Aggies Get Clawed By The Bears

By L.A.Batchelor
Updated: October 8, 2006

GREENSBORO, N.C. — When head coach Lee Fobbs took the job as head coach of NC A & T, I don’t think he envision all the patience he would need to get through his first season with a young an inexperienced team.

That patience was put to the test once again as the Aggie offense committed 5 turnovers en route to a 32-0 pasting from Morgan State University at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, NC. The Aggies never really established any offensive consistency in the game because of turnovers, penalties and their inability to convert on 3rd down.

The Aggies committed a game high 12 penalties for 124 yards and were only 3 of 12 on 3rd down conversions.

After the first quarter ended with no score, Morgan State got on the board with a 38 yard field goal from Jonathan Skeete with 14:42 left in the 2nd quarter making the score 3-0 Morgan State. The drive went 11 plays, 59 yards and consumed 5:20 seconds.

After the Aggie defense played well through most of the 2nd quarter, a costly interception by Aggies quarterback Wayne Campbell led to another touchdown by Morgan State added a touchdown later in the quarter when Chad Simpson scampered for a 1 yard run finishing a 3 play 41 yard drive after a turnover making the score 9-0.

The touchdown was setup by a 37-yard completion to Rodrick Wolfe. The 2 point conversion failed.

Morgan State looked to score more points thanks to Aggie miscues as Eugene Parnell fumbled the kick-off and the Bears recovered. The Aggie defense once again, battled and stopped the Bears forcing a punt but the Aggies were unable to move to the ball and were forced to punt and once again the mistake of a young team occurred.

The Aggie long snapper, snapped the ball well over Aggie punter Lee Woodson’s head sending the ball into the end zone giving the Bears a safety and a 11-0 lead. The Bears then received the ball and went on an impressive 6 play, 73 yard drive taking only :52 seconds and capped off with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Mario Melton to Rodrick Wolfe making the score 18-0 at intermission.

The second half was all about Morgan State quarterback Mario Melton and the Bears offense. Melton led the Bears on a 4, play 7 yard drive after another Aggie turnover and a 6 play, 63 yard drive finishing both drives scoring from 1 yard and 5 yards respectively concluding the scoring and making the final 32-0.

The Aggies had eight 1st downs in the game and 85 yards passing. They gained 126 yards rushing but lost 63 yards on the ground. The Aggies were also out-gained 349 to 148 of total yards in the game and allowed 15 points off turnovers.

The defense played admirably throughout the game holding the Bears to only 3 of 13 on 3rd down conversions and recording 3 sacks.

The Aggies were led on offense by Michael Ferguson who rushed for 66 yards on 11 carries. On defense, freshmen linebacker played well leading the team with 13 tackles in the game.

Despite their 5th straight loss, coach Fobbs believes the team will get better by continuing to play the young players in each game. “In all of my 35 years of coaching, there is no way that kids are going to become better ballplayers by standing on the sideline”.

With the win, Morgan State improves their record to 3-3 overall, 2-1 in the MEAC while the Aggies drop their 5th straight and their record goes to 0-5, 0-3.

The Aggies will try to get their first win of the season next Saturday, October 14th when they travel to Dover, Del., to play Delaware State. Kick off is at 1pm.