Home stretch to Atlanta…..Who will make it?

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

 

CONFERENCE OVERALL
CONF PF PA OVER PF PA STRK
North Carolina A&T 5-0 169 67 8-0 305 101 W8
North Carolina Central 4-1 130 91 6-2 202 168 W1
Hampton 4-1 113 90 5-3 195 179 L1
Howard 4-1 152 94 5-3 247 240 W3
Bethune-Cookman 3-2 104 92 4-4 145 201 W1
Norfolk State 3-2 103 99 3-5 133 208 L1
Florida A&M 2-4 143 163 3-6 192 243 W1
Morgan State 1-4 124 185 1-7 124 286 L2
Savannah State 1-4 91 118 1-7 128 280 W1
Delaware State 1-5 79 197 1-7 98 278 L1
South Carolina State 1-5 113 125 2-6 162 139 L3

Southwestern Athletic – East

CONFERENCE OVERALL
CONF PF PA OVER PF PA STRK
Alcorn State 4-1 144 120 5-3 231 192 L1
Alabama A&M 3-1 120 76 3-5 143 222 L1
Alabama State 1-2 33 74 2-5 81 158 W2
Mississippi Valley State 1-3 63 142 2-6 133 332 L1
Jackson State 1-4 98 148 1-7 120 261 W1

Southwestern Athletic – West

CONFERENCE OVERALL
CONF PF PA OVER PF PA STRK
Grambling 5-0 199 86 7-1 267 159 W7
Southern 3-1 148 119 5-3 210 237 W4
Prairie View 2-2 114 77 3-4 192 182 W1
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1-3 119 139 2-6 183 289 L4
Texas Southern 0-4 70 127 0-7 97 228 L7
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G-Men keeps rolling along…Jags hold off Lions….PV calls off the dogs early….ASU steals another one…..JSU breaks through…..

 

Jordan Jones

—-GSU sports

Week 9 of the college football season is building up to a great finish in most conference races. In the SWAC, the race to Atlanta is still ongoing, however, Grambling State looks to add more victories to its homecoming history. The G-MEN wasted no time is crushing win less Texas Southern 50-24 in front of a nice homecoming crowd. QB DeVante Kincade passed for 347 yard and 3 scores to pace the Tigers. The Tigers jumped on TSU early and often. TSU did cut the score to 27-10 but that was the closest the would get to the G-Men. TSU was paced by QB Eric Odoms who came in and gave TSU a spark as he passed for 119 yards and one score. Odoms also scored on a rushing TD as well. 

SU beats UAPB 47-40 in college football

–Advocate Sports

Southern knew it was in a dog fight late in the game as the Jags held on to defeat UAPB in Little Rock 47-40. Southern fell behind early 14-7 however, QB Austin Howard got things into gear and the Jags raced out to a 34-14 lead at the half. UAPB fought back and cut the lead to 34-24 and 40-31. However, it was the Jags who stopped the Lions on several occasions to hang on for the much needed win. QB Austin Howard passed for 245 yards and 5 scores. RB Herb Edwards rushed for 131 yards and WR Jacory Washington caught 5 balls for 113 yards and 2 scores. TE Dillon Beard caught 4 balls for 53 yards and 2 scores as well. UAPB was paced by RB  KeShawn Williams 139 yards rushing and 2 scores. With the win, Southern stays on pace with the G-Men and heads into a pivotal game next Saturday win PVAMU visit Mumford Stadium.

Anderson TD MCC

—ASU sports–

Alabama A&M seemed to be looking ahead to next weeks match up, however, Alabama State had other plans. Alabama State jumped on top early 7-2 lead and never looked back to defeat the  Bulldogs 21-16 in the Magic City Classic in Birmingham , Alabama. ASU’s  Darryl Pearson passed to Chett LeVay for one score to put the Hornets up 21-9 and RB  Alex Anderson run for another score was sort of the nail in the coffin for the Bulldogs. Coach Donald Hill-Eley added more new wrinkles in for the Hornets who are 2-0 since Hill-Eley took over as interim Head Coach. Coach Spady may have seen his last Magic City Classic as the Bulldog Nation began barking for his job following the lost. The Bulldogs must try to win on the road against a tough Alcorn State team if they have any intentions of post season. With the loss, AAMU season may be for not. 

Action v. Jackson

—MVSU sports—

MVSU was what the doctor ordered for the win less Jackson State Tigers as JSU was victorious 24-5 for their first win of the season. Many folks thought that MVSU could pull a rabbit of the their hat at home however, this heated rivalry goes beyond football. JSU was paced by RB Jordan Johnson ran for 162 yards and three touchdowns. Coach Tony Hughes is relieved at getting the first one just in time for homecoming which is next week. New OC Derrick McCall dialed up the right plays as the Tigers kept the Devils at bay. 

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PVAMU welcome back alumni,  friends and family back to the hill to celebrate a 34-17 homecoming victory over tiny Bacone College of Oklahoma. PVAMU was paced by QB Neiko Hollins threw for two touchdowns. The Panthers scored fast and often to take a 31-0 lead at half. However, Coach Willie Simmons agreed to take the foot of the gas by cutting time off the clock so that Bacone College would not suffer any injuries against the stronger and bigger Panther squad. With PVAMU’s back ups in , BC was able to muster up 17 points , however, it was not enough as PVAMU sealed the deal. PVAMU now must focus on the task of traveling to Baton Rouge to take on the streaking Southern Jaguars which is always a tough task. 

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SWAC FOOTBALL WEEK 9: AAMU/BAMA STATE …..JAGS TRY TO STAY IN RACE …..GSU and PV WELCOME BACK ALUMNI…..JSU TRIES TO END TAILSPIN IN THE DELTA….

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TEXAS SOUTHERN (0-6, 0-2 SWAC)                         GRAMBLING STATE (6-1, 3-0 SWAC)

 

Week nine of the college football offers some unique impressions. There are a few teams who are lining up there holiday post season plans. There are a few teams who may be packing it up as well. In the SWAC, there is Grambling and then everybody else. Speaking of the G-MEN, the Grambling community is morning the loss of one student who was gunned down on campus this past Tuesday night by a bystander in what was called a disagreement. With the Tigers set to welcome back many alumni and fans to campus, this was a tough deal on the student body as well as the G-men themselves. The school and community will use this homecoming as a sort of community gathering to heal those wounds from the death of the student. The Tigers welcome in win less Texas Southern to campus and that may be what the doctor ordered for the G-Men and the GramFam to move past this horrible episode. GSU will counter with QB  Devante Kincade (104-175-1,432-10 TDs, 2 INTs) and RB  Martez Carter (92 carries, 556 yds, 5 TDs) to lead the Tigers. WR : Darrell Clark (21 rec., 262 yds, 4 TDs) is starting to come into his own as well. The G-Men defense is peaking at the right time. Fresh off its dominating performanbce against contender Alcorn State,  De’Arius Christmas (54) leads the Tigers. Texas Southern is still trying to find themselves. TSU has yet to win a game and it could be tough for those Texas Tigers in Grambling. TSU will counter with QB  Dominic DeLira (60-109-592 yds, 2 TDs, 5 INTs and WR  Darvin Kirsy (30 rec., 402 yds, 2 TDs)

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction……………Grambling State 56-14

 

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ALABAMA A&M (3-4, 3-1 SWAC)                                     ALABAMA STATE (1-5, 1-2 SWAC)

 

The game of the week however might be in Birmingham this weekend as the Alabama A&M and Alabama State meet in the Magic City Classic. AAMU has been on a tear as of late posting a 3-1 record , only taking a 35-14 thrashing at the hands of the Southern University Jaguars. Coach James Spady knows that this game is very important if the Bulldogs have any shot of unseating Alcorn State in the east. AAMU will counter with QB  Aqeel Glass (74-146-861 yds, 3 TDs, 6 INTs) and WR  Octavious Miles (20 rec., 263 yds, 1 TD). RB  Trevon Walters (74 carries, 255 yds, 3 TDs) will add to the Bulldog mix. Alabama State on the other hand may have righted the ship after firing former coach Brian Jenkins and promoting Donald Hill-Eley as interim head coach. So far the results have been good as the Hornets defeated Texas Southern in Houston 23-16 for their first win of the season. Also, with the Hornets coming off a bye week, this game could be interesting for sure. ASU will counter with QB  Kobie Jones (66-118-476 yds-2 TDs-4 INTs) and WR  Willis White (14 rec.,172 yds, 1 TD). With an extra week to prepare for this game, I do expect Hill-Eley and the add more new wrinkles into the ASU’s game plan. 

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction…..AAMU 35-31

 

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SOUTHERN (4-3, 2-1 SWAC)                                ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF (2-5, 1-2 SWAC)

 

Southern University seems to be getting healthy at the right time. The Jaguars are coming off a 35-14 victory at Jackson State and now are looking to stay on Grambling State’s tail in the west. Southern will need a great effort as they travel to Little Rock, Arkansas to take on the UAPB Lions at War Memorial Stadium. Southern will counter with QB : Austin Howard (80-141-881 yds-6 TDs-3 INTs) and RB : Herb Edwards 102 carries, 523 yds, 3 TDs). WR  Jamar Washington (23 rec., 225 yds, 1 TD) has begun to become the Jaguars receiving threat. UAPB on the other hand seems to be going in the other direction. The Lions have fallen on hard times with losses to MVSU and Central State at home. With a bye week, they look to make it a game against the Jaguars. UAPB will counter with QB  LeEarl Patterson (42-86-698 yards-3 TDs-1 INT and RB  Keshawn Williams (87 carries, 493 yds, 5TDs).

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction……Southern 31-17

 

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JACKSON STATE (0-7, 0-3 SWAC)                               MISSISSIPPI VALLEY  (2-5, 1-2 SWAC)

 

The Jackson State Tigers are suffering through one of its worst seasons in the history of the program. The Tigers 0-7 will take a visit to the Delta to take on the Mississippi Valley Delta Devils , who are fresh off a 53-6 victory over Virginia Lynch burg. Coach Tony Hughes has made several staff changes as well as several changes in the Tigers playing rotation. JSU will counter with RB  Jordan Johnson (83 carries, 388 yds, 2 TDs) who seems to be the only bright spot on the Tigers team thus far. MVSU will look for Booker Chambers to reach the end zone more against the Tigers. The Delta Devils will counter with QB  Christopher Fowler (107-155-1,152 yards-3 TDs-6 INTs) and WR : Quinn McElfresh (39 rec., 589 yds, 1 TD). Even though JSU record might say other wise, this game will be a heated match up. MVSU Coach Rick Comegy would like no other than to put another loss on the Tigers. 

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction…….MVSU 35-31

 

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BACONE COLLEGE (2-6, 2-4 CSFL)                          PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (2-4, 2-2 SWAC

 

PVAMU will be welcoming back alumni and friends to campus as the Panthers host tiny Bacone College at Panther Stadium.  Coach Willie Simmons would like to use this game as a momentum builder for the Panthers as they head into Baton Rouge next weekend to take on the Southern Jaguars in a key western division match up. PVAMU will counter with QB  Lavell McCullers (68-140-848-5 TDs-1 INT , RB : Dawonya Tucker (61 carries, 289 yds, 4 TDs) and WR : Khadarel Hodge (19 rec., 334 yds, 4 TDs). Bacone College out of Oklahoma will be paced by QB  : Samuel Sewards (145-307-1,581 yds-13 TDs-7 INTs) , RB  Johnny Thomas (80 carries, 357 yds, 3 TDs) and WR  Grayland Dunnams (40 rec., 511 yds, 4 TDs. 

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction……PVU 56-14

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Realsportsrealtalk Midweek Commentary: Alabama A&M sitting at 3-1, Has James Spady’s seat cooled?…..

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— Naples News–

Former Head Coach Anthony Jones sort of set the standards of being the Head Coach at Alabama A&M University. Jones won 5 SWAC east division championships and the 2006 SWAC Championship during his 12 year tenure in Huntsville. However , becoming the second winiest coach in Bulldog history was not enough to save his job. Jones was fired in December of 2013. Former Grambling and Nevada assistant coach James Spady was hired in 2014 to get the Bulldogs back on track, however after 3 years, the Bulldog nation began barking as Spady’s seat heated up. Spady in his fourth season at the helm is 13-26 ( this season’s record included). Spady has had losing seasons throughout his career in Huntsville. Many Bulldog supporters began wondering if they made a mistake on the firing of Anthony Jones. Heading into this 2017 season, the Bulldogs were picked to finish 4th in the east division of the conference. However, after suffering a disastrous 0-3 start versus division I schools the Bulldogs rebounded once SWAC play started and jumped out to a surprising 3-1 start heading into the much anticipated rivalry against Alabama State in the Magic City Classic. Sitting at 3-1 , the Bulldogs are also tied with Alcorn State atop of the east division. Many AAMU fans now believe they have a chance on unseating Alcorn State as top contenders in the division. Time will tell in a next week when the Bulldogs travel to Lorman, Miss to take those Braves. But Spady has his mind aimed at the new and improved Alabama State Hornets. ASU fired Coach Brian Jenkins after a 0-5 start this season and turned to assistant Donald Hill-Eley.  Hill-Eley rallied the troops and went down to Houston and get the Hornets their first win against and 0-7 Texas Southern team. Spady knows this game is huge. If the Bulldogs want to have any type of chance in the east, taking care of business against the improved Hornets is job one this weekend in Birmingham. Spady seems to be all smiles thus far, however a tough stretch of games still remains. Sitting at 3-1 is making the AAMU faithful cool his seat for the moment. A win against ASU will keep it cool for another week or so. A win at the reservation may add a little glue to his seat for stability. Only time will tell. I know for sure that Coach James Spady would only like to take one game at a time………………………………….realsportsrealtalk………………………….

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Realsportsrealtalk Mid Week Commentary: MVSU Celebrates Homecoming…..1984 Delta Devils re-live the memories…..

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As the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils welcomed back alumni and friends to campus, there was something that really made this weekend festivities special. The victory over Virginia Lynch-burgh was great. However, there was a group of people that really made the homecoming fantastic. Members of the 1984 MVSU football team gathered and brought back memories of the past. That Delta Devil team included WR Jerry Rice , who would eventually get drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and go on to make history as a Super Bowl winner and a NFL Hall of Fame inductee and QB Willie ” Satellite” Totten , who set many SWAC records as the first prolific passer in the conference. Coach Archie Cooley changed the landscape of the SWAC when he developed an offense that featured Rice and Totten and ran the table in 1984 , only losing to Marino Casem and his Alcorn State Braves 42-28 in the game of the century that took place at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium on a sunny Sunday afternoon. MVSU went on to finish 9-2 and 6-1 in SWAC. The Devils participated in the Division I-AA playoffs losing to Louisiana Tech 66-19 in the first round.

 

1 Sept. 1 Kentucky State Win 86 0 1-0
2 Sept. 15 Washburn Win 77 15 2-0
3 Sept. 22 Jackson State Win 49 32 3-0
4 Sept. 29 Southern University Win 63 45 4-0
5 Oct. 13 Grambling State Win 48 36 5-0
6 Oct. 20 Texas Southern Win 55 42 6-0
7 Oct. 27 Prairie View A&M Win 71 6 7-0
8 Nov. 3 Alcorn State Loss 28 42 7-1
9 Nov. 10 Alabama State Win 49 7 8-1
10 Nov. 17 Langston University Win 83 11 9-1
11 Nov. 24 Louisiana Tech Loss 19 66 9-2

Even though, Rice and Totten were the face of that team, there were others who helped MVSU bolt to the number #1 HBCU polls during that year. Players included Walter Cox, Rodney Hill, Jerry Duane Sim, Alvin Calhoun, Lloyd Mumphrey, Tony Haggie , Dary Blanks, Joe Bridges, Bo Ricks, D’Andra Orey, Tony Nichols, Milton Brooks, Lanford Collins, Curtis DeBardlabon, Curtis Walker, Aaron Williams, Ricky Tobin, Carl Byrum, Freddie Parker, Larenzo Clark, Daral McKnight, Joe Thomas, Cleo Green, Wilbert Corley, Jeremiah Snowden, and Orlando Hill just to name a few. Another important asset to the team was a student named John Martin Branson who wrote for the school’s newspaper and worked for the famed MVSU Athletic Director and Sports Information, Chuck Prophet. Prophet was inducted into the school as well as the SWAC Hall of fame. Branson was instrumental in helping market the Devils during his tenure as student at MVSU. Branson was also instrumental in putting this gathering of heroes together at the MVSU 2017 Homecoming.

—FOX SPORTS

As a senior in 1984, Jerry Rice broke his own Division I-AA records for receptions (112) and receiving yards (1,845). His 27 touchdown receptions in that 1984 season set the NCAA mark for all divisions.

The 1984 season was also memorable for the Delta Devils as the club attracted national attention. The Delta Devils scored 628 points (an average of more than 59 per game). Rice caught 17 passes for 199 yards against Southern, 17 for 294 against Kentucky State and 15 for 285 against Jackson State, the first time MVSU beat them since 1954.

Rice scored five touchdowns twice that year. He finished his career with 301 catches for 4,693 yards and 50 touchdowns

Devil Country

 

Jerry Rice

MVSU yearbook……

 

The gathering was a great turnout and it was a pleasure for those MVSU Delta Devils to see one another again after 33 years. Happy Homecoming to the 1984 MVSU Delta Devils

MVSU FOOTBALL PICTURE

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Realsportsrealtalk…..Race to Atlanta …..

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2017 Southwestern Athletic Conference Standings

TEAM CONF OVR
Alcorn State 4-1 5-3
Alabama A&M 3-1 3-4
Mississippi Valley State 1-2 2-5
Alabama State 1-2 1-5
Jackson State 0-4 0-7
TEAM CONF OVR
Grambling 4-0 6-1
Southern 2-1 4-3
Prairie View 2-2 2-4
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1-2 2-5
Texas Southern 0-3 0-6
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G-MEN throttle Braves….JAGS whip Tigers…..MVSU celebrates ……

 

Braves Fall to Grambling on the Road

—Alcorn State Sports

Week 8 of college football pretty much gave us us an indication of what to expect from contenders vs. pretenders. In SWAC play, the Grambling State Tigers made a their statement loud and clear. With an anticipated match up taking place in the confines of Eddie Robinson stadium, the Tigers didn’t waste time playing games in defeating the Alcorn State Braves 41-14.  Coach Broderick Fobbs already had a chip on his shoulder and wanted to make a serious state to those Mississippians. Alcorn State came in thinking they had arrived , however by the time the game ended,  Coach Fred McNair knew that his Braves still had work to do to dethrone the G-Men. QB DeVante Kincade passed for 268 yards and 2 scores to pace the Tigers. RB Martez Carter rushed for 115 yards to add to the beat down. Coach Evett Todd’s defense was at it again causing more havoc for Braves QB Lenooris Footman and eventually put him out the game with an injury. The G-men defense scored on a pick 6 as well as on a fumble return. The Braves were not prepared for what the G-men had in store for them. Alcorn State was paced by RB DeLance Turner’s 106 yards rushing and 2 scores. 

–Jackson State Sports

The Southern University Jaguars took a trip up to Jackson to take on the win less Jackson State Tigers. After an hour delay due to weather and electrical concerns, Coach Odums was a bit concerned heading into this game not knowing what to expect from the Tigers offense after Coach Tony Hughes made a change on his staff. New OC Derrick McCall added some new wrinkles into the Tigers offense. However, it wasn’t enough to stop the Jaguars from blitzing the Tigers 35-17. Southern was paced by QB Austin Howard 176 yards and 1 score. RB Herb Edwards rushed 163 yards and 1 score. Jackson State started the game like gang busters jumping ahead 7-0 and 10-7. However, that would only last so far. The Jaguars went on a 21 point barrage and never looked back. JSU was paced by J. Williams 131 yards passing and 2 scores. 

Football v. VUL

–MVSU sports

Up in the Delta, the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils welcomed back alumni and friends to campus and they were treated to a 53-5 victory over Virginia Lynch burg University. The Devils gave the homecoming crowd something the deserved. MVSU QB Jett Even and Christopher Fowler combined to pass for 439 yards and 6 scores. WR Booker Chambers caught 6 balls for 116 yards and 3 scores. Several different MVSU caught 2 or more balls and scored as well. The Delta Devils took out some frustration on the tiny school from Virginia. The school also welcomed back the MVSU 1984 team that went 9-2 which was lead by Jerry Rice and QB Willie Totten. Coach Archie Cooley was responsible for putting the tiny Mississippi school on the map with his bevy of passing which lead to high scoring games. 

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