HBCU Football Roundup: Week No. 1

By Tony McClean, BASN Editor In Chief
Updated: August 29, 2010

NEW HAVEN, Ct. (BASN) — While many sports fans were either watching the baseball pennant races, checking to see what Tiger did at the Barclays, or catch their favorite NFL team this weekend, black college football opened in various parts around the country. As usual, several teams from the CIAA and SIAC got their first “hard knocks” of the 2010 season in this past weekend. The rest of the teams and league will begin in earnest this coming weekend. Following a handful of games on Thursday night, a full slate on games will take place Saturday and Sunday including Tennessee State battling Alabama A&M in the John Merritt Classic at LP Field in Nashville. One other game to watch for this weekend is Sunday’s MEAC-SWAC Challenge in Orlando, Florida. The Jaguars of Southern University will meet the Delaware State Hornets at the Citrus Bowl. Scheduled for a 12 noon ET start, the game will be seen live on ESPN. Here’s a brief look back at this past weekend’s action. WSSU 47, VIRGINIA UNION 13 Octavious Hawkins passed for 207 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams rolled up 393 yards of total offense in their season opening win over the visiting Panthers at High Point, N.C.

WSSU took control of the game early, scoring on their first three possessions to jump out to a 17-0 lead after one quarter.

A two-yard touchdown run by Nicholas Cooper and a 36-yard field goal by Landon Thayer as time expired in the second quarter pushed the Rams’ lead to 27-0 at halftime.

The Rams’ dominance would continue in the third quarter as they extended their lead to 40-0 on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Hawkins to Tevin Brantley and Cooper’s second rushing touchdown of the evening.

VUU quarterback Aris McGlone-English tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Cheikh Gadiaga to avoid the shutout. Both teams added touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the game’s final margin.

ALBANY STATE 42, KENTUCKY STATE 12

At Frankfort, the visiting Golden Rams jumped out to an early lead midway through the first quarter, scoring 14 points in less than a minute on Stan Jennings’ 58-yard pass to LiRonnie Davis followed by a 7-yard interception return by Prathon Wilkerson on KSU’s next possession.

Shannon Frieson got the Kentucky State on the board with a 5-yard run to make it 14-6 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was dominated by the defenses until Jennings hooked up with Ronnie Childs on a 39-yard pass as time expired.

Early in the third, Jennings connected with Octavius Staton on a 35-yard TD pass, his third touchdown pass of the day. ASU running back Robert Welton accounted for the game’s final two scores with a pair of TD runs (22, 24) to seal the ASU victory.

Jennings finished the game 13-of-19 for 267 yards and three touchdowns in his debut.

ELIZABETH CITY STATE 45, J.C. SMITH 27

The host Vikings held off an upstart JCSU football squad for a win in their season opener at Roebuck Stadium. The Golden Bears were playing this game just a few days following the death of head coach Steven Aycock’s mother

After holding a 24-7 lead at the intermission, the Golden Bulls seized the momentum in the second half reeling off 14 unanswered points via two touchdown tosses from Golden Bull quarterback Ryan Carter.

The Vikings got some much needed breathing room on the Golden Bulls’ next drive when an errant Carter pass was picked off and returned 33 yards for a score by Devon Price with and 3:40 remaining in the third quarter the Vikings led by ten, 31-21.

ECSU Preseason All-American Malcolm Jenkins got his senior campaign off to a strong start with 7 tackles (5 solo, 2 assisted), a sack for a loss of 3 yards, 2 and a half tackles for a total loss of 10 yards, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, 2 pass breakups and 8 quarterback hurries.

Daronte McNeill accounted for two of the Vikings scores, one a 75 yard touchdown pass from Creven Powell. McNeill carried the ball 19 times for 83 yards, an average of 4.3 yards per touch.

CLARK ATLANTA 20, LANE COLLEGE 6 At Jackson, Tennessee, Both defenses pitched a shutout until the second quarter when Lane’s A.J. Thompson scored on a 1-yard run.

The Panthers then went on to score 20 unanswered points, including a 51-yard interception return by Michael Bradshaw and a 63-yard fumble recovery by Andre Wicker for the road victory.

Lane’s Tahj Dent rushed for 125 yards on 16 while CAU’s Winston Thompson finished with 90 all-purpose yards (79 rushing, 11 receiving). Dragon LB Milton Meeks led all tacklers with 10 (6 solo, 4 assist).

VIRGINIA STATE 30, LIVINGSTONE 6

At Ettrick, quarterback Jarred Battle threw for one touchdown and ran for two as VSU racked up 334 total yards in their huge victory over the visiting Black Bears at Rogers Stadium.

Battle, who was 15-of-27 for 148 yards connected with Corey Young on a ten yard strike with :25 left in the first half and the Trojans went to break leading 16-0.

Virginia State held Livingstone to 193 total yards. The Trojans were stingy on the ground holding their guests to 45 yards, but giving up 148 yards through the air.

The Trojans missed an opportunity for a shutout when with :54 left on the clock, Livingstone’s Jamaal Moore returned a kickoff 82 yards to VSU’s eight. They scored two plays later.

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE 34, BENEDICT 27 (OT)

David Carter scored three rushing touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime as Morehouse won their season opener over Benedict in the Palmetto City Capital City Classic at Columbia, S.C.

Morehouse jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead on the strength of two rushing touchdowns by Carter and one by William Brack and seemed comfortably in control. But Benedict bounced back and scored 27 unanswered points including a 77-yard interception return by Tyron Davis, to take a 27-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

With 1:47 left the Maroon Tigers tied the game at 27 on a 1-yard run by Brack but the conversion attempt was blocked, forcing the game into overtime.

Carter rushed for 155 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries and was named the game’s MVP. Brack also had an outstanding game, completing 16-of-32 passes and rushing for 73 yards, including two rushing touchdowns.