By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN Black College Football Roundup: Week Five
By Tony McClean
Updated: September 23, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — For the first time since 1988, three CIAA football teams (Bowie State, N.C. Central, and St. Aug’s) are unbeaten at the season’s halfway mark. The 4-0 Eagles, who sit atop the CIAA Western Division and are ranked fourth in this week’s SBN Black College Poll, will host the 10th-ranked Bulldogs Saturday in Durham.
The leaders in the CIAA Eastern Division, Bowie’s 4-0 start is the team’s best since the 1988 season when the Bulldogs won their first eight games of the season. Despite being flagged 13 times for 148 yards last week, the Bulldogs dismissed Livingstone College 33-15.
Both teams also have a win against MEAC foes: NCCU nipped North Carolina A&T in this year’s Aggie-Eagle Classic; Bowie defeated Morgan State back on September 10. Saturday’s contest begins a three-game battle march for the Eagles whose next three opponents sport a combined 11-1 record.
In another matchup between teams in the SBN Top 10, eighth ranked Albany State (3-1) of the SIAC takes on Southern (1-1) of the SWAC for the first time on the football field. The Golden Rams size=2>won easily against Lane 52-31 in a game that saw QB Hosea Harris and the three headed monster at running back Antwan Andrews, Antonio Atkins, and Keith Mouton score touchdown after touchdown in route to the victory.
The Jaguars, who lead the SWAC averaging 33.0 points per game while allowing a league-best 15.5 points per contest, easily downed Prarie View 38-0 in last week’s home opener. Despite the threat of Hurricane Rita, Saturday’s game is still slated to be played at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.
(SBN rankings in parentheses)
MORGAN STATE VS. (1) HAMPTON
(Urban League Classic at East Rutherford, NJ)
Both teams enter this year’s ULC coming off huge road wins. The Bears got a school record 251 rushing yards and 4 TDs from Jason Jackson in their 55-26 victory over Savannah State in the Cleveland Classic. HU, who are also ranked 10th in the ESPN/USA Today Division I-AA Poll, scored on their first four possessions en route to a 31-14 triumph at N.C. A&T. In last year’s meeting, the two team’s combined for 86 points in the Pirates’ 49-37 win. Joe Taylor has won eight of his last 10 meetings against MSU.
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF vs. (3) TUSKEGEE
(Gateway Classic at St. Louis, Mo.)
TU looks to go 4-0 after giving head coach Rick Comegy’s his 100th career victory in last week’s 31-16 win over Benedict. The Golden Tigers league-leading offense is being led by QB Kevin Huff and WR Kenneth Henderson, who have combined for 5 TDs and 449 yards of offense. UAPB is still looking for its first win of the season. It’s the first meeting ever between the school. However, Comegy is 1-1 career against the Tigers.
(6) BETHUNE-COOKMAN at NORFORK STATE
(Fish Bowl Classic at Norfolk, Va.)
NSU headman Pete Adrian, a former BCC defensive coordinator, will try snap the Spartan’s seven-game losing streak dating back to last season and get his first coaching win. While NSU was idle last week, the Wildcats are coming off a tough 27-24 loss to South Carolina State. BCC’s Alvin Wyatt has gone 7-1 in his career against the Spartans with the only loss coming in his first season with the Wildcats. Both teams are also looking for their first conference win.
ALCORN STATE at (7) ALABAMA STATE
Another Eastern Division match-up which could have implications on the conference title race ensues when the Hornets and Braves meet at the Crampton Bowl. Alcorn boasts the SWAC’s top rushing attack averaging 201.5 rushing yards per game. Jeremy McCoy leads the SWAC averaging 101.5 rushing yards per contest. Alabama State enters the game after a 41-10 win at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Hornet receiver Alvance Robinson has 15 catches averaging 16.1 yards per reception.
Idle: (2) South Carolina State (3-0), (5) Grambling State (1-1).