Here are the BASN Newsroom/Batchelor Pad Radio Network HBCU Football All-Peak Performers of the week for the games played through September 15th.
DIVISION I (FCS)
Offense: Bethune-Cookman redshirt junior quarterback Akevious Williams came off the bench for the third straight game to give the BCU offense a spark against FBS opponent Florida Atlantic. He finished the game with 201 yards passing and three touchdowns with 18 completions on 27 attempts and would add a rushing touchdown with 23 yards on four carries overall. It was his second consecutive game accounting for at least four touchdowns.
Defense: Morgan State sophomore cornerback Donte Small recorded his first three interceptions of the season, including one he returned 45 yards for a touchdown to give the Bears a brief 27-23 lead with 7:55 remaining in the game at Albany. The Bears forced four turnovers on the night with four interceptions and a fumble.
Special Teams: Jackson State senior kicker Christian Jacquemin converted 4-for-4 field goals, including the go-ahead 44-yard field goal at 10:22 in the fourth quarter in the Tigers’ win at Florida A&M. Three of the four attempts were from 40 yards or longer.
Newcomer: Florida A&M redshirt freshman wideout Xavier Smith caught six receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown pass in Saturday’s match-up against Jackson State. He also rushed for 19 yards on an end around as he accounted for 102 all-purpose yards.
Coach: Jackson State’s Tony Hughes saw his Tigers get their first win of the season as Jackson State outlasted Florida A&M 18-16 at Tallahassee.
Offense: Bowie State senior quarterback Amir Hall threw for 352 yards, completing a school record 41 passes that included two passing TD’s and literally outran the competition, rushing for a team-high 95 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns. One of his runs was a career-high 65 yards for a score.
Defense: Clark Atlanta junior linebacker Justin Wade had 12 tackles – ten of them solo – in Clark Atlanta’s 24-17 loss to Tuskegee Saturday. He also had a sack that resulted in a 13-yard loss, and three tackles for losses.
Special Teams: Morehouse College sophomore kicker Fernando Sdelamora helped the Maroon Tigers remain undefeated as he kicked two field goals from 34 yards out and was a perfect 5-for-5 on point after attempts against SIAC foe Central State. He also had eight kickoffs for 462 yards, an average of 57.8 yards per kick-off.
Newcomer: Lincoln (Pa.) freshman defensive back Tayonte McKenzie averaged 29.8 yards per kickoff return, gaining 179 yards. He had returns of 40 and 51 yards. He also recorded six tackles on defense as a defensive back
Coach: Morehouse College’s Rich Freeman has helped lead the Maroon Tigers to a 3-0 start following their 41-14 win over Central State. It’s MC’s first 3-0 start since opening 5-0 in 2010.