Caldwell Sparks NCCU in Shootout Win over Howard

kyle Serba   photo of Chauncey Caldwell by Kevin Dorsey

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University sophomore quarterback Chauncey Caldwell amassed a career-high 464 yards of total offense, including a career-best 153 rushing yards and the game-winning touchdown run with 24 seconds left in the game, to lead the Eagles to a 40-35 conference victory over Howard University inside O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium on Saturday.

Caldwell completed 24-of-38 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns, while his counterpart, Howard quarterback Caylin Newton, threw for 381 yards and three touchdowns on 24-for-39 passing.

The two MEAC squads exploded for 1,126 combined yards of total offense. The visiting Bison tallied 598 total yards, while NCCU registered 528 total yards.

During a first half in which neither team punted, NCCU held a 24-19 advantage at intermission.

The outcome came down to the final possession for each team. NCCU forced a punt and took over at its own 34-yard line with 3:08 remaining in the contest. Caldwell engineered a nine-play drive, passing for 34 yards and rushing for 42 yards, including the go-ahead score from three yards out.

Although there were only 24 ticks left on the clock, Howard responded. Newton completed back-to-back passes of 13 and 30 yards, plus tacked on 15 more yards for a roughing the passer penalty to move the Bison to the NCCU 17-yard line. Newton’s next pass to the end zone sailed over the intended receiver and into the hands of NCCU defensive back Marcus Martin for the game-clinching interception.

Offensively for NCCU, Isaiah Totten recorded 57 rushing yards and a touchdown to contribute to the Eagles’ 217 ground yards, while also catching five passes for 25 yards. Several receivers had big days for NCCU. Nique Martin led the way with seven receptions for 85 yards, followed by Daeshawn Stephens with four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown, E.J. Hicks with four grabs for 54 yards and a score, and Xavier McKoy with three receptions for 68 yards and a one-handed touchdown catch.

NCCU placekicker Adam Lippe made two clutch 42-yard field goals and converted all four extra-point kicks.

Senior safety Davanta Reynolds led the NCCU defense with 12 tackles, including an assisted takedown for a loss, and a pass break-up. Anthony Sherrill and Jaquell Taylor chipped in seven stops each.

A pair of Howard receivers posted big numbers. Jequez Ezzard collected eight receptions for 174 yards and three touchdowns, while Kyle Anthony caught nine passes for 147 yards. Running back Khalid Dorsey contributed 83 rushing yards and a score. Safety Jayson Robinson recorded a game-high 14 tackles for the Bison.

NCCU (2-3, 1-1 MEAC) has a week off before traveling to Norfolk State on Oct. 20. Howard (1-3, 1-1 MEAC) hosts Delaware State on Oct. 13.

Hawks Football Dominates Bowie State From First Play

Evann Carpenter

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Football team dominated from the first play of scrimmage on their way to a 42-23 victory over CIAA Northern Division powerhouse, Bowie State, at home on Saturday.


FINAL | Chowan 42, Bowie State 23

RECORDS | Chowan 2-3 (1-1), Bowie State 4-2 (2-1)

LOCATION | Murfreesboro, N.C. (Garrison Stadium)


The win against Bowie State snapped a four game losing streak to the Bulldogs. It was the first win for the Hawks at home against BSU and the first win since 2013.

Jacquae Peart picked off Amir Hall on the first play from scrimmage and took it 36-yds for a touchdown. Marquise Baldwin picked off a pass and added five tackles. Peart added five tackles as well.

Rafiq Abdul-Wahid blocked a field goal and Aaron Bullock forced a fumble.

Bryce Witt posted 252 yards and two scores on 18-28 passing. Witt tallied 29 yards on the ground.

Tyrell Freeman led the rushing attack with 78 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. Imeek Watkins rushed for 48 yards on four carries and a touchdown. Watkins hauled in five catches for 79 yards.

Paul Gooden caught three passes for both of Witt's touchdowns.

Connor O'Brien led the charge defensively with 10 tackles.


First Quarter:

On the first play from scrimmage, Jacquae Peart picked off star quarterback, Amir Hall, and returned it for a touchdown to put the Hawks up 7-0 just 15 seconds into the game.

Bowie State would respond as the Hawks held the Bulldogs to a 22 yard field goal. BSU had an 81-yd pass down to the 3-yd line but the defense of Connor O'Brien, Jacquae Peart, and Marquise Baldwin held strong to force the fourth down kick.

On the next drive, Bryce Witt connected with Torry Baker for a 35-yd gain to put the ball into the redzone. Tyrell Freeman would punch it in from a yard out to push the lead to 14-3.

The Bulldogs countered with a 7-play 63 yard drive to close the gap to 14-10. On the next BSU drive, Marquise Baldwin picked off a pass at the BSU 41 to put the Hawks in great field position.

Imeek Watkins would put the ball in the endzone three plays later on a 23 yard end around for the 21-10 lead with 2:14 remaining in the quarter.

Bowie State's connection between Amir Hall and Lansana Sesay continued with a big 53-yd reception. Hall would throw a touchdown pass to bring it to within five, 21-16, before the end of the quarter.

Second Quarter:

The scoring would slow in the half as both teams had drives stall to open the quarter. Chowan put together a scoring drive with 8:15 remaining in the half as the Hawks started the drive at their own 13-yd line. Tyrell Freeman started the drive with a 14-yd run. Bryce Witt found Imeek Watkins after buying some time in the pocket for a 43-yd gain. Watkins would take the end around for a 15-yd gain to push the ball to the BSU 22. Back-to-back 11-yd rushes by Bryce Witt and Tyrell Freeman found the endzone to put the Hawks up 28-16.

Bowie State had a promising drive late in the half. The Bulldogs settled for a field goal attempt but Rafiq Abdul-Wahid blocked the attempt to keep the score 28-16.

Third Quarter:

On the first drive of the half for the Bulldogs looked promising but the Hawks were the beneficiaries off an errant snap that stalled the drive. The BSU kicker would miss a 37-yd field goal to the right.

Neither team was able to find the endzone in the quarter as the Hawks led 28-16.

Fourth Quarter:

Chowan's drive to open the quarter was fruitful as Bryce Witt found Paul Gooden wide open in the right side of the endzone to push the led to 35-16.

The Hawks' defense held firm once again to give the Hawks the ball following a 60-yd punt by the Bulldogs. Bryce Witt found Brian Hopper Jr. for a 29-yd reception to push the ball into Bulldog territory. Witt found Paul Goodenagain for a short 3-yd touchdown pass to push the advantage to 42-16.

Bowie State would put a touchdown on the board late but the Chowan defense held serve keeping the Bulldogs from scoring to preserve the win.


Chowan hosts Virginia Union on Saturday, October 13 at 1pm as it is the Hawks' Homecoming contest.

Records Fall in VUU's 90-0 Win over Lincoln

Jim Juno 10/6/2018 | Football | Box Score 

Virginia Union scored a single-game school record 12 touchdowns en route to a 90-0 rout of visiting Lincoln University on Saturday, October 6, at Hovey Field in Richmond, Va.

In front of a homecoming crowd, the Panthers recorded the most points of any Virginia Union team in a game since a 1916 contest against Saint Paul's College. The blowout victory showcased the Panthers' talent and depth on offense, defense and special teams. Nine different Panthers scored TDs.

The Panthers racked up a school-record 494 yards rushing, bettering the record of 490 set against Virginia State University in 2009, the nine rushing touchdowns bettered the old record of eight set against Saint Paul's in 1950, and the previous record of 11 total touchdowns set against Lincoln in 2014.

"When you play as a unit, you will see success in all three phases of the game," first-year Union coach Dr. Alvin Parker said. "It was nice to see so many different guys make plays today. I appreciate the hunger of the whole team."

While the Panthers used the game as an opportunity to give reserve players a chance to see action, it was the usual team leaders that set the tone.

The Panthers' leading rusher, Hopewell graduate Tabyus Taylor, found the end zone first on a 4-yard run in the first quarter. Taylor churned out 235 yards - 25 shy of the school record - and scored three touchdowns on 23 carries. Top return man Jaiden Reavis (Highland Springs) returned a punt 45 yards for a TD, his second special teams touchdown in two weeks, and caught a 39-yard TD pass from Darius Taylor in the first half. Darius Taylor scored the team's other first-half touchdown on a 21-yard scramble in the second quarter.

The second half featured more outstanding play as the Panthers scored 28 points in the third quarter and 34 in the fourth. They finished with 673 yards.

"The whole week, Coach Parker has kept us away from a lot of the homecoming festivities to keep us focused on our goal of being 4-1," Tabyus Taylor said. "From the starters to the last person on the bench, we all played a great game."

The Panthers also played their most complete defensive game of the season. Lincoln was held to 47 rushing yards and nine first downs. Union forced 11 punts, three turnover on downs and five fumbles. More than 20 players recorded at least one tackle. Sterling Hammond had the defensive highlight of the day when he scooped up a fumble, stiff-armed the would-be tackler and ran 26 yards for a touchdown on the first drive of the second half.

"The coaches emphasized being around the ball on defense all week," said Hammond who is the first Panther to have multiple fumble recoveries (two) in a game since 2010. "Our main goal was to just stay focused on our opponent, and during this busy homecoming week, we did that."

Virginia Union's 90-point victory over Lincoln solidifies it as a legitimate contender for the CIAA championship.

"Our goal is to perform on the national level, but we have to win the division and the [CIAA] championship game first," Parker said. "I'm proud of the guys and how everyone got a chance to contribute to the win."

Virginia Union now travels to Murfreesboro, N.C., to face Chowan University at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13.

Hawks’ team effort trumps Spartans’ team effort

The Shore sweeps in a tough volleyball battle

Matthew Mccann

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland — With a .363 hitting percentage, 39 kills and 11 service aces the University of Maryland Eastern Shore volleyball team swept Norfolk State (25-16, 25-21, 25-18) at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center Friday (Oct. 5).

Senior Lucia Babic (Sisak, Croatia) finished with a match high 18 kills, and narrowly missed a double-double with nine digs. Fellow Croatian and junior Ivana Blazevic (Zagreb, Croatia) finished with 31 assists and seven digs.

“Throughout the whole night we had good energy, good communication and good passing.” Blazevic said.

More top performers for the Hawks included 12 digs from senior Koya Sowells (Missouri City, Texas) and a seven kill, six ace, five dig match from senior Rachel Kayongo (Northridge, California).

“I’m very proud of how our team showed up today.” Kayongo said. “We all did our job and executed the game plan.”

The Hawks (5-11, 2-0 MEAC) received a formidable challenge from Norfolk State (1-12, 0-3 MEAC). The Spartans hit .247 for the match and out dug the Hawks 42 to 39. Norfolk’s Anna Rupertova tallied 13 kills and a .400 attack percentage. Taylor Eichelberger finished with 11 digs.

Maryland Eastern Shore stormed ahead in the first set by earning a .577 hitting percentage. With Babic leading the Hawks and Rupertova leading the Spartans, both teams battled to an 18-18 tie in set two. The Shore then won seven of the next 10 points for a 2-0 match lead.

In the third set the Hawks pulled away early, leading 16-9 and riding the momentum to a seven point victory to earn the sweep.

The Hawks will remain home for a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday (Oct. 7) with Howard. Fans are encouraged to wear black to Blackout the Hytche as the three-time defending conference champions come to Princess Anne.