North Carolina Central’s upset of Norfolk State has shaken the MEAC path to Atlanta. Bethune-Cookman’s win against Alcorn State has massive implications...
North Carolina Central’s upset of Norfolk State has shaken the MEAC path to Atlanta. Bethune-Cookman’s win against Alcorn State has massive implications to the Celebration Bowl as well. Week 10 was a major one!
The Spartans jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter behind a 2-yard TD run from running back J.J Davis. Davis ended the game with 217 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Norfolk State added a third score in the second quarter from quarterback Juwan Carter. Carter ran for six from a yard out. 21-0, Spartans.
The Eagles would get their first score of the game on a 27-yard run from Latrell Collier with 10:43 remaining. A little over two minutes later, Devin Smith caught a 22-yard pass from Eagles QB Davuis Richard to make the score 21-14. The Eagles closed the quarter with a 31-yard field goal by Adrian Olivio, making the score 21-17 at halftime.
Richard would find Ryan McDaniel for his second passing touchdown of the game from 24 yards out. Suddenly, after trailing 21-0, NC Central was up 24-21. The rest of the third quarter was scoreless.
Norfolk State tied the game at 24 on a clutch field goal Josh Nardone with just 24 seconds left in the fourth.
Richard gave the Eagles the lead in overtime on a 6-yard run. However, the extra point was blocked, leaving the score, 30-24.
Norfolk State scored on a 30-yard run from J.J Davis. However, the extra point was missed, leaving the score deadlocked at 30. The Spartans took the lead at 36-30, but missed the two-point conversion. The door was open for NC Central.
They would score on a 5-yard run from Isaiah Totten, tying the score at 36. A two-point conversion put NC Central over the top, winning 38-36.
The Bears stunned the Hornets, starting the game on a 13-0 run. Neil Bordeau found Thomas on a 72-yard pass for the game’s first score. Morgan State would then get another long touchdown on a 70 yard run from Alfonzo Graham.
The Hornets responded with a 1-yard run from Michael Chris-Ike, making the score 13-7.
The second quarter was scoreless. The Bears would bring the lead back to two scores with a 21-yard run from Romello Kimbrough. Morgan State would hold on to win 20-14, despite a fourth quarter TD from Delaware State.
The Bulldogs stayed atop the MEAC with a three point win over the Bison. Kendrell Flowers kicked off the scoring for SC State with a 3-yard touchdown down run.
The Bison got on the board with a field goal from Faraji Woodson. South Carolina State’s defense got in on the action, adding two points with a safety.
Gavyn Zimmerman tacked on three points with a field goal, increasing the lead to nine for the Bulldogs.
Chance Hollingsworth found Antoine Murray for a 2 yard touchdown right before halftime, with SC State leading 12-10.
Another field goal from Zimmerman put the Bulldogs up five. Howard would get a safety, to make the score 15-12, but was unable to get another three points in the fourth quarter to force OT.
South Carolina State is 4-0 in conference play with two games remaining against Norfolk State and a non-conference game versus North Carolina A&T. A win against the Spartans should lock up the MEAC, sending the Dogs to the ATL in the Celebration Bowl.
Bethune-Cookman stunned the Braves in a back-and-forth game that saw a ten point comeback beginning in the third quarter. Noah Kani gave the Braves a 3-0 lead with a field goal early in the first quarter. The Wildcats took a 7-3 advantage on a 31-yard pass from Devin Black to Kamari Averett.
Stafard Anderson would score twice before the half on two short runs, giving Alcorn State a 17-7 lead at the half. Anderson finished with 115 yards on 26 carries and three touchdowns.
Wildcat QB Shannon Patrick found Dylan Lee for an 81-yard throw, bringing the Braves to three, with the score 17-14.
Felix Harper would find Juan Anthony Jr on a 34-yard TD pass, and the Braves once again led by ten, 24-14.
Que’Shaun Byrd would return the ensuing kickoff 94 yards, and BC would trail by three, 24-21.
Stadford Anderson would find pay dirt for the third time, and Alcorn State would increase the lead, 31-21.
This time, the Wildcats would break through. Patrick threw another TD pass to Averett, making the score, 31-28 in the third.
Finally, they would take the lead – and the game – on a 3-yard run from LeDerrien Wilson. Bethune-Cookman’s upset of the Braves was complete, winning 35-31.
It’s the first win of the season for the Wildcats. They face Grambling (Nov. 13, 12PM) next.
It’s a devastating loss for Alcorn State. They were on track for a mega showdown against Prarie View A&M in the West, the winner likely to face Jackson State in the SWAC Championship Game. With the loss however, any road to Atlanta and the Celebration Bowl is nearly gone.
PV A&M survived a scare from the Hornets to stay in command of the SWAC West. Quarterback Juwan Pass scored on a 1-yard run to give A&M the first score of the game.
The Hornets responded with a 50-yard strike from Ryan Nettles to Terrance Ellis. Nettles would find Keron Jones for a 19-yard TD to give ASU at 16-7 lead.
Nettles would be knocked out of the game on a big hit in the second quarter near halftime.
A field goal brought Prarie View to 7 after Luis Reyes connected from 28 yards. The Hornets tacked on a field goal of their own leading 20-10, Hornets at the half.
The Hornets were shut down offensively in the second half, opening the door for a PV comeback.
They took advantage, scoring twice in the fourth quarter, sealing a 24-20 win against the Hornets.
It was the first game under interim head coach Travis Pearson after Donald Hill-Eley was fired in the aftermath of the loss to Alabama A&M. Three different quarterbacks would play for the Hornets: Joe Owens, Myles Crawley, and Nettles. Crawley was a perfect 4-for-4 for 40 yards, but fell short in a Hornets collapse.
Barring a late season collapse, the Panthers seem to be headed towards a collision with Jackson State with SWAC supermacy at play.
The Battle of Tigers was a back and forth affair that ended in a monster ending for JSU.
Jackson State struck first on a 54 yard run from Payton Pickett. TSU would even the score near the end of the first quarter on a 1-yard run Jacorey Howard.
Dominic Franklin managed to give TSU it’s second lead of the game with a 5-yard touchdown run.
Jackson State would snatch the lead by halftime on two scores. First, they knotted the game Pickett’s second rushing touchdown. They took the lead when Sheduer Sanders found JD Martin to make the score 21-14.
TSU tied the game in the third stanza when Howard earned a second touchdown from a yard out.
From there, it was all JSU. Malachi Wideman connected with Sheduer Sanders for two scores. Even a missed extra point couldn’t stop JSU’s momentum. Jackson State finished off Texas Southern with one final TD, winning by 20.
UAPB held off a comeback from the G-Men late in the second half. Grambling would force a safety to get first blood. The Lions would take the lead score on a field goal.
Aldon Clark gave the lead back to the Tigers on a 4-yard run.
However, GSU had issues stopping quarterback Skyler Perry. He rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He threw for 163 yards on 11-22 passing and two more touchdowns.
Tigers receiver Greg White caught 10 passes for 135 yards, the first 100 + yard receiving day for a Tiger in Black and Gold since 2017, when Jordan Jones accomplished the feat.
Still, the Tigers didn’t have enough to force overtime, falling short. Unfortunately, they will finish with a losing season.
The Rattlers kept their slim SWAC East hopes alive with a victory over the Jags. Rasean McKay threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Southern’s Glendon McDaniel threw for 183 yards on 20-39 passing.
The Jags started strong, grabbing a 14-7 lead in the first quarter. McDaniel found Etan Howard to tie the game. Devon Benn gave the Jaguars the lead on a 1-yard run.
The two teams traded field goals, as Southern led 17-10.
But Southern’s defense would be beaten down by both penalties and FAMU running back Bishop Bonnett, who ran for 106 on 15 carries. More importantly, the receiving core for the Rattlers led the way for the 227 passing yards amassed – 99 of which were after the catch.
Jah’Marae Sheread, Xavier Smith, Chad Hunter were responsible for 180 of the 227 passing yards – a feat reminiscent of the days of legendary FAMU coach Billy Joe and his Gulf Coast Offense.
“It was a great team win, and we did what needed to do to improve our record,” FAMU head coach Willie Simmons said, according to Sports Illustrated.
The defense put in work also, shutting down the Jags to 90 yards rushing and a second half shut out.
Any chance of a SWAC West title for Southern vanished in the Baton Rouge air against A&M.
The Rattlers remain in second place for the SWAC East, but need help to beat Jackson State to advance to the SWAC Championship and a chance at Atlanta and the Celebration Bowl.
The Bulldogs hounded MVSU, never letting up. They broke the game open with a 21 point second quarter.
Bulldog quarterback Aqeel Glass was sensational – 25 of 35 for 332 yards and four touchdowns. The Delta Devils had no answer.
Glass threw three of his four touchdowns in the second quarter.
First, he found Dee Anderson for a 7-yard pass. Minutes later, he once again connected with Anderson for his second TD. Glass threw yet another score right before the half.
The Bulldogs defense virtually shut out the Delta Devils until giving up second score in the fourth quarter.
Glass finished his scoring barrage with a fourth pass for six, finding Odieu Hiliare with 10:22 in the third.
Miles 16, Edward Waters 9
Allen 32, Columbus State 25
Kentucky State 42, Tuskegee 35
Lane 16, Central State 14
Savannah State 24, Fort Valley State 6
Albany State 14, Morehouse 10
Benedict 24, Clark Atlanta 21
Shaquille Hill Sports Writer for HBCUGO.TV