Good morning, I hope everyone is staying warm….OK..Let’s get to it….Alcorn State came to Houston to with an agenda. First win their first OUT RIGHT title in more than 20 years. Second , Prove to the world that they are the nations best HBCU team period. Well, Southern University had to find out the hard way. Lead by MVP QB John Gibbs, the Braves marched down the field in their first series to take a 7-0. After the Jaguars were forcewd to punt, the Braves marched down again however settleing for a 10-0 lead. Southern finally woke up as Loenard Tillary got the Jags rolling and into the endzone to cut the deficit. However, Gibbs and that Pistol went to work as he connected with a few of his recievers as well as used his legs to push the Braves to a 17-10. Later Gibbs hooked up with WR Barns on a long haul to take a 24-10. Southern didn’t fold the tent. The Jaguars WR Willie Quinn took it the distance as QB Austin Howard found Quinn in a seem and Quinn took it to the house. Heading into the half, the Braves clinged to a 24-17 lead. SU later blocked a Braves punt to even up the score at 24-24 all. John Gibbs, after taking a big hit, went to work again as he found another target in the endzone to make it 31-24. Southern later fumbled and the Braves took another to the house to make it 38-24 which would be the final score. Alcorn State’s Coach Hopson deserves huge credit for taking over this downtrottin program and turning it to the SWAC’S diamond. John Gibbs has made history by becoming the staple of the program since the Steve Mc Nair Days of the early 90’s. The Braves even brought a huge following to Houston to match the Jaguar Nation. Watching the Braves celebrate reminded me of watching kids smile at Christmas. Every ASU alumni and fan hugged and cried as if someone had won the lotto. Coach Hopson has done something that no other SWAC coach has done. He, as a white American, came into an HBCU school mwith little resources and made due as many of would say. He took what players that were left by previous coach Marvin Spears and turned them into super stars and winners. Not to knock Grambling’s Brian Fobbs , Coach Hopson should be in that conversation as well. QB John Gibbs has become the face of Alcorn’s program. As he was voted the game’s Most Outsatnding Player, he welcome it in his home town. Southern University on the other hand had a great year and the Jaguars were classy in defeat. The Jaguars will be back. Until next time…….realsportsrealtalk…….

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Good morning, OK..Let’s get to it. It’s championship week and many conferences will be holding their championship football games to determine who is king in their kingdom. Well, here in Houston, two teams have their sights set on a trophy as well as a national championship trophy. Alcorn State Braves comes to Houston with a 9-3 record and a whole lot to prove . Lead by QB John Gibbs, a native Houstonian, the Braves look like the team to beat. Yes, coming off a LOSS to Jackson State in the Soul Bowl, the Braves look to put that behind them and focus on more important matters. Gibbs , has rushed for nearly a 1000 yards but has thrown for 2237 yards and 18 TD’s He is the man that makes the Braves go. RB Athony Williams and Darryl Ragsdale have rushed for 739 and 686 repectively. Aaronb Baker also has rushed for 682 YARDS to add to the ground game. WR Jordan Payne leads the air game with 24 catches for  450 yards. Charles Hughes has 22 catches for 364 yards. Defensivly, the Braves are lead by Devan Francois with 79 tackles. Damon Watkins and Will Thomas help solidify that defense with 73 and 51 tackes respectively. Southern University is coming off a huge win over the Grambling State Tigers 52-45 in a nail bitter for the ages in the Bayou Classic. The Jaguar defense stopped GSU QB Johnathan Williams just short of the goal line to preserve the win for the Jags and secure them a shot at defending their SWAC Crown. Southern is lead by Frosh QB Austin Howard as he has thrown for 2182 yards with 17 TD’S . QB Deonte Shorts has been a great back up as he has thrown for 504 yards and 2 TD’S. RB Leonard Tillary has rushed for 1209 yards to become the tird Jaguar to esclipse that feat of 1000 yard rusher sine 2003 when Kenneth Peoples went over. RB Tyre Bracken and Malcolm Crocket have done damage also..adding 447 and 291 to go along with 5 TD’s total. The Jaguar ground game is rolling. WR Willie Quinn has 56 catches for 833 yards and 5TD’s to lead the Jags air attack. Reggie Travis has 30 catches for 514 with 5td’s. Justin Morgan has 21 catches for 390 yards along with 3 TDS. The air game for the Jaguars is potent. Defensively, Demetrius Carter , Authur Miley , Roshaud Turner and Diote Mc Duffy lead a host of Jags with 94, 53, and 50 Tackles respectivley. The Jags rank high in the conference in all purpose defense. Now here comes the fun part. Can SU slow down John Gibbs and the Brave attack?. Can Alcorn slow down SU’s ground game along with WR Willie Quinn as he may be used in a various of multiple sets to get his hands on the ball.?  Judgement Day is near. Stay tuned……………realsportsrealtalk…..

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Good morning,  I hope that everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving….Now lets’ get to it. There was alot at stake down in New Orleans as the Southern Jaguars and the Grambling State Tigers meet for the 41st time in their annual Bayou Classic in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. With all the trash talking and blog bullying going on for two weeks, it was finally time to put your money up or shut up. Leading up to this game, a birth to the 2014 SWAC Championship to take the Alcorn State Braves was at stake also. With a huge crowd expected, both the Jags and Tigers didn’t disappoint. As the game approached, the fans were treated to a free concert prior to kick off as well as a ton of vendors along Poydras Blvd five minutes from the dome. The game kicked off with the Jaguars holding on to an eraly lead of 14-10 and later to a 31-10 halftime cushion. Southern’s size and speed gave the Tigers fits during the first half. QB Justin Howard and Deonte Shorts lead charges up and down the field as RB Leonard Tillary, WR Willie Quinn, and Mike Jones were spectacular during the first half. The JAGUAR defense kept pressure on GSU’s QB Johnathan Williams as they harrassed him most of the night. The Tigers did manage to get on board right before halftime as Williams found WR Hebert in the endzone to cut the deficet. Coach Fobbs and his creww made adjustmants at the half and fireworks were instore for the second half. After holding the Jags , the Tigers started a barrage of scoring to close the gap to a one Touch down game. with the Jags leading 52-45 under 2 minutes left into the game, the Tigers were able to move the ball down to the Jaguars half inch line. With 6 seconds left to play , the entire Super dome expected atleast a tie or over time at best. Well, history was made by a play called to seal the deal for Southern University. As GSU QB approached under center, Southern called a time out. Coach Dawson Odums reassure his Jags that if the hold, the game would be thiers for the taking. GSU on the other hand never changed the play. Coach Fobbs stated that a spike was in the deck but it never happened. GSU’S spread offense remained on the field and as QB Williams lined up under center, the Jags DE’S and LB became a wall. forcing Williams and the Tigers offense line back for a two yard loss. As time experied, the Jags celebrated while the Tigers were at a loss. Coach Fobbs challenged the play but to no avail, the Jags held on and Williams never croassed to plane. As the official called ” ball game”, The Jaguar Nation erupted!!… As I sat watching the Tigers gather to their Alma Mater, one would think, ” Was that the right call?” or ” What idiot made that call”? Heading to thier locker room, the crying began abd the Tiger Nation was up in a roar about that last play called. However, the Jaguars celebrated like it was 1999. QB Frosh sensation Justin Howard was voted the game’s Most Outstanding Player. He along with GSU’s QB made the classic a ” classic”  again…..To all my GSU peeps, keep your head up…..there is light at the end of the tunnel. To my Jags… still needs to be done. Alcorn State will be a deck to claim what’s theirs……..stay tuned…….realsportsrealtalk…..

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Good morning, OK, Let’s get to it…..2014 SWAC season is nearing the end. Alcorn State has already punched it’s ticket to Houston. The Braves welcome the Jackson State Tigers to the Reservation as they meet for the annual SOUL BOWL. Coach Hopson has done an grande ole job in making the Braves a team to be reconded with. Lead by QB John Gibbs, the offense is deadly. The Braves defense lead by Coordinator Coach Peck, has been nothinh BUT solid. Jackson State is coming off a win at Texas Southern. However, things have gone awful for the Blue Bengals. Once a contender, the Tigers hired Harold Jackson and he has not lived up to expectations. Sitting at 4-6 IS NOT WHAT the doctor ordered. QB Tivy and WR Dan Williams makes the Tigers go. Well in this game , I see the Braves trying to make a statement to Southern and Grambling…BOLDLY……..Braves 63-7 OVER JSU……….In other games:


This game will be a game of sorts. The Bulldogs under first year head coach John Spady must move the chains against an upsstart UAPB team. Spady’s Pistol offense must be firing on all cylinders if the want to end the season on a good note. However, facing the coach that was fired, ANTHONY JONES want be easy. Jones has dealt with tough situations as he suffered the loss of his son last month. However, Coach Coleman and the Lions have been a breath of fresh air for Jones and family. QB BEN ANDERSON makes the Lions go….Playing at home will give the Lions much added incentive to win. My Take…..LIONS 31-17 …..

STILLMAN at Alabama State.

Stillman comes in at 5-5 and can beat the Hornets in this family affair. This will be the 91st annual TURKEY DAY CLASSIC between both of these teams. This year will be a little different. The game will be played the Saturday after Thanksgiving which would allow the students to spend Thanksgiving with their families. The Hornets are trying to finsish a once SWAC championship goal season with a winning season for Coach Reggie Barlow who seems to believe that he will return next season. But who knows what will happen Monday. Stay tuned…………

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2014 BOXTOROW FCS HBCU Football Coaches Poll
Week 12

(Records through November 15, 2014)

Rank School W-L Pts. Last Week
1. North Carolina A&T (17) 9-2 188 1
2. Alcorn State (2) 9-2 172 2
3. Southern 8-3 140 6
4. Bethune-Cookman * 8-3 100 T-4
5. South Carolina State 7-4 97 3
6. Alabama State 6-5 92 7
7. Grambling State 7-4 90 T-4
8. Morgan State 6-5 78 10
9. North Carolina Central 6-5 65 8
10. Prairie View A&M 5-5 11 NR

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Good morning, I hope everyone has a blessed day…..Now let’s get to it. What just took place on Monday was mind blowing. This is the time of year that many coaches get their pink notices. However, PVAMU’S now former coach, HICE NORTHERN WAS RELIEVED OF HIS DUTIES as Head Coach. Bubba McDowell has been named interium coach until further notice. My Take……Northern is my homeboy and a good friend of mine , however he has put in work in the SWAC and at PVAMU. He was Defensive Coodinator when the Panthers won the SWAC championship in 2009. He built their defense into the SWAC’s best as the Panthers dominated that 2009 season with historic wins over Southern, Grambling State and Alcorn State to name a few. That year LB ZACH EAST was SWAC’S Defensive Player of the Year. Northern’s recruiting also helped as he was able to tap into Southern’s and Grambling’s recruiting area and grab some great players. As he was promoted to head coach, he stabilized the program as PVAMU became a nprogram to be recond with. The Panthers had gotten back their respect from all conference schools. Northern also empahasized education as a huge majority of players went on and graduated from the program. There were a few that signed NFL and CFL contracts to continue their playing careers. Hice Northern has the program in the right direction. However, like most schools , there are folks who have concerns and would like their imput as it results in more wins fro the program. Not realizing that Northern recruited players with hardly a recruiting budget nor anything to show. Yes , PVAMU finally got their Stadium but nothing has been put up just yet. Northern only had a picture to show recruits and his promise. Programs like Southern, Alabama State, Alcorn, Texas Southern and even Mississippi Valley had upgraded their facilities. PVAMU was only making broken promises until the money was availble to even release the renderings of their new stadium. HICE NORTHERN played the game with a short deck. Now, these old PVAMU heads want to use his lack of wins as their reason to fire this guy. The guy won 5 out of their last 6 games and the offense put up points in a majority of their games. PVAMU was never shut out. In respect to coach Northern, the guy put seat and tears into that program and only field minimum results but those results were positive as their record wins improved to 5-5, 5-4 in SWAC play finishing behind well established programs like Southern and Grambling. Playing with a short stick has it’s advantages and I really think that Northern played with a short stick against schools who played with longer sticks and guns. Well, at the end pof the day, my take :: THERE IS AN UNJUSTIFIED FIRING at PVAMU!!!!….Realsportsrealtalk!!

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Good morning, Let’s get to it….Alcorn State punched it’s ticket to the SWAC championship game as the East Champ with a convincing win at AAMU. QB John Gibbs continues his record setting season as he has thrown for nearly 2, 000 yards and rushe for over 600. RB Ragsdale has even been greater as he has lead the Braves ground game week after week. Coach Hopson has really done an excellent job in turning around the Braves program. The Brave Nation has already began making hotel reservations in Houston. The opponent is still up in the air as Grambling State hold a half game lead over Southern University. With both the Tigers and Jaguars hosting Alabama State and MVSU respectively , the Bayou Classic is begining to look like old times with 80% tickets already sold for the game. The winner advances to Houston. Other games of note:

PVAMU ( 4-5, 4-4 ) AT AAMU ( 5-5 , 4-4)

The Panthers are coming off a whale of a win over UAPB in Pine Bluff. RB Johnta Hebert and Jerry Lovelace had a huge game in leading the Panthers in the ground and in the air. They also limited the Lions defensively and kept them out of the endzone for a long time. With the win, PV can have a winning season under Coach Northern. AAMU is coming off a lost at home to Alcorn. Coach Spady’s offense has been hot and cold. The Bulldog’s defense has given up too many big plays at the wrong time. This game could be one for the ages. My take…..Bulldogs will ground it out against the Panthers soft interior defense…….

Alabama State  at Grambling State

The Hornets are coming off a hard fought win over Jackson State. Coach Barlow has been under fire for not winning enough games in Montegomery. RB Cyrus leads a well balanced attack for the Hornets. Defensivlky, the Hornets attacking style could cause problems for GSU young offense. The GMEN are coming off a win over MVSU on last Thursday. QB Johnathan Williams is the key cog in getting the Tigers rolling. WR Chester Rogers lead a bevy of WR’S for the Tigers to complement a strong running game. My take, GMEN keep it close in cold weather and remain underfeated heading into New Orkeans in two weeks.

Jackson State at Texas Southern

JSU season is all but a lost. Coach Harold Jackson has gotten a once championship type team only 3 wins this year. Many Tiger faithful have called for his head as well as AD Vivian Fuller’s head also. QB Ivy and WR Dan Williams makes the Blue Bengals go. Defensively, Javante Dancy leads a staple crop of stars of the Darkside. TSU is coming off a road loss to Southern University. After starting 5-1, the Tigers are on a 4 game skid which could lead to another losing season if TSU loses Saturday to JSU. QB Smalls and Homer Causey leads the TSU attach. WR Larry Clark leads the recieving corps. Defensive, DE Akir leads a staple up front pass rush for the TSU Tigers. My take, TSU wins at home to close out their 2014 season.

UAPB at Alcorn State

UAPB is coming off a loss at home to PVAMU. The Lions have been nothing short of great. Coach Monte Coleman’s offense has been sparactic. QB Ben Anderson leads the Lions. Defensively, it’s been a long year. Alcorn State has already clinched the East and a few more wins wouldn’t hurt. QB John Gibbs leads the Braves offense. My take……Alcorn gets another win added to the docket.

MVSU at Southern

Coach Comengy accomplished one thing…..Beating JSU for their homecoming….enough said. Comengy had taken the Tigers to the SWAC championship game two striaght seasons however, losing. JSU fired Comengy. He was hired at MVSU as it’s savior. QB Patrick Ivy leads a MVSU offense while the defense has looked good at time. Coming off a tough loss to Grambling, The Delta Devils have the task of going into Baton Rouge to take on the red hot Southern Jags. SU is lead by QB Justin Howard, RB Leonard Tillery , WR Willkie Quinn just to name a few. Defensile, DL Authur Miley can be a beast. My take , …Jags win big on the bluff…….

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