Your BASN guide to HBCU football: Week Seven

Updated: October 14, 2016

By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus



NEW HAVEN, CT (BASN) — After a 1-2 start, the Bulldogs of Bowie State have gradually started to hit their stride. Following a tough 44-35 loss to FCS opponent Central Connecticut State, Damon Wilson’s crew has won three straight. In the process, they’ve outscored their opponents 113 to 30.


Most importantly, all three wins have come in conference play including last weekend’s rain-soaked victory against Northern Division foe Chowan. They look to stay perfect in CIAA play (4-2 overall) Saturday when they host Virginia State (5-1, 2-1 CIAA) in their Homecoming game at 2 p.m. ET.


In last week’s contest at Murfreesboro, N.C., the Bulldogs jumped out to an early 21-0 lead behind a pair of scoring passes by sophomore quarterback Amir Hall sandwiched between a four-yard score from redshirt freshman running back Brandon Abrams. The Hawks added a touchdown just before the half to make it 21-7.


They’d score another touchdown with just under seven minutes remaining, but Chowan would fall short of victory. Very rainy conditions kept total offense down for both teams as Chowan accounted for 370 yards compared to a season-low 289 yards for Bowie State.


Hall ended the night completing 18-of-37 passes (one interception) for 151 yards and two touchdowns.


As for the Trojans, they got another stellar performance from senior running back Kevon Bellamy as they defeated Elizabeth City State 44-38. Bellamy rushed for an impressive 153 yards on 23 attempts and two touchdowns. Defensively, senior linebacker Geo Feggins led the Trojan defense with 11 total tackles (6 solos) for the night.


The Trojans, who lead the all-time series 20-9, have won six of the last seven meetings against BSU. The Bulldogs’ lone win came last season when they defeated VSU 22-19 in the final seconds of the Trojans’ homecoming.


Saturday’s game will be televised live on Aspire Network.


TRIVIA QUESTION: What two teams played in the first CIAA Championship Game?








Following their first loss of the season, the Tigers (4-1, 1-1 OVC) will look to bounce back against the Colonels in TSU’s Homecoming game at Nissan Stadium. For the second straight week, the Tigers found themselves down by double digits early in the first quarter. However, they’d fall just short in the fourth quarter against Eastern Illinois. Senior quarterback Ronald Butler passed for a career-high 303 yards with touchdown passes to Patrick Smith and Steven Newbold. Smith finished with seven receptions for 160 yards, while Newbold pulled down four passes for 121 yards. Defensively, Chris Collins registered 12 total tackles and his first interception of the season. EKU has won the last three meetings and leads the all-time series 23-5. The game, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT, can be seen live on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.




You can call it a comeback regarding the Panthers (4-2, 1-1 SIAC North) as they’ve overcome double-digit, fourth-quarter deficits in their last two wins. Last week at Shorter, CAU scored 20-unanswered points in the second half for the 27-23 road victory. The Panther offense is scoring 27.5 points per game, just behind conference-leading Tuskegee. They’ve also taken the SIAC lead in total offense, averaging a conference-best 375.2 yards per game. They’ll host a Tiger squad (3-3, 1-0 SIAC) that’s lost two straight following a 3-1 start. Despite getting a season-high 221 rushing yards from Gerorge Myers Jr., BC was nipped by the Lane Dragons 19-18 at Jackson. The all-time series is even at 11-11-2 with the schools splitting the last four meetings. The game, scheduled for 2:00 pm ET, can be seen live on the Black College Sports Network at




Originally scheduled for this past Thursday night, the game was moved to Saturday at 1:00 pm ET due to the damages sustained to Bethune-Cookman and the city of Daytona Beach following Hurricane Matthew. The Aggies (4-1, 2-0 MEAC) are coming off their first shutout of a MEAC opponent since defeating Savannah State 34-0 on Nov. 15, 2014. It was another historic night for Tarik Cohen as he became the MEAC’s all-time leading rusher and the school’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards. The struggling Wildcats (0-4, 0-3) had last week off after their game with South Carolina State was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew. The two teams have not played one another in Daytona Beach in four years. The contest will be carried live on ESPN3 and televised on ESPNU at 10:30 p.m. ET on a tape-delayed basis.




Riding a four-game winning streak, the Panthers (4-2, 3-0 CIAA) will look to keep pace with Bowie State in the CIAA Northern Division standings. Ironically, the Hawks (4-2, 2-1) suffered their first CIAA loss of the season last Thursday in a 21-14 setback at the hands of the Bulldogs. Last week, VUU crushed Lincoln (Pa.) University 39-6 in a rain-soaked contest at Hovey Field. Senior tailback William Stanback rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Stanback carried the ball 17 times and then teamed up with Shawheem Dowdy for a 53-yard touchdown pass. The senior quarterback completed 16 of 24 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Virginia Union owns a 6-2 record in the all-time series and has claimed victories over Chowan in each of the last three meetings.




Two teams on a roll will meet each other Saturday night at Jackson. Entering the contest, Southern ranks second in the league in total offense (447.5), while the Tigers rank second in total defense (363.4 yards). After a disastrous 0-3 start, JSU (2-3, 2-0 SWAC) has rallied with a pair of conference wins against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (32-20) and Mississippi Valley State (16-14). The Jaguars (2-2, 2-0) have been piling on the points in their last two contests. They thrashed Alabama State 64-6 and outlasted Alabama A&M 59-31. Standout receiver Willie Quinn has had a big part of the onslaught. The senior leads the nation in all-purpose yards (814), and is tied for the league lead in scoring with 42 points. He’s one of only two players from the FCS averaging more than 200 all-purpose yards per game nationally.




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The CIAA has announced the new host locations for eight of its 2016-2017 conference championships. In September, the 12 members of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Board of Directors reached the decision to immediately relocate 8 of the 10 North Carolina-based conference championships.


The 2016 Women’s and Men’s Cross Country Championship will be held at Joseph Bryan Park in Richmond, Virginia on October 27, 2016. Several conference programs have previously participated in meets on the course, including Virginia Union University who will serve as this year’s championship host institution. The women’s 5k race will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. with the men’s 8k to follow at 11:00 a.m.


Salem Stadium in Salem, Virginia will host the 2016 Football Championship on November 12, 2016. Over the past 15 years, the city has upgraded the 7,100-seat stadium on multiple occasions, including adding artificial turf and upgrading locker rooms and media facilities. Salem Stadium has been home to the Division III Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl Football Championship since 1993 while the city has also hosted championships in baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse, and women’s volleyball.


Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia will open the doors of their brand new track facility for the 2017 Women’s and Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championships on February 12-13, 2017. The facility includes a hydraulically banked 200 meter track oval, eight 42″ lanes on the infield straightway, and six 42″ lanes on the curve in addition to two horizontal jump and two pole vault runways in the infield.

The 2017 Women’s Tennis and Women’s and Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships have been relocated to another CIAA campus. Bowie State University has renovated both their tennis and track & field facilities within the last two years. Tennis will be held April 19-22, 2017 with outdoor track & field taking place April 21-22, 2017.





The SWAC has announced the suspension of the on-field officiating crew following last weekend’s Alabama State-Prairie View A&M game on Saturday, October 8. The announcement follows the league’s thorough review of the game footage.


SWAC Coordinator of Officials Harold Mitchell handed the entire officiating crew a one-game suspension to be enforced during Week 8.


The error occurred during the first overtime period in which the officials awarded Prairie View A&M a touchdown on a 13-yard run. During the run, the ball carrier fumbled the ball, stepped out of bounds and then recovered the ball while it was still on the field of play prior to re-establishing his position on the field of play.


After review, the ball should have been placed at the one-yard line where the player first recovered the ball while out of bounds resulting in a dead ball and a first-and-goal.


“This entire crew accepts responsibility for each play. We have taken this action because there must be accountability in our officiating program,” SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp said. “Our member institutions expect the highest level of officiating and it is the responsibility of the conference office to make sure those expectations are met.”





Virginia State defeated Johnson C. Smith 32-14 in the 1970 CIAA Championship Game played at Rogers Stadium in Petersburg, Va.


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