Here are the BASN Newsroom/Batchelor Pad Radio Network HBCU Football All-Peak Performers of the week for the games played through September 22nd.
DIVISION I (FCS)
Offense: Prairie View A&M redshirt junior quarterback Jalen Morton accounted for 511 yards and six touchdowns as he set a single-game school record with 255 rushing yards, and tied a school record with four rushing touchdowns as Prairie View A&M defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 62-13. He broke John Payton ’s 64-year old single-game school record of 253 rushing yards set in 1953. It was the fourth time in school history a Panther player rushed for four touchdowns in a game. (Ed Price 1952; Payton 1954; Archie Seals 1958). Morton rushed eight times for 255 yards and four touchdowns (career-high 89, 37, 1, 21). He completed 16 of 24 passes for 256 yards and two touchdown passes (career-high 75, 6). His offense led to a school-record 815 yards of total offense. The Panthers’ 62 points scored was the most since scoring 67 points in 1959.
Defense: Norfolk State redshirt junior defensive back Nhyre’ Quinerly finished the weekend with seven tackles along with an interception, pass breakup and forced a fumble in Norfolk State’s win over South Carolina State on Saturday. He also came up big with the game on the line early in the fourth quarter as he forced a fumble at the NSU five-yard line which landed in the hands of a teammate and kept SC State down by seven. He also picked off a pass in the third quarter which thwarted another potential SC State score.
Special Teams: Bethune-Cookman senior kick returner Jimmie Robinson set a new school record for return yards in a single game (202 yards), adding a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns. He took one back 99 yards, and another that went 94 yards, respectfully. Robinson also caught a pass for a touchdown.
Newcomer: Tennessee State junior quarterback Demry Croft completed 14-of-20 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 56 yards as Tennessee State overcame a 24-3 deficit to win 41-40 at Eastern Illinois. The transfer from Minnesota connected with Treon Harris on a 30-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to pull the Tigers within five points at 31-26. Midway through the fourth quarter, he connected with Devon Johnson on a 49-yard touchdown pass, the only play of the drive, to give TSU its first lead of the game. After EIU regained the lead, Croft engineered a 10-play, 65-yard drive that was capped by an Earl Harrison rushing touchdown with 3:06 to play to account for the final score. Croft ranks fifth nationally in passing yards/completion (16.86) and ninth in passing efficiency (169.9).
Coach: Grambling State’s Broderick Fobbs improved to 4-1 all-time against Alabama State following Saturday’s 34-0 shutout against the Hornets. Fobbs is 10 wins shy of 50 for his career as the Tigers gained their first shutout since a 44-0 win over Concordia on October 15, 2011
Offense: Virginia Union sophomore running back Tabyus Taylor rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns in VUU’s 27-19 win over Winston-Salem State. Taylor now has eight rushing touchdowns in three games for the Panthers. He currently leads the nation in scoring.
Defense: Lane College senior linebacker De’Micheal McQueen led the Dragon defensive unit that allowed 157 total offense in the 14-7 loss to Albany State. McQueen ended the day with 2.5 sacks for a loss of 26 yards, 5.5 tackles for a loss of 32 yards, and 18 total tackles for the Dragons.
Special Teams: Virginia Union sophomore kicker Jefferson Souza remained perfect on the season by hitting two field goals and three PATs in VUU’s 27-19 win over Winston-Salem State. Souza also punted three times for an average of 39 yards per punt.
Newcomer: Morehouse College sophomore defensive end William Callaway led the push up-front in the stunning victory over SIAC foe Miles College as the transfer from Presbyterian College finished with four tackles (3 solos) one sack for 17 yards, two tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry on a defense that only allowed 252 yards of total offense.
Coach: Benedict College’s Mike White saw his Tigers win their SIAC opener as they defeated Fort Valley 28-20 in the Palmetto Capital City Classic at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium.