2017 SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: TIGERS ROAR AS THEY HOLD OFF FEISTY BRAVES 40-32….NEXT STOP IS ATLANTA!!

Tigers capture second consecutive SWAC Championship

—GSU Sports information

 

The 2017 version of the Grambling Tigers didn’t fold the tent this year like in the past. Coach Broderick Fobbs challenged his Tigers to remain hungry and humble, however when it came down to advancing to the 2017 Celebration Bowl, the G-MEN keep it together as the held off the Braves 40-32 to advance to the Celebration Bowl as the SWAC representative.  Alcorn State made it a game early on keeping pace with the Tigers, however the second quarter and third proved too much as the Tigers raced out to a 40-10 lead. Alcorn made a game of it as they scored 3 times to cut the deficit to 8 points with nearly a minute to go in the game. The G-MEN’S defense stood up and held on as time ticked off to seal the victory. QB DeVante Kincaid was sweet as ever he completed 14-of-24 passes for 223 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for 75 yards with two more scores on the ground as the Tigers rode their horse to victory. RB Martez Carter was held in check but did get to pay dirt with a 5 yard run of his own. WR Quintin Guice  caught 3 balls for 63 yards and 1 score. TE Jordan Jones continued his solid play as well scoring a 15 yards TD strike from Kincaid. Defensively, the G-MEN were paced by  De’Andre Hogues and T’Kev. Rockwell with 7 stops each. Percy Cargo added 6 stops for the Tigers. Alcorn State was paced by QB Lenooris Footman’s 307 yards passing with 1 score. RB DeLance Turner’s 134 yards rushing with 2 scores was tops in the Braves rushing attack.

Alcorn’s Ferocious Comeback Attempt Falls Just Short at SWAC Championship

—Alcorn State sports information

 

 With the victory, the Grambling Tigers turn their attention to former GSU Head Coach Rod Broadway and his North Carolina A&T Aggies in their much anticipated much in the Celebration Bowl to be held December 16 at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in down town Atlanta, Georgia to be shown on national television via ABC-Network at noon to start the 2017-2018 College Bowl season. 

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Realsportsrealtalk Midweek Commentary: CAN ALCORN STATE THROW A WRENCH INTO THE ANTICIPATED BROADWAY/FOBBS BOWL MATCH UP?

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—HBCU Game Day—-

 

In society today, college athletics hinges it’s budget on anticipated match ups and outcomes. In speaking of the 2017 Celebration Bowl taking place in Atlanta, the media along with fans from MEAC Champion North Carolina A&T and SWAC contender Grambling State have their own opinions about who’s has the best HBCU Football program along with the best head coach in the business. North Carolina A&T head coach Rod Broadway, a former Grambling State head coach has turned the Aggies into perennial winners. Broadway is fresh off his 2017 MEAC coach of the year and he has also placed at least 10-12 Aggies on the All Conference teams just realed earlier this week. That speaks volumes for the Aggie program. However, Grambling State still has work to do in order for this dream match up to take place next weekend. The Alcorn State Braves stand in the way of the Tigers. Earlier this season, Coach Broderick Fobbs and his G-MEN made a statement destroying the Braves 41-14 in Grambling putting an end to who has the most dominate team in the SWAC. However, a rematch for the 3RD consecutive year is sure to be an eye opener for fans to see. Grambling is fresh off a tough hard fought come from behind victory over Southern 30-21 in the Bayou Classic. Alcorn State on the other hand had an open week to rest and prepare for the winner of that game and will look to return the favor to the Tigers Saturday in Houston. Coach Fred McNair and his Braves lost to a lowly Jackson State Tiger team 7-3 two weeks ago. However, the Braves had already punched their ticket to Houston. With this being the final installment of the SWAC Championship game, I do expect the Braves to come out better prepared for the Tigers. Braves QB Noah Johnson has played lights out passing for 782 yards and 4 scores. Johnson has also did damage rushing for 333 yards and 6 scores on the ground. Let’s not forget QB sensation Lenooris Footman who may be back after getting injured in the Grambling game earlier this season. Footman at 100% could pose a problem to the Tigers tired defense. RB DeLance Turner also can be an issue rushing for 1,221 yards and 8 scores. RB P.J Simmons 636 and 7 scores is a nice complement to Turner in the ground game. WR Norlando Veals 45 catches for 816 yards and 6 scores lead the Braves passing attack. Defensively, the Braves Leishaun Ealey and Brady Smith lead the Braves with 51 stops each. Alvin Wilson and S. Muhammad have 44 stops each. Three years ago, the Braves ruined the Tigers magical season defeating the Tigers 49-21 to advance to the first ever Celebration Bowl. This year, coach Fred McNair is looking for payback as his Braves are looking to surprise the favorites..G-MEN and throw a wrench into the FOBBS/BROADWAY match up. Can they do it?………………….realsportsrealtalk….

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SWAC FOOTBALL WEEK 13: GSU’S MR EXCITEMENT COMES UP BIG FOR THE G-MEN IN THE BAYOU CLASSIC….PVAMU AND ENDS SEASON ON A GOOD NOTE….

 

Tigers rally for thrilling 30-21 victory over Jaguars

—-GSU Sports info

 

Grambling State fail behind for the second  time this season 21-20 with less than 5 minutes left in the game to the upset minded Southern University Jaguars. The Jag Nation celebrated with joy believing that the clock had struck midnight on the G-MEN. Adding  GSU’s Martez Carter had just suffered an injury that took him out of the game temporary. Coach Broderick Fobbs knew he had to do something. With the Jaguar defense attention on Tigers QB DeVante Kincade , Fobbs went to his all Mr. Everything and asked him to give it a try. Carter came in and ran 11 yards for the deciding score to help propel the G-MEN to 30-21 victory over Southern in the 44th Bayou Classic. Martez Cater also scored on a 9 yard toss from Kincade to put the Tigers up early 7-0. QB DeVante Kincade passed for 171 yards and 1 score. Carter rushed for 92 yards and 1 score also. Southern was paced by QB Austin Howard 198 yards and 2 scores however, those 2 INTS really hurt the Jaguars in the end. The G-MEN advances to the SWAC Championship to take on the Alcorn State Braves in Houston.

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PVAMU didn’t waste any time disposing Texas Southern 30-16 in the Labor Day Classic, a game that was rescheduled due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey.  Neiko Hollins was 26-of-41 passing for 319 yards and three touchdowns to help Prairie View A&M dominate to Tigers in Houston. WR josh Simmons caught 11 balls for 152 yards and 1 score. TSU tried to put up a fight but just couldn’t slow down the Panthers offense. TSU was paced by RB Brad Woodard’s 86 yards and 1 score. 

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SWAC FOOTBALL WEEK 12: BRAVES AND TIGERS MATCH UP IN SOUL BOWL…..PVAMU HEADS TO SAN ANTONIO….AAMU WELCOMES IN HBCU FOE KENTUCKY STATE…..IMPROVED HORNET TEAM TRAVELS TO DELTA…..UAPB WELCOMES TSU….

 

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Alcorn State 7-3 ,  5-1                                                 Jackson State 2-8 , 2-5 (SWAC) 

 

Week 12 of the college football season basically is filled with heated rivalries. However, in SWAC football, there is one heated rivalry that dates back many years. Alcorn State and Jackson State have battled for bragging rights of Mississippi for many years. However, this year’s game is only a shell of itself. Alcorn State has continued it’s tradition as a consistent winner as the Braves have already wrapped up the east division and are headed to Houston for a showdown against the winner of the Grambling-Southern game. Jackson State on the other hand has suffered through one of its worst seasons only winning 2 games thus far. However, in the Soul Bowl, throw out the records. The Tigers will be up for knocking off the Braves and finishing their season on a winning note. QB Noah Johnson will lead the Braves charge into Jackson as he has thrown for 583 yards and 4 scores. Johnson has also rushed for 263 yards and 6 scores on the ground. RB DeLance Turner looks to add to his 1,178 yards rushing and 8 scores. WR Norlando Veals 43 balls for 803 yards and 6 scores will look for more. JSU will counter with QB Jordan Williams 379 yards and 3 scores. RB Jordan Johnson 627 and 6 scores will help also. 

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction……..Alcorn State 42-17

 

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 Prairie View 4-5 , 3-3 SWAC                            UIW (1-9, 1-7 SLC

 

Tonight the PVAMU Panthers travel to San Antonio to take on the Incarnate Word Cardinals. PVAMU enters the game coming fresh off a home victory over foe UAPB and look to steal a win over the home standing Cardinals. PVAMU will be paced by QB Neiko Hollins (85-171-4, 1186 YRDS, 14 TD) , RB Sta’Fon McCray (80-596, 7.3 YPC, 6 TD) and WR  WR Khadarel Hodge (38-723, 19.0 YPC, 10 TD). UIW will be paced by QB  Taylor Laird (40-104-6, 675 YRDS, 3 TD) , RB  Derrick Mitchell (119-547, 4.6 YPC, 4 TD) and WR  Phillip Baptiste (31-623, 20.1 YPC, 3 TD).

Realsportsrealtalk prediction…..PVAMU 35-17

 

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Kentucky State ( 3-7 , 2-4)                  AAMU 3-7, 3-3 ( SWAC)

 

AAMU and Coach James Spady will welcome in HBCU foe Kentucky State to Huntsville for a non conference battle. AAMU coming off a tough loss to Jackson State look to get back in the winners column against the Thoroughbreds. AAMU will be paced by QB Aqeel Glass 1,116 yards passing and 5 scores. RB Trevon Walters and Jordan Bentley tag team for a combined 800 plus rushing yardage. WR Isaiah Bailey 30 balls for 440 yards and 5 scores paced the Bulldogs. KSU will be paced by Paul Campbell 913 passing with 6 scores. RB Brett Sylvie 971 rushing yards and 6 scores. 

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction….AAMU 17-14

 

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 Alabama State 3-6 2-3 SWAC                             Mississippi Valley State 2-8, 1-5 (SWAC)

 

Alabama State and coach Donald Hill-Eley sort of came back down to earth as the Hornets took a tough loss to Grambling 24-7 after winning 3 straight. However, Hill-Eley and the Hornets look to get back on the winning streak as they head into the delta to take on the MVSU Delta Devils. ASU will counter with QB Kobie Jones 476 yards passing and 2 scores. RB George Golden and Ezra Grey pace the Hornets ground game. MVSU will be lead by QB Chris Fowler 1533 yards passing and 6 scores. WR Quinn McElfresh 48 balls for 797 and 4 scores also looks to add to his numbers.

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction ………..ASU 24-6

 

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Texas Southern 1-8 ,  1-5                                      Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2-8 , 1-5

 

Texas Southern and UAPB are heading in the same direction…..backwards. TSU is coming off a 33-7 loss to Southern and looks to get back on track in Little Rock as the Tigers take on UAPB. TSU is lead by frosh QB Elijah Odom 238 yards passing and 2 scores. Odom also has 260 yards rushing with 4 scores. RB Brad Woodard 322 yards rushing and 2 scores leads the rushing attack. WR Darvin Kidsy 33 balls for 428 and 3 scores paces the Tigers air game. UAPB will be lead by QB LeEarl Patterson 852 yards and 4 scores. QB Brandon Duncan may play if healthy. RB KeShawn Williams 682 yards rushing and 7 scores paces the running game. 

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction……UAPB 24-17

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Tigers and Jags win on road…..PVAMU shines at home…..Braves back in Houston for the 4th straight time…..JSU get’s a gift from AAMU…..

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—Bama State Sports

Week 11 of college football basically cemented the post season faith of many teams and ended any post season hopes of others. In SWAC football, the Grambling Tigers , Southern Jaguars and the Alcorn State Braves lived to see another day as post season is still on those teams mind as we head into the final two weeks of the 2017 SWAC football season. Coach Fobbs and his Grambling State Tigers didn’t waste any time disposing the Alabama State Hornets 24-7 in Montgomery, Alabama. QB De Vante Kincade passed for 205 yards and 2 scores. RB Martez Carter rushed for 85 yards and another score to pace the Tigers. Coach Fobbs defense played well enough to limit the Hornets to only 7 points and keep them at bay. ASU was paced by QB Daryl Pearson 95 yards passing and 1 score. With the victory, the G-MEN will now have 2 weeks to prepare for their showdown with the Southern Jaguars in the traditional Bayou Classic for the west crown and a trip to Houston for the SWAC Championship.

 

NCAA Football: Southern at TSU

–Morning Advocate–

Southern University wasted no time as well in defeating Texas Southern 33-7 in Houston. QB Austin Howard passed for 203 yards and 1 score and RB Herb Edwards rushed for 159 yards and another score to pace the Jaguars. Coach Dawson Odums finally got what he wanted…a complete game from his team. Southern dominated the Tigers the entire game and never let the Tigers back in at all. Texas Southern was paced by QB Elijah Odoms 118 yards rushing and 1 score. Southern now can relax and will have 2 weeks to prepare for their rival Grambling State for the west crown. 

 

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Coach Willie Simmons sent his seniors out with a bang as PVAMU thumped UAPB 25-12 on Senior day at Panther Stadium. QB Neiko Hollins threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns and WR Khadarel Hodge caught three scores for 232 yards to pace the Panthers. PVAMU looked unstoppable against the struggling Lions. RB Stephen McCray rushed for 115 yards and 1 score as well. UAPB was paced by QB M.Terrell who passed for 236 yards and 1 score. 

 

Braves Shutout Delta Devils 59-0 to Win Fourth Consecutive SWAC East Division Title

—Alcorn State Sports—

Alcorn State didn’t waste any time in punching their ticket back to Houston for the 4th straight year. The Braves destroyed lowly Mississippi Valley State 59-0 in Lorman, Miss. QB Noah Johnson passed for 297 yards and 3 scores to pace the Braves. Johnson as rushed for 122 yards and 2 more scores. RB DeLance Turner rushed for 171 yards and 2 scores as well. WR Norlando Veals caught 9 balls for 253 yards and 3 scores. MVSU was limited 215 yards of total offense. 

 

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—AAMU sports

Jackson State stole a win from struggling AAMU 10-7 in what could be Coach James Spady’s last hurrah in Huntsville, Alabama. The game was very sluggish and it took a last second JSU’S Christian Jacquemin to seal the deal for the Tigers. AAMU Lead early 7-0 but JSU scored the last 10 points in the 4th quarter to score the victory. 

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SWAC FOOTBALL: WEEK 11 MEANS IT’S GETTING DOWN TO THE KNITTY GRITTY…..G-MEN TRAVEL TO TAKE ON A NEW HORNET’S SWARM…..JAGUARS LOOK FOR A COMPLETE FINISH IN HOUSTON…..UAPB TRAVELS TO TAKE ON A MAD BUNCH OF PANTHERS….JSU AND MVSU PLAYING FOR RESPECT….

 

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Grambling 8-1 , 5-0 ( SWAC )                                          Alabama State 3-5 2-2 ( SWAC)

As we near the finish line of the 2017 college football season, there were few expectations of teams and there were a few surprises for others. In SWAC play, there were more surprises then expectations. The Grambling State Tigers were one of the few teams that were expected to contend for post season and coach Broderick Fobbs Tigers haven’t let up just yet. The G-Men travel to Alabama to take on the new and improved Alabama State Hornets under interim coach Donald Hill-Eley. The G-Men are fresh off a 31-26 victory over UAPB and look to get back to their dominating play. QB Devante Kincade 153-251-3 2081 16 TDs , RB Martez Carter  118 for 623 yards and 7 scores. WR Darrell Clark , Quintin Guice , LyndemianBrooks and new sensation TE Jordan Jones have been the Tigers go to guys thus far this season. The Tigers defense has been non stop as D’ Andre Christmas has lead the G-Men in tackles and looks to keep the opponents at bey. ASU is paced by QB Kobie Jones 66-118-4 476 yards and 2 scores. RB George Golden leads a bevy of rushers for the Hornets. The Hornet’s defense has picked up since Donald Hill-Eley took over as head coach. It’s seems to me that Hill-Eley put more emphasis on the defense and it shows as the “Hornet Swarm” has came to life.

Realsportsrealtalk prediction…..Grambling State 38-14

 

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Southern 6-3 , 4-1 ( SWAC )                                   Texas Southern 1-7 ,  1-4 ( SWAC )


Coach Dawson Odums and his Southern Jaguars escaped with a 37-31 controversial victory over PVAMU. Odums wasn’t happy with the team effort and as he talked about playing a complete game instead of only playing a half at his midweek press conference. Odums expects the Jaguars to play a complete game as the travel to Houston to take on the Texas Southern Tigers. Southern’s QB Austin Howard played lights out against PVAMU and look to continue that against TSU porous defense. Howard leads the Jaguar attack with 1624 yards and 15 scores. RB Herb Edwards 741 yards and 4 scores along with Devin Benn’s 373 yards and 3 scores lead the ground game.  WR Jacory Washington, K.Catalon and TE Dillon Beard lead the Jaguars air game. TSU coming off a 38-21 victory over lowly MVSU is paced by new QB sensation Elijah Odoms , RB Brad Woodard and WR Darvin Kirsy.

Realsportsrealtalk prediction……Southern 42-21

 

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Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2-7 , 1-4 (SWAC)                                 Prairie View 3-5 , 2-3 ( SWAC)

 

Coach Willie Simmons and his Panthers still have a sour taste in their mouth after suffering a controversial 37-31 lost to Southern. The Panthers however will have an opportunity to take their frustrations out as UAPB visits Panther Stadium. PVAMU will be paced by QB Neiko Hollins 776 yards and 10 td’s. RB Sta’Fon McCray and Dawonya Tucker have combined for nearly 800 yards rushing and 9 scores. WR KhaDarel Hodge leads the Panther air attack. UAPB is coming off a tough loss to Grambling 31-26 but look for that same momentum to carry over against the Panthers. UAPB is paced by QB Brandon Duncan , RB KerShawn Williams and WR Tyrin Ralph.

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction……PVAMU 42-17

 

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Jackson State 1-8 , 1-5 ( SWAC)                                    AAMU 3-6, 3-2 ( SWAC)


Jackson State is slowly making their way into the record books for the wrong reasons as the Tigers season is sort of a lost. The Tigers visit Huntsville, Alabama to take on the AAMU Bulldogs. JSU is coming off a loss to Alabama State 13-3 and it doesn’t get any better as they take on a team looking to finish the season strong at home. JSU is lead by RB Jordan Johnson. AAMU on the other hand looks to get back into the win column , is paced by QB Aqeel Glass and WR Isaiah Bailey.

 

Realsportsreatalk Prediction…….AAMU 35-14

 

 

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Mississippi Valley State 2-7, 1-4 (SWAC)                               Alcorn State 6-3 ,  5-1 (SWAC)

 

Mississippi Valley State travels down south to Lorman, Miss to take on the Alcorn State Braves in what could be the game that advance the Braves to Houston. MVSU is coming off a 38-21 loss to Texas Southern . The Delta Devils will put the ball into QB Chris Fowler’s hand and hopefully he can add to his 1465 passing yardage and connect with WR Quinn McElfresh and Booker Chambers. Alcorn State will look to QB Noah Johnson to lead the Braves offense. RB DeLance Turner and WR Norlando Veals will look to add more stats to their numbers against lowly Valley.

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction……Alcorn State 63-6….

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Realsportsrealtalk Mid Week Commentary : DONALD HILL-ELEY HAS THE ALABAMA STATE HORNETS RISING AGAIN……

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–Montgomery Advertiser

 

Alabama State University athletic department has had it’s ups and downs over the last year or so. It started with former university president Gwen Boyd being terminated due to mismanaging the direction of the university. Boyd signed off on several bad decisions such as the Steve Harvey deal which included his company running the Hornet’s Turkey Day Classic with the school receiving minimal compensation as well as the hiring of former coach Brian Jenkins who was paid a hefty salary and not producing enough wins for a program that use to average 7 or more wins yearly under his predecessor Reggie Barlow. Former Athletic Director Melvin Hines was also fired in the process. Now steps in a new president with new ideas for getting the athletic and football program going in the right direction. Brian Jenkins was fired the next day after losing to Alcorn State at home leaving  the Hornets at 0-5. ASU administration pulled the plug on the Jenkins experiment and hired an experienced former head coach in Donald Hill-Eley to lead the program for the remainder of the season. Hill-Eley was hired by Jenkins as a WR coach. Hill-Eley has tons of experience and looked like the best candidate for the job at the time. Hill-Eley responded in huge fashion taking the win less program on the road and defeating Texas Southern for the teams first win. That win was badly needed for the struggling program . Hill-Eley later lead the Hornets to their second victory over in state rival AAMU 21-16 in the Magic City Classic. That win was huge as the Hornet faithful begin to believe again. Hill- Eley followed up with a huge win at Jackson State 13-3 which put the Hornets a game behind east leader Alcorn State. Hill-Eley had done something that Brian Jenkins hasn’t done……win ball games and win ball games back to back to back. Many may believe that Hill-Eley has cemented himself as a prime candidate to replace Jenkins. Others believe that with a new president comes a new football coach. However, time will tell. Right Now, Hill-Eley and his staff have bigger fish to fry as the SWAC’S best, Grambling State Tigers visit Montgomery for a key SWAC showdown which would allow Hill-Eley to gauge his teams improvement over the last month or so. Grambling struggled to defeat UAPB 31-26 , however Coach Fobbs and his G-MEN are not taking the Hornets lightly. Hill -Eley has added a few new wrinkles to the teams play book as well as produced the second best defense in the league thus far. The Hornet’s SWARM has played lights out in their 3 straight victories. If Donald Hill-Eley can get his Hornets up and ready and pull off a huge upset, the ASU nation will then now believed that they may have found their new permanent head coach. Only time will tell. But as of now, Donald Hill-Eley just wants to concentrate on coaching his team and would like no other than to continue to coach the Hornets there after………………………realsportsrealtalk

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