Today, The Batchelor Pad Radio Network (www.thebatchelorpadnetwork.com) and BASN Newsroom (www.basnnewsroom.com) has announced that they will team up this season to present the HBCU Football All Peak Performers of the week.
Each week, we’ll choose an outstanding offensive, defensive, special teams, best newcomer and coach of the week. At the end of the year, we’ll also choose the offensive, defensive and special teams player of the year with awards for each and will choose an MVP, team of the year and coach of the year.
Here are the players of the week for the games played through September 8th.
DIVISION I (FCS)
Offense: Prairie View RB Dawonya Tucker recorded his second straight 200-yard rushing game, rushing 21 times for new career-high 245 yards and two touchdowns at FCS No. 4 ranked Sam Houston State. He scored on TD runs of 14 and 24 yards and was eight yards shy of the single-game school record of 253 yards set in 1954 by John Payton. Tucker leads the SWAC and all of FCS with 542 rushing yards on the season with three touchdowns.
Defense: Delaware State LB Brian Cavicante finished the weekend with 12 tackles (8 solos), including five tackles for loss totaling 14 yards. He recovered a fumble on special teams and returned it for a 14-yard touchdown at Saint Francis.
Special Teams: Alcorn State’s Johnathan Hauer got the Braves started Saturday with a blocked punt on Louisiana College’s first possession of the game. It was scooped up and returned for a touchdown. The Braves never looked back. The senior wide receiver also caught three passes for 32 yards including a 21-yard reception in Alcorn State’s 78-0 victory, its most lopsided victory in the history of Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium.
Newcomer: North Carolina Central TE Sherman McLeod caught a pair of first-half touchdown receptions (13, 10 yards) in Saturday’s win over Saint Augustine’s. He finished the contest with three receptions for 54 yards.
Coach: North Carolina A&T’s Sam Washington saw his record improve to 3-0 as the Aggies rose to No. 4 in both FCS polls. It is the Aggies highest ranking in school history surpassing last week’s No. 5 ranking and 1993’s No. 5 ranking after the Aggies started 6-0.
Offense: Morehouse College QB Michael Sims was 13-of-23 for game-high 243 yards and a career-high five (5) touchdown passes leading Morehouse high octane offense to a 42-20 victory over SIAC foe Lane College. He also rushed six times for 39 yards an average of 6.5 yards per carrying.
Defense: Shaw LB Devon Hunt became Shaw University’s all-time leader in career tackles this weekend as he recorded 14 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one pass break up, and a quarterback hurry in the Bears 27-9 win over Mars Hill. Hunt now holds the program record of 205 total tackles for his career.
Special Teams: Virginia Union K Jefferson Souza was perfect on the day, going 3-for-3 on field goals and PATs. He also hit a career-long 45-yard field goal, marking the longest field goal for a VUU team since 2014.
Newcomer: Morehouse College DB Kelvin Murray led a defensive attack that only allowed 106 passing yards on the day as he finished with four tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception in Morehouse’s 42-20 victory over SIAC foe Lane College.
Coach: Central State’s Cedric Pearl saw his Marauder defense recorded its first shutout since Oct. 17 of 2015 in a 7-0 win over Clark Atlanta. CSU also recorded its first home victory since Oct. 15 of 2016