HBCU Weekend Wrapup: Week Three

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: September 7, 2008

FAMU TubasNEW YORK — Here is a roundup of some key HBCU games from this past weekend.


Tuskegee, led by All-SIAC and BTRC/BASN All-American QB Jacary Atkinson, destroyed visiting Miles to continue their winning streak to 17 games. Atkinson accounted for more yards than the entire Miles team combined. He rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 258 yards and a touchdown. Tuskegee would rack up 598 yards of total offense while holding Miles to just 203 yards including just 75 yards rushing. Along with Atkinson’s 139 rushing yards, TU’s Tony Forney rushed for 86 yards as well. 11 different backs would rush the ball for the Golden Tigers amounting 336 yards and three TDs. Antoine Mitchell caught three passes for 93 yards and Jason English caught three passes for 48 yards and a touchdown. Leading the way for Miles was LaQuan Phillips who rushed for 67 yards. Joshua Walls made his first start of the season at quarterback and he passed for 125 yards on 14-of-26 passing.


Freshman Randall Cobb threw for one touchdown and ran for two others in relief of Mike Hartline, and Kentucky dominated Norfolk State Saturday in its home opener. Kentucky (2-0), which had kept rival Louisville’s offense off the scoreboard a week earlier, was looking to add some offensive power to the defensive excitement it displayed against the Cardinals. They got an immediate jolt from Cobb, a freshman who led his high school to two straight state titles in Tennessee. Kentucky, which generated only 63 yards on the ground last week against Louisville, had nearly five times that total against an over matched opponent with 298. Derrick Locke led the way with five carries for 96 yards. NSU, playing just its second game ever against a Football Bowl Subdivision foe, got its lone points of the game shortly before halftime on a 24-yard Justin Castellat field goal, set up by a Cobb fumble.


Will Ford rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns to lead host South Carolina State to a victory over Benedict on Saturday night. Ford scored on a five-yard run in the first quarter and added touchdown runs of eight and three yards in the third quarter as the Bulldogs (1-1) padded their lead to 35-3. Malcolm Long was 13 of 19 for 173 yards and two TDs for SCSU. He opened the scoring with a 9-yard pass to Oliver Young in the first quarter and closed it with a 74-yard pass to Phillip Morris in the fourth. Alper Keskin kicked a 35-yard field goal with 6:13 left in the second quarter for Benedict (1-1).


Chris Dieker threw for three touchdowns and Larry Warner had a 95-yard touchdown off a kick return to lead host Southern Illinois to a win over Hampton on Saturday. Dieker connected with Damian Sherman and Jeff Evans in the first half to put Southern Illinois (1-0) on the board 20-0 before Hampton (1-1) scored a field goal. Dieker passed 216 yards for the game. Warner ended the second half for the Salukis with a 95-yard touchdown run off a Pirate kickoff return. Down 27-10 at the half, Hampton started the second half with a pair of touchdowns from Justin Brown and Herbert Bynes, making the score 27-24 at the end of the third. But SIU came back in the fourth with another Warner touchdown and a field goal from Kyle Dougherty, who had a kick blocked earlier in the game. Hampton’s Kevin Teel scored a touchdown with 3:01 left in the game, leaving the final score at 37-31. Bynes passed for 403 yards and three touchdowns.


The Golden Rams (2-0) passed for 139 yards and two touchdowns during the first half and — because of lightning — did not play any more after halftime, recording a shutout win against visiting Lane in their SIAC opener Saturday night at Albany Municipal Coliseum. According to ASU sports information Edythe Bradley, it is the first time in Albany State football history a game was called at halftime. After a 1 hour, 50-minute wait, referee Gregory Edwards conferred with ASU coach Mike White and Lane coach Trent Boykin and the two decided to call it a night at 11:10 p.m. ASU quarterback Kisan Flakes rushed for 43 yards and passed for 134 more and two touchdowns, and running back Brian Porter also had an impressive performance with touchdowns both rushing and receiving.


Tennessee State’s Antonio Heffner threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns to lead host TSU (2-0) to a victory over Southern University (0-2) in the John Merritt Classic on Saturday night. Heffner threw scoring passes of 81, 8 and 38 yards to lead the Tigers, who scored all 34 points in the second half to rally from an 11-0 halftime deficit. Heffner completed 23-of-29 passes and added 68 yards rushing on eight attempts. Chris Johnson led TSU with seven catches for 158 yards, including an 81-yard reception for the Tigers’ first score with 12:29 remaining in the third quarter. Heffner’s output helped offset the production of Southern quarterback Bryant Lee, who was 30 of 40 for 305 yards and four touchdowns. Lee’s four scores covered 39, 11, 20 and 13 yards. Southern’s Juamorris Stewart caught 11 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Tennessee State’s Javarris Williams rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the fourth quarter.


J.P. Tillman threw two touchdowns to help Grambling State beat visiting Alcorn State on Saturday night. Tillman passed for 143 yards for the Tigers (1-1, 1-0 SWAC), who also relied on a punt block for a touchdown and four interceptions to blank the Braves (0-2, 0-1). GSU had more yards on offense than ASU (241-176), but the Tigers used 128 yards on interception returns to set up good field position for most of the game. Grambling State scored all of its points in the second and third quarter. Tillman threw a 14-yard touchdown to Larry Donnell to put the Tigers ahead 19-0 with 10:23 left in the third quarter. Frank Warren ran for 63 yards on six carries and one touchdown for the Tigers. Tim Buckley passed for 121 yards and had three interceptions for Alcorn State.


The Jackson State Tigers rebounded and got a win over visiting Stillman in the first annual W.C. Gorden Classic at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium Saturday evening. Bloi-Dei Dorzon led JSU offensively with 111 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. He had 64 yards on the ground and added 57 passing yards and a TD. Carlos Simpson caught a team high two passes for 19 yards. Darrell Nevis led Stillman as he passed for 81 yards and a touchdown. He completed 10 of 23 attempts and had an interception. Quinn Porter was Stillman’s leading rusher with 35 yards.