DII playoffs set
Virginia State and Bowie State earned berths to the NCAA Division II Super Region 2 playoffs Sunday, and both will host a first-round game on Saturday at noon.
The No. 2 seed Trojans will host No. 7 seed West Georgia, while the No. 3 Bulldogs, who are hosting their first playoff game in program history, will take on Delta State.
“We’re really excited abut the opportunity, even more excited to host and look forward to a very challenging and tough Delta State team,” said coach Damon Wilson, whose team last appeared in the playoffs in 2015, losing to Assumption 51-29.
The Trojans, coming off a CIAA championship win over Fayetteville State, were snubbed last season despite a 9-2 record. Coach Reggie Barlow, the CIAA coach of the year, made sure there would be no question this time around. VSU last made the playoffs in 2014 under Latrell Scott, now at Norfolk State. The Trojans advanced to the second round before losing to Bloomsburg.
Glad to see two of the conference’s top players – VSU running back Trent Cannon and BSU quarterback Amir Hall – showcasing their talents before a wider audience.
Left out of the playoff mix was the SIAC’s Tuskegee, who was No. 9 in the region heading into the final week of the regular season. (Only the top eight teams advance.) The Golden Tigers won their last seven games, including the SIAC championship. West Florida, which has a 7-3 record versus Tuskegee’s 9-2 mark, jumped four spots to earn the final berth. Sound familiar?
The Golden Tigers made the playoffs the previous two seasons, including going all the way to the Super Region 2 Championship Game in 2015. TU lost to Albany State and Findlay (Ohio) this season, but now that the CIAA and the SIAC are both in Super Region 2, there are only going to be so many “HBCU spots” to go around. Sound familiar?