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BASN’S HBCU VIEW – WEEK FOUR
By Anthony McClean, Editor – in – Chief, Emeritus
NEW HAVEN (BASN) — While there are still some schools that will be finishing off the non-conference part of their schedules this weekend, we’re also starting to see more league/conference games come into play as well.
For example in the SIAC West, Tuskegee is 1-0 (3-0 overall) but they sit behind the Marauders of Central State University (2-0). Cedric Pearl’s squad is 2-1 overall and off to their best start since 1996. Last week, CSU scored two early touchdowns and didn’t look back in a 24-0 road win at Benedict College. It was the Marauders first shutout since a 22-0 victory over Lincoln back in 2009.
The win also gave CSU back-to-back road wins for the first time since 2007. They’ll look to keep that momentum going Saturday when they meet SIAC foe Kentucky State (0-3) in the 32nd Annual Circle City Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Marauders and Thoroughbreds reignite a rivalry that dates back to 1947. CSU currently holds a 35-19-1 advantage in the all-time series with the only tie coming in 1957.
This year’s Circle City Classic will be featured on ESPN3 with the kickoff scheduled for 3 pm ET.
As for the Golden Tigers, they’ll be looking to win their SIAC opener for the fourth consecutive season, with the last loss coming in 2011 to Stillman. They will be looking to do so against Lane College (1-2, 0-1 SIAC) who is looking for their first win in school history against Tuskegee, and is coming off of a 7-3 loss to FCS-member Bethune-Cookman last weekend.
Meanwhile in the SWAC West, Prairie View A&M (2-0) and Grambling State (1-0) are both unbeaten in conference play as they prepare their annual battle at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Last week, the Panthers outlasted Alabama A&M 53-49 in an offensive showcase that saw both teams combine for nearly 1,100 yards of offense. Willie Simmons’ bunch held a 33-14 lead early in the third quarter, but they had to withstand a furious ASU rally to get the victory.
Grambling got their first SWAC win of the season last week by defeating Alabama State 34-10 at the Hornets’ new stadium. Saturday’s State Fair Classic marks the 69th meeting in series history as GSU leads 49-18-1. PVAMU is 4-2 over GSU dating back to 2009. Prior to 2009, PVAMU’s last win over GSU occurred in 1986. While serving as offensive coordinator at Alcorn State, Coach Simmons was 2-1 versus GSU with the lone loss coming against his GSU counterpart, Broderick Fobbs.
BATTLE OF THE BAY
It’s been nearly three years since then Winston-Salem head coach Connell Maynor’s team was slated to battle against then Virginia State head coach Latrell Scott’s team in the CIAA Championship Game. Everyone familiar with HBCU football remembers the fighting incident leading up to the game that subsequently cancelled the contest that year and the backlash surrounding it. While most folks won’t want make this the focus on Saturday’s game at Dick Price Stadium, it would impossible not to mention it heading into this key and important MEAC showdown.
That being said, the Pirates (2-1, 1-0 MEAC), in their second season under Coach Maynor, are coming off a 37-19 win over Howard this past Friday, while the Spartans (0-3, 0-0 MEAC), in their first season under coach Scott, are coming off a 45-7 loss to Marshall this past weekend. However, Maynor has high praise for the Spartans. “I said this on the (MEAC weekly conference call) that I think Norfolk State is the best 0-3 team in all of FCS football. They’ve played some very good football teams, and they were in every game at halftime”, said Maynor at his weekly news conference.
“Coach Scott and his staff have done a tremendous job, and you can tell the players are disciplined … I told my guys that this might be the best football team they play all season.”
The Pirates are 25-26-1 all-time against Norfolk State, having won four of the last seven meetings – despite last season’s 21-13 loss to the Spartans in Armstrong Stadium. Since 1996, after Hampton’s transition to Division I, the Pirates are 13-6 against the Spartans. Prior to last season, Norfolk State had last defeated Hampton in 2011, when the Spartans won 34-24 in Norfolk, Va.
Hampton is 13-12-1 against Norfolk State in Norfolk, Va. The game is scheduled for a 4 pm ET start.
BLUE BEARS, BULLDOGS MEET IN A CIAA CLASH
After opening the season with a convincing 49-6 win over Benedict College, the Blue Bears of Livingstone College have played two non-NCAA schools to run their record to 3-0. While the wins over Virginia University of Lynchburg and Central International University won’t officially count in the standings, it’s still given coach Daryl Williams and the team a chance to stay fresh as they open up CIAA play.
They’ll get a stiff test as they travel to Bowie State to take on the 2-1 Bulldogs. BSU is coming off a 21-14 setback at Division I-FCS Central Connecticut State. The Bulldogs offense has been paced this season by quarterback Matthew Goggans, who was named CIAA’s Quarterback of the Week for the third consecutive week. The graduate student from Pine Grove, California passed for a season-high 373 yards, set new school single game records for completions (34) and attempts (68) and scored two touchdowns in the loss to CCSU.
This will mark the 30th overall meeting between the Blue Bears and the Bulldogs. Livingstone leads the all-time series 18-11 with the Blue Bears edging the Bulldogs 36-33 in Salisbury N.C. last season.