|Albany State to offer F.A.N.S. Experience, show appreciation at
In an effort to help increase awareness of nutrition and health-related issues, the Albany State University Golden Rams have designated their football game against the Miles College Golden Bears as their F.A.N.S Experience Day, ASU athletic administrators have announced. The event will take place before and during the game on Saturday, Sept. 22. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Albany State University Coliseum. F.A.N.S. is the acronym for Facilitating Awareness of Nutrition and Sexual Risks, and community health awareness groups will be available to provide information to increase health awareness to fans who attend the game, says ASU Athletics Director, Dr. Richard H. Williams.
|“One Century Down”: CIAA Football Week Four Preview
By: Shawn Warren, CIAA Media Assistant
Games for Saturday, September 22, 2012
Game of the Week: Bowie State Bulldogs (3-0) at Saint Augustine’s Falcons (2-1)
The game of the week showcases an intriguing cross-divisional matchup between both teams- picked to finish second in their respective divisions. Northern Division stalwart Bowie State is off to a 3-0 start after a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Fairmont State on Saturday. The Bulldogs trailed 17-0 in the fourth quarter, before storming back to tie the game and send it to overtime where they pulled out a 24-17 win. Leading the way in the scintillating comeback was senior quarterback Tyrae Reid, Jr. Reid passed for a career-high 329 yards and threw three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and overtime to propel the Bulldogs to the win. Tailback Corwin Acker (6 catches, 59 yards) also had a huge day, hauling in two touchdown passes from Reid, including the game-winner in overtime. Acker also led Bowie State with 105 yards rushing. BSU also got another solid game from receiver Doug McNeill, who leads the CIAA with 16 receptions for 270 yards. Against Fairmont State, McNeill snared seven passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Fellow receiver Gary Cropper chipped in, catching six passes for 114 yards as the Bulldogs amassed 453 yards of offense and dominated time of possession 46:23 to 28:37. Southern Division contender Saint Augustine’s is 2-1 following a 30-14 win over Southern Connecticut State. Just like Bowie State, the Falcons fell behind early, before storming back to score 30 unanswered points. Quarterback Teddy Bacote, who passed for 225 yards and two touchdowns against Southern Connecticut, leads the Falcons. Through his first three games, Bacote has thrown for 606 yards, seven touchdowns, and just two interceptions. His favorite target through the first few games has been Brian Richards who leads the CIAA with 26 receptions. The Falcons’ big gun on defense has been linebacker Chaz Robinson who has accumulated 40 tackles and an interception.
The Bulldogs and Falcons square off at Durham County Stadium at 7:00 pm. Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/staug/football%20- and http://www.sidearmstats.com/bowie/football/scoreboard.aspx,
Virginia Union Panthers (2-1) at #5 Winston-Salem State Rams (3-0)
The fifth-ranked Rams open their conference schedule with a visit from perennial Northern Division contender Virginia Union. Winston-Salem State is coming off of a 55-21 thumping of Morehouse on Saturday. The Rams lead the conference in total offense at 481.3 yards a game and are equally effective passing or running the ball. Tailback Maurice Lewis has taken the mantle as the Rams’ featured-back and has literally run with it. Lewis is tops in the conference in rushing with 378 yards. Quarterback Kameron Smith is fourth in the league in passing with 726 yards and seven touchdowns. Virginia Union will counter the Rams’ offensive firepower with a defense that is allowing a league-low 233 yards a game. The Panthers have been especially adept against the run, allowing just 92.7 rushing yards a game. Offensively, Virginia Union will likely line up and try to run right at the Rams. The Panthers average 179.3 yards rushing per game. Leading the ground attack is tailback Jerrell Washington who is averaging 105 yards a game and has scored six touchdowns. Much to their disadvantage, VUU has struggled with their passing game, averaging just 97.0 yards a game. This plays into the hands of the Rams who have shown some vulnerability against the pass (allowing 225.0 yards a game), but who are stout against the run (allowing 89.7 yards per game). If the Panthers can’t effectively move the ball through the air enough to keep the Rams from crowding the line and keying on Washington, it could be a long day. The Rams dominated last year’s match-up 67-16. Game time is 6:00pm at Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem.
Elizabeth City State Vikings (1-2) at Fayetteville State Broncos (1-2)
Both teams picked up their first win of the season last week and look to continue that momentum into the conference portion of their schedules. Elizabeth City State nipped Albany State, 13-12 on Saturday, behind a Daronte McNeil touchdown run and two Brett Symonds field goals. McNeil, the reigning CIAA Offensive Player of the Year, has gotten off to an uncharacteristically slow start this season, averaging 87.0 yards per game with one touchdown. The Vikings have to get McNeil going to kick-start a sputtering offense. Fayetteville State posted a 28-17 win over Virginia Union on Saturday. Tailback Colon Bailey rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos. The Broncos have used two quarterbacks extensively through their first three games. Chauncey Concepcion and Andreas Hudson have combined to throw for 536 yards. Defensively, the Broncos had a 62-yard interception return for touchdown from safety Michael Johnson in the win over VUU. ECSU won last year’s meeting 42-21. Kickoff is 6:00pm in Fayetteville State. Listen Live: www.wfss.com;
Live Stats: http://www.fsubroncos.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mfootbl.html?event=1088148&school=fast&sport=mfootbl&camefrom=&startschool=&
Lincoln Lions (0-3) at Livingstone Blue Bears (0-3)
The misery ends for one of these teams this week as the last two winless teams in the league square off in Salisbury. Despite the winless record, Livingstone features a potent offense that averages 428.7 yards and 29.3 points a game. Freshman quarterback Drew Powell leads the CIAA, averaging 314 passing yards a game and has thrown eight touchdowns. Wide receivers Avery Collins and Anthony Holland have combined for 35 catches for 437 yards. Tailback Javon William has rushed for 226 yards. While the LC offense has sizzled, the defense has fizzled. The Blue Bears are giving up 473.7 yards and 53.7 points a game. Lincoln has been outscored 151-44 in their first three games, but features several talented offensive players. Quarterback Doug Cook, an All-CIAA Rookie pick last season returns. Cook opened the 2012 season with 345 passing yards against Cheyney University. The Lions also feature talented receivers Matthew Coston (20 receptions, 227 yards) and Phillip Jean-Juste (17 receptions, 162 yards). All-American defensive end Tim Green leads Lincoln’s defense with 29 tackles and four sacks. Kickoff is 1:00 pm at Livingstone’s Alumni Memorial Stadium.
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/lincoln/football/scoreboard.aspx
Chowan Hawks (1-2) at Shaw Bears (1-2)
The Bears knocked off Stillman 31-26 to notch their first win of the season. Shaw had their best offensive showing of the season with 428 yards of total offense. Antonio Dunn rushed for a season high 165 yards and two touchdowns and James Stallons threw for 261 yards and two scores for the Bears. After scoring 70 points in their season opening win over Livingstone, the Hawks have dropped two straight, including a 28-17 loss to Shorter on Saturday. Quarterback Cameron Stover leads the CU offense with 732 passing yards and seven touchdowns. He also leads the Hawks with 148 rushing yards. Linebacker TJ Batchelor had a huge day against Shorter with 17 tackles, four sacks, and two forced fumbles to lead Chowan’s defensive unit. Kickoff is 1:00 pm at Durham County Stadium. Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/shaw/
Virginia State Trojans (1-2) at Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls (1-2)
Virginia State travels to Charlotte to take on Johnson C. Smith. The Trojans logged into the win column for the first time this season with a 30-20 victory over Benedict. Quarterback LaMonta Green threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns as the Trojans shook off their offensive doldrums and racked up a season-high 379 yards of total offense. Johnson C. Smith also got their first win of the season when they downed Concordia-Selma 23-18 on Saturday. Backup quarterback Andre Alexander tossed a pair of touchdowns to lead the Golden Bulls. Receiver Fred Scott added a pair of touchdown receptions for JCSU. Linebacker Spencer Shine had 10 tackles and an interception for the Golden Bull defense. Kick-off is 4:00 pm at the Irwin Belk Complex.
Listen Live: Listen Live: http://www.wgnc.net/ and http://www.mainstreamnetwork.com/listen/player.asp?station=wvst-fm&
MEAC UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, September 22
Norfolk State at Ohio 2 p.m.
Tennessee State at Bethune-Cookman 4 p.m.
Florida A&M at Delaware State* 6 p.m.
North Carolina Central at Savannah State* 7 p.m.
South Carolina State at Texas A&M 7 p.m. CT