Caldwell Sparks NCCU in Shootout Win over Howard
kyle Serba photo of Chauncey Caldwell by Kevin
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
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
|Hawks Football Dominates Bowie State From
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)
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
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
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
Paul Gooden caught three passes for both of Witt's touchdowns.
Connor O'Brien led the charge defensively with 10 tackles.
HOW IT HAPPENED
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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