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Aggies Lose The Classic
RALEIGH, N.C – If it happens once, there is always a good chance it can happen again.
A year ago the Aggies booted a 50-yard field goal to down their arch-rivals in the Aggie-Eagle Classic. So when freshman field goal kicker Joseph Arroyo lined up for a 43-yard field goal to again beat the Eagles in the waning seconds, there had to be a feeling of why not among the Aggie faithful.
But this time it was “not” to be. Arroyo’s field goal sailed wide right and the Eagles had a 23-22 upset win over N.C. A&T.
The Aggies trailed 17-10 after Daunte’ Fields broke spun away from two Aggies and sprinted toward the end zone for a 45-yard touchdown reception from Adrian Warren, and Julius McClellan scored on a two-point conversion.
N.C. A&T responded with a four-yard touchdown by Brandon Sweeney, which was set up by a 20-yard interception return by Aggies safety Wilbert Johnson, and a half-a-distance to the goal line late-hit penalty during the return. Arroyo missed the extra point, which kept the Eagles in front 17-16.
Their lead would not last for long as a 43-yard punt return by Aggies freshman Quinton Corry set up a three-play, 34-yard drive that ended in a 26-yard touchdown run by Sweeney. Sweeney finished the day with 150 yards on 32 carries and three touchdowns in his Aggies debut.
The two-point conversion failed, leaving the Aggies with a 22-17 lead. Torey Ross then came up with perhaps the play of the game as he avoided three Aggie tackles to score on a 46-yard reception to put the Eagles up 23-22.
Ross’ score set up another possible last-second win for the Aggies. Aggies quarterback Marshall Glenn completed passes of 7, 21 and 10 to give the Aggies 1st-and-10 at the Eagles 29-yard line with 1:08 remaining.
The Aggies then ran the ball for three straight plays with Sweeney, putting the ball on the 26 and setting up Arroyo’s potential game winner, which did produce déjà vu for N.C. A&T.
Sweeney and Johnson were named offensive and defensive MVP’s for the Aggies. N.C. Central running back Greg Pruitt was the Eagles offensive MVP with 130 yards on 23 carries, while N.C. Central’s Derrick Ray had eight tackles to earn the Eagles defensive MVP honor.
Rickie Lewis and Chamar Milton had nine tackles apiece for N.C. A&T.
Up next, the Aggies will try to get their first win of the season at their first home game of the season against MEAC rival Norfolk State Saturday, Sept 10th at Aggie Stadium. Game time is set for 1:30pm.