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BASN’S HBCU VIEW – WEEK 5
HBCU VIEW 2015 – WEEK FIVE
By Anthony McClean, Editor – in – Chief, Emeritus
NEW HAVEN, CT (BASN) – Before beginning this week’s HBCU preview, we here at BASN send our prayers and best wishes to the family of Southern University student-athlete Devon Gales, who sustained a spinal cord injury during last Saturday’s game with the University of Georgia in Athens.
This past Wednesday, Gales was transferred from Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, Ga., to Shepherd Center in Atlanta for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. He was admitted to Shepherd Center’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit for evaluation, care and observation.
Gales, a walk-on wide receiver and kick returner, has already begun a rigorous rehabilitation program under the guidance of a full team of medical and rehabilitation specialists.
Ironically, this is the second incident involving an HBCU player and an spinal injury within the last week. Winston-Salem State University freshman Marquise Gaddy was injured during a practice on Sept. 23.
It was determined that Gaddy suffered a spinal injury, but he’s expected to make a full recovery.
In a statement, the Gales family has requested privacy at this time, but added that they are appreciative for the outpouring of support from the Southern and University of Georgia communities and others.
Also, Southern University Athletics, along with the Southern University System Foundation, has launched the Devon Gales Fund in an effort to provide financial assistance to Gales and his family to cover medical expenses.
The Devon Gales Fund is the official fundraising platform of Southern University and A&M College. All donations can be made by visiting https://netcommunity.sus.edu/the-devon-gales-fund.
Contributions to the Devon Gales Fund can also be mailed to the following address:
Southern University System Foundation
c/o Devon Gales Fund
PO Box 9562
Baton Rouge, La. 70813
WEATHER CREATES MEAC TIME CHANGES
With Hurricane Joaquin and its aftermath reeking havoc across the country, a pair of MEAC contests have changed their scheduled times. In Durham, N.C. Central’s game versus Bethune-Cookman University at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium has been changed from 4 p.m. ET to a 2 p.m. kickoff.
After opening the season with a loss to Miami (Fla.), the Wildcats have defeated opponents from Grambling State, Lane and Savannah State in the last three contests. The Eagles (2-2) will be seeking their first win against BCU since 1994.
Since rejoining the MEAC, NCCU has lost all five contests against Bethune-Cookman. The matchup can be seen live on ESPN3 and tape delayed on ESPNU at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night.
Also, the kickoff time for Hampton’s game against North Carolina A&T State at Armstrong Stadium has been moved up from 2 p.m. to 12 p.m. Tailgating activities have been canceled and Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Military Appreciation Day have been moved to the Nov. 7 contest against Florida A&M.
The Pirates (2-2, 1-1 MEAC) are coming off a tough 24-14 loss to regional rival Norfolk State, while the Aggies were idle last week. Playing their MEAC opener, Rod Broadway’s squad is seeking their first road win at Hampton since 2000.
In fact, A&T is 2-8 in their last 10 games against the Pirates. The Aggies (2-1) are also 2-2 coming off a bye week under coach Broadway. They defeated Elon 14-7 in their last contest back on September 19th.
A ROAD TEST FOR THE UNBEATEN GOLDEN TIGERS
Tuskegee (4-0, 1-0 SIAC) travels for the second consecutive week, and the first to North Carolina, to face a UNC Pembroke (3-1) team that has one common opponent this season. The two teams have faced Winston-Salem State, with both picking up wins over the Rams (Tuskegee 28-13; UNC Pembroke 17-7).
The Golden Tigers are coming off of a 41-14 victory over Lane in their SIAC opener in which they put up 481 yards of total offense, and held the Dragons to just 230 yards of offense. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 pm ET in Pembroke, and the game will be carried on the Tuskegee Sports Network.
Also in the SIAC, Fort Valley State (3-1, 3-0 SIAC) will look to extend their winning streak to four on Saturday when they host Alderson Broaddus (4-0) from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference at 2 p.m. ET.
The Wildcats were dominate in a 33-3 win over Benedict College. Offensively, FVSU churned out 322 total yards of offense while the defense intercepted Tiger quarterbacks four times. Senior linebacker Stefon Harper led the Wildcat D with 11 tackles (2 solos) and one sack.
AN EARLY LOGJAM IN THE CIAA
While teams in the Southern Division of the CIAA are struggling to reach the .500 mark overall, the same can’t be said for the Northern Division teams. Just four weeks in, four schools (Bowie State, Chowan, Lincoln, and Virginia Union) are 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the league.
Look for some separation this weekend as all four are in action Saturday. It begins at noon when Bowie State travels to Charlotte to meet Johnson C. Smith. The game time was changed from 3 p.m. to noon due to Hurricane Joaquin.
The BSU offense, which amassed 495 total yards in their 45-17 rout of Livingstone College last week, has been led by quarterback Matthew Goggans. He completed 19-of-43 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns last week.
He has 13 touchdown passes in four games this season and leads the CIAA in passing yards with 1,383. Beginning at 1 p.m. ET, VUU visits Shaw and Lincoln travels to Fayetteville State to meet the Broncos.
Finally, Chowan meets Winston-Salem State at 1:30. Coming off their 31-30 win against MEAC opponent Delaware State, the Hawks will be attempting to beat the Rams for the first time in four overall meetings.
Ellis Richardson threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Alabama State to a 41-23 victory over host Texas Southern on Thursday night at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
TSU took a 23-20 lead late in the third quarter when Averion Hurts found Derrick Griffin in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown. Alex Anderson returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to give ASU a 27-23 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Richardson had a short touchdown pass to a wide open Brandon Barnes and, less than three minutes later, Khalid Thomas broke a short screen pass for a 46 yard score.
Richardson finished with 162 yards passing and 135 yards rushing for the Hornets (2-3, 2-2). Alex Anderson rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown, and Thomas also notched 73 yards receiving and a pair of scores.
Brad Woodard rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown for TSU (2-3, 1-3). Hurts completed 16 of his 23 passing attempts for 147 yards and one touchdown.
Tony McClean can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.