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BASN Black College Focus Football Roundup
By Tony McClean
Updated: October 14, 2004
NEW HAVEN, CT.—SBN Top 10 Schedule for Saturday, October 16
(Rank, Team, Opponent)
1. Albany State (6-0, 4-0 SIAC) vs. Clark-Atlanta (1-5, 1-4)
– Make it six straight wins and 14 straight dating back to last season for the top-ranked Golden Rams. Antwan Andrews (112 yards on 21 carries) and Dontreal Williams (46 yards on 10 carries) each rushed for two scores in ASU’s 37-19 mauling of Savannah State. Since their overtime win over Lane College, CAU has fallen back to their old ways with two straight losses.
2. Bethune Cookman (4-1, 4-0 MEAC) at No. 3 S.C. State (4-1, 1-0)
– The MEAC game of the week matches the league’s top two offenses and scoring defenses. The Bulldogs continue to shine after pounding Norfolk State 39-14 in their conference opener last week. BCC was just as impressive in their homecoming win against Delaware State. Wildcat head coach Alvin Wyatt is 6-1 career vs. SCSU, including a 2-0 mark against Buddy Pough.
4. Hampton (5-1, 2-1 MEAC) vs. Norfolk State (1-4, 1-2)
(Battle of The Bay Classic at Hampton)
– Quarterback Princeton Shepherd passed for a career-high 319 yards and three touchdowns, all to Jerome Mathis in HU’s 48-25 victory against Gardner-Webb. Mathis also set a Pirate single-game record with 234 receiving yards in the win. HU has dominated the series of late, winning six of their last seven meetings vs. the Spartans. NSU fell 52-0 in last year’s meeting as Alonzo Coleman rushed for 150 yards and three scores.
5. Southern (4-2, 3-0 SWAC) vs. Jackson State (1-4, 1-1)
(Big Easy Classic at New Orleans)
– The Jaguars have come off back-to-back emotional road wins (at Alabama State and Alabama A&M), but must guard against a letdown against the hard-fighting Tigers of Jackson State. It was deja vu in the state of Alabama for Southern last week as they needed another come-from-behind effort to carve out a 33-24 win at AAMU. Jackson State fell at home to Alabama State.
6. Alabama State (4-1, 3-1 SWAC) at Prairie View A&M (2-3, 1-3)
– On paper, this might look like a walkover for the Hornets, but PVAM has shown they are a feisty, hard playing, 60-minute team this year. Playing in a light rain, ASU gave up an early TD, but dominated Jackson State (444 yards of total offense, including 221 on the ground and 223 in the air) for a 28-6 win last week. The Panthers fell behind early and made a gallant charge before falling 26-15 to Alcorn State at home last Saturday.
7. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-1, 3-0 SWAC) at Grambling State (3-2, 1-2)
– This will be another key battle as APBU is looking to stay atop the SWAC West Division and Grambling State wants to close the two-game gap in the standings. Last week, the Golden Lions capitalized on Texas Southern turnovers (2 interceptions, 1 fumble) and two blocked punts in their 42-0 shutout of TSU at the Chicago Classic. Mississippi Valley put up a valiant fight in the first quarter, but Grambling State capitalized on key Delta Devils miscues to take a 34-26 win last Saturday.
8. Tuskegee (4-1, 2-1 SIAC) at Fort Valley State (5-2, 4-2)
– Sophomore quarterback Kevin Huff threw for 353 yards (18-of-23) and three touchdowns in TU’s 56-8 win over Morehouse last Saturday. The SIAC’s offensive player of the week also rushed for 63 yards and ran for two more scores. After a 5-0 start, Fort Valley has lost two straight including a 30-24 loss to Kentucky State last week. Golden Tiger head coach Rick Comegys is 5-3 career vs. FVSU.
9. Tennessee State (3-2, 1-0 Ohio Valley) vs. Jacksonville State (5-0, 3-0)
– After a week off, TSU begins the bulk of their Ohio Valley schedule against the defending conference champs. The Gamecocks have won nine straight OVC games dating back to last season and boast the nation’s longest I-AA overall regular-season win streak at 11. TSU senior Riley Walker is expected to get the start at quarterback for the first time this season. Junior Bryson Rosser made the first five starts of the season.
10. Kentucky State (6-1, 4-1 SIAC) vs. Benedict (2-4, 1-2)
– Saturday’s 30-24 win over Fort Valley put the Thoroughbreds back into this week’s top 10 poll. KSU enters the game with the SIAC’s 2nd ranked defense, just behind Tuskegee. Junior defensive back Marcus Wright leads the conference in interceptions with 5. The Tigers have lost three of their last four games, including last week’s 29-0 shutout at the hands of the Citadel.