HBCU Football Roundup: Aggies Still Seeking First Win For Fobbs

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: October 26, 2007

NC A&T AggiesGREENSBORO, N.C. — The Aggies of North Carolina A&T look to get in the win column this Saturday when they face Bethune Cookman College in what should be a very competitive game at Aggie Stadium.

Both teams are coming off tough losses. BCC lost a hard fought game at home against Winston Salem State (due mostly to turnovers) 14-9 while the Aggies played hard but a late rally by the Bison of Howard University sealed the Aggies fate 35-27 in the Nation’s capital.

The Aggies, despite being winless, have continued to improve each game, but have yet to put together a complete game to get their first win for Coach Lee Fobbs. Bethune Cookman could be easily have a winning record but tough losses against South Carolina State, Norfolk State and last week against Winston Salem State made the difference between their record being 2-5 instead of 5-2.

If the BCC is going to win, they must learn how to finish games.

Offensively they have a balanced attack and defensively, they are in the top of the league in most statistical categories led by two-time MEAC co-player of the week Ronnie McCullough. They are sixth in scoring offense, fourth in rushing yards per game but the problem is not the scoring but they need to do a better job in taking care of the ball and close games. They are in the bottom group of teams in the league with a negative turnover margin. BCC must also be able to run the ball and stop the run in order to have a chance to win against The Aggies.

Turnovers have been there Achilles heel and they cant turnover the ball or at least win the turnover the battle in order to leave Greensboro with a win.

If The Aggies are going to win, they must first play hard and with passion. The toughness they’ve showed in games against NC Central, Morgan State and last week against Howard must carry over. Like the Wildcats, the Aggies are at the bottom of the league in turnover margin and like The Wildcats, they must limit there mistakes and protect the football.

Offensively, The Wildcats can expect a heavy dose of NFL caliber running back Michael Ferguson who leads the team in rushing yards, touchdowns, longest run from scrimmage and is right there amongst the MEAC’s best running back. Despite Ferguson’s hard nosed running, The Aggies rank near the bottom in most statistical categories including scoring per game, passing yards per game and total yards. They must change the trend thus far this season by scoring early and often because it’s that formula opponents have used to pull away early on there way to a victory. Quarterbacks Shelton Morgan and Herbert Miller must be patient and make smart decisions to keep The Aggies in the game and give them a chance to win at the end.

Defensively, the team is young and inexperience and lacks play makers but they still continue to play hard every down to the credit of coach Fobbs and his staff. They must play smart and discipline and understand there assignments so they won’t give up what is their Achilles heel — the big play.

My prediction: Looking at the game, Bethune Cookman is clearly a better team on paper. But as one sports announcer says “That’s why you play the game!” Aggie Stadium will be wild and loud and that will help.

The Aggies will stay pumped, focused and in the game. Miracles do happen, Aggie fans. Especially when a team so snake bitten like The Aggies play so hard and find a way to lose at the end of the game.

However this weekend, this homecoming, at this stadium, the Aggies will finally be able to carry Coach Fobbs off the field in victory on a late score edging the Wildcats 35-34.

That’s my prediction. If it’s wrong, I will do like most in my position: DENY EVERYTHING!


(Rankings are from latest BoxToRow.com/BASN Poll)

No. 1 Delaware State at No. 10 South Carolina State, 1:30.

Texas Southern at No. 2 Grambling State, 2 pm.

No. 3 Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State (Magic City Classic at Birmingham), 2:30

Howard at No. 4 Norfolk State, 1 pm.

No. 6 Tuskegee at Kentucky State, 1 pn.

No. 7 Virginia Union vs. Virginia State at Ettrick, Va., 1 pm.

Morehouse College at No. 8 Albany State, 3 pm

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at No. 9 Jackson State, 3 pm

No. 10 N.C. Central at Western Kentucky, 6 pm.