Division. The Rams also secured their sixth consecutive Southern Division crown and a return trip to the CIAA Championship game in two weeks, to be played at Salem Stadium in Salem, VA. Shaw university falls to 1-8 overall, 1-5 in the CIAA and 1-3 in the CIAA's Southern Division.

The Shaw Bears started quick, and would get prime field position after a fumble by WSSU deep on their side of the field. The next play resulted in a score for Shaw, as Darron Downing scored from four yards out to give the Bears a 7-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter, the Bears would score again, as Beni Kinsemi connected on a 39 yards field goal to put Shaw up 10-0 on WSSU.

Late in the quarter, Shaw would pick up some more momentum, and with just 46 seconds remaining before the half, Shaw's Darron Downing would put the Bears up 16-0, when he rushed to the right side of the line, to score from eight yards.

But the Rams would answer with one of the biggest scores of the game, as the drive began with Rod Tinsley hitting an open Will Walton for a 48 yard gain, and putting the Rams in field goal range. On the next play, Rod Tinsley would find an open Demeeko Jones for a 29 yard touchdown, and with the PAT from Will Johnson, WSSU cut the lead to 16-7, and the Bears allowed the momentum to swing in the Rams favor.

It was a tale of two halves, as the Rams would take the third quarter kickoff and march down the field, and Te'Vaughn Hurse would score from nine yards out to trim the Bears lead to just two points, 16-14.

The Rams would keep the pressure on, and with 4:00 left in the third quarter, the Rams would take their first lead of the game, when after a 13-play drive that stalled, Will Johnson would connect on a 30 yard field goal, to give the Rams a 17-16 lead.

Winston-Salem State's defense continued to keep the momentum on the Rams side, and after a quick three and out, WSSU would get the ball back and the offense would take full advantage.

This time, Michael Benis would reach the endzone on a nine yard pass and catch from Rod Tinsley, and WSSU would extend their lead to 24-16.

Early in the fourth quarter, WSSU would put the game away, when Justus Pickett scored from 10 yards out, after an eight play, 65 yard drive, to give the Rams a 30-16 lead with 11:24 l3ft to play.

The Shaw Bears would not go away easy, and with 4:03 left, Darron Downing picked up his third touchdown of the day to pull the Bears closer, at 30-23.

Winston-Salem State's defense would come up big when it needed and shut Shaw down on their final series, to give the Rams the road win.

The WSSU Rams were led in rushing by Kerrion Moore, who finished with 19 carries for 151 yards. Te'Vaughn Hurse added 94 yards on 20 carries with a score, and Justus Pickett five carries for 42 yards and one touchdown.

Rod Tinsley went 11 of 23 for 139 yards and two touchdowns with a long pass of 48 yards.

Demeeko Jones finished with three catches for 46 yards and one touchdown, while Reggie Wilkins had two catches for 18 yards and Michael Benis had two catches for six yards and one touchdown. Will Walton (48 yds), Kerrion Moore (9 yds), William Belcher (9 yds) and Canard Brown (3 yds) each finished with one catch.

Will Johnson punted five times on the afternoon, for an average of 43.8 yards and also connected on a 30 yard field goal.

Defensively, the Rams were led by Xavier Gregory, who had six tackles and a pass breakup. De'Andre Blevins had four tackles and a pass breakup, Jayron Rankin had four tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses and a forced fumble. Albert McLean also added four tackles. Jack Nimmons had three tackles and two tackles for a loss. Jarrell Bright continued his stellar play, as he also had three tackles, two tackles for a loss, two sacks and a quarterback hurry, and Tyrell Fleming finished with three tackles and a tackle for a loss.

Winston-Salem State will wrap up the regular season next week on the road, when they take on the Fayetteville State Broncos with kickoff set for 2:00pm at Luther Nick Jerald's Stadium. The game will also be televised by the CIAA/ASPiRE TV Network. CIAA Regional Television Network is produced by Urban Sports & Entertainment Group.


Bowie State Cruises to 41-23 Road Win at Lincoln (Pa.)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pennsylvania – Bowie State moved one step closer to the CIAA Northern Division title after pounding Lincoln University 41-23 on Saturday night. The win sets the Bulldogs overall record at 5-3, 5-1 in CIAA play and 3-1 in the North.

Lincoln (Pa.) (1-8, 0-6 CIAA, 0-4 North) got on the board first at the 9:46 mark of the first quarter, via a 29-yard field goal by Cody Waddell to take the early 3-0 lead.

Bowie State answers with 2:52 left in the first quarter on an Amir Hall (Bowie, Md.) 22-yard quarterback keeper. Gene Carson (Accokeek, Md.) added the extra point to give the Bulldogs a 7-3 lead. Maurice Williams (Baltimore, Md.) scored on a 1-yard touchdown run at the 10:53 mark of the second quarter to give Bowie State a 14-3 lead.

The Bulldogs took the opening possession of the third quarter 65 yards in just three plays, capped off by a 22-yard Hall to Brandon Britton (Columbia, Md.) pass, catch and score to give Bowie State a 20-6 advantage. Adam Gillis (Lanham, Md.) scored his first touchdown of the season on a 19-yard run to push the Bulldogs lead to 27-3 with 9:51 to go in the third quarter.

Lincoln's Stephen Scott rushed for a 2-yard touchdown but the Kahri Nquzi extra point was no good, leaving the Lions trailing at 27-9.

Bowie State quickly responded when Daryl Jasper (Capital Heights, Md.) recorded his first touchdown reception of the season, hauling in a Hall pass and breaking tackles along the Bulldogs sideline to score from 32 yards out with 2:40 left in the third quarter.

Lincoln (Pa.) wasn't done as Jason Epps completed a 3-yard pass to Jody Thomas to make the score 34-16 to open the fourth quarter scoring.

Bowie State's Hall walked in for a 2-yard touchdown with 8:03 left in the game to pad the Bowie State lead at 41-16.

With most of the Bowie State starters done for the night, Lincoln (Pa.) put together a five-play, 74 yard drive, when Epps hooked with Andre Price for a 25-yard score that accounted for the final margin of 41-23 with 5:17 remaining in the game.

Sophomore Robert Chesson (Annapolis, Md.) accounted for a game-high and career-best 184 rushing yards and senior Nyme Manns (Baltimore, Md.) was Bowie State's leading receiver with 105 reception yards on nine catches and went over 1,000 reception yards for the season. Hall threw for a game-high 294 passing yards on 21-of-34 passing and two touchdowns.

Graduate student Kevaugn Townsend (Fort Washington, Md.) tallied a game-high 11 total tackles (7 solo and 4 assisted), which included four tackles for a loss of 13 yards. Fellow graduate student Antoine Young (Washington, D.C.) was responsible for nine total tackles.

Epps paced the Lincoln (Pa.) Lions on the offensive side of the ball with 246 passing yards, completing 20-of-37 passes (one interception) and two touchdowns, but was sacked four times.

Tony Jones paced the Lions defensive with a team-high nine tackles while Deon Miller, Kevin Norris and Rhamir Thomas added eight tackles each in the loss.

The Bulldogs will close out the regular season next Saturday (11/5) hosting the Vikings of Elizabeth City State University on Senior Day at 1 p.m.



Tuskegee rebounds with win over Central State Marauders

WILBERFORCE, Ohio -- The 17th-ranked Tuskegee University football team rebounded from last week's loss, and rebounded in a big way as they ran away from Central State University 42-14 on Saturday afternoon.
Tuskegee (7-1, 5-1 SIAC) used a 21-point third quarter and 304 yards of total offense to continue their push for a spot in the NCAA Division II playoffs, currently sitting third in the Super Region 2 standings this past week.
After a slow start on their first possession, the Golden Tigers drove down the field on their second possession. They used just 2:14 and six plays to drive 61 yards for the game's opening score, culminating with an 11-yard burst from fullback Branden Wilson for the 7-0 lead.
Central State tied the game on a 13-play, 75-yard drive that used 5:29 to open the second quarter. The Marauders used a mix of run and pass to drive the field, until Lavon Meeks ran into the end zone from six yards out to the game at 7-all with 9:38 remaining in the opening half.
But from there, the game belonged to the Golden Tigers.

Ballard finished 19-of-35 passing for 290 yard and two touchdowns, and he ran 19 times fro 101 yards. Freshman running back Jordan Bentley added 15 carries for 80 yard and two TDs, while Tevin McKenzie also caught a touchdown pass.

Ballard was named the game's MVP.

For Alabama State, Khalid Thomas ran 24 times for 170 yards a touchdown, and Quinterris Toppings had six carries for 127 yards and a touchdown. Willis White caught a 44-yard TD pass from Toppings.

Alabama State jumped out to a 14-3 lead, as Thomas scored on a 16-yard run after he returned a punt 54 yards. Topllings later scored on a 73-yard run.

Carden's 24-yard field goal gave Alabama A&M its only points of the first quarter, but Bentley's 22-yard TD run early in the second quarter made it 14-10.

Alabama A&M's Tere Calloway intercepted a pass in the end zone late in the first half, and the Bulldogs drove 67 yards in three plays. Carden's 30-yard field goal on the final play of the first half made it 14-13.

"The game went back and forth, but we didn't get down," Spady said. "At the half, I told our players that we needed to make a few adjustments, but we needed to get a quick start in the second half."

In the fourth quarter, Alabama State led 35-27, but Tevin McKenzie's 1-yard run cut the deficit to 35-33. Ballard then hit Kalias Robertson with the 2-point pass to tie the game at 35-all.

Alabama A&M had one last chance to win game on Carden's 34-yard field goal attempt with 1:12 to go, but it was blocked.

Alabama A&M finished with 555 yards -- 297 passing and 258 rushing. Alabama State ran for 391 yards.



Magic City Classic: Alabama A&M wins overtime thriller

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Alabama A&M's De'Angelo Ballard threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Dorsey in overtime, and Nick Carden's extra point gave the Bulldogs a 42-41 victory in the Magic City Classic.

With the win, Alabama A&M has won two of the last three Magic City Classics.

The Bulldogs also had a chance to win in the final moments of regulation, but Carden's field goal was blocked by Alabama State.

Alabama State got the ball first in overtime, with Marquell Beckwith scoring on a 14-yard run. Then, kicker David Albert missed the extra point.

Dorsey scored a few plays later, and Carden's kick ended the game at Birmingham's Legion Field.

"I am so proud of my players, especially Nick Carden," Alabama A&M coach James Spady said. "He got a kick blocked, and it would have been easy to drop his head and lose confidence. So he came back and made the kick that won the football game, and I am so proud of him for not getting down."


Big man wanted: Southern's search for a center goes beyond one position

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- The Jaguars need a big man.

The Southern men's basketball team doesn’t have a specific plan for how it wants to compete inside, at least not one coach Roman Banks is comfortable sharing just yet.

He has a few options, but almost all of them create a ripple effect through the lineup, and none of them seems to fit into a nice package in terms of size matchups.

“We have a few different possible ways (we could go) that we're looking at,” Banks said. “I just think that it’s a little bit too early; some people still have a bit of a learning curve, and not one person has shown any dominance.”

If the season started tomorrow — and Banks is happy it doesn’t — instead of Nov. 12 at Ohio, junior Jared Sam likely would start at center.

At 6-foot-9 and 210 pounds, Sam is the closest thing the Jaguars have to a natural big man, at least one with any practical experience at the position within the confines of Southern’s system.


Southern at Alcorn: Luke Johnson's top three thoughts


Alcorn State is no longer Southern kryptonite. The Jaguars snapped a five-game losing streak in fairly convincing fashion Saturday. The Braves had not only beaten Southern, but they’d embarrassed them — especially the last three contests. Southern looked like it was ready to return the favor this time.


How about Lenard Tillery? Southern’s standout running back nearly set a career high in rushing on the day he broke the SWAC rushing record. Saturday marked the fourth time this season that he had at least 120 rushing yards by the end of the third quarter. Tillery is special, and he plays at home two more times ever. Hint, hint.


PVAMU Panthers Earn Tough Road Win At Jackson State

JACKSON, Mississippi -- Prairie View A&M football earned a tough 28-14 win at Jackson State in a grind-it-out type of contest Saturday at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Jalen Morton accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) as the Panthers (5-3 overall, 5-1 SWAC) wins the first leg of the 'final four' heading into a pair of home games against two-time defending champ Alcorn St. (3-4, 3-3), who is still tied for first in the East with Jackson St. (3-5, 3-3), and Southern (5-2, 5-0), defeated Alcorn St. 41-33 earlier Saturday.

"It was a tough football game," said Prairie View A&M head coach Willie Simmons. "Jackson State is playing really good football. We knew it was going to be a 60-minute game. Luckily for us we were able to jump out to an early lead, and get a big, big turnover coming out of halftime that gave us a 21-point lead and kind of put them in passing mode."

Caleb Broach rushed 17 times for 78 yards and a touchdown, and Anthony Wiltz and Cameron Smith added TD receptions for the Panthers, who built a 21-0 lead and made it stand up.

"It's tough to win on the road in this league," Simmons said. "I'm proud of the team winning in a tough environment on Jackson State's homecoming in front of a great crowd. They have a great football team and great coaching staff. We're fortunate to get out of here with a win. We'll get back to work this week. The road doesn't get any easier. We've got a tough Alcorn State team coming in next week."

The Panther defense held Jackson State to minus-3 yards rushing, forced three turnovers, and recorded three sacks. James Harper led the way with eight tackles, one sack, and 2.5 tackles for loss.

"We challenged the defense to stop them from running the football," said Simmons. "Whenever you can run the ball, it opens up so many other things in the passing game. We were able to stuff them in the running game,which was a great accomplishment for this defense as they again gave us a chance to win the game. I'm proud of (Defensive Coordinator Ralph) Street and the defensive staff of putting a great game plan together and they executed it well."

PVAMU took the lead in the first quarter, driving 42 yards in three plays. Wiltz scored on a 21-yard screen pass from Morton to give PVAMU a lead they would not relinquish at 7-0 with just over 8 ½ minutes remaining in the period.

A Marquice O'Leary 39-yard punt return set up the second score just before halftime. A seven-play, 37-yard drive ended with Smith's seven-yard TD catch from Morton on the final play of the period to give the Panthers a 14-0 lead.

Special teams came up big on the opening kick of the second half, as Terrence Reynolds forced a fumble that was recovered by Foster Brown II at the JSU 25. Following a pass interference against the Tigers, Caleb Broach scored on a 10-yard run to give PVAMU a 21-0 lead early in the third quarter.

Jackson State added a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter before the Panthers put it away in the fourth. Morton capped off a six-play, 53-yard drive with a four-yard scamper for the clincher as Prairie View A&M rushed for 113 yards in the second half.

"I thought the defense did a great job today of making some big plays and keeping them behind the chains," Simmons said. "Special teams made some the big plays as well. Two of the three phases played really well. Offensively we struggled at times, but we were able to run the ball late, which was good to see."



#25 TSU Drops Road Test at Murray State

MURRAY, Kentucky -- Despite 555 yards of total offense, the No. 25 Tennessee State football team could not hold off Murray State’s second half surge in a 38-31 road defeat on Saturday at Roy Stewart Stadium in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup.

For Tennessee State (5-3, 2-2 OVC), Ronald Butler set career highs for passing yards (329) and rushing yards (109) in defeat. The Tigers held a 20-17 halftime lead over Murray State (3-5, 3-2 OVC), but the Racers outscored TSU by a 21-11 margin in the second half to pick up the win.

Laquarius Cook tallied 11 total tackles to pace the defense. Patrick Smith picked up two more receiving touchdowns to bring his season total to 10.

The Tigers opened the game with their longest drive to start a game. TSU drove 64 yards in 14 plays, setting up a 31-yard field goal by Lane Clark to take a 3-0 lead. The running game was on showcase early as Erick Evans rushed for 11 and nine yards on back-to-back plays to move the Tigers into Racers territory. Sabree Curtis took over with runs of 15 and five yards putting TSU just outside the red zone to allow Clark to give the Tigers the advantage.


After trading three-and-outs, Murray State jump started its on offense as they used a pair of KD Humphries touchdown passes to take a 14-3 after one quarter of play.

The Tigers responded with a score to open the second stanza. Smith picked up his first touchdown of the day on a 20-yard pass from Butler to bring the Big Blue back within four at 14-10.

After Murray State extended the lead to 17-10, the TSU offense would take over to outscore the Racers 10-0 for the remainder of the quarter. Butler and Curtis supplied the ground game with runs of 12 and 14 yards, respectively, while Mahlon Medley and Steven Newbold pulled down receptions of 12 and 10 yards. The first drive was capped off as Butler found Curtis in the clear, allowing the freshman running back a free path, 16 yards, to the goal line.

The Tigers closed out the half with the second of his three field goals, this one coming from 25 yards out as time expired.

The Racers came out fast in the second half scoring on their first two possessions to take a 31-20 lead. MSU held that lead until Clark connected on a 20-yard kick to cut the lead to 31-23 with 9:09 remaining in the game.

Murray State needed just 13 seconds to get back on the scoreboard as Humphries hit Jordan Gandy for a 75-yard pass play. Gandy found himself uncovered down the left sideline and outran the TSU defense to the end zone.

The Tigers punched back on their next series, as Butler hit Newbold and Mazio Rhodes to enter Racer territory. Three plays later, Butler found Smith in the middle of the field, at the goal line to bring the Tigers to within nine. TSU added the two-point conversion, this time with Smith throwing to Butler.

After a defensive stand, the Big Blue would get one more chance as they began their final drive needing to drive 78 yards with 5:21 remaining in regulation. Butler used his legs to gain 21 yards out to the TSU 43. After Butler scampered for another first down, he went to the air teaming with Smith, Chris Rowland and Newbold on consecutive plays to move down to the MSU 16. That would be as close as the Tigers would get after losing yardage on the Racers second sack of the game.

Facing a fourth and 19, the Tigers attempted to chip into the MSU lead, but Clark’s 42 yard field goal attempt missed wide left.

The Tigers will look to snap a two-game losing streak as they travel to Clarksville, Tenn. to face Austin Peay.

GAME NOTES: TSU’s captains versus Murray State are Collins, Clark, Burton, Butler … TSU won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff… Patrick Smith caught two touchdowns on the night. He now has 20 career touchdowns in 18 career games. His 20 receiving touchdowns are tied for sixth on TSU’s all-time list. … TSU scored first for the fifth time this season… Tennessee State entered the game ranked 25th in the STATS Top 25 and the HERO Sports Top 25… Murray State’s lead in the all-time series is now 15-13… TSU has gone 7-10 in games in Murray, Ky… Lane Clark made three field goals to bring his career total to 28, tying him for second on TSU’s all-time list with Eric Benson. Jamin Godfrey holds the record with 59… Ronald Butler moved to 10th on TSU’s career completions list with 339 for his four-year career… Butler also jumped to a tie for eighth place on TSU’s career passing touchdowns.

TSU Quarterback Ronald Butler
“The offense played well. We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times with a couple pre-snap penalties and things like that. I feel like we did a good job driving the ball down the field and put ourselves in position to score some points. We just need to capitalize on every drive.”
- On the play of the offense

“We fought. Week in and week out, we’ve got a group of guys who fight really hard. My O-Line, I’m proud of those guys. They fight every play, every drive. They give it their all.”
- On positives from the game

TSU Tight End Mahlon Medley
“We started fast, but just like the last two games after the second half, we have to finish strong. The defense has been getting stops and we need to capitalize on the opportunities.”
- On how the offense played

“We’ve proven that we can do it in the first half of the season. We played great second halves during the first half of the season. I think it’s just a thing where we need to focus.”
- On the second half performance

TSU Defensive End Latrelle Lee
“We didn’t play up to our standards tonight. We let them score 38 points. That’s not acceptable for this defense. I feel like we’ve got a lot of talent on this defense and we didn’t play up to our abilities.”
- On the play of the defense

“That wasn’t really a factor tonight. I think it was more their big plays that hurt us. Big chunk plays and stuff like that. I don’t think tempo was a factor.”
- On Murray State’s up-tempo offense

TSU Defensive Back Terrell Bonds
“We didn’t play to the level that we wanted to play. We gave up too many points. We gave up points fast, but the offense kept us in the game because they kept scoring. We had a chance to win it at the end and we just didn’t come through. I would put this game on the defense.”
- On the defense

“Their offense has always been like that. They were snapping the ball like every 15 seconds. We had trouble getting lined up and they exploited the defense. They made big plays and that’s on us. We have to come back next week stronger.”
- On Murray’s State’s up-tempo offense


Defensive Stand Gives Hampton 28-26 Win Over S.C. State

HAMPTON, Virginia -- A 57-yard touchdown pass from Jaylian Williamson to Twarn Mixson with seven minutes left and a two-point conversion stop by the defense late in the quarter helped give the Hampton Pirates a 28-26 victory over South Carolina State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) matchup at Armstrong Stadium on Saturday.

The win by Hampton (4-4, 4-2) snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Bulldogs as the Pirates had not defeated South Carolina State (3-4, 3-1) since a 14-10 win at Armstrong Stadium in 2005.

"I am very proud of these guys today," said Hampton head coach Connell Maynor. "They could've easily quit but the defense got some big stops in the second half and helped us get a big MEAC win."

The Pirates scored on their first possession going 68 yards in five plays as Eric Carter scored on a five-yard run. The tandem of Williamson and Mixson started connecting on the drive as they combined for a 27-yard completion followed by a 36 yarder.

South Carolina State took advantage of a bad punt to tie the game on a 41-yard, nine play drive as Bishop Ford pushed his way in on a one-yard run. The extra-point tied the game at 7-all with 4:09 left in the first.

Hampton responded to close the first quarter on an 81-yard drive as Williamson found Jack Willenbrock in the corner of the end zone on a 12-yard scoring pass. This drive saw Williamson connect with Rashawn Proctor on passes of 45 and 11 yards to start the scoring march. Anthony Provost converted the extra-point to put Hampton up 14-7 with 50 seconds left in the first.

The Bulldogs bit Hampton early and late in the second quarter as Caleb York found Kanome McIntosh on a 23-yard scoring pass at the 13:44 mark to tie the game at 14-all. With three seconds left in the half, York threw a floater into the end zone and found the hands of Ford to lead 20-14 after a missed extra point.

On the first drive of the second half, Hampton's defense stiffened and held the Bulldogs to a 26-yard field goal attempt that was wide left with 9:48 left in the third. The Pirates marched 80 yards on their ensuing drive with Williamson finding Proctor for a four-yard touchdown and a 21-20 lead with 4:46 left.

In the fourth quarter, Hampton's defense gave the Pirates a boost. On the first possession by the Bulldogs, they forced a turnover on downs and on the second drive Brendan Cole recovered a fumble on the Hampton 38.

The Pirates scored quickly on a three-play 65-yard drive in 96 seconds. Williamson found Mixson across the middle on a third down and after breaking a couple tackles he outraced the secondary for a 57-yard scoring pass to give Hampton a 28-20 lead with 7:04 left.

South Carolina State took advantage of a muffed Hampton punt return and took possession at the Pirate 18 with three minutes 36 seconds left. Ford covered the first 17 yards then Dondre Brown finished it with a one-yard run. A two-point run by Kollck was stopped to keep the Pirates up 28-26.

Hampton managed two first downs on the final drive with Yahkee Johnson's 13-yard run locking up the first win by Hampton over SCSU since 2005.

Carter was the leading rusher for Hampton with 54 yards. Williamson was 16-of-27 for 271 yards and a season-best three touchdowns. For the first time this year, Hampton had a pair of 100-yard receivers as Proctor caught seven for 124 yards, while Mixson had six for 130 as each scored a touchdown. Cole had a season-high 11 tackles with a fumble recovery, while Robert Scott and Jayso'n Davidson had eight tackles each.

Hampton is now off until November 12 when they host Savannah State in a 1 pm kickoff at Armstrong Stadium.

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Bethune-Cookman Wildcats down DSU Hornets for Homecoming Victory

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- Bethune-Cookman celebrated Homecoming 2016 in grand fashion Saturday, outdistancing an overmatched opponent by a lopsided score. Delaware State was the overmatched opponent, and 41-10 was the lopsided score in front of a Municipal Stadium crowd of 7,822 that briefly included Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Clinton spoke briefly to tailgating fans and was on the field for pre-game activities, including Senior Day ceremonies for the Wildcats' 2016 home finale. In all, 14 Wildcats played their final home game at "The Cage" under head coach Terry Sims.

Redshirt junior quarterback Larry Brihm, Jr. threw two touchdowns, and running back Cameron Rigby rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown as the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (2-5 overall, 2-3 MEAC) won their second consecutive game and posted their seventh consecutive Homecoming win dating back to 2010.

Brihm, who finished 14 of 24 for 167 yards, connected with Frank Brown and Brandon Brooks in the second half as the Wildcats scored on four consecutive possession in the final two quarters to pull away from a 13-3 halftime lead.

"Larry's still only at 85 percent, but 85 percent is pretty good," said B-CU Head Coach Terry Sims. "All wins are good wins. What I liked is that this was a good team win. We're continuing to hang in there; playing hard for each other and finishing games."

Rigby had 64 yards on B-CU's opening drive, scoring on a 1-yard run that gave Bethune-Cookman a 7-0 lead with 8:51 remaining in the opening quarter. He went relatively quiet until the final play of the third quarter when he gained 42 yards to set up a Wildcats touchdown.

Jamaruz Thompkins (Six carries for 44 yards) and redshirt freshman signal caller Akevious Williams also scored for the Wildcats, who outgained Delaware State 493-306 and forced three turnovers on the afternoon.

Uriel Hernandez had a pair of second quarter field goals – one set up by Jacquae Peart's interception, as the Wildcats settled for those scores while extending the lead to 13-3 just before the break.

Safety Diquan Richardson's interception on the Hornet's first possession of the second half helped Bethune-Cookman establish control, and Thompkins turned a draw play into a 39-yard romp that began the Wildcats pull away.

Aris Scott scored the lone Delaware State (0-8, 0-4 MEAC) touchdown on an 18-yard pass from reserve quarterback Gil Rivera in the fourth quarter.

Trevor Merrit registered the third Wildcats takeaway on a fourth quarter fumble recovery. Redshirt sophomore middle linebacker Trenton Bridges paced the defense with seven tackles, while Peart added a sack to his totals.

Freshman running back Tupac Isme added 52 yards to the Wildcats ground game, while Brown had four catches for 32 yards. Keavon Mitchell caught a 40-yarder from Brim that set up Hernandez's second field goal, and Jawill Davis extended his pass catching streak to 18 games.

Bethune-Cookman visits Morgan State next weekend in the first of three games away from municipal Stadium to conclude the 2016 campaign. The game against MSU is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5, in Baltimore.

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Savannah State rallies to beat Howard 31-27

SAVANNAH, Georgia -- A football game that seemed to slip away from Savannah State on Saturday afternoon took an abrupt turn back into the win column.

Freshman quarterback T.J. Bell found Derek Kirkland on a short slant route in the end zone with 19 seconds left to give the Tigers an emotional 31-27 victory over Howard on homecoming at T.A. Wright Stadium.

The win gave a crowd of 8,119 — the largest home attendance for SSU since joining the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2011 — more reason to party.

The Tigers (2-4, 2-2 MEAC) have now won two games in a season for the first time 2009, and it’s the first time they’ve won two MEAC games in a season.

SSU also snapped a nine-game losing streak to Howard while beating the Bison for the first time.

A year ago, the Tigers lost to Howard 55-9.

And the Bison appeared to have SSU on the ropes again after quarterback Kalen Johnson threw a 37-yard TD pass to diving freshman Kyle Anthony for a 27-24 advantage with 5:17 to go.


Cohen, North Carolina A&T Aggies Outpace Determined FAMU Squad, 42-17

GREENSBORO, North Carolina -- A determined bunch of FAMU Rattler gridders took on defending Black College National champion North Carolina A&T Saturday at their homecoming game, but fell 42-17 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference bout at a sold out Aggie Stadium..

FAMU (3-6, 3-3 MEAC) dueled the top-ranked Aggies (7-1, 5-0 MEAC) gamely in the first half, taking a 10-7 lead on Colby Blanton's 20-yard field goal with 9:21 left in the second quarter.

The Rattlers fell behind, 7-0 late in the first period when heralded Aggie halfback Tarik Cohen scored the first of his three rushing touchdowns from seven yards out with 2:45 left.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stanley engineered a seven play, 77-yard drive which ended just four seconds into the second period (14:56), when halfback Devin Bowers sliced in from two yards out to tie the game at 7-7.

After Blanton's field goal put the Rattlers ahead 10-7, the Aggies answered with an 11-play, 77-yard drive, capped by Cohen's 19-yard scoring run with 3:56 left, putting A&T ahead for good at 14-10.

The Aggies tacked on a later score with 1:12 left, going 66 yards on three plays in a 40-second span, when Elijah Bell took a Lamar Raynard pass 25 yards for a 21-10 lead with 1:12 to go in the half..

Marquell Cartwright powered in from one yard out with 5:25 left in the third extending the Aggies advantage to 28-10, before Cohen sealed the deal with one of his patented long range gallops late in the third.

Cohen took a pitch to left, racing down the far sideline before breaking into the open, outrunning everyone for an 83-yard TD and a 35-10 Aggie lead with 1:44 left.

Demetrius Fairley ended a 69-yard drive for A&T's final tally, with a 20-yard run with 10:35 left.

Stanley engineered a 77-yard, eight-play drive which resulted in a 15-yard scoring pass to Marcus Williams for the game's final points with 6:30 left.


GAME NOTES: Cohen's 145-yard effort on Saturday moved him to second on the all-time Black College Football rushing list, leaving him one yard shy of 5,200 yards (5,199)... FAMU QB Ryan Stanley finished Saturday's game with zero turnovers, extending his string of games without a turnover to five.... He finished the day with 211 yards and one score, completing 19 of 34 passes, and he was the Rattlers top rusher with 48 yards on 10 carries... Montavious Williams led the Rattlers eight catches for 98 yards... Freshman corner Terry Jefferson had a pair of pass interceptions for 39 return yards.... Safety Jacques Bryant topped the Rattler tackle charts with eight stops (seven solos).... Defensive stalwart Curtis Alexander missed Saturday's game with an undisclosed injury, although he did appear on the field with the Rattler captains for the pregame coin toss.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Rattlers will get a much-need bye week Nov. 5, before hosting Morgan State (Nov. 12) at 4:00 p.m., then closing the season in Orlando against Bethune-Cookman (Nov. 19 at 2:00 p.m.).


Ave Marie Gyrenes Falls At Edward Waters, 29-19

JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- The Ave Maria Football team fell to Edward Waters, 29-19, in Jacksonville on Saturday night. The Blue and Green fell behind 29-3 before scoring 16 unanswered.

Jamal Hughes got the scoring started for EWC with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Taron Williams. Drakkar Harris then ran in a 3-yard touchdown to make it 14-7. Midway through the second quarter, Brandon Leon nailed a 38-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 11, 14-3. A 1-yard touchdown run by Williams and a 2-point conversion made it 22-3 EWC at the half.

The Tigers struck first in the third with a Jerrod Thomas 1-yard TD run before a 25-yard TD pass from Matthew Kreichman to make it 29-10. A few minutes later, Nate Cameau had a 5-yard touchdown run to bring AMU within 12, 29-17. Ave Maria ended the game with a safety to make it 29-19.

Kreichman finished 8-for-16 for 1-5 yards and an interception. Cameau ran the ball eight times for a team-high 26 yards and a touchdown. Austin Cole and Xavier Roberts each had three receptions. Cole finished with 85 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Ilan Jorge led the Gyrene defense with four total tackles including 2.5 sacks. He was one of five Gyrenes with four tackles.

Ave Maria returns to action next weekend when they welcome Point to Gyrene Field for a 12 p.m. kickoff. Prior to the game, AMU will recognize their senior class.



HBCU Football Judgment Day Scoreboard Week 9

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Murray State 38, Tennessee State 31

Hampton 28, South Carolina State 26
North Carolina A&T 42, Florida A&M 17
Savannah State 31, Howard 27
Norfolk State 27, Morgan State 14
Bethune-Cookman 41, Delaware State 10

Grambling State 70, Arkansas Pine Bluff 0
Southern 41, Alcorn State 33
Prairie View 28, Jackson State 14
Alabama A&M 42, Alabama State 41 O.T.
Sam Houston State 66, Texas Southern 17

Edward Waters 29, Ava Marie 19
Millersville 34, Cheyney 6
UNC Pembroke 44, West Virginia State 14
McKendree 55, Lincoln (Mo) 3
Langston 70, Texas College 13

Johnson C. Smith 34, Saint Augustine's 8
Winston-Salem State 30, Shaw 23
Fayetteville State 43, Livingstone 28
Elizabeth City State 24, Virginian Union 21
Virginia State 49, Chowan 21
Bowie State 41, Lincoln (Pa) 23

Tuskegee 42, Central State (Ohio) 14
Lane 35. Kentucky State 21
Albany State 34, Benedict 7
Fort Valley State 24, Morehouse 16
Miles 34, Clark Atlanta 17

'Lights out': Grambling pastes Pine Bluff to extend SWAC streak

GRAMBLING — Grambling's offense is playing at such an elite level that the Tigers shut down the power on campus earlier this week.

Well, it depends on whom you ask.

It happened last Monday, the players said. Saturday was a figurative repeat occurrence.

The Tigers' potent offense was participating in pass skel, a football term for 7-on-7 drills, and was so effective that the players, led by quarterback DeVante Kincade and wide receiver Chad Williams, started yelling 'We're lights out!' as campus went dark.

"That's what we do. We're so lights out we cut the whole lights off around campus," Williams said.

Grambling (5-1, 5-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) turned the lights out on Arkansas-Pine Bluff in what coach Broderick Fobbs described as the most impressive victory he's seen in his 18-year coaching career. The Tigers pasted Pine-Bluff, 70-0, on homecoming at Eddie Robinson Stadium to extend their conference win streak to 14 games.


Former Florida A&M Coach Billy Joe to be inducted into Black College Football Hall of Fame

WILBERFORCE, Ohio — Legendary Florida A&M University and Central State University football coach William “Billy” Joe will be inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame.

Joe was one of six inductees selected from a list of 25 finalists who had been determined earlier by the BCFHOF Selection Committee.

Joe’s coaching career began in 1972 at Cheney University. He also spent two seasons on the pro level as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Eagles before arriving at Central State in 1981.

It took little time for Joe to turn the Marauders into a perennial powerhouse. His 1983 team finished the regular season 10-0 and went on to a NCAA Div. II finals appearance. Joe led the Marauders to five consecutive Black College national championships from 1986 to 1990. The pinnacle of his tenure in Wilberforce came in 1990 and 1992 when his teams won the NAIA Div. I National Championship.

Joe also coached at Florida A&M from 1994 to 2004. He led the Rattlers to an unprecedented five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles. After a two year hiatus from coaching, Joe accepted the head coaching position at Miles College in 2007. He retired in 2010 with 243 career coaching victories. He is second to only Eddie Robinson in wins at historically black colleges.

Prior to coaching, Joe had on outstanding career as a player. Drafted by the Denver Broncos in the ninth round out of Villanova in 1963, Joe made an immediate impact and was named the AFL Rookie of the Year. After being traded to Buffalo, Joe helped lead the Bills to their 1965 AFL championship victory over the San Diego Chargers. He later played for the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets.

Joe is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Central State University Athletics Hall of Fame. His number 35 jersey is officially retired at Villanova University.


The Coach Billy Joe File (243 wins 133 losses, 2 ties):

Billy Joe made the transition from a successful professional playing career to becoming one the most highly decorated black college football coaches in history. After two seasons as an assistant coach he got his first head coaching job at Cheyney State in 1972. He had a winning club that first season and stayed with the Wolves for six more years. Joe then honed his skills with two years as an assistant in the NFL before taking the head job at Central State (OH). There he turned the Marauders into a national black college power. In 13 years at CSU he had six seasons where he lost only one game. His second team made it to the NCAA Division II finals, the first of 11 consecutive playoff teams. In both 1990 and 1992 his teams won the NAIA national championship. In 1994, he moved to Florida A&M. Joe quickly built this program as well. His second team won a league title while his third went to the first of six straight playoff appearances with his 1999 team advancing to the national semi-finals. On the Black College level he won six national championships and is second only to Eddie Robinson on the all-time black coaching win list. Greatly respected by his peers, he served the American Football Coaches Association as both president and vice president.

High Points
Cheyney University (1972-1978), Central State University (1981-1993), Florida A&M University (1994-2004) and Miles College (2007-2010) … Won five consecutive Black college football national championships (1986-1990) … Won two NAIA National Football Championships (1990, 1992) … Finished coaching career with 243 wins, second only to Eddie Robinson among coaches at black colleges … College Football Hall of Fame inductee (2007) … As a player, was 1963 AFL Rookie of the Year with the Denver Broncos …  Greatly respected by his peers, he served the American Football Coaches Association as both president and vice president ... Born October 14, 1940 in Aynor, South Carolina.

Texas Southern Tigers vs. Arizona Wildcats

Location: Houston
Date/Time/TV: Nov. 30, 7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
Game location: McKale Center
Series with UA: One-time appearance ($90,000 fee)
Last season: 18-15 (16-2 SWAC), RPI: 182
Coach: Mike Davis (fifth year, 76-57)

Go-to guy: F Derrick Griffin (13.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg).

Glue: G Dulani Robinson (9.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg in 2014-15 at Pacific).

Key newcomers: Robinson, G Zach Lofton (Minnesota transfer), G Damontrae Jefferson (freshman), G Jalen McCloud (juco transfer)

Upside: Despite spending the early part of last season with the Texas Southern football team, Griffin pulled a SWAC trifecta: Winning the conference’s player of the year, defensive player of the year and newcomer of the year awards. He was also an honorable-mention AP All-American. Davis has won back-to-back SWAC titles and filled considerable holes this season with a variety of recruits.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Hankerson Throws 3 TDs, Defense Stands Tall in NSU Homecoming Win

NORFOLK, Virginia  –  Greg Hankerson passed for 219 yards and threw touchdown passes to three different Spartans, helping Norfolk State snap a six-game losing streak with a 27-14 Homecoming win over Morgan State before 18,405 fans at Dick Price Stadium on Saturday.

Running backs Gerard Johnson (5-yarder) and Larry Bishop (2-yarder) and wideout Chuma Awanna (63-yarder) caught the scoring passes for the Spartans (2-6, 1-4 MEAC), who converted on all four of their trips inside the Morgan State (2-5, 2-3) red zone. The Spartan defense, meanwhile, forced three turnovers and tallied four sacks.

The first turnover NSU forced led to the game's first touchdown. Safety Brandon Walker sacked Morgan State quarterback DeAndre Harris and forced a fumble, which NSU defensive lineman Chris Lee recovered at the MSU 24-yard line. Two plays later, Hankerson hit Johnson leaking out of the backfield for a 5-yard TD play with 6:42 left in the first quarter.

The Bears tied the game up on a 16-yard TD pass from Harris to Landen Malbrough at the 13:54 mark of the second quarter. But Cameron Marouf kicked a 27-yard field goal to give the Spartans a 10-7 lead entering halftime.

NSU dominated the third quarter. The Spartans had not scored a third-quarter point since the season-opening win over Elizabeth City State, but outscored the Bears 14-0 in the third period on Saturday. A short MSU punt set up NSU at the Bears' 29-yard line midway through the quarter. Two plays later, Hankerson found Bishop on a 2-yard TD pass to give NSU a 17-7 lead with 7:59 left in the stanza.

The back-breaker came five minutes for Morgan State. On 3rd-and-14 from the NSU 37, Hankerson rolled to his right and hit Awanna in the flat. Awanna broke a couple of tackles and outraced the rest of the defense for a 63-yard TD play, his first career touchdown. Marouf's PAT gave NSU a 24-7 lead with 2:37 left in the quarter.

Marouf added a 20-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter. Malbrough caught a 17-yard TD pass from Harris with 52 seconds left in the game to account for the final points.

Hankerson completed 17 of 30 passes and did not throw an interception while completing a season-high three TD passes. He also led NSU with 59 yards rushing on 12 attempts.

Marcus Taylor caught a team-high seven passes for 53 yards and also had a 59-yard kickoff return in the first half. Awanna had a team-high 66 yards on two receptions.

The Spartan defense made a strong showing Saturday. NSU's four sacks tied a season high. Defensive lineman Hadji Gaylord had two, while Lee and Walker had one apiece. Lee notched three of the Spartans' eight tackles for loss in addition to recovering a fumble, and Gaylord also blocked a Bears' field goal in the second quarter. Sandy Chapman and T.C. Livingston both made interceptions for the Spartans.

Harris threw for 161 yards and two scores for the Bears.

NSU takes to the road for its final three games, beginning next Saturday with a 5 p.m. game at Savannah State.


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Lenard Tillery breaks SWAC rushing record as Southern takes down Alcorn State 41-33

LORMAN, Mississippi — The record was broken, and so was the streak.

Senior running back Lenard Tillery on Saturday broke the Southwestern Athletic Conference rushing record, and Southern beat Alcorn State 41-33, ending a five-game losing streak in the series that dated to 2011.

“Defensively, we forced some turnovers. Offensively, we put the ball in the end zone,” Southern coach Dawson Odums said. “When you do that, it makes coaching fun.”

Tillery ran for 195 yards — one shy of matching his career high — and three touchdowns. He needed 114 yards to break the SWAC career rushing record. The record-setting run came on a 30-yard scamper on third-and-long in the third quarter.

After the game, he said he was happy about a career first — a win against Alcorn State.

“It means a lot to me as a senior to finally overcome that obstacle,” he said.

While Tillery was gashing Alcorn State, Braves quarterback Lenorris Footman was doing the same to Southern’s defense.