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CIAA REPORT – Week 3 By Tony McClean
GAME OF THE WEEK Winston-Salem State (0-2, 0-0) at Bowie State (2-0, 1-0) Saturday 9/14, 1 p.m.
This match-up should have long term ramifications on the CIAA race in both divisions. The Bulldogs, the preseason favorites in the East, struggled but held off Johnson C. Smith 7-6. The Bulldogs limited the Golden Bulls to just 99 total yards of offense, but needed an interception by Antone’ Sewell on the game’s final play to seal the deal. The win gave Bowie State it’s first 2-0 start since 1988, the year they advanced to the Division II playoffs. Meanwhile, WSSU, the Western division pick, has opened with its first 0-2 start since 1999. Not only did the Rams lose 36-15 to Tuskegee in their home opener, they may have lost WR Sherman Riggsbee, who broke a collarbone, for the rest of the season.
OTHER GAMES (Also on 9/14) Virginia Union at Shepard, 1 p.m.
Saint Augustine’s at Mars Hill, 1:30 p.m.
Elizabeth City St. vs Fayetteville State at Rocky Mount, NC, 6 p.m.
J.C. Smith at Virginia State, 6:30 p.m.
Livingstone at Stillman, 6:30 p.m.
Football results for 9/7 Bowie St. 7, Johnson C. Smith 6 Catawba 30, Livingstone 22 Fayetteville St. 62, St. Augustine’s 13 Morehouse 19, NC Central 3 Tuskegee 35, Winston-Salem St. 15 Virginia Union 29, Elizabeth City St. 0 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK – September 8, 2002 Offensive Lineman Johnny Surratt – Fayetteville State, OT, 6’6, 300, SR, Kings Mountain, NC Behind the blockage of Surratt, the Broncos set a school record for total offense with 503 yards (208 yards rushing and 295 yards passing) in Saturday’s game against Saint Augustine’s College.
Receiver Chris Jeter – Livingstone College, WR, 5’9, 173, FR, Jonesville, SC Jeter grabbed 3 catches for 71 yards and a touchdown in the game against Catawba this weekend. He also punted the ball 5 times for 179 yards (longest punt 52 yds).
Offensive Back Te’Mon Wallace – Fayetteville State, QB, 6’0, 190, JR, Fort Lauderdale, FL Wallace completed 20 of 26 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown to lead the Broncos in a 62-13 victory over Saint Augustine’s College.
Defensive Lineman Atcheson Conway – Bowie State, LB, 6’0, 215, SO, Silver Spring, MD Conway picked up where he left off from last season leading the Bulldogs’ defense with 10 total tackles (3 for loss) in the win against Johnson C. Smith. He also had 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery returned for 20 yards.
Defensive Back Phil Crumb – Fayetteville State, DB, 5’10, 198, SR, Raleigh, NC Crumb led the Broncos’ defensive attack with 5 total tackles (3 solo, 2 assisted). He also had 1 forced fumble, 5 pass deflections and 2 interceptions (1 for a TD) returned for a total of 38 yards.
Rookie Robert Doss – Johnson C. Smith, LB, 5’9, 175, SR, Charleston, SC In his second game of the season, Doss recorded 12 tackles (8 solo, 4 assisted) including 4 tackles for a loss of 18 yards, caused one fumble, had one fumble recovery and one sack for a loss of 10 yards in a 7-6 loss to Bowie State.
Speciality Elliott London – Fayetteville State, PR/WR, 5’9, 190, JR, Garner, NC London had 4 punt returns for 83 yards, 1 TD. He also caught 9 receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos’ win over the Falcons.
Coach Willard Bailey – Virginia Union Coach Bailey captured his 200th victory of his career with a 29-0 shutout over the Vikings of Elizabeth City State. He is the winningest coach in the CIAA with a overall record 200-101-8 for his career.
NEWS AND NOTES Hopkins Leaves Shaw University Joel Hopkins, the basketball coach who took Shaw University from obscurity to the Division II Final Four in just two years, will not be back for a third year, the coach said on September 6. Hopkins said he is leaving the job because he and the university could not agree on terms of a contract extension. Money was not an issue, he said, but there were differences about a buyout clause and other terms. “We had a great run here for two years and did a lot of great things,” Hopkins said. “I’m not disappointed. It’s part of the business, and we’re going to move on.” In March, after Shaw won its first CIAA championship and captured the NCAA South Atlantic regional title, President Shaw had a different message. “We have to find a way to retain him,” he said of Hopkins. “That’s absolutely critical. It is priority No. 1.” The coach and the university had reached a tentative agreement on a contract extension in June, Hopkins said, but “a lot of things were more or less promised and didn’t materialize.”
Shaw Names Bernard New Head Men’s Basketball Coach Shaw announced that Michael Bernard has been named head men’s basketball coach. Bernard had spent the last four seasons as the head coach at Fayetteville State University. While at Fayetteville State he compiled a record of 63-45 (.567). He led the Broncos to a second place finish in the CIAA Tournament in 2001 and was also named the CIAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Coach.
Prior to coaching at Fayetteville State, Bernard coached seven seasons at Norfolk State University where he compiled a record of 141-67 (.677). He led the Spartans to back-to-back South Atlantic Regional Championships in 1994 and 1995. He also led the Spartans to the NCAA Division II Final Four in 1994 and the NCAA Division II “Elite Eight” in 1995.
Shaw Football Team Gets 1st Win It had been 25 years. The last time Shaw had a football team before this season was 1978. That team went 0-10, losing the last game of the season to Winston-Salem State 71-0. The 2002 edition of the Bears will not go undefeated. Reginald Price rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Bears to a 27-14 victory over George Mason before a crowd of over 1,000 at Robinson Field.
Tony McClean is a free-lance sports journalist specializing in collegiate athletics, tennis and the NFL. He’s currently working for ESPN in their Bristol headquarters as a research specialist. You may reach Tony at: email@example.com.
MEAC REPORT: WEEK 3 By Elliott Robinson GAME OF THE WEEK Florida A&M Rattlers vs Morgan St. – Riverfront Classic, Cincinnati, OH – 1:30 If you enjoy passing, then this is the game for you. After a tough opener against the University of Miami, FAMU QB Casey Printers got his groove back against Morris Brown going 21 of 32 passing for 229 yards and four TDs, while adding 2 on the ground.
Printers has shown that if you’re open, then you will get the ball. WRs Charlie Allen (7 for 81yds, 2 TDs), Dennis Bonga (5 for 48yds, 2 TDs), Marco Junious (6 for 79yds, 1 TD) and Rod Miller (8 for 53 yds) are the beneficiaries of Casey’s rather liberal arm.
Morgan is led by an exceptional redshirt freshman named Bradshaw “The Big Show” Littlejohn. The Gaffney, SC native has exceeded Coach Hill-Eley’s wildest expectations. After 2 games, The Big Show is 28 of 42 for 496 yards and 3 TDs in the air and 34 carries for 196 yards and 1 TD.
RB T.J. Stallings is the primary beneficiary of this breakout season for Littlejohn. Stallings has 13 receptions for 187 yards and 1 TD to go along with 3 TDs on the ground. There will be plenty of scoring in this one so if you can’t make it to Cincy, watch it on MBC.
Howard University vs Hampton University, Hampton, VA – 6:00pm Who’s the real HU? Well, since Hampton is riding a five game winning streak in this series, I don’t think anyone will argue that the Pirates are currently the “Real HU.”
The re-tooled Bison made three things very clear in last week’s thrilling 34-31 victory over Texas Southern, they will run the ball, Donald Clark is not last year’s version and Kevin Simmonds will catch the pigskin.
The Bison had 52 rushing attempts, with RB Tauric Rice leading the way with 28 carries for 78 yards while FB Michael Ayayi punished the Tigers with his 9 carries 39 yards. QB Donald Clark went 21 of 32 for 215 yards and 5 TDs. 4 of those TDs went to WR Kevin Simmonds (11 receptions for 116 yards).
The Pirates capitalized on TOs to defeat bitter in-state rival James Madison (31-28) in Week 1; however, the TO bug bit them in last week’s loss to SW Missouri St. (26-28).
Hampton QB Tim Frazier has been incredibly efficient this season (25 of 38, 321 yards and 4 TDs). His favorite target has been All-MEAC first teamer Zuriel Smith (9 receptions for 147 yards, 2 TDs). Terry Patrick (6 catches for 54 yards, 1 TD) has filled into the No. 2 WR slot left with the departure of Mike Compton.
With Hampton struggling to stop the run (230 yards/ game) and the Bison giving up 356 yards in last week’s win, this contest will be won by the team that can do a better job at doing what they do best.
OTHER GAMES N’western St. at Delaware St.-1:00 Savannah St. at Norfolk St.- 4:00pm N.C. A&T at Portland St.- 6:00pm Wofford at South Carolina St.- 6:00pm Bethune-Cookman at Morris Brown- 7:00pm GAMES ON THE TUBE MBC – Morgan vs. Florida A&M – River Front Classic, Cincinnati, OH 1:30p MBC – Southern vs. Ark Pine-Bluff Pine Bluff, AR 7:30p – (Lions Stadium) BET – Jackson St. vs. Tennessee St. – Southern Heritage Classic, Memphis, TN 7:00p – (Liberty Bowl) Black Entertainment Television (BET) Major Broadcasting Cable Network (MBC) Results From Week 2 B-CC 30, Florida Atlantic 17 FAMU 64, Morris Brown 6 Delaware State 41, Sav. State 9 Howard 34, Texas Southern 31 NC A&T 42, Jackson State 36 SWMU 28, Hampton 26 SCSU 52, Benedict 7 Towson 49, Morgan St. 28 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Offensive Player Of The Week Donald Clark – Howard Univ., 6’5, 225/SR-QB – Statesville, NC In the Bison 34-31 win over Texas Southern, Clark completed 21 of 32 passes for 215 yards and a career high five TD passes. Clark engineered a 59 yard, eight-play, game winning drive that he capped off with a 27 yard strike to Shaun Miller with only 47 ticks lift on the clock.
Defensive Player Of The Week Eddie Ravenell – N.C. A&T, 5’11, 205/SR-DB – Dothan, NC Finished the evening with 10 tackles (six solos), two interceptions for 24 yards in returns, two sacks for 12 yards in losses and one quarterback hurry. His efforts helped the Aggies in a win over Jackson State 42-36.
Offensive Lineman Of The Week Marques Ogden – Howard Univ., 6’6, 315/SR-OT – Washington, DC Graded out 98 percent on all blocking assignments and helped the Bison pile up 390 yards of total offense. The Bison offense rushed for 175 yards and passed for 215. Ogden’s pass blocking was instrumental in quarterback Donald Clark passing for five TDs and not getting sacked all day.
Special Teams Player Of The Week Coby Brandyburg – S.C. State, 6’0,180/FR-P/K – Decatur, GA Averaged 50 yards on three punts with a long of 70 yards. Also handled all kickoff duties. S.C. State defeated Benedict College 52-7.
Rookie Of The Week Bradshaw Littlejohn – Morgan State, 6’3, 258/FR-QB – Gaffney, SC “The Big Show” completed 11 of 16 passes for 236 yards including a 41 yard TD pass and he also scored on a 18 yard run.
NEWS AND NOTES UMES Appoints New Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach The University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Department of Athletics, has appointed Mr. Doug Wright of Salisbury, MD as the new men’s and women’s head tennis coach.
In 1990 Wright accepted the position as Director of Tennis at Layton’s Salisbury Sports Club, founded The Eastern Shore Tennis Academy, and his program has developed more junior players to the varsity high school and collegiate level than any program on Delmarva. Wright also serves as the Head Tennis Professional at Green Hill Yacht and Country Club and the Co-Director for the NIKE Tennis Camp at Salisbury University.
Florida A&M Upsets #22 Louisville In Volleyball The Florida A&M Rattlerettes may be 2-2 on 2002 campaign, but they reached that break-even point with a 3-1 stunner over #22 Louisville in the Georgia Tech Volleyball Invitational Saturday afternoon.
It marked the first-ever victory for Florida A&M against a Top 25 team. Freshman Andreina Ruiz led the Rattlerettes with a game-high 22 kills, while senior Fiorella Aita Junek had 21. Freshman Adriana Kostadinova had 17 kills.