Here are the BASN Newsroom/Batchelor Pad Radio Network HBCU Football All-Peak Performers of the week for the games played through October 6th.
DIVISION I (FCS)
Offense: N.C. Central sophomore quarterback Chauncey Caldwell amassed a career-high 464 yards of total offense, including a career-best 153 rushing yards and the game-winning touchdown run with 24 seconds left in the game, to lead the Eagles to a 40-35 win over Howard University. On NCCU’s final drive, Caldwell engineered a nine-play drive, passing for 34 yards and rushing for 42 yards, including the go-ahead score from three yards out.
Defense: Alabama State junior linebacker Darron Johnson recorded a career-high 14 tackles, including four solo stops in a five-overtime victory for the Hornets over the four-time East Division champions of Alcorn State on the road. He recorded a tackle for loss and also had 0.5 sacks on the night – combining with Lucky Oyovwi on the sack.
Special Teams: N.C. Central freshman kicker Adam Lippy accounted for 10 points in NCCU’s five-point win over Howard. He made two 42-yard field goals (one at the end of the first half and the other to increase the Eagle’s lead to 5 points midway through the fourth quarter) and converted all four PATs.
Newcomer: Alcorn State junior running back De’Shawn Waller had a career day for the Braves on Saturday against Alabama State in a five-overtime thriller. Waller broke loose for a career-high 214 rushing yards and two touchdowns. His scores came on a 22-yarder and a one-yarder. Waller crushed his previous career-high of 54 yards. He helped the Braves outgain the Hornets 530-240 in total yards and 408-85 in rushing yards. Waller averaged 7.6 yards per carry on 28 rushes.
Coach: Jackson State’s Tony Hughes saw his Tigers even their record at 2-2 (1-1 SWAC) in their 30-27 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The 30 points that were scored was the most points scored in a win since JSU defeated Texas Southern 34-30 on September 26, 2015.
Offense: Virginia Union senior offensive lineman Shamdu Nalls anchored a VUU offensive line which allowed the Panthers to rush for a school-record 494 yards and nine rushing touchdowns in Virginia Union’s 90-0 win over Lincoln. The Panthers racked up a total of 673 yards in total offense, smashing the old record of 623 yards set against Norfolk State in 1992.
Defense: Morehouse College senior defensive end Antonio Johnson caused havoc all day long as he anchored a defense that made key stops in the thrilling 30-24 triple-overtime victory over Tuskegee University and helped to keep the Maroon Tigers undefeated. Johnson finished with six tackles, three sacks, five quarterback hurries, and three tackles for loss in the win.
Special Teams: Kentucky State junior specialist Michael Nero racked up 353 all-purpose yards for the Thorobreds this past weekend against West Virginia State University. He registered a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown while adding 103 yards rushing for Kentucky State.
Newcomer: St. Aug’s freshman linebacker Joseph Harris, Jr. amassed a season-high 17 tackles including 0.5 tackles for loss to help the Falcons beat Livingstone 26-15. Harris was four tackles off the modern school single-game record of 21 tackles.
Coach: Chowan’s Tim Place saw his Hawks snap a four-game losing streak to Bowie State as they defeated the Bulldogs 42-23. It was the first win for the Hawks at home against BSU and the first win since 2013.