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HBCU Weekend Wrapup: Week 12
DURHAM, N.C. — Travis Robinson threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns to lead Shaw past Elizabeth City State 36-7 in the CIAA Championship game on Saturday at County Stadium, giving the Bears their second consecutive league title.
Shaw (8-3, 6-1 CIAA) rolled up 410 yards of offense. Raymond Williams, who was named the Bears’ game MVP, ran for 96 yards, while teammate Aaron Ellison added 90. Lenell King led the Bears with six catches for 87 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown.
On the other side of the ball, the Bears, who boast the No. 1-ranked defense in Division II, held ECSU to 238 yards of offense. John Smith led the way with eight tackles and 1.5 of the Bears’ four sacks. ECSU quarterback Curtis Rich was harassed into 10-of-38 passing for 126 yards and an interception.
Shaw opened the scoring with a 22-yard field goal by Caleb Reid with 2:48 left in the first quarter. Two minutes later, Tyrone Bolden caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Robinson to help put the Bears up 10-0.
ECSU (7-4, 7-0 CIAA) answered early in the second quarter, as Rich found Dexter Manley for a 28-yard score with 14:02 remaining in the half. Shaw responded with a 43-yard field goal by Lincoln Shepherd to take a 13-7 halftime lead.
Forty-six seconds into the third quarter, King snatched a pass from Robinson with one hand for a 48-yard touchdown. A blocked extra-point attempt left the score at 19-7.
Reid added a 27-yard field goal with 6:29 to go in the third, and Ellison followed with a 2-yard touchdown run three minutes later to put the Bears up 29-7. James Pettway scored the Bears’ final touchdown on a 21-yard pass from Robinson early in the fourth quarter.
ECSU’s game MVP was Rod Jones, who had nine tackles, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups in his final collegiate game.
SATURDAY’S OTHER GAMES
No. 1 Tuskegee 55, Lane College 21
Jacary Atkinson passed for 358 yards and five touchÂdowns as host Tuskegee rolled to a win over Lane College on Saturday. Atkinson threw four of his TD passes to JaÂson English, who finÂished with 160 receiving yards, all of which went for scores. Shabazz McClellan caught Atkinson’s other TD pass on a 33-yard reÂception. The Golden Tigers (10-0, 9-0 SIAC) also used nine different ball carriers and ended with a total of 228 yards rushing. Atkinson also scored one other time on a 66-yard run in the first quarter.
No. 3 Grambling State 28, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7
Luis Leal’s strong kicking helped Grambling State to a win over host Arkansas-Pine Bluff in SWAC play Saturday. Leal scored two field goals in the second period before Cornelius Walker ran 23-yards for a touchdown. Leal added the extra point, and GSU (8-2, 5-0) had a 13-0 lead going into the halftime. T.J. McCord scored on a 42-yard interception return and Leal kicked another point. With 3:15 left in the third quarter, Nick Lewis scored on a 21-yard pass from Greg Dillon. Mickey Dean scored the only touchdown for APBU (1-9, 0-5), a 1-yard run. Carlos Reyes followed with the extra-point with 14:55 left in the final quarter to end the scoring.
No. 4 Tennessee State 45, Eastern Illinois 24
Antonio Heffner accounted for five touchdowns to lead host Tennessee State to a win against Eastern Illinois on Saturday. Heffner threw for 162 yards and four scores, and rushed for 61 yards and another score for the Tigers (8-2, 5-1 OVC). Bodie Reeder completed 18 of 38 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers (4-6, 2-4). Heffner hit Brandon Belvin on scoring passes of 52 and 14 yards in the opening quarter, and rushed for a 3-yard score in the second to help put TSU up 24-3 at halftime. Belvin finished with three touchdowns and 85 yards on four catches.
No. 5 Prairie View A&M 24, Alabama A&M 10
Mark Spivey threw for 192 yards and had one rushing touchdown and Prairie View A&M scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to beat host Alabama A&M on Saturday. The Bulldogs (4-6, 3-2 SWAC) took a 10-7 lead in the second quarter on Jeremy Licea’s 23-yard field goal. Kevin Atkins connected with Thomas Harris on a 68-yard touchdown in the first for Alabama A&M. But the Panthers (8-1, 5-1) took their first lead of the game in the third when Mark Spivey scored on a 6-yard run. Kyle Mathew made a 36-yard field and Anthony Beck scored on a 50-yard interception. Donald Babers ran for 70 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown for Prairie View. Harris caught seven passes for 152 yards for Alabama A&M. Kevin Atkins completed 13 of 29 passes for 213 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Norfolk State 35, No. 6 Morgan State 9
Dennis Brownhad two rushing touchdowns to help host Norfolk State beat Morgan State on Saturday. The Spartans (4-6, 3-4 MEAC) took a 14-0 first half lead after DeAngelo Branche scored on a 1-yard run and Brown added a 5-yard scoring run. Norfolk State ahead 21-9 in the third quarter on Brown’s 4-yard touchdown run. The Bears (6-4, 4-2) closed within 12 points in the fourth when Jephte Cherenfant caught a 9-yard scoring pass from Mario Melton.
No. 8 Albany State 42, Miles College 0
Needing a win against Miles in their regular-season finale to ensure their fifth consecutive NCAA Division II playoff berth, the host Golden Rams scored on their first two possessions and went on to soundly defeat the Bears. ASU, who were seventh in the Super Regional Two poll entering Saturday’s game, can either make it into the playoffs by finishing in a possible outright fifth or sixth spot, or get an “earned access” bid and go in that way. Since getting a bye in the 2004 playoffs and beating Arkansas Tech in the second round, the Rams have gone 0-3 since in the postseason.
Bethune-Cookman 17, No. 9 Hampton 6
Brian Sumlar rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown to lead Bethune-Cookman to a victory over host Hampton on Saturday. Sumlar scored on an 1-yard run in the second quarter and McKinson Souverain added an 8-yard run in the third quarter to lift BCC (7-2, 4-2 MEAC). Souverain rushed for 88 yards and passed for 64. LaMarcus Coker led Hampton (5-4, 4-2) with 106 yards on 21 carries. Herbert Bynes was 15 of 34 for 178 yards but was sacked six times. Matt McCutcheon kicked field goals of 45 and 35 yards for Bethune-Cookman and Carlo Turavani made field goals of 20 and 22 yards for Hampton.