Good morning my people. With all that’s been going on the last two weeks, I have been dealing with making sure my family was taking care of as well as offering my helping hand to many of those effected by the current events. Now I am back at it and it’s already week 2. Lets play catch up as last weekend offered a peek at what’s in store for the 2017 football season.
Coach Mike Haywood took his Tigers to Tallahassee, Florida to battle the FAMU Rattlers in their first installment of the Jake Gaither Classic. The Rattlers scored first and often to defeat the Tigers 29-7. FAMU was able to take advantage of many TSU miscues and wallop the Tigers
Brian Jenkins continues to struggle at Alabama State as the Hornets fail at home to Tuskegee 14-6. The Tigers were out gained by the Hornets in yardage however, Tuskegee was able to make the big scoring plays to hang on in Montgomery.
Jackson State didn’t fair as well losing to a tough TCU team 63-0 in Fort Worth. TCU dominated the FCS Tigers in all facets of the game. Coach Hughes has a lot to improve on in week 2.
Grambling, fresh off a HBCU National Championship in 2016 traveled to New Orleans to take on a tough improved Tulane Green Wave football team. Tulane took advantage of early Tiger miscues enroute to a 43-14 victory over GSU.
Coach Monte Coleman’s UAPB Lions got into the winner’s circle early as the came away with a 23-10 victory over Morehouse College in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The victory gives the Lions optimism for the 2017 season.
Coach Fred McNair and his Alcorn State Braves views this upcoming season as a season for redemption and opened a can of whip azz on Miles College to a tune of 50-21. The Braves wanted to make a statement and they did at home on the reservation.
Coach James Spady and his AAMU Bulldogs traveled to Birmingham to take the new and improved UAB Blazers. UAB is making a return to the football field after budget woes sideline them the entire 2016 season. The Blazers did defeat AAMU 38-7.
Lowly MVSU to a 72-7 beating from a tough North Dakota State Bison team. Coach Comegy returns back to the drawing board looking for a win this upcoming week.
On Sunday, Southern University represented the SWAC against a tough South Carolina State in the annual SWAC/MEAC Challenge hosted by the Jaguars in Baton Rouge. Southern jumped out early to a 14-3 lead but held on to defeat the Bulldogs 14-8. Southern remains undefeated against all MEAC foes in the challenge.
The annual Labor Day classic pitting Texas Southern and PVAMU was postponed to the end of the season as Hurricane Harvey dumped nearly 30 inches of rain causing the city of Houston to flood. Many events in the city was cancelled or relocated to another city.
Well, heading into week 2, the nonconference slate continues……Tonight’s games
Sam Houston State ( 1-0 ) at PVAMU ( 0-0 )
The Kats are fresh off a victory over FCS foe Richmond 48-34 to start the season in grand fashion. Kats QB Jeremiah Briscoe accounted for five touchdowns and threw for 411 yards as the Kats rolled up 683 yards of offense against a Spider defense that allowed just 317 yards per game a year ago in advancing to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. PVAMU will be playing their first ball game of the season and the Panthers will be tested on national TV as ESPNU will broadcast the game.
Houston Baptist ( 0-1) at Texas Southern ( 0-1 )
HBU is coming off a tough loss to FBS foe Texas State 20-11. The Huskies lead 9-0 in the first quarter before giving up 20 unanswered points to the Bobcats in San Marcos. HBU is paced by QB True freshman quarterback Bailey Zappe completed 21-of-34 passes for 199 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. TSU has had an extra week tom prepare and correct many miscues in their lost to FAMU two weeks ago. TSU is paced by QB Jay Christophe led the Tigers with 140 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception, while also leading in rushing with 29 yards. DeAndre Angelle had four catches for 70 yards and Darvin Kidsey made three receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown.