By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
HBCU Football: PVU/TSU Weekend
TSU in key SWAC Game
Jackson State Tigers @ Texas Southern Tigers
4 p.m. Saturday, TSU Durley Field
Records: Jackson State (1-0, 2-1); TSU (2-1, 2-2)
Last week: Jackson defeated MVSU 29-24. TSU loss to Alabama A&M 19-14.
Rundown: The East leading JSU Tigers will meet the West leading TSU Tigers.
Rick Comegy is turning the Jackson program around in his first year. Quarterback Jimmy Oliver is second in SWAC with 573 total yards. Transfer FB Eric Haw has rushed for 7 touchdowns. Coach Steve Wilson has his TSU Tigers at the top of the SWAC West standings. TSU is seeking revenge from last year’s 24-21 loss at Jackson. RB Brent Wilson (247 yards, 2TD) must have a good game. TSU had only 47 yards rushing against Alabama A&M. LB Robert Napier (32 tackles) and safety Stacy Thomas lead TSU on defense. TSU will also be seeking its first win over JSU since 2000.
Panthers brace for Tigers attack
Grambling vs. Prairie View
6 p.m. Saturday, Cotton Bowl
Records: GSU (0-1, 0-30; PVU (1-2, 2-1)
Last week: Grambling was open. The PVU vs. Langston game was suspended, because of weather.
Rundown: Coming to the Cotton Bowl 0-3 is unusual for a Grambling team. Coach Melvin Spears Tigers have played a tough schedule. They loss their opener to HBCU # 1 Hampton. They loss at the University of Houston and at Alabama A&M. Former La Marque All-state QB Larry Kerlegan has replaced Brandon Landers as the starting quarterback. He took over for Landers against UH and completed 18-23 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 88 yards. Kerlegan’s go to guy will be former Westbury WR Clyde Edwards who has caught 17 passes for 223 yards, 2TD. GSU leads SWAC (264 yards) per game passing. The Tigers are last (allow 419) total yards per game. They are 9th in SWAC *60.7) yards per game.
Coach Henry Frazier has the Panthers playing winning ball and are bracing themselves for a Tiger attack. They are behind TSU in the West standings. The Panthers lead the conference (222) in rushing offense. RB Arnell Fontenot is third with 379 yards and 3 TD. The Panthers lead the SWAC (197) total yards per game allowed. They allow only 13.3 points per game—best in SWAC. Their 47.0 yard per game allowed is also the best in the conference. The Panthers will be seeking their first win over the Tigers since their 24-19 win over Eddie Robinson in 1986.
Other HBCU games to watch
Alabama State @ Southern 7 p.m.
Tennessee State vs. Florida A&M, Atlanta, 3 p.m.
Paul Quinn @ Texas College, 7 p.m.
Alcorn vs. Morehouse, Los Angeles, TBA.
Arkansas-PB vs. Tuskegee, St. Lois, MO. 4 p.m.
N.C. Central @ Bowie state, 2 p.m.
Hampton @ Delaware State, 6 p.m.
Lane @ Stillman, 5 p.m.