By Brianna Williams:
Albany State beats the last undefeated HBCU football team in the nation!
The Morehouse Maroon Tigers appeared super human throughout their first six games. However, the Tigers came crashing back down to Earth on Sunday afternoon at B.T. Harvey Stadium following a 41-19 loss to the Albany State Golden Rams.
The first quarter appeared to indicate a close, competitive game as the Rams nursed a 3-0 lead.
ASU pushed the pedal to the metal in the second quarter and never pumped the brakes for the rest of the game. Quarterback Kelias Williams scored the first touchdown of the game on a 20-yard run. Morehouse finally got on the board with 3:45 left in the first half due to a 23 yard pass from Michael Sims to Amyr Smith. Albany State responded with a 38-yard touchdown catch by Mike Green to improve the Golden Rams’ lead to 17-7 going into halftime.
After scoring two touchdowns in the second quarter, the Golden Rams continued to dominate the Tiger defense by scoring three touchdowns in the third. Morehouse managed to score a touchdown in between Albany State’s second and third touchdowns. The Golden Rams had a 25 point advantage over the Maroon Tigers going into the third quarter.
ASU’s final score of the game came on a 43-yard field goal from kicker Gabrie Balinas. The Maroon Tigers scored one last time on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Sims to Tremell Gooden.
From total yards, to time of possession, and every statistic in between, Albany State completely dominated this football game. The Rams held the Tigers’ star running back Santo Dunn to only 24 yards on eight carries and quarterback Michael Sims to 184 passing yards on 16 of 33 attempts.
Following this game, the Albany State Golden Rams improved to 4-3 overall and remain undefeated in the SIAC at 3-0. On the other hand, the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers drop to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the SIAC, which puts them in third place in the conference. Morehouse has a chance to move up to second place in the SIAC next week when they take on the Benedict Tigers at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium.
If it’s any consolation for Morehouse fans, the Tigers are still undefeated in games played on Saturdays.
Morehouse Maroon Tigers remain undefeated in triple overtime nail-biter
By: Brianna Williams
Another week means another win for the Morehouse Maroon Tigers. Morehouse narrowly escaped with a victory over SIAC rival Tuskegee to remain undefeated in the conference and on the season. Despite the Tigers winning their last three games by a total of 10 points combined, it doesn’t appear that any team can stop them.
The Maroon Tigers’ latest thriller was certainly their most dramatic as it went to triple overtime in the 83rd Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic at A.J. McClung Stadium in Columbus, Georgia.
The Tuskegee Golden Tigers appeared to be preparing for another win in this series until Morehouse scored on a trick play to tie the game with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The first overtime told the tale of HBCU kicking as neither the Maroon nor Golden Tigers were able to get the ball between the uprights and over the crossbar to end the game.
The Golden Tigers pounced first in the second OT with a 10 yard run for a touchdown by wide receiver Javarrius Cheatham. Morehouse’s sophomore running back Santo Dunn followed up with a 16 yard touchdown run of his own to tie the game at 24-24 send these teams to a third overtime.
Dunn picked up the third OT where he left off in the second as he scored his third touchdown of the day from 14 yards out. The Golden Tigers entered the game with the SIAC’s top defense, but it was the Maroon Tiger defense that stepped up as they stopped the Tuskegee offense on a crucial fourth and one. This stop was enough to seal the deal and sent Morehouse to the win column. With the final score being 30-24, this marks Morehouse’s first victory over Tuskegee since 2011.
From their season-opener win against a Division-I FCS opponent to their latest win over a division rival, the Maroon Tigers have shown just how they thrive in the face of adversity. This game was just the second in a six game stretch versus fellow SIAC squads. At 6-0, the Tigers are the only undefeated HBCU football team in the country. Their next two opponents, Albany State and Benedict are also undefeated in conference play. As of right now it doesn’t appear that any team, SIAC or otherwise, is equipped to bring down The House.
Our Week 6 Player of The Week goes to North Carolina Centrals own Chauncey Caldwell. Caldwell lead his team to a big win over Howard. Caldwell seemed like he could not be contained the whole game after throwing for 332 yards with 3 touchdowns and rushing for 153 yards with 1 touchdown. Caldwell eclipsed 485 total yards and 4 total touchdowns. Can Caldwell keep up the strong play to help his Eagles get back into the MEAC race? If he continues to play like this there is no doubt he can.
Week 6 was full of excitement. We had upsets, and broken records. Prairie View remains our #1 team after their bye week. Now they turn their focus onto the Jaguars of Southern University. This is a big game for the Panthers. With this win they could possibly lock up the SWAC West after already defeating Grambling St. NCAT moves up to #2 after their win, and FAMU moves up to #3 after what people said to be the game of the week in the MEAC after defeating a hot Norfolk St squad. #2 NCAT and #3 FAMU meet up this weekend in Greensboro in what could be the game that can possibly determine the MEAC Champion. FAMU has been playing some of the best ball that they have seen in recent years. Bethune-Cookman moves up to #4. Remember that upset we talked about well it happened to Alcorn St. The Braves lost a tough one against Alabama St in overtime dropping them down from #2 to #5. Tennessee St comes in at #6, with Grambling St right behind them at #7. Alabama A&M follows at #8, with Norfolk St and North Carolina Central entering the rankings at #9 & #10.
Week 6 gave us arguably what could have possibly been the best game of the year! #1 Morehouse remains at the top after a triple overtime win over Tuskegee. Bowie St falls from the #2 spot and dropping down to #6 after losing to Chowan. Chowan was clicking on all cylinders against the bulldogs. Bowie St is going to be in for another tough matchup this weekend going against Virginia St. Benedict rises to the #3 spot and Virginia Union, oh Virginia Union moves up to the #4 spot after a 90-0, yes 90-0 win over Lincoln. Virginia St comes in at #5, with Fayetteville St entering the rankings at #7. Tuskegee drops from #7 to #10. West Virginia St stays at #8 with Winston Salem St moves up one to #9. There is more football to be played, how will it turn out? Does Morehouse finish the season undefeated? Let us know what you think.
Another #1 has fallen. Tennessee St, only 15 yards from victory over SEC Vanderbilt. What could have been one of the biggest wins in HBCU Football in the recent years was only 15 yards away. Replacing Tennessee St at the top spot are now them Panthers from Prairie View. Prairie View faced off against defending SWAC Champions Grambling St. Heading into this game Grambling hadn't lost a SWAC game in years. 3 years to be exact. The Panthers were clicking were on all cylinders this past weekend allowing to come out with the 22-16 over Grambling St. This win allows them to finally gain that #1 spot after so long. No change at #2 with Alcorn St going down to Baton Rouge to ruin homecoming for Southern University. At #3 North Carolina A&T gets back to their winning ways after a slow start against South Carolina St. Aggies need to thank Marquell Cartwright for that. Tennessee St drops to #4, Howard remains at #5 after a bye week and we will see them back in action this weekend against North Carolina Central. Bethune-Cookman and FAMU cruised to wins. Alabama A&M moves up a spot to #9 after grinding out a win over Jackson St. More good football to be played. Who will we see in the Celebration Bowl? We just have to wait and see.
Week 5 in the division 2 world of HBCU football did not disappoint. Our top 4 teams did not change as Morehouse remains at that top spot after edging out Kentucky St. Our #2 team Bowie St also were tested as they edged out Winston Salem St after Amir Hall led the bulldogs on the game winning drive. Langston and Benedict College also came out the weekend victorious. Climbing up the rankings are Virginia Union. VUU had a convincing win this weekend bringing them up from #7 to #6, with Tuskegee dropping one spot to #7. Morehouse and Tuskegee will battle it out this weekend in what could possibly be the game of the year in the SIAC. That game can truly shake up our rankings. Can the Maroon Tigers keep their dominance going or will the Golden Tigers Ball n Parlay?
Our Week 5 Player of The Week is making its way down to FAMU. Chad Hunter had a great game reeling in 7 receptions for 135 yards. He turned 3 out those 7 receptions into touchdowns. The rattlers racked up 763 yards of total offense against North Carolina Central. Congratulations Chad!
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?