Your BASN guide to HBCU football: Week Six

Updated: October 7, 2016

By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus

NEW HAVEN (BASN) — Even before this week’s action began on Thursday night, the threat of Hurricane Matthew was effecting this weekend’s HBCU football schedule. Here’s a brief list of cancellations and postponements as of press time.
The football game with Albany State and Charleston Southern University slated for Thursday was canceled. Charleston Southern, which is located near the east coast, is one of the institutions named in the high alert for the threat of inclement weather.
CSU closed the school’s campus Tuesday at 5 p.m., and all classes and campus activities were canceled for the week. The two schools are currently collaborating to determine if there will be a possible make-up date for the contest later this season. If a mutual date cannot be generated this year, the two programs will look to schedule a game during the 2017 season.

The Bethune-Cookman at South Carolina State and Morgan State at Savannah State football contests, originally scheduled for Saturday have both been rescheduled to Saturday, November 26.

Both games were postponed due to the weather threat posed by Hurricane Matthew and the States of Emergency issued by the states of Georgia and South Carolina. Kickoff times will be announced shortly for both contests.


The football game between Winston-Salem State and Johnson C. Smith originally scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday has been changed due to the severe weather potential from Hurricane Matthew. Kickoff between the Rams and Golden Bulls will now be at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at the Irwin Belk Complex on the JCSU campus.

Also, the Livingstone College football game, originally scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, has been rescheduled for Sunday.  Kick-off is slated for 1 p.m. ET.  The Blue Bears will square off against Saint Augustine’s University in a Southern Division contest.


Southern running back Lenard Tillery has 3,678 career rushing yards. He now only needs 372 yards to become the SWAC’s all-time leader. Who currently holds the record?
tuskegee morehouseCLASSIC SPOTLIGHT
The Tuskegee University Golden Tigers have opened the season winning their first five contests as they head into the 81st annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic at AJ McClung Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Tuskegee (5-0, 1-0 SIAC West) and Morehouse (2-3, 0-1 SIAC East) will meet for 106th time in their history on Saturday afternoon, and the Golden Tigers will be looking to win their fifth consecutive in the series. Tuskegee has also won 11 of the last 12 meetings dating back to 2004.

The Golden Tigers are coming off of a come-from-behind 21-16 victory over then 21st-ranked UNC Pembroke last weekend, while Morehouse gave up a 22-point fourth quarter lead against Clark Atlanta last weekend.

The Golden Tigers rank at the top of the SIAC in both offense and defense, averaging 28.6 points per game and allowing just 14.2 points per game. Meanwhile, Morehouse is averaging 21.2 points per game and giving up 23.8 points per game.

The game can be seen live on ASPiRE TV, with kickoff set for 2:00 pm ET.

Looking to lick their wounds after being defeated 36-16 by Grambling State, the Panthers (3-2, 3-1 SWAC) welcome the Hornets to Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field for Homecoming. ASU (1-4, 1-3 SWAC) is coming off their first win of the season, a 41-21 home win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. RB Khalid Thomas is second in the league in rushing (424 yards), first in punt returns (11.8 Avg), and sixth in the SWAC in all-purpose yards (116.2 per game). The game can be seen live on Root Sports Southwest at 2:00 pm CT.
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Panthers (3-2, 2-0 CIAA) will look to keep pace with Bowie State in the Northern Division at 1:00 p.m. ET at Hovey Field. They’ll host a Lions squad that’s seeking their first conference win of the season. Last week, VUU receiver Lavatiae Kelly caught eight passes for 100 yards and three touchdowns against Saint Augustine’s. It marked the first time a VUU player has caught three touchdown passes since Joseph Jean-Pierre against Lincoln in 2010. He was tabbed at the CIAA’s offensive player of the week.
The Rattlers (1-4, 1-1 MEAC) snapped an eight-game losing streak dating back to last season by outlasting Savannah State last week. They got a solid game from redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stanley who went 21 of 30, for 230 yards and one scoring toss, while rushing eight times for 29 yards. They travel to Durham to meet an Eagle team that’s gone 15-3 against MEAC opponents over the last three seasons under Jerry Mack. Saturday will be just the fourth gridiron meeting between the schools in the past 43 years. FAMU leads the all-time series 6-2-1. The Eagles have never beaten FAMU in Durham (0-2-1).
football_photo-e1436545102612THURSDAY’S RESULTS

In front of 13,005 fans watching at Aggie Stadium and thousands more watching live on ESPNU Thursday night, Tarik Cohen put more erase marks into record books, while also leading the Aggies to a MEAC win over Norfolk State at Aggie Stadium.

Cohen rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. In the process, he became the MEAC’s all-time leading rusher, breaking the record of Will Ford who played for South Carolina State from 2006-09. He broke the record on a 62-yard touchdown run 63 seconds into the fourth quarter. He was 23 yards shy of Ford’s mark before the long run.

Cohen’s fourth-quarter touchdown also gave him 200 yards for the night, giving him a school-record sixth 200-yard rushing performance, breaking Maurice Hicks’ mark of five. N.C. A&T’s all-purpose yardage record also came tumbling down. After adding 19 yards receiving to his totals, Cohen ended the night with 5,489 career all-purpose yards, topping the old mark held by former Aggie’s punt returner, kick returner and wide receiver Herbert Harbison (5,383).




In pre-Hurricane Matthew conditions, the Bulldogs survived a late Chowan charge and defeated the Hawks on Thursday evening at Garrison Stadium. The win sets BSU’s overall mark at 4-2, 3-0 in league play and 1-0 in the North.

Bulldog quarterback Amir Hall ended the night completing 18-of-37 passes (one interception) for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Nyme Manns led all receivers with 86 reception yards on 12 catches while Robert Chesson rushed for a team-high 54 yards on 10 carries.

Chowan (4-2, 2-1 CIAA, 1-0 North) was led by quarterback Randall Dixon with 195 passing yards (12-of-27) and two touchdowns. Tyree Lee was the Hawks’ and game-leading rusher with 158 yards on 30 carries.  The Chowan defense was paced by Demetrius Newberry with eight total tackles.



Trailing all game, the Panthers (4-2) came from behind in the fourth quarter at Shorter for the victory. The Hawks (0-6) were driving to the end the game as time expired after quarterback Tyler Pullum was tackled in bounds inside the CAU 10 yard line.

Up 16-7 at the half, Shorter started the second half with an eight-play, 63-yard drive culminating in a rushing score by Pullum to extend the home advantage back to 23-7 with 11:25 left in the third quarter.

CAU rallied behind quarterback Johnathon McCrary. His second scoring pass of the game, a 19-yarder to Jaha McCray, cut the lead to 23-13 with 5:03 left in the third. Early in the fourth, CAU drove deep in Shorter territory. With the ball at the 2-yard line, McCrary fumbled trying to run the ball, but center Darius Preyer recovered it in the end zone to make it 23-20.

With 1:09 remaining, McCrary hit Johnathan Sanders on a 48-yard scoring play for the game-winner. McCrary tossed three scoring passes while going 22-for-39 for 289 yards. He was sacked three times and rushed seven times for 24 yards.

Jackson State’s Destry Wright (1997-1999) finished his career with 4,050 rushing yards. He set a JSU school record with 1,692 yards in 1999 surpassing a then 43-year old mark set by Earnest Riggins (1,460) in 1956.
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