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Tennessee Tech’s display of first-half fireworks proved to be too much for Hampton to overcome as they dropped their 2012 football season opener on the road on Thursday 41-31 at Tucker Stadium.
“Generally, they (Tennessee Tech) came out more spirited then we did overall,” Pirates head coach Donovan Rose said. “With the score 31-7 at the half, I don’t think anyone thought that we had a chance to win the game, better yet mount a comeback, and for that I am pleased with the overall effort.”
The Pirates got off to a very slow start on both sides of the ball in the first half, while the Golden Eagles seemed to be operating on all cylinders. The Golden Eagles scored 31 points while going a perfect 4-for-4 in the red zone behind the efforts of quarterback Tre Lamb. Lamb threw for 279 yards, connecting on 19 of 26 passes with three touchdowns in the first-half alone. He finished 24 of 35 passing for 339 yards and threw for three touchdowns with no interception.
The Golden Eagles closed out the first half with 384 yards of total offense.
Hampton (0-1) showed signs of life in the first half behind quarterback Travis Champion. Champion drove his team 75 yards in 14 plays for their first score of the game, when freshman Blake Hayes ran in from six yards out for his first collegiate touchdown.
The second half started out promising for Hampton, as Jorrian Washington took the opening kickoff 100 yards for the touchdown to give them their second score of the game.
Hampton also caught a break when when the Tennessee Tech fumbled a fair catch that the Pirates recovered on Tennessee Tech’s 5-yard line, leading to a Jeremiah Schwartz score from one yard out, cutting the deficit to 31-24 in the third quarter.
Tennessee Tech, though, was not quite done as Lamb drove his team 76 yards on just 11 plays for his fourth touchdown pass of the night to make the score 38-24 early in the fourth quarter.
The Golden Eagles scored again off a 25-yard field goal to make the score 41-24, before Champion drove the Pirates another 75 yards for a touchdown, connecting with Jarvis Brown from two yards out to make the score 41-31 with less than two minutes left in the game.
Tennessee Tech (1-0) had one of its best games in recent years, as they combined for 548 yards of total offense on 82 plays behind Lamb, who threw for 339 yards and four touchdowns. They also held Hampton to under 200 yards of total offense, including just 89 yards on the ground.
Hampton will try to rebound from its loss as it hosts Old Dominion next Saturday at Armstrong Stadium.
While football is without question the most anticipated collegiate sport resuming this fall, it is far from the only one. August not only means a return to classes but also a return to HBCU volleyball at a gym near you. In the MEAC, defending champion UMES Lady Hawks and Florida A&M Lady Rattlers were chosen for the third consecutive year as the preseason favorites in the Northern and Southern divisions, respectively.
UMES is led by Saitaua Iosia, the 2011 MEAC Rookie of the Year and Preseason Player of The Year. She led the MEAC in kills (472) and points per set (4.77). Shewas also fourth in the conference in aces per set (0.42) and hitting percentage (.292). The sophomore was an All-MEAC First Team selection and earned the MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Performer honor. She won 10 conference weekly awards and was the first MEAC player ever to earn an American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Player of the Week honor.
UMES posted a 12-0 mark in MEAC play and 24-7 overall record in 2011. The Lady Hawks captured their first-ever conference championship title with a 3-2 victory against Florida A&M in 2011. In addition to Iosia, UMES welcomes back four of its top scorers and five starters, including two all-conference players.
Florida A&M finished with a 9-1 mark in conference play and a 13-14 overall record a year ago. The Lady Rattlers return seven letter-winners from last year’s team including All-MEAC preseason selection Karol Marquez. Marquez, a senior libero and defensive specialist from Lima, Peru, saw action in 95 sets, collecting 447 digs and averaging 4.71 digs per set to earn All-MEAC First Team honors last year. In addition to Iosia and Marquez, UMES’ Jessica Vicic, Bethune-Cookman’s Krysta Gardner, Desire Waller of South Carolina State and Charlotte Armstead of Norfolk State round out the list of preseason honorees.
2012 MEAC Volleyball Preseason Team
Preseason Player of the Year: Saitaua Iosia, Maryland Eastern Shore
Name Pos. Cl. School Hometown
Krysta Gardner OH Jr. B-CU Ashburn, Va.
Saitaua Iosia OH/RS So. UMES Long Beach, Calif.
Desire Waller MH Jr. SCSU Houston, Texas
Charlotte Armstead MB Sr. NSU Williamsburg, Va.
Jessica Vicic S So. UMES Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Karol Marquez L Sr. FAMU Lima, Peru
Northern Division Pts.
1. Maryland Eastern Shore (24)
2. Hampton (1)
3. Morgan State (1)
4. Norfolk State
5. Delaware State
7. Coppin State
Southern Division Pts.
1. Florida A&M (20)
2. South Carolina State (5)
3. Bethune-Cookman (1)
4. North Carolina Central
5. North Carolina A&T
6. Savannah State
This is the second in a series of posts highlighting the best NFL players produced by HBCUs at each position. For most positions, we will only consider players who began their college careers after 1970.
Folks may argue whether or not Walter Payton is the best NFL running back ever. The man he stole the league’s all-time rushing record from, Jim Brown, played just nine NFL seasons. The man who took the title from him, Emmitt Smith played 14 seasons and won three championships. Barry Sanders may have had more spectacular runs. But when it comes to backs produced by HBCUs, Walter Payton stands head and shoulders above his peers.
Payton’s collegiate career came at a time where African-Americans were few and far between in the Southeastern Conference. Most teams only had a handful of Black players, if any. Throw in the fact that the 5’10 running back only played two years of high school football, and him landing at Jackson State makes plenty of sense.
Despite his light recruitment, it didn’t take long for Sweetness to make his presence felt around the SWAC and nationwide. Playing with future pros like Robert Brazile, Jackie Slater and his older brother Eddie, Payton re-wrote the history books, breaking the NCAA’s scoring record by rushing for 65 touchdowns in his four seasons. He finished with over 3,500 yards in his career, running for over 6 yards per carry. He also finished fourth in voting for the Heisman Award.
Payton was drafted no. 4 overall by the Chicago Bears and continued to defy the odds his entire pro career. He was a 9-time Pro-Bowl participant, 9-time All-Pro Selection, broke Jim Brown’s career rushing record and capped off his career with a Super Bowl following the 1985 season.
Runner Up: LeRoy Kelly-Morgan State
It’s never easy replacing a legend, and in the NFL there is no bigger legend than Jim Brown. When the Cleveland Browns drafted the Morgan State runner in the eight round of the 1964 NFL Draft they probably figured he’d eventually be Brown’s successor, but no one could have realized it would have come so soon. One season removed from the Brown’s 1964 NFL Title, Brown abruptly retired, leaving Kelly as the featured back. Kelly made the transition from the CIAA to NFL look easy, making the first of six Pro-Bowl appearances, leading the league in rushing yards in both ’67 and ’68 and leading touchdowns from 66-68.
Kelly was one of the first great all-around backs of the NFL. He finished his career with over 12,000 yards, including 7, 274 rushing yards. He also retired with 90 touchdowns and was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 1994.
Notable: Willie Galimore-FAMU
In the pantheon of NFL running backs, Galimore’s numbers don’t look that impressive. He recorded 2,985 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns in 7 NFL seasons, never gaining 1,000 yards. But this NFL films video featuring Galimore tells everything you need to know about legendary coach Jake Gaither’s star back.
Good article about former Southern receiver Jared Green in today’s Charlotte Observer. You may recall that Green, son of NFL Hall-Of-Famer, Darrell transferred to Southern after graduating and playing three years at the University of Virginia. Looks like he’s made quite an impression in the Panthers camp. Carolina has alot of wide recievers under contract, but a guy with great genes and speed doesn’t come along every day. Keep an eye on him.
It’s safe to say that players like Carmelo Anthony, John Wall and DeWayne Wade never seriously considered playing college ball at an HBCU. Those blue chip recruits had the opportunity to play at majority institutions, thanks in large part to players like Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and coaches like Clarence “Big House” Gaines.
It was a fitting, if unintentional, tribute that Monroe got to witness star-studded showcase in the gym named after his now deceased college coach. Students and alumni of Winston-Salem State were treated to a thrilling, NBA All-Star style contest Saturday night, courtesy of the Chris Paul and friends.
The Winston-Salem native brought along NBA the aformentioned superstars as well as Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and many other notable NBA players.
The C.E. Gaines Center was filled to the brim and, by all accounts, the fans received their money’s worth. At least the ones who got in the game. There has been some controversy about the CP3 association of overselling tickets. The Gaines Center has a seating capacity of about 3,200 spectators. The official word is the problem was caused by counterfeiting.
The game was chock full of eye-opening dunks and alley-oops as the final score totaled 175-146 as Paul’s team emerged with a victory. The night’s real winners were the CP3 Foundation and WSSU Athletics, who Paul awarded with a $25,000 check at halftime.
Checkout these sintillating youtube clips.
News from around HBCU Sports Land:
-Grambling State legend and head coach Doug Williams picks his son D.J. as the starting QB.
-Even Hurricane Irene couldn’t stop Virginia Union and St. Aug from going at it Saturday.
-Savannah State happy to have finally found a home in the MEAC.
-Bethune-Cookman plans to hit opponents with a potent air-attack, via four-FBS Transfers at the receiver position.
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