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Bethune extends streak over NCCU
Division play begins for CIAA teams
Published Friday, October 11, 2019
by Bonitta Best

Bowie State continues to move up in the rankings. The Bulldogs (5-0) are No. 18 in the latest AFCA Coaches Top 25 Poll. Virginia Union also continues to receive votes.

N.C. Central (2-5 overall, 1-2 MEAC) vs. Bethune-Cookman (5-1, 3-0)

Bethune won its third straight game over North Carolina Central to remain undefeated in the MEAC.

The Eagles fell 27-13 Thursday night in just their second home game of the season. It was also their second straight loss.

The 14 points was the biggest win-margin by either team since the Eagles 31-14 victory on Oct. 1, 2016.

BC-U’s Jimmie Robinson, left, scored on a catch-and-run for 54 yards and returned a kickoff 79 yards for another score.

Despite accumulating almost 400 total offensive yards, NCCU didn’t cross the end zone until the fourth quarter with the game already decided.

Freshman quarterback Davius Richard completed 23 of 45 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown. Another freshman, kicker Adrian Olivo, hit two field goals of 38 and 22 yards. He missed a 40-yarder in the first quarter.

On defense, Darius Royster recorded a team-high 8.5 tackles, two for loss, and a sack.

NCCU has a bye week next week, but will stay home to host Delaware State October 26 at 2 p.m.

St. Augustine’s (0-5) vs. Livingstone (4-1, 1-1)

Turnovers continue to haunt the Falcons.

St. Aug’s committed five in the first half against Elizabeth City State that resulted in a 20-point deficit and an eventual 27-17 loss.

The Falcons and Lincoln (Pa.) are the only winless teams left in the conference.

SAU hosts a surprising Livingstone team this weekend for the start of division play. The Blue Bears had won their first four contests before getting blown out by Virginia Union. LC is a game behind first-place Fayetteville State.  

The Falcons hit the road next weekend at High Point to take on Winston-Salem State in the Furniture City Gridiron Classic.

Shaw (2-3, 1-1) vs. Fayetteville State (4-1, 2-0)

In one of the biggest divisional matchups of the weekend, the Bears are in a must-win situation.

Shaw is already a game behind the Broncos and a loss would make it two with just four games left.

The Bears have been without star linebacker Devon Hunt for the past two games. Shaw is 1-1 in Hunt’s absence, including last weekend’s 35-0 shutout to Virginia State. The Bears had averaged 48 points in the two games prior to VSU, but the Trojans defense held Shaw to 18 total yards rushing.

Fayetteville State, meanwhile, is leading the division for the third straight seasons after demolishing Chowan 66-20 last weekend. The Broncos have won three straight since their 10-point loss to Wingate.

Shaw hosts Livingstone next Saturday for homecoming on St. Aug’s campus.



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