HBCU Weekend Wrapup: Week Five

By Tony McClean
Updated: September 21, 2008

FAMU Tubas NEW HAVEN, Ct. – Here’s how teams in the BoxToRow.com/BASN Top 10 HBCU Football poll fared this weekend.

No. 1 Tuskegee 42, Stillman College 7

Quarterback Jacary Atkinson continued his outstanding play, racking up more than 450 yards of total offense, and the defense threw a shutout for the last three quarters as Tuskegee posted its 19th consecutive victory in a blowout of host Stillman. Atkinson passed for 362 yards, ran for another 95 and combined for three touchdowns. SC actual led 7-6 early on, but TU would lead 26-7 at halftime thanks to two more touchdown passes from Atkinson — an 18-yard toss to Jonathan Lessa and a 55-yard bomb to Jason English, whose 105 receiving yards were second to Antoine Mitchell’s 107 for the game.

No. 2 Tennessee State 34, Eastern Kentucky 20

Antonio Heffner threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns to lead host Tennessee State in a win against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday night. Heffner, who completed 20 of 28 passes and two interceptions, ran for 48 yards on nine carries for the Tigers (4-0, 1-0 OVC). Brandon Belvin caught six passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns, while Javarris Williams added 117 yards rushing and a touchdown on 17 carries for Tennessee State. TSU out gained Eastern Kentucky (1-3, 0-1 OVC) 541-253.

No. 3 Prairie View A&M 49, Mississippi Valley State 15

Mark Spivey threw for 252 yards and ran for 77 yards and three touchdowns to lead Prairie View to a rout over host Mississippi Valley State on Saturday night. The Delta Devils (1-2) had a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run. But the Panthers (3-0) answered when Donald Babers scored on a 2-yard run and Spivey threw a 15-yard to Shaun Stephens to give them a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. Russell Ball scored on a 10-yard run to push Prairie View’s lead to 22-7 in the third. Spivey threw a 10-yard touchdown to Stephens in the third then Jay Buford connected with Stephens for a 6-yard score to give the Panthers a 36-7 lead in the fourth.

No. 4 Hampton 44, North Carolina A&T 7

Jeremy Gilchrist returned two punts for touchdowns to lead host Hampton to a victory over North Carolina A&T on Saturday night. Gilchrist’s returns, which went for 56 and 88 yards, came within a span of two minutes and gave the Pirates (3-1, 2-0 MEAC) a 21-7 lead with 4:35 left in the second quarter. Gilchrist finished with 195 yards on six punt returns, two receptions for 33 yards and one carry for 7 yards. Hampton out gained the Aggies 271-87 on the ground behind LaMarcus Coker’s 87 yards and 18-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Michael Ferguson led North Carolina A&T (2-2, 0-2 MEAC) with 98 yards on 17 carries. Hampton had two interceptions and three sacks to hold the Rams to 197 yards of offense.

Clemson 54, No. 6 South Carolina State 0

James Davis rushed for three touchdowns to lead host Clemson past South Carolina State on Saturday. The Tigers (3-1) posted their first shutout in two years and improved to 22-0 against Championship Subdivision opponents, although this one figured to be closer. Clemson had either signed or looked hard at several of the Bulldogs standouts like runner Will Ford and receiver Phillip Morris. Clemson coach Tommy Bowden warned his players all week long they’d rarely see a Football Championship Subdivision team like this one. Plus there was the spice of brotherly competition: Tigers safety Michael Hamlin facing brothers Markee and Marquais of South Carolina State, and Clemson linebacker coach David Blackwell scheming against his brother, Joe, the Bulldogs’ run game coordinator. SCSU (2-2) had no answer for Davis and the Clemson offense. (416 yards of total offense).

William & Mary 42, No. 8 Norfolk State 12

Jake Phillips threw four touchdowns to lead host William & Mary to a victory over Norfolk State on Saturday night. The Tribe (2-1) took a 21-3 lead in the second quarter after David Caldwell’s 66-yard touchdown return off a blocked field goal, making it the first special teams score since 1996. William & Mary pushed its lead to 28-3 in the third on Phillips’ 32-yard touchdown pass to D.J. McAulay, who leads the Tribe with five touchdowns. NSU (2-2) converted only three of 18 third downs, giving up 337 total yards and throwing four interceptions. The game was only the third between the two schools, about 45 minutes apart. William and Mary won both previous games in 1977 and 1985.

No. 9 West Virginia State 24, Charleston 21

Kevin O’Brien threw for one touchdown and ran for another Saturday afternoon as West Virginia State remained unbeaten with a West Virginia Conference win at Charleston Stadium. Brian Mitchell ran for 130 yards and one score. WVSU (4-0, 2-0) had lost each of its three other meetings with Charleston, which revived its football program in 2003. The lead changed hands four times before State clinched the game by driving 77 yards for a touchdown with 1:44 remaining as Mitchell scored on a 4-yard run to make it 24-14. O’Brien, who leads the WVC in the three passing categories, had another solid effort, completing 25-of-36 attempts for 293 yards.

No. 10 Grambling State 14, Jackson State 5

Bruna Foster scored on a 34-yard interception in the fourth quarter to lift host Grambling State to a win over Jackson State on Saturday night. GSU (2-2) took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when J.P. Tillman threw a 46-yard touchdown to Nick Lewis. Jackson State (1-3) scored on a safety and Eric Perri made a 26-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-5 in the second. But Foster’s 34-yard interception for a touchdown with 44 second left in the game put the game out of reach for Grambling State. Cornelius Walker led the Tigers with 57 yards rushing on 12 carries, while Tillman threw for 100 yards. Trae Rutland, who completed 20 of 34 passes, threw for 255 yards but had two interceptions for Jackson State. Bloi-dei Dorzon was held to 24 yards rushing on 17 attempts.

Note:< No. 5 Albany State and No. 7 Delaware State were idle.