HBCU Weekend Wrapup: Week Eight

By Tony McClean
Updated: October 12, 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, Morehouse 27

Tuskegee rallied in the second half Saturday at Columbus, Ga. to beat Morehouse in the Morehouse-Tuskegee Classic for its 22nd straight victory. Morehouse led 14-7 at halftime before Tuskegee scored 28 unanswered points. The Golden Tigers tied it on John Pascley’s 3-yard touchdown run and took the lead on a 62-yard TD pass from Jacary Atkinson to Antoine Mitchell. Tuskegee (6-0, 5-0 SIAC) sealed it with two non-offensive touchdowns in a 10-second span of the fourth quarter. Justin Hannah returned an interception 22 yards — and visited his mom in the stands after the score. David Newman recovered a fumble on the kickoff and ran 18 yards to the end zone to make it 35-14.

No. 4 South Carolina State 24, Norfolk State 23

Will Ford rushed for 179 yards and a touchdown and Oliver Young caught seven passes for 101 yards and a score to help host South Carolina State beat Norfolk State on Saturday. The Bulldogs (5-2, 3-0 MEAC) broke a 10-10 tie on Ford’s 12-yard rushing score in the second quarter. The Spartans (2-4, 1-2) answered with 13 straight points that included a 29-yard field goal by Justin Castellat in the second, along with Dennis Brown’s 1-yard touchdown run and Castellat’s 21-yard field in the third quarter. But Travil Jamison’s 1-yard scoring run with 33 seconds left in the third gave SCSU a 24-23 lead, and the Bulldogs held Norfolk State scoreless the rest of the way. Malcolm Long completed 15 of 27 passes for 189 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Young in the first quarter for SCSU. Marshall McFadden finished with 15 tackles and two sacks, while Markee Hamlin had 14 tackles.

No. 5 Grambling State 27, Alabama A&M 9

Greg Dillon threw for 151 yards and two touchdowns, including 58 yards on the ground to lead Grambling State to a win over host Alabama A&M on Saturday. The Tigers (5-2, 2-0 SWAC) slightly out gained the Bulldogs (2-5, 1-1) 298-200 on offense, but Alabama A&M had three turnovers in the game. Marcell Owens’ safety put the Bulldogs ahead early in the opening quarter, but Dillon connected with Van Phillips on a 19-yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 7-2 lead at the end of the first. The teams scored once each in the second as Frank Warren’s 1-yard run gave Grambling State a 14-2 lead midway through the frame, and Gerald Stockdale’s 1-yard run cut the Alabama A&M deficit to five points at the half. But, after a scoreless third quarter, Dillon put Grambling State ahead 21-9 with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Nick Lewis. Brandon Jones’ fumble recovery in the end zone with 51 seconds to go sealed the win for the Tigers.

No. 6 Prairie View A&M 27, Alabama State 6

Mark Spivey threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead host Prairie View A&M to a win over Alabama State on Saturday. Spivey went 17-of-23 passing with an interception. He also led Prairie View in rushing yards with 46, including 26 on his first quarter TD run. Joe Townsend caught five passes for 119 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers (5-1, 2-1 SWAC). Gabe Ediae caught three for 100 yards and another score. ASU’s lone score came in third quarter on a 19-yard TD pass from Reid Herchenbach to Darius Mathis. Herchenbach was 23-of-29 passing for 136 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Alabama State (1-4, 1-1) was held to 40 yards rushing. Prairie View held a 13-0 lead at halftime.

Seton Hill 35, No. 7 West Virginia State 28

Antwarn Jones scored three touchdowns, including the tying score and the winning TD with 10 seconds left in the game, to lift host Seton Hill to a victory over West Virginia State on Saturday night. Jones, who rushed for 104 yards, scored on a 5-yard run to tie the game with 6:44 remaining and won it on a 12-yard run to cap an 80-yard drive for Seton Hill (7-0, 4-0 WVIAC). Jones also had a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. David Weiss was 20-for-32 for 278 yards and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted three times. He hit Sammy Tranks with a 34-yard scoring pass early in the fourth quarter to tie the game 21-21. Brian Mitchell scored on runs of 1, 8 and 50 yards to give WVSU (5-1, 3-1) a 21-7 lead in the third quarter. Kevin O’Brien, who was 18-for-30 for 214 yards, hit Jermain King with a 15-yard scoring pass to help West Virginia State regain the lead after Jones’ first touchdown.

Delaware State 26, No. 9 Bethune-Cookman 20

Vashon Winton ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead Delaware State to a win over host Bethune-Cookman on Saturday. Winton scored on 10-yard runs in the first and second quarters along with a 17-yard passing score to Erik Jones in the second as the Hornets (2-3, 2-1 MEAC) stopped a three-game losing streak. Winton rushed for 102 yards on 16 carries and passed for 147 yards for the Hornets, while Chris Strother led with 110 yards on 11 carries. DSU scored on the game’s first possession with Riley Flickinger’s 27-yard field goal. Then, Ryan Davis recovered a bad snap by the Hornets punter in the end zone for a touchdown for BCC (4-2, 2-2). Matt McCutcheon’s ensuing PAT at 8:10 of the first period gave the Wildcats a 7-3 lead. Winton completed a 70-yard drive in eight plays, crossing from the final ten yards at 5:07 of the first period, giving DSU a 10-7 edge. McCutcheon’s 31-yard field goal with 49 seconds left in the first quarter squared the score at 10-all. But Flickinger connected on a 20-yard field goal with 12:51 to left in the second period for a 13-10 Delaware State advantage. The Hornets scored twice more in the second quarter to go up by 26-10. Winton’s second 10-yard run produced a TD at 9:31 before halftime. Then Jones caught the 17-yard scoring pass from Winton with 52 seconds remaining in the first half. McCutcheon kicked a 25-yard field goal on the last play of the first half, leaving Delaward State with a 26-13 halftime lead. After a scoreless third period, Bethune-Cookman added a score with 2:24 left in the game when Jeff Pope caught a 43-yard TD pass from Matthew Johnson. That made it 26-20, but the Wildcats never regained possession of the ball.

No. 10 Albany State 34, Clark-Atlanta 20

Host Albany State fell behind early but rallied to defeat Clark-Atlanta. The Panthers opened the game with eight and 10-play drives and led the the Golden Rams 14-7 with 11:08 left in the first half. ASU answered with three-consecutive touchdowns that included a fumble recovery in the end zone to take a 28-14 lead into halftime. CAU (4-3, 3-2 SIAC) pulled within 28-20 early in the third quarter, but the Rams put the game away with a touchdown with 3:09 left in the game. Winston Thompson, the leading rusher in the SIAC, was held to 23 yards by the Rams’ defense. The Panthers had 203 yards compared with the Rams’ 178, but CAU had four turnovers. Quarterback Kisan Flakes led Albany State (5-1, 4-1) by completing 12 of 14 passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns.

NOTE: No. 2 Hampton and No. 3 Tennessee State were idle.