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BASN’S HBCU VIEW – WEEK 6
BASN’S HBCU 2015 – WEEK 6
By Anthony McClean, Editor – in – Chief, Emeritus
The editorial staff and colleagues at BASN offer our condolences to those affected by the tragedy at Texas Southern University.
NEW HAVEN,CT (BASN) — With conference play now in full effect around the HBCU scene, we start to see the elite teams and elite players taking their games to a higher level. For example, take a look at Grambling State quarterback Johnathan Williams.
Over the last two weeks, Williams has thrown for 11 touchdown passes and over 700 yards in back-to-back wins over Prairie View A&M and Jackson State as the Tigers remain unbeaten (3-0, 3-2 overall) in SWAC play.
On the season, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior leads the SWAC in passing yards (1,481) and TD passes (18) while averaging nearly 300 yards passing (297.2) per game. The Tigers’ 46.2 scoring average also leads the SWAC as well.
They’ll look to remain perfect Saturday when they host Alabama A&M (1-3, 1-1 SWAC) in a 2 pm CT contest at Robinson Stadium. The Bulldogs are coming off a 55-0 loss to the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina, the top-ranked team in FCS football.
A TOUGH BLOW FOR BOWIE STATE
Saturday’s contest (4 pm ET) between the Bulldogs of Bowie State and the Hawks of Chowan (both 4-1, 2-0 CIAA) will be a battle for first place in the Northern Division. However, the host Bulldogs have already been dealt a major setback as quarterback Matthew Goggans has been ruled ineligible for the 2015 football season.
“An incorrect accounting of participation and competition time prior to his entrance into Bowie State University, could have possibly resulted in ineligible competition for the 2015 football season,” BSU AD Director Clyde Doughty, Jr. said in a statement.
BSU has been advised by the CIAA office, that the official team record will not be altered until an institutional self-report is processed and ruled on by the CIAA and the NCAA.
The only other unbeaten team in the Northern Division, Virginia Union (also 4-1, 2-0), will be in action on Saturday as well. Ranked No. 1 in all of Division II football in total defense, the Panthers travel to Pennsylvania to meet the Lions of Lincoln University for a 1 pm ET kickoff.
VUU is allowing only 160.6 yards in offense by opponents this season. In fact, they’re also leading the nation in rushing defense, giving up a mere 46.6 yards per game.
During their last two contests, VUU held both Johnson C. Smith and Shaw University to -25 yards on the ground. In the JCSU contest on September 26th, the Panthers held the Golden Bulls to just 58 total yards of offense.
Three other HBCU schools are in the nation’s top ten in total defense as well. Elizabeth City State (226.8) and Central State (239.2) are sixth and seventh respectively while Morehouse College (253.2) is ninth.
JACKSON OUT AT JSU
Harold Jackson’s reign as head football coach for the Jackson State Tigers has come to an end. On Tuesday, the school relieved the former JSU standout of his duties and placed wide receivers coach Derrick McCall as interim head coach effective immediately.
Jackson went 5-7 in 2014 during his first season as JSU’s head man. The Tigers are currently 1-4 through five games so far in 2015. McCall was the Tigers’ offensive coordinator during the 2012 and 2013 seasons and served as receivers coach in 2008 and 2009.
Prior to coaching at JSU, McCall served as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Shaw University, where he helped lead the Bears to a CIAA Championship and a NCAA Division II playoff berth in just two seasons.
He also served as interim head coach at Tuskegee University where he led the Tigers to a SIAC and a Pioneer Bowl Championship. McCall had a successful collegiate career as a quarterback at JSU from 1979-82.
He helped lead the Tigers to two SWAC titles and a pair NCAA Division I-AA playoff berths.
Bethune-Cookman found a way to win at the wire once again, edging South Carolina State by a score of 17-14 on Thursday night in a crucial MEAC game before a Municipal Stadium “Blackout” crowd of 7,465 and a national ESPNU audience.
Quentin Williams’ three-yard run with 5:14 remaining lifted the Wildcats (5-1 overall, 3-0 MEAC) to their fourth victory of the season decided by four points or less, and third in which they trailed in the fourth quarter.
South Carolina State (2-3, 1-1 MEAC) had the final possession and advanced from its own 7 to its own 42. But pass breakups by Trenton Bridges and Elliott Miller – the freshman who blocked a last-second chip shot field goal in last week’s 28-26 win at North Carolina Central – helped the Wildcats regain possession and run out the clock.
Tony McClean can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com