By Alex Hines Senior Writer
Week four of HBCU Football is now officially in the books. There were a few good games and there was a game that could be a preview of a conference championship game. It was a good weekend for HBCU Football. Here a few observations.
Virginia Union vs. Fayetteville State Was Good as Advertised to Watch
The game I wanted to watch was the early season key CIAA match-up between Virginia Union and Fayetteville State. Good crowd was there to watch a really good game. Virginia Union got the win on the road to move to 4-0 and looks like the favorite to finally unseat Bowie State as the Northern Division Champs after coming close the last few years. Jada Byers, who might be the best HBCU Running Back regardless of division rushed for 161 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns to lead the Panthers offense on the road in a big CIAA Conference win on the road. Fayetteville State played a good game as well except for that pick-six that was thrown in the 4th quarter. Good game to watch for people to see CIAA Football on television.
North Carolina A&T Defeated South Carolina State for 7th Straight Win
On Saturday in their opening home game for 2022, the Aggies defeated the Bulldogs 41-27 for their 7th straight win for A&T over the Bulldogs. The Aggies was led by Sophomore Running Back Bhayshul Tuten who rushed for 140 on just 12 carries and two touchdowns. Interesting to see the Aggies dominance over the Bulldogs have continued even after they have left the MEAC and moved to the Big South. Once again Buddy Pugh has fallen to the Aggies once again. I hope that they will continue to play each other even as the Aggies move to the CAA next year.
Jackson State Dominate Defense So Far
There is early talk about Shedeur Sanders for the Heisman after through four game has put up blistering numbers. Through four games he’s completed 121 of 162 passes for a sizzling 75 percent completion percentage to go along with 1,394 yards and 14 touchdowns while throwing just one interception.
But while everyone has focused on Sanders and rightfully so with the season he is having so far. There is very little talk about that big, fast, physical, nasty Jackson State Defense on how they have played so far. As of last week, they ranked #1 in total defense in all of FCS Football. In four games, Jackson State has given up 37 points which comes out to 9.25 points per game. Defensive Coordinator Dennis Thurman has them so far playing in the words of Jack Gaither, agile, mobile and hostile. And what will this defense really look like once Travis Hunter is completely healthy? The SWAC beware, the Jackson State Defense is so far playing nasty, physical Football.
Those are just a few observations that I have for week four of HBCU Football. What do you think?