By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN HBCU Game Of The Week: (2) Alabama A&M at (10) Mississippi Valley State
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Fresh off their thrilling overtime victory over defending SWAC champion Grambling State, the second-ranked Bulldogs of Alabama A&M (2-0) are poised to take on a tough conference foe.
Coach Anthony Jones’ crew will visit Itta Bena, Mississippi to battle the tenth-ranked Delta Devils of Mississippi Valley State (1-1) in an Eastern Division match up. MVSU lost at Southern last week and will be looking to avenge last year’s 27-13 loss at Huntsville.
The Bulldogs, who are also ranked 25th in this week’s Division I-AA Poll by “The Sports Network”, have won the last 10 meetings against the Delta Devils. MVSU’s last win against AAMU was a 42-21 victory in 1986. Jones is 4-0 lifetime against the Delta Devils.
OTHER GAMES N.C. A&T at (1) HAMPTON, 1:30 pm The Pirates (2-0,1-0 MEAC) have won four of their last five meetings against the Aggies (0-1), the only blemish being a 31-28 home loss to A&T during the 2000 season. HU tailback Alonzo Coleman, the Pirates’ all-time leading rusher, is now just 302 yards away from becoming the MEAC’s all-time leading rusher. The Aggies haven’t won on the road since a 13-7 win at Bethune-Cookman in November of 2003.
(3) SOUTHERN vs. PRAIRIE VIEW at HOUSTON, 1 pm Both the Jags and Panthers were impressive in big wins last week. SU got three touchdown passes from J.C. Lewis in their 31-14 victory over MVSU while Arnell Fontenot’s 133 rushing yards helped lead Prairie View to a 37-0 shutout NAIA opponent Edward Waters. The Panthers rolled up over 400 yards of offense while holding EWC to just 31 total yards.
(4) DELAWARE ST. at NORTHWESTERN ST., 7 pm (CSTV) The Hornets (2-0) are seeking their first 3-0 start since 1986. The DSU offense exploded on St. Francis (Pa.) with over 500 yards of total offense in their 63-28 rout. Running backs Emmanuel Marc and Lennox Norville each eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the Hornets. The Demons (0-2) have opened the season with road losses to Division I-A opponents Kansas (49-18) and Baylor (47-10). DSU has won both previous meetings.
BETHUNE-COOKMAN at (6) S.C. STATE, 6 pm This game was moved to Charleston to accommodate renovation repairs at Dawson Stadium. Both schools bounced back from season opening losses and won big last week: SCSU thrashed Winston-Salem State (35-6) on the road while BCC had their way with Savannah State (55-6). The Bulldogs have won the last two meetings after dropping the previous six contests. However, the Wildcats enter the game with the No. 2 defense in all of Division I-AA.
BENEDICT at (7) TUSKEGEE, 1 pm (www.cstv.com) Still smarting from last week’s upset at the hands of Miles College, the Golden Tigers (1-1, 1-1 SIAC) look to bounce back against BC. The Tigers (2-1, 1-1 SIAC) scored 20 points in the second half and rallied to defeat Clark Atlanta last week. However, BC has struggled mightily against TO. They are 0-9 all-time against the Golden Tigers and have been outscored 102-32 in the last four meetings.
(8) JACKSON ST. vs. TENNESSEE STATE, 6 pm (Fox Sports South) (Southern Heritage Classic at Memphis) The TIgers have had a week to prepare for their annual battle with TSU at the Liberty Bowl. This game should give coach Rick Comegys a good gauge as to just how good his team is. TSU broke a home losing streak last week as they defeated conference foe Murray State. Quarterback Heffner passed for 230 and three touchdowns in the 25-15 victory at LP Field.
CONCORDIA at (9) LANE COLLEGE, 7 pm The SIAC’s only 3-0 squad looks to continue their offensive explosion with a non-conference match up against Concordia. The Dragons have had a week to prepare, but they may see a mirror image. Concordia (1-2) has imassed over 400 passing yards in their last two games, including a loss to Stillman College. This could be one of the most highest scoring games in black college football this season.
OTHER GAMES OF NOTE BOWIE STATE vs. MORGAN STATE at Baltimore The Battle of Baltimore has become a very heated affair over the last few seasons as the CIAA Bulldogs have had their way with their MEAC counterparts. MSU coach Donald Hill-Eley added even more fuel to the fire this week with accusations that BSU players stomped on the Bears’ midfield emblem during last year’s game and “tore up” the locker room. MSU leads the all-time series 4-3-1.
FORT VALLEY ST. at MILES COLLEGE Two schools who are coming off contrasting road games: Miles upset Tuskegee at Abbott Stadium while FVSU was dismissed by Valdosta State in VSU’s home opener. The Wildcats edged the Golden Bears in overtime (20-17) in last year’s meeting. Look for FVSU’s top-ranked defense (1st in the SIAC allowing only 184.3 ypg) to try and take control of the contest.