“One Century Down”: CIAA Football Week Two Preview

Games for Thursday September 6, 2012

Bowie State Bulldogs (1-0) @ Benedict Tigers (0-1)

A 16-yard touchdown from quarterback Jared Johnston to Doug McNeil with :05.7 seconds left, proved to be the difference as Bowie State rallied from 14 points down to beat Assumption 24-20 in their season opener on Saturday.  Unable to generate any sort of rushing attack, the Bulldogs had an impressive debut performance from the first-year starter Johnston.  He finished with 274 passing yards and three touchdowns and McNeil caught seven balls for 144 yards and two scores to lead the Bulldogs.  Bowie State also profited from solid performances from defensive back Curtis Pumphrey and linebacker Bekwele Amadi who each had eight total tackles.  The Tigers, members of the SIAC, come into the game 0-1 following a 28-7 loss to Virginia Union.  Benedict scored its only touchdown in the second quarter when quarterback Christopher Thomas hooked up with Chris Cooler on a 39-yard touchdown pass.  This game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.  Kickoff is 8:00pm at BC’s Charlie Johnson Stadium. Live Stream: http://www.ncaa.com/championship/liveplayer/player?gameId=221341


Games for Saturday September 8, 2012

Chowan Hawks (1-0) @ Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Keydets (0-1)

Chowan rolled up an eye-popping 635 yards of offense and set a school record for points in a huge 70-35 win over Livingstone on Saturday.  All-CIAA receiver Robert Holland led the Hawks’ offensive explosion with 13 receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns in a little over two and a half quarters of work (Holland left the game following an injury in the 3rd quarter).  Quarterback Cameron Stover threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns as the Hawks scored 49 first-half points, also a school record.  This week the Hawks may need a similar offensive performance as they travel to Lexington, Virginia to take on Division I Virginia Military Institute.  The Keydets, from the FCS Big South Conference, opened their season with a 17-10 loss at Delaware State.  VMI players to watch include running back David Turner who rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown and caught seven passes for 83 yards against DSU and quarterback Eric Kordenbrock who passed for 225 yards.  Kickoff is 1:30 pm at VMI’s Foster Stadium.


#22 Delta State Statesmen (0-1) @ Elizabeth City State Vikings (0-1)

In their season opener, Elizabeth City State fell behind early and never recovered as Newberry cruised to a 46-20 win over the Vikings on Saturday.  The Vikings outgained Newberry in total yards 423-356, but ball security or a lack thereof proved to be their undoing.  ECSU trailed 27-7 at the half due in part to three costly turnovers that Newberry converted into touchdowns.  Reigning CIAA Offensive Player of the Year Daronte McNeil turned in a solid performance in his 2012 debut, finishing with 124 rushing yards.  Quarterback Namon Jones also opened strongly with a career-high 274 passing yards and two touchdown tosses to freshman receiver Antonio Huff.  The Vikings face another very tough opponent when they play host to perennially strong Delta State from Cleveland, Mississippi.  The Statesmen, who have won the last two Gulf South Conference championships and four in the last five years are ranked 22nd in this week’s American Football Coaches Association Division II Poll.  They are coming off a 31-23 loss at the hands of Fort Valley State in their season opener.  The two teams met last year with the Vikings taking the then second ranked Statesmen to overtime before falling 28-21.  Kickoff is slated for 6:00 pm at ECSU’s Roebuck Stadium.


Livingstone College Blue Bears (0-1) @ Catawba Indians (1-0)

In their season opener on Saturday, Livingstone’s offense racked up 448 yards of total offense.  Powered by freshman quarterback Drew Powell, who passed for 343 yards and four touchdowns in his collegiate debut, the Blue Bears scored 35 points- the most points in a single game since 2002.  Unfortunately, their defense surrendered 635 offensive yards as Chowan set a school record for points en route to a 70-35 win over the Blue Bears.  Offensive stars abounded for Livingstone.  Anthony Holland caught 10 balls for 195 yards, Terry Anderson racked up 199 return yards, and Javon Williams had a 54-yard touchdown run, but the Blue Bears were done in by their inability to stop Chowan’s offense, which scored 49 points in the first half alone.  The road doesn’t get any easier for the Blue Bears as they take on perennially strong cross-town rival Catawba.  The Indians opened their season with a 24-3 win over West Liberty.  Catawba played a gem of a game on defense, racking up 11 sacks and forcing eight turnovers.  Eight different players had at least one sack for Catawba, while four different Indians picked off a pass.  The Battle for the Mayor’s Cup kicks off at 7:00 pm at Catawba’s Shuford Stadium. Live Audio: http://www.gocatawbaindians.com/webcast.asp


Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls (0-1) @ Tuskegee Golden Tigers (0-1)

What a difference a year makes.  In last year’s season opener, Johnson C. Smith blitzed West Virginia State 64-27 in Charlotte.  Fast forward to Saturday when the Golden Bulls traveled to West Virginia for a rematch with the Yellow Jackets and left with a 34-31 loss.  The Golden Bulls trailed 21-7 after one quarter, but battled back to take a 23-21 lead in the third quarter, before WV State scored 13 unanswered points to take control of the game.  Sophomore quarterback Keahn Wallace picked up where he left off last season throwing for 267 yards and a touchdown and tailback Dedric Anderson added 149 yards all-purpose yards, but the Golden Bulls were done in by costly penalties…13 for a staggering 146 yards.  This week Johnson C. Smith travels to Atlanta to take on Tuskegee University in the Inner City Classic.  The Golden Tigers were limited to two field goals in a 7-6 loss to in-state rival Alabama A&M in their season opener. Game Time: 7:30pm at Lakewood Stadium, Atlanta, GA. Live Audio: http://www.wgnc.net/


Lincoln (PA) Lions (0-1) @ Wofford Terriers (1-0)

Lincoln quarterback Doug Cook threw for 345 yards but it wasn’t enough as the Lions dropped their season opener to the Cheyney University Wolves 34-21.  The Lions fell behind early and trailed 27-0 in the third quarter.  Lincoln outgained Cheyney 419-229, but turned the ball over five times, including two fumbles that the Wolves returned for touchdowns.  An even more daunting matchup looms as the Lions travel to Spartanburg, SC to take on Wofford College.  The Terriers play in the rugged Southern Conference, year in and year out, one of the toughest Division I FCS conferences in the nation.  Wofford opened the season with a convincing 34-7 win over Gardner-Webb.  All-American running back Eric Breitenstein, last year’s Southern Conference Player of the Year, was the offensive star for the Terriers, rushing for 219 yards and two touchdowns.  The Terriers’ defense piled up five sacks and held G-W to 235 yards of offense, including a paltry 12 rushing yards.  The Terriers will host the Lions at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium in a 7:00 pm game. Listen Live: http://www.woli-am.com/ Watch Live: http://athletics.wofford.edu/showcase/ Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/wofford/football/scoreboard.aspx


Miles Golden Bears (0-1) @ Shaw Bears (0-1)

Robert Massey got off to an inauspicious start as the Bears dropped a 44-26 decision on the road at the University of Charleston.  Despite solid offensive performances from quarterback James Stallons (195 passing yards), running back James Langford (3 rushing TDs) and receiver DeAngelo Ruffin (four catches for 93 yards), the Bears’ typically strong defense could do little to blunt Charleston’s punishing ground game.  All-American Jordan Roberts had a career-high 238 of the Hilltoppers 388 rushing yards.  Charleston threw the ball just enough to keep Shaw from keying on the run.  Hilltopper quarterback Maurice Leak connected on 11 of 20 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns as Charleston amassed 499 yards of total offense.  The Bears’ defense will have to turn it around quickly as the pass-happy Miles Golden Bears come to town.  Miles opened the season with a tough 31-30 loss to the University of North Alabama.  In that game, the Golden Bears used its aerial game to erase a 24-7 halftime deficit, but came of short on potential game winning two-point conversion with 16 seconds left in the game.  Miles quarterback David Thomas had a sensational season debut, passing for 379 yards and three touchdowns.  Receiver Lonnie Outlaw also had an outstanding game, catching four passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.  Defensively, Miles got a stellar game from linebacker Julantate English, who racked up 15 tackles and forced two fumbles to garner SIAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.  Kickoff for this battle of the Bears is set for 1:00 pm at Durham County Stadium. Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/shaw/


#12 New Haven Chargers (1-0) @ Saint Augustine’s Falcons (1-0)

Both teams come into the game with 1-0 records after picking up impressive wins last weekend.  The Falcons kicked off their 2012 campaign with a big 28-10 win over the Wingate Bulldogs Saturday at Durham County Stadium.  Teddy Bacote passed for 187 yards and three touchdowns to pace SAU’s offensive attack.  The Falcons, who struggled to find consistency in their running game last season, also got solid contributions from running backs Phillip English and Roderick Davenport who combined for 140 rushing yards.  Davenport, a freshman broke free for a 78-yard touchdown run on his first collegiate carry.  Saint Augustine’s also had a monster game from linebacker Chaz Robinson who led the defense with 14 tackles and garnered CIAA Linebacker of the Week honors.  Robinson’s defensive teammates also came up with three interceptions to kill Wingate drives.  Twelfth ranked New Haven is coming off of a 45-18 victory over Merrimack.  On offense, quarterback Ryan Osiecki threw for 312 yards and All-American wide receiver Jason Thompson had six catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns and was named Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week.  On defense, end Tom Herd also had a big day for the Chargers, returning an interception for a touchdown and recording two sacks.  Herd was named Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.  This is the second meeting of the two teams, with New Haven winning 50-14 last season.  Game time at Durham County Stadium is set for 7:00 pm. Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/staug/football%20-


UNC-Pembroke Braves (0-1) @ Fayetteville State Broncos (0-1)

Both teams took it on the chin in their season openers and go into this year’s Two Rivers Classic trying to avoid an 0-2 start.  Fayetteville State trailed 20-17 at halftime but let the game get away in the second half and lost 54-31 against North Carolina Central.  The Broncos turned the ball over four times and were held to 259 yards of offense, but quarterback Chauncey Concepcion has a stellar performance with an efficient 14-18 for 141 yards passing.  FSU also reaped big plays from their special teams including a punt block for a touchdown and a 94-yard kick return touchdown from Michael Young.  UNC-Pembroke gave eighth ranked Winston-Salem State all they could handle before falling 28-23.  Braves quarterback Luke Charles completed 32 of 46 pass attempts and finished with 281 yards and two touchdowns and was a batted-down pass away from upsetting the Rams.  The Braves piled up nearly 400 yards of offense against a very good WSSU defense.  UNC-Pembroke has won the last three meetings in the series between local rivals, including last season's 33-27 win in Fayetteville.  Game time is 6:00 pm at UNCP’s Grace P. Johnson Stadium. Live Stats: http://www.fsubroncos.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mfootbl.html?event=1088148&school=fast&sport=mfootbl&camefrom=&startschool=&


Virginia Union Panthers (1-0) @ Brevard College Tornados (0-1)

The Panthers kicked off the season with a 28-7 win over Benedict College on Saturday.  Jerrell Washington was the offensive star for the Panthers, rushing for 94 yards and two touchdowns.  Freshman quarterback Kenneth Graham was also solid in his first collegiate start, passing for 154 yards and a touchdown.  CIAA Defensive Back of the Week Andre Kates had five tackles, recovered two fumbles and returned an interception for 23 yards to lead the Panthers’ secondary.  Rasheen Person led Virginia Union with 10 tackles and two sacks to earn CIAA Defensive Lineman of the Week.  Brevard dropped a 45-10 decision to Presbyterian on Saturday.  Tornados to watch include Kelvin Jeter, a 2012 preseason All-SAC Second Team running back, Second Team All-SAC linebacker Rufus Jenkins, and Eric Watts, Brevard’s all-time leader in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.  Kickoff is set for 6:00 pm at Brevard Memorial Stadium.


West Liberty Hilltoppers (0-1) @ Virginia State Trojans (0-1)

It was tough sledding for Virginia State in their 0-24 season opening loss to the Division I Norfolk State Spartans.  The Trojans were held to 117 yards of total offense and gave up seven sacks and four turnovers to a relentless NSU pass rush.  When the Spartans weren’t disrupting the VSU offense, the Trojans were shooting themselves in the foot with costly penalties.  The Trojans were flagged 14 times for 100 yards in what turned into a penalty-filled affair (Norfolk State was flagged 20 times for 169 yards).  One positive the Trojans can take away from the game is the solid play of their defense.  Even though they allowed 340 yards of offense, Trojan defenders limited the defending MEAC Champions to only two offensive touchdowns and held them scoreless in the second and fourth quarters.  NSU’s other points came on a fumble recovery in the end zone by their defense and a 31-yard field goal.  Up next for VSU are the Hilltoppers from West Liberty, who dropped their season opener to Catawba 24-3. Game time is 1:30 pm at VSU’s Rogers Stadium. Live Audio: http://www.mainstreamnetwork.com/listen/player.asp?station=wvst-fm&


#8 Winston-Salem State Rams (1-0) @ Concord Mountain Lions (1-0)

Winston-Salem State survived a surprisingly close season opener against UNC-Pembroke.  The 8th ranked Rams held on for a 28-23 win over the Braves when defensive back Larry Hearne batted down a potential game-winning touchdown pass in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter.  The big question coming into the game was how would the Rams’ running game fare following the departure of All-Everything tailback Nic Cooper.  Senior Maurice Lewis appears to be an able replacement.  In his first game as the Rams’ featured back, Lewis responded with 27 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns.  Senior quarterback Kameron Smith turned in a steady and efficient performance, connecting on 68 percent of passes for 190 yards and two scores.  Defensively, Ram defenders were tested early and often by UNC-Pembroke quarterback Luke Charles, who completed 32 of 46 pass attempts and finished with 281 yards and two touchdowns.  The Rams, typically a stingy defensive unit, surrendered an uncharacteristic 391 yards of offense to the Braves.  Noteworthy was the play of Hearne, who in addition to his late-game heroics, picked off two passes and recorded five tackles.  This week the Rams travel to Athens, West Virginia to take on Concord University.  The Mountain Lions are 1-0, following a 24-21 win over Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday.  Concord trailed 21-7 at halftime, but outscored L-R 17-0 in the second half to pull out the win.  Players to watch for the Mountain Lions include quarterback Zack Grossi who passed for 242 yards and scored two touchdowns and safety Davon Marion, who forced a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, intercepted a pass, and made 10 tackles to earn West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors.  Game time is set for 1:00 pm at Concord’s Callaghan Stadium.