Chowan 31, Bowie State 21

BOWIE, Md. – Chowan University (3-3, 2-1 CIAA) overcame a 14-point deficit and spoiled Bowie State’s Homecoming, beating the Bulldogs 31-21.

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The Bulldogs (2-4, 0-3 CIAA) were led by junior quarterback Jared Johnston (Dumfries, Va.) with 247 passing yards, completing 17-of-28 and one touchdown. Redshirt junior running back Keith Brown (Temple Hills, Md.) rushed for a team-high 101 yards on 21 carries. Sophomore Nyme Manns (Fort Washington, Md.) hauled in seven receptions for a team season-best 159 yards and one score.

Junior linebacker Anthony McDaniel (Fort Washington, Md.) and redshirt defensive back Curtis Pumphrey (Laurel, Md.) paced the Bulldogs defense with six tackles each. McDaniel was also credited with two sacks, four tackles for a loss, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.

DaSean Martin (Las Vegas, Nev.) led the Hawks’ offense with 22 carries for 102 yards.  Martin scored three of the Hawks’ four touchdowns in the win, one receiving and two rushing.  Robert Holland (Newport News, Va.) had a team-high seven receptions for 100 yards on the afternoon and one touchdown.  Dain McFarland (Glendale, Ariz.) completed 11-of-24 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns.   Defensively, Jason Ampy (Sutherland, Va.) led all players in the game with nine tackles (four solo and five assisted).

Bowie State scored 14 unanswered points in the first quarter to take an early lead in the contest.  Kendall Jackson capped a six-play, 65 yard drive with a one yard touchdown run for the first score at the 12:05 mark of the opening quarter, and notched a second rushing touchdown with 2:32 remaining in the first quarter to lead the effort.

The Hawks responded with a score of their own midway through the second quarter as Martin’s two yard rush topped an 11-play, 65 yard drive.  Alex Noboa’s point after attempt was good, making the score to 14-7.  Martin rushed for his second touchdown of the contest in the third quarter with 2:52 on the clock to put the Hawks within reach of the Bulldogs, but Noboa’s point after attempt was blocked resulting in Bowie State maintaining a narrow 14-13 lead.

BSU’s Johnston connected with Manns on a 57 yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left in the third quarter to shift the momentum back to Bowie State.  Junior Mario Diaz-Aviles’ (Washington, D.C.) point after was good, extending the Bulldogs’ lead to 21-13.

The Hawks regrouped to score 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.  McFarland’s three yard pass to Holland with 11:08 on the clock followed by a successful two-point conversion with the McFarland-Holland duo knotted the score 21-21.  The Hawks forced the Bulldogs to punt on their next drive.  Chowan used a 59 yard run by Anthony Clanton (Fayetteville, N.C.) and a 18 yard touchdown pass from McFarland to Martin to take a 27-21 lead.  Noboa’s point after attempt was good, giving the Hawks a 28-21 advantage.

Devahn Murphy (Darien, Ga.) picked off Johnston’s pass on the next drive, giving the ball back to Chowan.  The Hawks then used Noboa’s 32 yard field goal with 2:01 left in the contest to secure the 31-21 win.

St. Augustine’s 21, Livingstone 14

RALEIGH, N.C. – A.J. Gilford (R-Fr./Savannah, Ga.) tossed two touchdown passes to Brian Richards (R-Sr./Waldorf, Md.) and ran for another to lead Saint Augustine’s University to a 21-14 CIAA football victory over Livingstone College at SAU Stadium on campus on Homecoming Day (Saturday, October 12, 2013).

The Falcons upped their record to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the CIAA Southern Division. The victory sets up a key game against nationally-ranked and two-time defending league champion Winston-Salem State University on Saturday, October 19, 2013, in Raleigh, N.C., at 1:30 p.m. The Rams and Falcons were predicted to finish among the top two teams in the division.

The Falcons are currently tied for second in the division with Fayetteville State University. The Rams are first at 3-0.

“Next week is a big, big game!,” St. Aug Head Coach Michael Costa said. “We need to make sure we play our best game.”

Gilford completed 11 of 16 pass attempts for 122 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Richards caught five passes for 66 yards and Roderick Davenport (R-Soph./Orangeburg, S.C.) gained a season-high 106 yards on 18 carries.

Gilford threw touchdown passes of 16 and 28 yards to Richards and rushed for a six-yard touchdown in the first half. His second scoring throw and a two-point conversion pass to Davenport gave the Falcons a 21-7 halftime lead.

It was all the points the Falcons needed. The Blue Bears gained over 400 offensive yards but the Falcons held when it mattered. The Blue Bears reached the red zone five times but scored only once on a four-yard pass from Drew Powell to Jalen Hendricks. The score pulled the Blue Bears within 21-14 in the fourth quarter.

The Blue Bears scored on a 23-yard pass from Powell to Hendricks with under two minutes left, but a holding call nullified the play. Shonquez Nelson (Sr./Lake City, S.C.) of the Falcons sacked Powell on the following play. Needing 26 yards for a first down, Powell threw two incomplete passes which ended the Blue Bears’ final scoring threat with 56 seconds left.

Nelson’s sack was one of seven against the Livingstone quarterback. Nelson led the Falcons with two sacks and Christopher Roberts (R-Soph./Albany, Ga.), Javarous Faulk (Sr./Macon, Ga.), Joshua Manners (Fr./Suwannee, Ga.), each had a sack.

Nelson also picked off a pass at the line of scrimmage and rambled 27 yards to set up Gilford’s short scoring run for a 6-0 first-quarter lead. Kenneth White gave the Blue Bears a brief 7-6 lead with a 46-yard run off a fake punt in the second quarter. The Falcons responded on the ensuing drive with Gilford’s 16-yard scoring throw to Richards. Alexander Tucker (Sr./Union, S.C.) added the extra point for a 13-7 lead.

Gilford connected with Richards gain for a 28-yard touchdown with 53 seconds left in the second quarter. Gilford found a wide-open Davenport in the end zone for the two-point conversion to give the Falcons a 21-7 lead at the break. The only scoring in the second half was Powell’s touchdown pass to Hendricks in the fourth quarter.

Chaz Robinson (Sr./Hampton, Va.) of the Falcons totaled a game-high 12 tackles. He is three tackles shy of becoming the school career tackles leader. His teammates Carlton Butts (Jr./Thomasville, Ga.), Dezmon Hopkins (Fr./Manassas, Va.) and Nelson each added seven tackles and Dominique Marsh (Jr./Norfolk, Va.) intercepted a pass in the end zone to thwart a Livingstone scoring drive. White lead the Blue Bears with 10 tackles.

Shaw 44, Fayetteville State 34
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – With the final seconds ticking off the clock, Shaw University’s Darnell Evans strode down the sideline, slapping hands with each of his teammates, tears in his eyes.  Seconds before, Evans had picked off his third pass of the afternoon and returned it for a touchdown to cement a Shaw comeback, giving the Bears a 44-34 win over Fayetteville State Saturday at Jeralds Stadium on the FSU campus.

Decked out in pink tape and wristbands in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Evans explained his emotion.  “October’s always a big month for me.  My aunt passed away from breast cancer, so this month is really means a lot to me.”

He continued, “And I shook my team’s hands – I love every single one of my teammates.  They come to work every day – it’s hot, it’s raining.  I just wanted to congratulate them because we did it as a team.  Even though big players made big plays, that’s football.  We did it as a team.”

The Bears, who improve to 3-3 on the season and pick up their first win – against two losses – in the CIAA, trailed 31-12 with 11:37 left in the third quarter, but outscored the Broncos 32-3 to close out the game – propelled in large part by Evans’ play.

Without taking a snap on the offensive side of the ball, Evans amassed 293 total yards on kickoff, punt and interception returns.  The Bears had 183 yards rushing and 167 through the air.   In addition, Evans had six pass break ups.

After allowing the Bronco touchdown that gave FSU the 31-12 lead, the Bear defense shut down FSU, allowing them only two long drives — one which resulted in a field goal, and one that closed out the game without a score.

“The defense is a second half team,” said Evans.  “Every time we get in that second half, we know it’s over with.  We get in the lock down – nothing’s going down.  I definitely felt the comeback coming.  The offense moved the ball a little bit and that’s all we needed them to do.  And then we get our stops and that’s it.”

The offense did move the ball, although Evans’ play often meant the Bears had a short field in front of them.  Shaw had one drive of 50 yards in those last 26 minutes of game time – the rest were 42 yards or shorter.

“We’ve been in games in the second half and haven’t had much offense,” said Shaw head coach Robert Massey.  “That was our goal – to be a lot more effective offensively.  We wanted to stay away from the stupid penalties.  We had a few, but in the end of the day we did what we needed to do.”

Shaw fell behind early, trailing 17-0 with less than three minutes gone in the second quarter after Jemeryn Jenkins hit Kasunn Williams for a 76-yard touchdown pass.

Shaw responded with a long drive – a drive extended by a critical FSU roughing the passer penalty – that finished with a nine-yard strike from Quinshon Odom to David Jordan for the touchdown.  The extra point sailed wide right to make the score 17-6 with 5:31 left in the half.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Broncos fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Shaw’s Paul Maple, giving Shaw a short field at the FSU 35.  The Bears covered 25 of those yards before the drive stalled and George Mulumba hit a field goal to trim the FSU lead to 17-9.

Jenkins then drove his team down the field, culminating with a 44-yard completion to Williams for a 24-9 lead with 1:21 left in the half.

Shaw started running a fast-paced offense – which they employed through much of the second half as well – with Odom making two critical completions to Kowaski Kitchens of 18 and 17 yards to advance Shaw to the Bronco 13.  Mulumba hit the field goal as time expired to send the teams to the locker room with Fayetteville State leading 24-12.

After a Shaw three-and-out to open the second half, Fayetteville State mounted a long drive largely on the back of a roughing the punter penalty.  On the next play, Jenkins hit Antonio Allen for 42 yards, leaving only four to the goal line, which Marquavius Alston covered in a rush to give FSU the 31-12 lead.

After a 47-yard kickoff return by Evans on the ensuing kick, Shaw started at midfield and Odom and Marquise Grizzle combined to move the Bears to the goal line, with Grizzle powering over the line for a one-yard touchdown run.  The PAT was missed, leaving the Bears trailing 31-18.

On the third play of the next FSU drive, Jenkins put up a ball that Evans pulled down and returned for 18 yards, giving Shaw another short field.  Marquise Grizzle then carried the ball five times in the drive for a total of 42 yards, but it was Odom who covered the last yard into the end zone to trim the FSU lead to 31-25.

The Bear defense drove Fayetteville State backwards on the Broncos’ next possession, then Shaw’s Evan Strange blocked the punt, driving it through the end zone for a safety, narrowing the margin even further as the score now stood at 31-27 Fayetteville State.

On the ensuing free kick, Evans found a seam and broke open a 66-yard return, ending at the FSU nine-yard line.  The Shaw offense stalled, but Andres Magallon came in and knocked the field goal through, trimming the FSU lead to one at 31-30 with 23 seconds left in the third quarter.

On the second play in the next drive, Jenkins again found Evans.  The Shaw DB returned it to the FSU four-yard line as the clock hit zero on the third quarter.

As the fourth quarter opened and with Shaw near the goal line, the Shaw kicking game again failed as Magallon sent the field goal attempt wide, leaving the score at 31-30 in favor of the Broncos.

The Broncos then responded with their longest drive of the game, covering 62 yards in 14 plays.  But as Fayetteville State approached the Shaw goal line, the Bear defense stiffened and FSU was forced to take the Antonio Mayo field goal to extend their lead to 34-30.

Before the momentum could swing fully back to FSU, though, Evans had something more to say.  His 68-yard return of the ensuing kickoff put the Bears deep in Bronco territory.  Grizzle and Odom rushed their way through the 22 yards with Odom hitting a nine-yard run into the end zone to give Shaw their first lead of the game:  37-34.

The Shaw defense forced FSU to a three-and-out on their next possession,  but the Shaw offense fizzled after 20 yards and punted back to Fayetteville.

On the third play of the FSU drive, Evans again read the route and picked off a Derek Bryant pass, this time returning it 27 yards for a touchdown.

“It was a blatant pass play,” said Evans.  “The defensive line pinned their ears back.  They did a great job getting that pressure.  It just makes it a field day for us DBs.  I saw the quarterback open up and read his eyes – I’m not supposed to, I’m supposed to be on man, but I just made the play.”

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The TD gave the Bears a 44-34 lead with 1:01 left in the game.

Perhaps still celebrating the touchdown, the Shaw defense relaxed enough to allow the Broncos a 61-yard drive, but they did not allow a critical strike for a score as time ran out, giving Shaw the 44-34 win.

Grizzle finished the game with 134 yards on 28 carries.  Odom finished 20 for 42 for 167 yards with three interceptions.  Kitchens was the leading receiver with six receptions for 66 yards.

On defense, Darius Moffett had seven solo tackles, including two tackles for a loss.  Keith Lomon had six solo tackles.  Evans finished with one solo tackle, six pass breakups, three interceptions, and 293 all-purpose yards.  The three interceptions give him seven on the season.

For Fayetteville State, Jenkins finished with 303 yards on a 14 for 36 performance.  He had two touchdowns.  Colon B ailey and Jenkins were the leading rushers with 37 and 35 yards, respectively.  Williams finished with three receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, the Broncos were led by Marquel Gathers with ten tackles – eight of them solo shots and four tackles for a loss.  Rueben Ortega finished with seven solo hits.

Now that the Bears have collected their first conference win, Massey says they have to keep on the winning track going forward.

” We’re treating every game like a playoff situation,” he said.  “Homecoming’s next week and it’s imperative we win that to stay alive.”

Virginia State 51, Elizabeth City State 28
ELIZABETH CITY, NC-Virginia State’s Jordan Anderson rushed for 214 yards and 5 touchdowns as the Trojans blew past Elizabeth City State University 51-28 Saturday afternoon at Roebuck Stadium.

The victory is the first for the Trojans at Roebuck Stadium since they took a 21-17 win back on October 12, 2002. With four conference games left, Virginia State sits atop the Northern Division and remains undefeated in CIAA play at 3-0, 5-1 overall.

Despite the scoring output by VSU, 14 of which were defensive points, the Vikings put up more total offense than the Trojans, 444 to 374. Yet the Trojans made the most of their scoring opportunities, converting all five of their trips to the red zone on the afternoon.

The Trojans jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the opening quarter. Anderson got the first of his five rushing touchdowns on the game’s opening drive; a 12 play, 78 yard orchestration that consumed five and a half minutes. Then on ECSU’s first possession Sean Smith picked off an errant pass by Tyrell Houghton and scampered 39 yards to the end zone for a 14-0 score at the 8:42 mark.

On the VSU’s next drive all it took was one play, a 91-yard rushing TD (extra point failed) and the score ballooned to 20-0 with 6:40 left in the opening quarter.

With 8:29 left in the opening half, the Vikings got on the board after a 49-yard completion to the VSU 1-yard line was punched in by Petey Boone on the next play. The ECSU forced a punt on VSU’s next drive but the Trojans halted any Viking momentum when Devonte Piggott converted another pick 6 for a 27-7 lead.

Houghton found Lovie Banks-Rose on a 16 yard touchdown strike just before the half ended and the Trojans led 27-14 at the intermission.

ECSU was held scoreless in the third quarter while the Trojans tacked on 10 more points; another rushing TD by Anderson and a 32 yard field goal by Shawn Hunt. The two teams traded scores in the final quarter, another 1-yard score by Boone was countered by Anderson’s fourth TD of the day with 7:27 left to give the Trojans a 44-21 cushion.  Houghton found Montario Hunter for a 59-yard TD pass before Anderson’s final TD of the day, a 2-yard run with 4:01 remaining accounted for the final point spread.

Virginia Union 28, Lincoln 21

Virginia Union University’s offensive line, led by Joshua Stalls, opened up holes as the Panthers amassed 359 rushing yards in their 28-21 win over Lincoln University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 12, in Lincoln University, Pa.

VUU’s Eric Shaw led the Panther ground game by collecting 116 yards on 22 carries.  Quarterback Shawheem Dowdy helped his own cause by rushing for 83 yards on nine carries.

All of Virginia Union touchdowns came on the ground.  Dowdy rushed for one score while Damon Kelly rushed for another.  VUU’s Terrence Malone rushed for a TD and was joined by quarterback Kenneth Graham for another score.

The 62 total rushing attempts were the most by a VUU team since the Panthers carried the ball 65 times against Virginia State University in 2009. (The record for most carries in a single game is 72, set against Elizabeth City State University in 1983.)

VUU’s Troy Krepich continued his hot streak.  He had two punts for 81 yards and went 4-for-4 in extra points.  Krepich is now 13-for-13 in extra point attempts.

VUU’s Jabari Neeley and Willie Bailey both picked off Lincoln passes in the game.

Overall, the Panther defense allowed just 40 yards rushing.

Union got on the board first when Kelly took it in from one yard out with 1:42 left in the first quarter.  Dowdy made the score 14-0 when he bulled his way in from one yard out with 7:10 left in the half.

Although VUU and Lincoln were tied 14-14 at halftime, Malone broke the tie when he rushed in from four yards out with 4:36 left in the third quarter.  Graham scored the eventual winning touchdown when he scampered in from six yards out with 12:11 left in the game.

VUU is now 2-4 overall and 2-1 in CIAA play.  Lincoln falls to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the CIAA.

Winston-Salem State 44, Johnson C.Smith 17

For a while, Johnson C. Smith gave 16th-ranked Winston-Salem State all it could handle.

But the Rams started rolling in the third quarter and by the time they finished had another blowout victory — 44-17 in front of a happy homecoming crowd of just more than 15,000 at Bowman Gray Stadium.

“ We started playing Ram football,” said tight end Jerry Chandler, who caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Rudy Johnson in the decisive third quarter. “We settled down and didn’t panic, and we didn’t make mistakes.”

The Rams trailed 17-14 early in the third quarter before finding their footing.

Coach Connell Maynor gave credit to the scrappy Bulls, who used their fast-paced, no-huddle offense to knock his Rams off balance in the first half.

“ You have to take your hats off to them because that’s just their third loss in their last 11 games, and two of those losses were to us,” Maynor said. “Coach (Steve) Aycock is doing a great job, and they played us hard for about two quarters, but we just came out in the second half and executed better, and our defense was there.”

Johnson took matters into his own hands by running 35 yards for a score midway through third quarter. A little later, after the WSSU defense buckled down, Johnson found Chandler for the touchdown pass, leaving the Golden Bulls shell-shocked.

“ We just had to settle down and just play Ram football in the second half,” Maynor said of the surge. “Of course, it could have had something to do with homecoming and where their heads were at, but we got it going….”

Johnson C. Smith stood toe-to-toe with the CIAA’s best program in the first half but couldn’t maintain that momentum.

Aycock’s defense was designed to play for big gains, so the Rams turned to their running game. Maurice Lewis rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, Johnson ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns, and Patrick Mputu added 85 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

“ They didn’t want us to beat them deep, so they made us grind it out,” Maynor said. “But like I tell people all the time, I’m going to play to my strengths, and I don’t have to throw for 400 yards to beat you. I’m just going to win the football game.”

Center Bryan Davis helped the Rams rush for a season-high 293 yards.

“ That was our goal — to rush for more than 200 yards and we did that,” Davis said. “I think the third quarter is our best quarter, and we seem to score a lot in that quarter in all of our games. So teams start to lose their steam a little … and we seem to pick it up.”

WSSU lost starting offensive lineman Justin Kee to an ankle injury early in the game, but Nate Hartung replaced him.

“ Kee is a big part of our offense, and he makes the offense more athletic,” Davis said. “But Nate gives us a little more power on the line, so every time we run the ball, we can be productive.”

The Rams put the finishing touches on the win when Mputu scored from 6 yards, helping push the lead to 35-17 early in the fourth quarter. The Rams added a safety when Lakevious Battle blocked a punt in the end zone and the J.C. Smith punter kicked the ball a second time. Duvontae Covington, the closest Ram to the punter, was credited with the safety.

WSSU’s defense had to contend with strong-armed quarterback Keahn Wallace and chased him more effectively in the second half, finishing with nine sacks.

“ We knew he was a good quarterback, but we just had to contain him,” Battle said. “We just had to take away those short passes, and they couldn’t run the ball on us, so by taking away those short passes, we were able to stop them for the most part.”

Wallace had 166 yards passing in the first half but just 26 yards in the second half.

Maynor said he’s glad homecoming is behind, “Now, we can get back to normal, and we don’t have to worry about everybody coming back to school for homecoming and all of that,” he said. “We can get back to just playing football…. They came in here and fought us hard, but we prevailed.”

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