HBCU Weekend Wrapup: Week Four

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: September 14, 2008

FAMU Tubas NEW YORK — Here’s how teams in the BoxToRow.com/BASN Top 10 HBCU Football poll fared this weekend.


Jacary Atkinson passed for 412 yards and four touchdowns to lead host Tuskegee to a win over Benedict (1-1, 1-2 SIAC) Saturday afternoon. It marked the 18th consecutive win for the Golden Tigers (2-0, 2-0 SIAC) who posted a perfect 12-0 mark last season. TU’s last loss came to Clark-Atlanta back on October 28, 2006. Atkinson played just a little over one half. By then he had already thrown TD passes to Antoine Mitchell (seven catches, 140 yards), Jonathan Lessa (four catches, 141 yards), Jason English (three catches, 61 yards) and Stanley Reid (one catch, 70 yards).


Julian Edelman, Leneric Muldrow, and Andre Flowers each ran for a touchdown to lead host Kent State past Delaware State on Saturday. Edelman carried 11 times for 71 yards including a 7-yard score, Muldrow scored on a 31-yard play the only time he ran it and Flowers counted a 5-yard touchdown run among his 17 carries for 54 yards for the Golden Flashes (1-2). Nate Breed added a 43-yard field goal. Riley Flickinger’s 23-yard field goal provided the points for Delaware State (1-1). Kent State had a 215-99 advantage in rushing yardage and each one of their touchdown drives covered at least 62 yards. The Golden Flashes’ defense harassed Hornets quarterback Anthony Glaud, sacking him four times for 27 yards in losses. Glaud completed 24-of-39 passes for 247 yards with an interception. Edelman completed 10-of-20 passes for 113 yards with two interceptions, with Anthony Magazu hitting 3-of-5 for 65 yards.


Antonio Heffner ran for one touchdown and threw for another, and host Tennessee State returned two of three interceptions for touchdowns in a rout of Jackson State in the Southern Heritage Classic on Saturday night. It’s TSU’s sixth consecutive victory over Jackson State (1-2). Heffner ran for 48 yards, including a 1-yard sneak with 6:36 left in the first half that put the Tigers (3-0) in front for good at 14-10. Heffner also hit 11-of-16 passes for 137 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left in the second quarter. His pass was tipped by a defender and was grabbed by Brandon Belvin for a touchdown to make it 28-10 at the half. Eugene Clifford picked off Jackson State’s Trae Rutland and returned it 43 yards for a second-quarter touchdown. Rutland was replaced by Michael Mosley, who was picked off by Ty’Ron Johnson. He returned it 39 yards for a score early in the third quarter, making it 38-10. Javarris Williams scored Tennessee State’s first touchdown on a 28-yard run in the second quarter, and Eric Benson added second-half field goals of 27 and 43 yards. Erik Pearl’s 30-yard field goal, and a 5-yard touchdown pass from Rutland to Carlos Simpson put Jackson State up 10-0 with 2:27 left in the first quarter. Bloi-Dei Dorzon scored on a 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter.


Kevin Teel returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and Justin Brown had five catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns to lead host Hampton to a victory over Howard on Saturday. Hampton (1-1, 1-0 MEAC) scored all of its points after a 50-minute, third-quarter delay caused by a blown fuse to beat Howard (0-2, 0-1) for the 12th straight time. Howard led 7-0 from the 5:32 mark of the first quarter until the Pirates kicked a 19-yard field goal with 6:17 left in the third. That was the first play after a bank of lights at Armstrong Stadium went dark.

After Howard fumbled, Herb Bynes found Justin Brown on a 62-yard touchdown pass. Howard immediately regained the lead at 14-10 on Floyd Haigler’s 11-yard quarterback keeper, but Teel returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards. Bynes and Brown connected again on a 4-yard score early in the fourth quarter. Howard responded again, but kicked once more to Teel, whose 90-yard return gave the Pirates enough room to weather the Bison’s final touchdown with 6:28 to play. Hampton’s last score came on Jerry Cummings’ 3-yard run with 1:55 left.


The Golden Rams improves to 2-0 in SIAC play (3-0 overall) after going on the road for the first time this season and beating Kentucky State (1-2, 0-2 SIAC) in a high-scoring affair. Brian Porter returned the kick 86 yards for a touchdown just 14 seconds into the game as ASU found themselves ahead right away by a TD. ASU had 496 yards of total offense, while KSU finished with 428. The Rams’ use of two quarterbacks worked well as Kisan Flakes was 15-for-23 for 199 yards and one touchdown and A.J. McKenna was 8-for-11 for 113 yards and one touchdown.


John Hundley threw for two touchdowns, including 17-yard TD pass to Gordon Freeman late in the fourth quarter, and ran for another score to lead host Northwestern (La.) State to a win Sunday over Grambling State at Natchitoches.

Northwestern State (2-1) was leading 17-13 when Hundley connected on the touchdown to Freeman with three minutes left in the game. Grambling State (1-2) answered with 1-yard TD run by quarterback J.P. Tillman with 2:33 remaining to cut the lead to 24-19 after a missed two-point conversion. Tillman, who also threw for a touchdown, finished with 169 yards passing. Northwestern State put the game out of reach on William Griffin’s 14-yard touchdown run with 26 seconds left in a game originally scheduled for Saturday. Officials moved kickoff back to Sunday due to Hurricane Ike. Hundley was 11-for-20 passing for 157 yards. He threw a 31-yard TD pass for the game’s opening score and had a 9-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.


William Ford rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries to lead host South Carolina State in a victory against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday night. Quarterback Malcolm Long added 211 passing yards on 16 of 24 attempts, including a touchdown and an interception, for the Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0 MEAC) in the win. Matthew Johnson was 11 of 15 passing for 122 yards and two scores for the Wildcats (1-1, 0-1). SCSU, who never trailed in the contest, outgained Bethune Cookman 486-197. After a scoreless first quarter, Long’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Octavius Darby and Antwane Cox’s 93-yard interception for a score tied the game at 7-7 going into halftime. The teams would swap scores again in the third quarter as Ford’s 26-yard touchdown run and Johnson’s 31-yard scoring pass to Jean-Gardy Fanor made it 14-13 after the Wildcats missed an extra point. But Ford would score on a 1-yard run before the end of the third frame, and Travil Jamison’s 5-yard touchdown run would give South Carolina State a 28-13 lead midway through the final quarter. Johnson’s late 21-yard touchdown pass wasn’t enough for Bethune Cookman.


DeAngelo Branche ran for 160 yards and host Norfolk State held off North Carolina A&T for a victory on Saturday. The Spartans (2-1, 1-0 MEAC) took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter on a 6-yard touchdown run by Takeem Hedgeman. NSU never trailed afterward, scoring again on Justin Castellat’s 43-yard field and a 22-yard touchdown pass from Dennis Brown to Dario Walker. Castellat put Norfolk State ahead 27-7 in the third with a 33-yard field goal. The Aggies (2-1, 0-1) cut the lead to 13 in the third when Carlton Fears connected with Giorgio Lowrance on a 17-yard touchdown. Michael Ferguson added a 1-yard scoring run with 1:56 left in the third quarter to cut the advantage to 27-21, but the Spartans held North Carolina A&T scoreless in the fourth to hold on for the win. Ferguson ran for 124 yards on 25 carries and also scored on a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter for the Aggies. Lowrance had six catches for 115 yards.