HBCU Football Roundup: Bowie, Va. State Fall In Season Openers

By Tony McClean
Updated: August 24, 2007
Football NEW HAVEN, Ct. – The Black College football season officially began on Thursday night for a pair of CIAA teams on the road. Unfortunately for both the Bulldogs of Bowie State and the Trojans of Virginia State, they didn’t get off on the right foot.

In Glenville, West.Virginia, Glenville State’s Jerry Seymour rushed for a game high 220 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Pioneers to a 29-19 season opening victory over the Bulldogs.

Meanwhile in Jefferson City, Tennessee., the Carson-Newman Eagles handed VSU their worst season-opening loss in team history in a 52-21 win over the Trojans.

The Eagles (1-0) struggled in the first half by failing to complete a pass. VSU struck first when Michael Terry fired a 72-yard TD strike to Brandon Crump for a 7-0 Trojan lead.

In the second quarter, the Eagles dented the scoreboard on their fourth offensive possession. Alex Good led C-N on a 10-play, 26-yard drive that resulted in an Aubrey Ingham 48-yard field goal to cut VSU’s lead to 7-3.
VSU went ahead by 11 points just seconds later as wide receiver Davian Richards launched a 72-yard TD pass to Jerome Choice as the Trojans took a 14-3 advantage.
The Eagles proceeded to dominate the next three quarters. Alex Rouse and Good co-engineered a 7-play, 70-yard drive capped by a 14-yard TD run by Good to pull the Eagles closer at 14-10.
After the C-N defense stopped VSU again, Banks fielded a Robert Dunham punt at the 20-yard line and returned it 33 yards into Trojan territory at the 47-yard line. From there, Rouse launched a spiral to Banks, who caught the ball between two VSU defenders for another touchdown.
In Bowie State’s loss, Glenville State drew first blood at the 8:55 mark of the opening quarter, when Jerry Seymour rushed 44 yards to paydirt. Alex Amick missed the extra point but the home team led 6-0.
The Pioneers crossed the BSU end zone again, this time courtesy of a 14-yard run by Jared Dearing. Amick converted the extra point this time, increasing the Glenville State lead to 13-0.
Rodney Webb (78 yards) put the Bulldogs on the board with 9:51 left in the second quarter, rushing for his first collegiate touchdown from nine yards out. Ronald Walls’ extra point sailed wide left, but trimmed Glenville State’s lead to 13-6. Peter Mensah rushed for a 4-yard TD and Walls added the extra point, tying the game at 13-13 with 6:13 left in the first half.

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The Bulldogs went four and out on the opening possession of the third quarter. The Glenville State Pioneers took possession at the BSU 38 yard after a very short Bowie State punt. Seymour, a transfer from Division I Central Michigan, rushed for his second touchdown of the evening at the 11:57 mark, this time from three yards out.
Amick’s extra point was good, shifting the advantage back to Glenville State at 20-13. Mr. Seymour rushed up the gut for a 7-yard TD with 2:31 left in the third, increasing the Pioneers lead to 26-13 heading into the final quarter of play.
Amick booted a 35-yard field goal with 14:45 left in the fourth quarter to pad the Glenville State lead at 29-13. BSU’s Mensah (59 yards) recorded his second touchdown run of the night, pounding six yards to the end zone.
The extra point pass by Jason Scott was picked off by Michael Hardin but did not convert into two points for the defense. Scott finished with a game-high 141 passing yards, completing 12 of 31.
Glenville State accounted for 331 total offensive yards (286 rushing) and Bowie State rolled up 300 yards in total offense. Bowie State’s Tristan Martin led all receivers with 46 yards and Ricardo Silva along with Robert Petty led the Bulldogs defense with eight tackles each.
(North Carolina Central at Albany State)
After repeating as CIAA champions, making consecutive NCAA Division II playoff appearances and earning the school’s first Black College Football National Championship, the North Carolina Central Eagles look to soar into its first year of NCAA Division I-Championship Subdivision competition with plenty of momentum.
To open the season, NCCU travels to Albany, Ga. to take on the defending SIAC Champion Golden Rams. A year ago at the then CIAA-SIAC Challenge, the Eagles blanked ASU in their season opener at Durham. Saturday’s game, scheduled for 6 pm ET, can be seen on CSTV.
Topping the list of six returning offensive starters for new NCCU head coach Mose Rison is 6-foot-1 sophomore quarterback Stadford Brown , who was tagged as the top offensive weapon in Black College Football when he was voted SBN Sports Doug Williams Offensive Player of the Year. Brown, the 2006 CIAA Offensive Player of the Year and CIAA Rookie of the Year.
Brown topped the conference in passing yards per game (214.8), total passing yards (2,577), passing touchdowns (26), and passing efficiency (141.5). His 26 passing touchdowns set a new single-season school record and a new CIAA standard for freshmen.
(All times are ET)
Benedict at Morehouse, 7 pm
We know that one of the two newest coaches in the SIAC will open the season with a win in their debut. Former Alabama A&M assistant Stan Connor will take over a Benedict program that finished 3-7 last season while the Maroon Tigers will now be under the command of Rich Freeman, who left Lane College, where he was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Dragons last year.
Edward Waters at J.C. Smith, 6 pm
One of the many surprise stories in college football for 2006 was undoubtedly Johnson C. Smith. After going over two seasons without a win, the Golden Bulls posted a 7-4 record and went to the Pioneer Bowl. JCSU looks to continue their winning ways and perhaps play host to the CIAA Championship Game on November 10.
Clark Atlanta at Fort Valley State, 6 pm
This is the second longest series in the history of Fort Valley State football. FVSU and CAU first met in 1950, and the Panthers came out on top 12-0. The Wildcats notched their first win two years later when they defeated the Panthers 12-7. Presently, the series stands at 40-13-4 which includes last year’s 9-6 win in Atlanta thanks to a late Jake Grubbs field goal. The Panthers last win over the Wildcats was during the 1991 season when they pulled off the 14-12 upset in the rain at Wildcat Stadium.