By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN Black College Football Roundup: Week Four
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — With league play beginning in earnest this week, there are several key matchups on tap throughout black college football. In fact, the action gets started a bit earlier this week as the top-ranked Pirates of Hampton University get set to visit Greensboro, N.C. Thursday night on national television.
The Aggies (1-1, 1-0 MEAC), fresh off their 16-14 win over Norfolk State Saturday, entertain Hampton on ESPNU (7:30 pm). A&T was paced by the running of Quante Speight, who rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
The Pirates (2-0, 1-0 MEAC), who remain atop SBN’s Black College Football Poll, parlayed some outstanding play on special teams and one big play on defense into a 22-12 win over Howard University before an overflow crowd at Greene Stadium.
Also in the MEAC on Saturday, second-ranked South Carolina State (2-0) and fourth-ranked Bethune-Cookman meet each other in the Galeway Classic at Jacksonville, Fla.. The Bulldogs throttled Winston-Salem State 52-12 in SCSU’s home opener.
The SCSU offense had their second stellar showing of the season racking up 357 yards of offense and scoring their highest point total since the 2002 season when the team defeated Benedict 52-7 in the inaugural Palmetto Capital City Classic.
BCC remained unbeaten and moved to 2-0 on the year as they clawed past the Golden Lions of Arkansas-Pine Bluff by a count of 31-17 in front of 5,624 patrons at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach.
In other games matching teams from SBN’s Top 10:
(3) TUSKEGEE AT BENEDICT
Behind QB Kevin Huff, the Golden Tigers ran up 448 yards of total offense in their easy 36-7 win against Miles College. Named the SIAC’s Offensive Player of The Week, Huff completed 16 of 24 passes for 317 yards and 3 TDs. He also rushed 12 times for 60 yards and another touchdown BC also rolled as they defeated Johnson C. Smith 26-11 in last week’s Palmetto Capital City Classic.
(5) GRAMBLING STATE AT WASHINGTON STATE
Both teams enter the game after explosive offensive outputs. Washington State scored 55 points in their win at Nevada while Grambling State blanked Alabama A&M 44-0. GSU QB bruce Eugene completed 8-of-21 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Henry Tolbert caught four passes for 174 yards and one score. Both teams will look to capitalize on their momentum and increase their respective win streaks.
(6) N.C. CENTRAL AT SHAW
In the conference opener for both schools, the “Willie E. Gary Triangle Classic” is the first gridiron meeting between the Eagles and Bears in 35 years, dating back to a 32-0 NCCU victory on Oct. 31, 1970. NCCU’s 3-0 record marks the best start to a season since 1988, when the Eagles won their first four games, advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs, and finished with a record of 9-2-1. The Eagles also have an 18-game win streak against the Bears. Shaw’s last victory in the series was a 20-0 shutout win on Nov. 19, 1949
(7) ALABAMA STATE AT ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF
Two teams picked to be in contention for the SWAC title game, both ASU and UAPB will look to make a statement in this conference contest. The Hornets are spearheaded by the preseason players of the year – quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and linebacker Billy Gresham. The Lions have come on the scene over the last two seasons with a team filled with players looking to be solid and consistent
(8) ALBANY STATE AT LANE
The Golden Rams (2-1, 1-1 SIAC) racked up 318 total offensive yards, including 242 rushing and 76 passing yards in their 17-7 win against Kentucky State. ASU was paced by Antwan Andrews, who rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown, and Antonio Atkins ran 105 yards. LC remains winless (0-3, 0-2 SIAC) as they fell 31-23 on the road at Fort Valley State.
A program that is looking to define their identity travels to a program whose identity is confirmed within the SWAC. Prairie View, fresh off a season-opening win over Paul Quinn travels to Baton Rouge to take on Southern. The Jaguars return to A.W. Mumford Stadium looking for a win after last week’s 31-28 loss at Mississippi Valley.
(10) MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE AT ALABAMA A&M
This Eastern Division match-up is one that has been highlighted by many on their schedule cards. Mississippi Valley enters the game on a two-game win streak with victories over their rival Arkansas-Pine Bluff and 2004 SCG participant Southern. Alabama A&M gained a season-opening win at Tennessee State before falling in their conference opener to Grambling State.