Congratulations to our Week 4 Player of The Week. Prairie View A&M QB Jalen Morton. Morton was the offense for the Panthers last weekend in their matchup against UAPB. He accounted for 511 total yards of the Panthers offense and also accounted 4 total touchdowns. Coach Dooley has the Prairie View offense explosive. They have a true test this weekend against Coach Dooleys former school, Grambling St University in the State Fair Classic in Dallas, TX. This game can potentially show us the SWAC West Champion. Can the Panthers keep this explosive offense up against a great Grambling defense lead linebacker De'Arius Christmas? We will see on Saturday.
WE HAVE A NEW #1, WE HAVE A NEW #1! This was a wild weekend for division 1 HBCU football teams. After being #1 in our rankings for months, North Carolina A&T has fallen. North Carolina A&T fell this weekend in what was a David vs Goliath matchup going against Morgan St. Morgan St tested this A&T team which ultimately gave Morgan St the opportunity to win the game with the game winning field goal. Tennessee St moves from the #2 spot now into the #1 spot with Alcorn St, Prairie View, North Carolina A&T, and Howard round out the top 5. Prairie View put in absolute beating on UAPB, Alcorn St ran the field against Mississippi Valley St, and Howard was also in a dogfight with Bethune-Cookman in the Circle City Classic. Grambling St gets back to its dominant ways after a win against Bama St. Southern moves up from #10 to #8 after a testing win over Alabama A&M in the Gulf Coast Challenge. Be on the lookout for this Alabama A&M team. Coach Maynor has the bulldogs moving in the right direction. They have a great QB in Aqeel Glass that can be one of most talked about players in country. We can't wait to see how the rest of this season plays out? Do the Aggies get back up to that #1 spot or will this the best first time we have a new #1 team?
Week 4 of HBCU Football is in the books. It was a weekend where some of the best teams are starting to show why they are the best. Morehouse College remains in the #1 spot as they pulled off a miracle winning in the final seconds from a Hail Mary pass that was caught in the corner of the endzone. Bowie State remains in the #2 spot, while Amir Hall has just been doing you know Amir Hall things. Langston rounds out the top 3. One team that is rising are the Tigers from Benedict College, could we see them finish inside the top 3 this season? Tuskegee lost a tough match to Missouri S&T as things could not go their way. This drops them down to #6 after being in the top 3 last week. Central State comes in as the new team into the rankings entering at #8. How will the season continue to play out, all we have to do is wait and see.
Our Week 3 Player of The Week is a very familiar face to our company. Bowie St QB Amir Hall had a monster game. His impact was felt for the bulldogs against McKendree University. Hall shredded McKendree for 352 yards passing and 95 yards rushing giving him a total of 447 total yards of offense. To add along with that he had a total of 4 touchdowns. Numbers like those is what helped Amir Hall win our Player of The Year Award last season, and with numbers like these it will be hard to not award him again.
Week 3 in Division 1 HBCU Football showed us plenty. Our #1 team North Carolina A&T did not get to play due to the impact of Hurricane Florence along with our #7 team Howard University. #3 Alcorn St moves up to #3 after a great win over #8 Texas Southern. Prairie View A&M drops two spots too #4 after taking a beating against UNLV. The Panther offense could not get it going like we are used to seeing from the first couple of weeks. Southern slides into the #10 spot with a win over Langston who is currently #4 in our D2/NAIA Football Rankings. Hopefully this win can help Southern get their groove back. Time will only tell.
Week 3 in HBCU Football didn't give us much action on the Division 2 side. Plenty of games were cancelled due to Hurricane Florence but we still did get some action. Morehouse College remains #1 as they are playing some great football these first three weeks. Bowie State follows at #2, with Tuskegee follows up at #3 after picking up wins. Langston drops two spots after losing to FCS Southern. That game was called while Southern was leading 33-18 in the 3rd Quarter. West Virginia St drops to #7 after a tough loss to Notre Dame College. Those were the only teams to play this weekend on the D2/NAIA side resulting in no change for most of the teams.
By: Ventress Johnson
Our Week 2 Player of the Week goes to Morehouse College Quarterback Michael Sims. Sims is a true freshmen leading the charge for the Tigers. Sims tossed 5 touchdowns in the win this past weekend against Lane College. He controlled the game very well and has a potential to be a household name in HBCU football. We can't to see to how the rest of this season and his career plays out.
By: Ventress Johnson
Division 1 HBCU football is here and it has been very exciting to watch. North Carolina A&T is being North Carolina A&T, while Prairie View has been shocking everyone. Tennessee State didn't get to play this weekend against Jackson St due to weather and Alcorn St put up 78 points against Louisiana College. Maybe that is the game that helps them get back in stride as they are the favorite to win the SWAC East. Bethune-Cookman also put up over 70 points this weekend rounding out the top 5. The bottom 5 is up for grabs. Central comes back on the winning side while Texas Southern and FAMU both fall to FBS schools. Alabama A&M also has been a surprise for most. Howard University rounds out the top 10 as they faced Kent St. Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open as this season can be a great one.
By: Ventress Johnson
Week 2 of the HBCU football season has ended and there are still some questions regarding some schools. The teams who we know that were going to be good are good. For the second week in a row Morehouse College is atop of our D2/NAIA Power Rankings. They are using that momentum from their week 1 win over FCS UAPB and it showed against Lane College. Langston University sits at number 2 after getting a win in their high scoring first game putting up 63 points. Tuskegee and Bowie St bounce back from week 1 losses to round out the top 5. Keep a lookout for West Virginia State they are a sleeper team that has a high powered offense. HBCU football is underway and these rankings can change. Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open.
By: Ventress Johnson
Our Week 1 Player of The Week goes to Prairie View A&M Running Back Dawonya Tucker. Tucker had himself a game on sunday against North Carolina Central in the MEAC/SWAC challenge racking up 267 rushing yards to go along with his touchdown which came at a very clutch time. Tucker is a vital part of this high powered panther offense. Can the Panthers keep it up as they have a very tough test this weekend against #4 Ranked FCS Sam Houston St. We will definitely be watching.