Here are the BASN Newsroom/Batchelor Pad Radio Network HBCU Football All-Peak Performers of the week for the games played through October 27th.
DIVISION I (FCS)
Offense: South Carolina State redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyrece Nick controlled the offense for the Bulldogs as he completed 11-of-18 passes for 109 yards this past Saturday at Howard. He also rushed for 93 yards off 23 attempts and scored a pair of touchdowns as he finished with 235 yards of total offense.
Defense: Alcorn State junior linebacker Brelion Hollis turned in a career day for the Braves. He had a career-high 12 tackles to go along with a sack and a pair of tackles for a loss. His previous career-high in tackles was eight set last year at Jackson State. Hollis helped the Braves defeat the Panthers 27-13 which put them in the driver’s seat in the SWAC East Division. Hollis also aided ASU in holding the league’s then leading rusher, Dawonya Tucker, to just 60 yards.
Special Teams: Southern sophomore punter Cesar Barajas continued to set the tone for Southern’s special teams Saturday averaging 47.5 yards per punt on six punts. Two of Barajas’ landed inside the 20-yard line and the true sophomore posted a long of 60 yards as the Jaguars earned a 41-7 victory against Jackson State. On the season, Barajas ranked third in the conference in yards per punt at 41.7 yards per kick.
Newcomer: Delaware State freshman running back Michael Chris-Ike set a career-best and season-best performance for DSU as he finished with 127 yards on 21 attempts. His longest rush spanned 42 yards as he averaged six yards per carry, while also scoring a touchdown in the win over N.C. Central.
Coach: Alcorn State’s Fred McNair saw his Braves win their fourth consecutive road game of the season in a 27-13 decision over Prairie View A&M. It was also the third time this year that ASU went on the road for Homecoming and walked away with a victory. The Braves have previously spoiled Homecoming games at Southern and Alabama A&M.
Offense: Central State senior quarterback Trent Mays set a career-high with 376 passing yards to bring the Marauders back from a 14-point second half deficit to beat defending SIAC champion Tuskegee, 40-36. He completed 19 of 39 passes and threw three touchdowns in the victory. He also picked up his fifth rushing touchdown of the year.
Defense: Shaw University junior linebacker Devon Hunt led the Bears defense with 15 tackles and two tackles for loss in the 26-21 win over Winston-Salem State. Hunt currently leads the conference in total tackles with 77 and tackles per game (9.6).
Special Teams: Miles College freshman kicker Jackson Spradlin was perfect on three field goal attempts of 26, 31 and 45 yards. He also made a PAT from 35 yards with no time left on the clock to give the Bears a 28-27 win over Clark Atlanta. Despite not having taken over full-time kicking duties until the third game of the season, Spradlin leads the league in field goals made and field goal percentage.
Newcomer: Saint Augustine’s freshman linebacker Joseph Harris Jr. was the Falcons’ co-leader with eight tackles in their 31-3 loss against Johnson C. Smith. He also had a pass break-up.
Coach: Central State’s Cedric Pearl saw his Marauders remain undefeated (3-0) at McPherson Stadium following their 40-36 upset win over Tuskegee University. CSU erased a 14-point deficit in the third quarter and defeated the Golden Tigers for the first time since 1948. They’ve scored at least 40 points in their last three games. The last time this occurred was during the 1995 NAIA Championship season.