Aggies Improve, But Still Fall to Prairie View 22-7

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: September 9, 2007

NCA&T Aggies

LOS ANGELES — The North Carolina A&T Aggies played much better in their second game of the season in the Angel City Football Classic, unfortunately the end result was the same.

Prairie View A&M’s Riante Jones blocked two Lee Woodson punts and Val Ford returned both of them for touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 22-7 win over the Aggies in beautiful Los Angeles.

The Aggies offense was impressive on their opening drive, taking the ball down the field with the help of junior running back Michael Ferguson. The Aggies were unable to finish the drive and after they faced fourth down, they attempted a field goal which was no-good by their freshmen kicker Eric Houston.

The Aggies continued their dominance later in the quarter driving 57 yards down the field only to have the same result to end their drive. Houston attempted another field goal after the drive stalled only to have the attempt blocked to keep the Aggies off the board and give momentum back to the Panthers.

The Panthers finally got on the board first thanks to there stellar special teams once again. After a Aggie drive stalled, Jones came up the middle seemingly unblocked for the Panthers and blocked Lee Woodson’s punt.

Val Ford scooped up and ran down the field into the end zone for the first score of the game giving the Panthers a 7-0 lead after the extra point with just over 14 minutes left in the first half.

While both teams offenses continued to sputter because of solid defense from both teams, the Panthers special teams continued to make big plays leading to points. Jones once again penetrated the line of the Aggie special teams and blocked his second punt.

Again, Ford was there to picked up the loose ball on his way to scoring another touchdown and giving the Panthers a 13-0 lead at the half. The Aggies couldn’t get much going since the first quarter despite the solid running of Ferguson.

In the second half, Panther QB Chris Gibson took matters into his on hands by running and passing on a second drive and finishing the drive with a nine-yard scoring run giving the Panthers a commanding 20-0 lead.

The Aggies scored their only points when backup quarterback Shelton Morgan hit Giorgio Lowrance for a 32-yard touchdown pass making the score 20-7 with the Panthers still very much in control.

It was the first touchdown pass and catch in the young careers of Morgan and Lowrance respectively. The Panthers finished the scoring in the game with a sack of Morgan in the end zone making the final score 22-7 Panthers.

The Aggies defensive played well holding the Panthers to only 278 yards and had over 300 yards total offense, but too many mistakes, penalties and poor special teams led directly to the lost.

The Panthers were led by Gibson, who was 16 of 28 in the air for 145 yards. He also ran for 76 yards on 10 carries.

Ferguson led the Aggies with a career-high 181 yards on 22 carries.

Despite the loss, Coach Lee Fobbs continues to stay positive especially on the defensive side of the ball. “It’s the second week in a row we’ve played inspired defense’, said Fobbs. “We’ve got to continue to play like that.”

With the win, The Panthers improve to 2-0, while the Aggies drop to 0-2. The Aggies will try to get their first win for Coach Fobbs in their home opener with a tough task against Hampton this Saturday at 6 pm.

The game will be shown on ESPNU (tape delayed) at 10 p.m.