Are you ready for some football? If you’re not, you better get ready since there are several Black College games this weekend.
Locally, expectations are high at the Atlanta University Center as Clark Atlanta and Morehouse prepare for season openers. The Panthers, picked fourth in the preseason SIAC poll, travel to Fort Valley Saturday night for a match against the Wildcats while the Maroon Tigers, the conference’s preseason pick to finish third, will host Benedict tomorrow night at B.T. Harvey Stadium.
Morehouse finished second in the conference last season and returns several key players, including junior quarterback William Brack. In a recent profile of Brack in the AJC, Morehouse coach Rich Freeman said Brack’s emergence late in the season provided a spark desperately needed for the team.
It appears that Brack has picked up where he left off last year. The Memphis native remained in Atlanta over the summer and dove headfirst into preparing for the upcoming season.
“This is a guy that worked a couple of jobs and still made time to work out and watch film and come in here everyday for extra work,” said Morehouse quarterbacks coach Leon Murray, the former All-American QB from Tennessee State. “He showed the coaching staff a lot this summer with all his hard work and dedication. We don’t pay for summer school, so it was a huge burden he took on this summer to come in here and try and get himself ready for this season. I think it will pay off for him and for our football team as well.”
Albany State wins opener
The preseason pick to win the SIAC defeated Chowan of the CIAA on the road Thursday night, using a balanced offensive and defensive effort in its 36-21 victory.
Albany State QB A.J. McKenna had 210 yards passing in the win while the Ram defense had five sacks, three intereceptions and forced five fumbles against the Hawks.
Another week of preparation for MEAC, SWAC
While the SIAC and CIAA will jump into action this weekend, teams in the MEAC and SWAC will have another week of preparation for their season openers. One of the top games next week will be the MEAC/SWAC Challenge matchup between South Carolina State and Grambling State in Orlando.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
(Courtesy of Onnidan’s HBCU Sports Online)
West Virginia Wesleyan at Saint Paul’s, 1 p.m.
Johnson C. Smith at West Virginia Tech, 1 p.m.
Central State at West Virginia State, 1 p.m.
Catawba at Saint Augustine’s, 1:30 p.m.
Lincoln, Pa at Cheyney, 4 p.m.
Brevard at Edward Waters, 5 p.m.
Texas College at Concordia, 6 p.m.
New Mexico Prep at Langston, 6 p.m.
Lane at Miles, 7 p.m.
UNC Pembroke at Fayetteville State, 7 p.m.
Virginia State at Livingstone, 6 p.m.
Elizabeth City State at Shaw, 6 p.m.
Stillman at Kentucky State, 8 p.m.
Benedict at Morehouse, 7 p.m.
Upper Iowa at Lincoln, Mo. 8 p.m.
Bowie State at Slippery Rock, 8 p.m.
Clark Atlanta at Fort Valley, 8 p.m.
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